Put simply, for many people this place is Ibiza. Founded on the island in 1967, whilst the iconic cherries have since spread globally Pacha only has one true home. Hence its status as an annual fixture in the upper echelons of the Top 100 Clubs.
The definition of a super-venue in terms of style, size, lighting, and soundsystems, its rich history is the envy of almost every other spot on the island — outlasting many and beginning its story well before the majority. But that reputation would be nothing without a constant stream of events to position the address as a go-to haunt for contemporary hedonists in search of today’s top tunes.
Last summer saw weeklies from Maceo Plex, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82, Luciano, MK, Bob Sinclar, and Solomun, amongst others, with a dedicated crew of residents backing up the international names, and Monday’s Flower Power events harking back to the hippy values the brand was originally built on when founder Ricardo Urgell first decided to open a meeting place for like-minded ravers.
This is also where Balearic clubbers will find David Guetta’s notorious F***ck Me I’m Famous sessions, revealing the club’s more commercial music policy when compared with many of its neighbours. Placing emphasis very much on big tunes and even bigger vibes, Pacha is the only major dancing destination on the White Isle that keeps its doors open all year round — hosting daily parties between May and October, and then welcoming weekend-only warriors during winter, with New Year’s Eve in this place the thing of myth, legend, and hazy but treasured memories. Although Pacha Group has now been sold off for €350 million, thankfully parties are still scheduled for throughout the year. We couldn’t imagine this poll without it, nor would we ever want to.
Pacha, Strictly Rhythm and more have been announced as stage partners of The Ark Cruise which takes to the Mediterranean Sea between Thursday 31st August and Sunday 3rd September.
Other new additions include record labels PIV and Click Records from Amsterdam, Belgium’s Age of Love collective, techno-driven Kozzmozz and the iconic Zundays by Zillion.
As one of the White Isle’s longest-standing nightlife institutions, you’d be hard pressed to find an Ibiza clubber who wouldn’t recognise Pacha’s famous cherry logo. Traditionally associated with more commercial sounds than that of its rivals (think fellow super-clubs like Amnesia or DC-10), it’s still bringing partygoers in in their droves with last month's cover star Steve Aoki’s club-night, titled Aoki’s Playhouse, a popular recent addition. Aoki has welcomed guests like Nervo, Chuckie, R3hab, Boys Noize and Benny Benassi to Pacha's booth over the seasons, alongside established nights Pure Pacha, My House and legendary Ibiza party brand, F**K Me I’m Famous.
Conceived by longtime Ibiza resident David Guetta (and his now ex-wife Cathy) back in the ‘90s, Guetta has played to a packed main room week in week out for close to two decades. “Pacha Ibiza is my favourite club in the world,” says Guetta. “It's at the same time sexy and musically credible. It just feels like home.”
German DJ Solomun’s Solomun + 1 residency will also be back for another in 2016, following sell-out runs thanks to the much-loved DIYnamic boss’ new underground bookings for the venue. Sven Vath, Âme, DJ Tennis, DJ Koze, Michael Mayer, Ida Engberg, Pachanga Boys and many more have joined Solomun in the booth, whilst Solomun has taken the reigns solo for the Solomon + 1 closing each year.
Clocking in in the top five (once again) in our Top 100 Clubs poll, Pacha has long held a place in clubbers hearts and will remain there for some time to come.
A house head to the core, Dennis Ferrer is the owner of the esteemed Objektivity label and one of New York’s most celebrated DJs. A similarly prolific producer, Ferrer has put out his fair share of classics in his time, not least ‘Son Of Raw’, ‘Hey Hey’ and ‘Sinfonia Della Notte’, while remix credits for the likes of Fish Go Deep, Blaze and Ane Brun have all left an inimitable mark on the house scene.
Shifting creative direction with Stephen Glenn at the helm, Pacha Ibiza celebrated a whopping 40 years on planet Earth last summer, and with it started a series of new chapters. Some of these will be re-opened this year, whereas others have been closed, plus there's one or two fresh ones entirely.
Solomun's residencies at Pacha indicated a significant meeting of two worlds last season: the merging of underground values with more mainstream clubbing principles — and vice versa. With his back to the VIP area — which remained as packed as ever — the Diynamic boss brought the likes of DJ Koze, Heidi and DJ Hell to play b2b at one of Ibiza's most glam clubs every week. It was such a blast, they've asked him to do it all over again...
With interest in house and techno higher than ever, the bug is spreading across the Big Smoke. Before it was mostly restricted to a small circle of clubs and covert pockets of the city, but The West End — previously a haven for glitzy VIP haunts — is now beginning to provide for people more interested in tunes dropping than Tequilas. The Qube, a new basement club connected to Pacha London but with its own door policy, is where you'll find it.