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PRIVILEGE
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If there's one thing Ibizan clubs have over the majority of their mainland counterparts it's a sense of both magic and history. And none can claim more of either than Privilege. Instantly recognisable thanks to its iconic space-station dome that lights up San Rafael's hillside like a beacon, it was on Privilege's vast stage that Freddie Mercury performed his most iconic recording of 'Barcelona' with opera singer Monteserrat Caballe back in 1987, whilst tales of Grace Jones dancing in an open-air thunderstorm the same year are still stuff of Ibiza legend.

And, let's face it, legends don't come much bigger than the Queen frontman and New York's eternal ice queen of disco.

As for clubs, they don't come much bigger than Privilege itself - quite literally. Long touted as the biggest club in the world, stepping into Privilege might not be the same since they stuck a roof on it in the '90s but it remains an experience that first-timers are unlikely to forget in a hurry.

A huge aircraft hangar-like structure with a swimming pool in the middle of its 5000-capacity main room, Privilege is so sprawling that they should hand out maps at the door, as areas like the intimate Coco Loco room and countless corridors weave into its labyrinth colossus. In its full hedonistic glory, it remains a sight to behold.

Of course, cynics could argue that the club enjoyed its heyday across the late-'90s and early-noughties when Manumission's legendary run transformed the epic venue into a carnival of the surreal and sexual. But whilst Privilege's name no longer commands the same worldwide resonance that venues like Pacha, Amnesia and Space enjoy, it remains a force to be reckoned with. Not least because it hosts the only Ibiza residency that trance megastar Tiësto cares to indulge in - last season Sir Tijs' hallowed In Search Of Sunrise parties sold out the colossal venue with shocking ease every Monday and were illuminated by the sort of production you would expect at a U2 concert.

But for the anti-fromage brigade, the most reliable bet at Privilege remains Mauro Picotto's Wednesday night Meganite party, where names like Adam Beyer, Slam and Marco Carola supply techno with funk and thump as standard.

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BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
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