Emerging Ibiza closed off its launch week on the island with a shindig at the chic Ushuaia Tower located in the heart of Playa D’en Bossa just a couple of weeks ago. The project was put together in order to give lesser-known artists a chance to perform in Ibiza, to get their names out there and to, hopefully, get their big break. A week of events culminated in the Friday night bash and Deep House London’s man on the ground was right there in the thick of it to fill us in on how it went…
Ushuaia’s Tower venue came into play a fair bit last season, with Sasha’s ‘Last Night On Earth’ series of parties one of the main events to take place there in 2013. Like the main Ushuaia venue, it has an upmarket appeal – going up in the elevator to the top you get an amazing view across Playa D’en Bossa, all the way over to the surrounding mountains. But picturesque were not the point of our evening. We were there to check out the final night of Emerging Ibiza, a new venture on the island, which aimed to shine a light on new talent with a series of events.
At their Ushuaia Tower party they’d brought in some big guns to really see the week out in style, Steve Lawler, Yousef, Fur Coat, Renato Ratier, Anek and more. It started it off reasonably quiet with an early opening time many people were still going about their daily business, recovering from the previous night or simply elsewhere. However, it wasn’t long before the rooftop began to fill out and you could feel that it was going to turn out to be a good one.
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Early sets from Detlef, The Mekanism and female duo Anek helped to ease the crowd in. By the time D.Edge and Warung owner Renato Ratier jumped on the decks the numbers had multiplied by at least 10 times since our arrival. As darkness began to fall across Ibiza so too did the vibes at the party, with Fur Coat unleashing their brand of melancholy, woozy tech house to the party people gathered around the DJ booth and beyond.
The energy was great, the darkness on the Tower (due to being under the flight path into Ibiza’s airport, lighting at the tower is sparse to say the least) definitely helping to reduce peoples’ inhibitions while the music, of course, got everybody in the groove.
By the time Yousef came on, anticipation and energy was at a high and he duly responded with a perfectly executed bumping set that had the dancefloor gripped from beginning to end. Steve Lawler followed up and kept that flow going, applying his years of experience all over the globe to the task at hand. He dropped one cracking tune after another, and seemed to be enjoying himself so much that he refused to finish playing at the time he was supposed to, powering on for much longer than planned.
All in all an impressive event, especially since it was their first time on the island. No doubt they will have learned a hell of a lot and will reapply that newfound knowledge into making next year’s Emerging Ibiza even better than this great debut. We can’t wait…
Words: Jasper Price