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Ibiza Through the Modern Years

Without question, Ibiza is one of Europe’s party capitals. Sitting just 150km off the coast of mainland Spain huge volumes of people visit the party destination each and every year. Ibiza is the 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands, which also feature; Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. The climate is generally very nice with June through to October being the warmest months. Temperature can get close to an average 30 degrees during the hottest month, August. Ibiza has changed considerable over time. This blog post will look at the effect that dance music, DJ’s and clubbing has had on the Island.

Initial Popularity

People started using Ibiza as a holiday island back in the 1930’s and 40’s. From this period up until the hippies started arriving in the 70’s it was a bustling island paradise. It was the 70’s that saw the real tourist boom times, this was combined with the opening of discos across the island. Rave music landed in the 80’s, which was replaced during the 90’s with Balearic house music. Nowadays there is an eclectic mix of styles, perhaps one of the reasons that Ibiza continues to be of the number one-party destinations in Europe.

The 1970’s

Pacha and Amnesia were the two clubs that set the Ibiza club scene booming in the 1970’s. The rich, famous and just about everybody else flocked in their droves to this party centre. Soon after the success of the 1st two clubs, they were joined by a 3rd called Ku Club, nowadays it is better known as Privilege. These weren’t just regular night clubs, rather they were super clubs which would often cater for thousands of revellers each and every night.

The 1980’s

Towards the end of the 1980’s there was a subtle shift in opinion surrounding Ibiza. Top London DJ’s began visiting and setting up camp in Ibiza. Star names included the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling. These DJ’s were so inspired by their own “white island” experience that they attempted to recreate Ibiza clubbing at locations back in the UK. Clothing was weird to say the least. Ibiza was one destination that you could see almost any and every style imaginable.

The 1990’s

Disco was big in Ibiza during the 90’s. With clubbers and drunken tourists doing their best to enjoy what can only be described as the ultimate clubbing holiday. Space was a newer club that had opened up in the latter 80’s and in its heyday, was home to close to 20,000 revellers a night. Trance music mixed with disco was the perfect night out for many people visiting the islands clubs. Top tunes that will always be remembered including:

  • Offshore – Chicane
  • Knights of the Jaguar – The Aztec Mystic
  • Show me Love – Robin S

While the commercial bubble that is “party Ibiza” might have deflated slightly at the turn of the century, it certainly hasn’t bust. There are still huge volumes of partygoers from all parts of Europe and further that visit the island on a regular basis.