Location: Ibiza, Spain
On an island full of fiercely competing club nights and venues, Sankeys Ibiza has managed to carve out a loyal following. This is partly down to the long-running Sankeys institution in Manchester, but the Ibiza club’s combination of featuring big room house on the weekend as well as instituting a risky, across-the-board booking policy during the week has also played a significant role in its ongoing popularity on the island.
Last season, Sankeys Ibiza embraced UK garage and bass on Mondays and saw Darius Syrossian welcome everyone from Swiss techno star Deetron to big room conqueror Alan Fitzpatrick for his Do Not Sleep events. The club went completely out on a limb with its Unusual Suspects night, which saw underground tech/minimal hero and Mosaic boss Steve O’Sullivan performing alongside Tobi Neumann and the fast-rising deep house star Dana Ruh. Of course, Sankeys Ibiza will be forever associated with big room house, and Steve Lawler’s appearances at the club, as well as the Tribal Sessions night on Saturdays, means that Sankeys Ibiza is one of the White Island’s most successful franchises. Unfortunately, last year, Sankeys Manchester closed permanently, raising questions about the future of the Ibiza club too.