02. 10. 2018
As we all know, Spanish island Ibiza is known as a party island, it is a paradise for every party lover. But it looks like Ibiza will change in 2019. You’re probably wondering how so here is the list of 10 changes:
Next summer expect the day to dominate the night, with parties at Ushuaïa, Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach outgunning the post-midnight rave scene.
Themed hotels are most definitely a growth industry here in Ibiza. We can expect even more 4 star makeovers next summer, as Ibiza’s basic hotels seek to remarket their image to a more affluent clientele base who are prepared to pay extra for Instagram ready backdrops.
Ibiza is a place for party lovers but also a place, where people are living with their families. Nevertheless, the new legislation is so restrictive to trade that if all the new laws were actually enforced the island would likely suffer the biggest economic crisis in its history. There’s no doubt the new regulations were composed with the best of intentions, but as we’ve seen this summer the economy has been adversely affected. With tourism numbers and club attendances now in decline, people are getting extremely nervous. And it’s not just the English promoters and the Italian DJs, but also the local business owners. In 2019, anticipate a pushback, as the notion that killing the economy isn’t the best way to help the local population is finally embraced.
Manumission, Cream and Clockwork Orange got busier, while the smaller nights stood empty. With next summer expected to be another tough year for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues, those ravers who do choose to party after dark will choose to stick to what they know. Which is why, in 2019, you should anticipate the likes of Resistance, elrow and Black Coffee standing out against the milieu of a troubled market.
Based on what we saw this season, It seems logical to assume that the age of Ibiza’s post-midnight venues being busy seven nights a week is now over. We may have seen our first glimpse of the future at Amnesia, where, for the first time in over a decade, the San Rafael dance mecca was shut on Sundays. A little way down the road, at Privilege and Ibiza Underground, three to four events per week was the rostered norm. Moving forward, the big question now for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues is whether sustaining a full weekly party programme is financially viable.
In Ibiza, the EDM sound still draws a crowd, largely thanks to its European clientele base, but even so, the long-term prognosis here is one of decline. Rather than go down with the ship, the captains of the EDM movement are already seeking out new horizons. David Guetta could be heard dropping tunes by Adriatique and Maceo Plex this summer. He also joined Solardo for a surprise b2b at Hï. Expect the great EDM rebrand to move into high gear in 2019 as the custodians of the genre continue to realign their output to a marketplace that no longer cares for their wares.
A slightly more exciting rumor supports the notion of a full club rebrand. With new club licenses currently outlawed, this option seems more likely. But who would have the money and the out of this world status to make it work? Either way, expect a big announcement over the coming months.
The Clockwork Orange crew have been evoking memories of ’90s Ibiza for years and next summer former Cream boss Nick Ferguson is set to launch his One More Time holiday experience, featuring DJs, brands, artwork, decor and themes from that era, aimed specifically at island workers who were active between 2000 and 2010. And don’t be surprised if Manumission re-enters clubland in 2019. The likelihood that everyone’s favorite immersive club carnival will reincarnate next summer is much greater than it has been at any previous point in the past 10 years.
Ocean Beach has been smashing it for years now and this summer their VIP sections have been busier than ever. Why? Because they’re delivering an accessible, aspirational product that young party heads can afford and simply can’t get enough of. Like it or not, expect the affordable daybed and bottle service culture – which is still in its infancy – to explode in 2019, with daytime venues like Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel leading the charge and everyone else following suit. These venues have essentially taken an old school, elitist product and rebranded it as premium standard without the stigma attached. In terms of pricing, it’s a completely different animal to the 5 star VIP economy at Pacha, Lío and Ushuaïa, which is tailored to the international jet-set. Instead, venues like Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach are catering for real people who want to upgrade their clubbing experience without having to remortgage the house.
San Antonio has been very aggressive about attracting youth to the island in recent years, with venues such as Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel and club brands like Defected going out of their way to charm dance music’s next generation. Elsewhere on the island, Ibiza’s obsession with an older, 5 star audience is starting to bite, while San Antonio is bucking the trend and showing signs of growth. Most importantly, perhaps, the top tier DJs and promoters who shunned San Antonio a few years ago are now happy to perform in the town, a factor which is persuading clubbers to party locally, rather than bussing out of town. Next summer, expect San Antonio to retake the British youth market completely and begin marketing itself to a more international clientele base.