Winter in Europe is now a semi-distant memory. The cold short days have made way for the optimism of spring. All this means that the Ibiza season is almost upon us. The famous Ibiza opening parties, which traditionally took place over the course of a week, have been replaced by an altogether more drawn-out affair, with clubs opening their doors throughout the month of May. Plan your trip now using our guide to the key opening parties.
Famous San Rafael club Amnesia kicks off the 2018 season in style, inviting Cadenza boss Luciano to spin alongside back to back sets from Richy Ahmed & Davide Squillace and Mathias Kaden & Mar-T on Saturday 19th May.
Circoloco – the anarchic Monday party which changed the face of Ibiza for good – celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer at DC10. The Circoloco Opening Party, taking place on Monday 21st May, features a host of Circoloco regulars including Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and Apollonia alongside Ben Klock, Peggy Gou and Jackmaster.
San Antonio's resident super club kicks of summer 2018 on Wednesday 24th May. Highlights from a house-heavy opening line up include Doorly, Flashmob, Jesse Perez and Leftwing & Kody.
After a monumental debut season, Hï Ibiza open their doors with weekly resident Black Coffee on Saturday 26th May. The South African star is joined in the main room by &Me and Blondish, while Housekeeping take over Room 2.
IMS DALT VILA
The International Music Summit (IMS) has become the de facto focal point for Ibiza opening parties. The conference welcomes industry insiders and artists who congregate to discuss the state of the dance music industry, and by association the island. The showpiece of the conference takes place on Friday 25th May atop the USESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila. The stunning open air showcase features back to back sets including Guy Gerber B2B Danny Tenaglia, Pete Tong B2B Bedouin, Dubfire B2B Nastia and many more.
Continuing the trend of extending the opening fiestas, Pacha opens across an incredible three weekends for a series of All Night Long parties. Friday 4th-Saturday 5th May sees Hot Since 82 and Sven Väth at the helm. The following week (11th-12th May) is the realm of Seth Troxler and Dixon. The final ‘opening’ party takes place on Friday 18th May, with Diynamic boss Solomun at the controls.
On Friday 25th May the World’s Biggest Club opens for the summer with a line up befitting of it’s vast square-footage. Faithless (DJ Set) headline the main room, alongside David Morales and Danny Avila. Meanwhile Vista – a club within a club – hosts an exclusive back to back set from Sasha and Kolsch plus Darius Syrossian, Guti (Live) and Nick Curly.
Ushuaia Ibiza are throwing their opening parties across two Saturdays this summer. Ants Takeover #1 takes place on Saturday 19th May with Andrea Oliva, Apollonia, Nic Fanciulli, Paco Osuna, Steve Lawler and UNER. Weekend two – Ants Takeover #2 on Saturday 26th May – welcomes techno goliaths Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer alongside Maya Jane Coles and Andrea Oliva to the vast outdoor venue.
TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION
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