How to not get your party shutdown

This season saw a marked rise in outdoor parties thrown subsequently closed by authorities. Before you freak out that Ibiza will never be the same again, let’s see what we can do to nurture the outdoor party scene.

Having brought her party to various spots in Ibiza for five years, tINI wanted everyone to be in her gang at No Name this year, choosing the modest beach shack, camouflaged in the sand, as the location. Five weeks in her parties were cut short, as was Andrea Oliva’s event at Beachouse next door. tINI set up decks on the following Wednesday, attempting to make it more discreet, police again suspending events forcing tINI to discontinue things. Carl Craig had also brought Detroit Love to No Name on one occasion, the rest cancelled shortly after.


All over island beach parties are inviting you in for free, but investigating unlicensed activities has been on the agenda of town councils this summer. Navigated by a complaint, they smelt good spirits mixed with happily chubby wallets, arriving to burst the bubble. Guy Gerber’s Rumors party was the most recent casualty, music turned off for an hour one Sunday, the penultimate also cancelled. It wasn’t just beach parties that provoked opposition from the authorities, and further outdoor spaces were crossed off the ‘approved’ list.

Not forgetting the new curfew on bars and clubs for 2016 (although it was previously 30 mins earlier for clubs, thus adding to time). Armchair commentators have been quick to herald this summer’s party closures as the end of Ibiza as we know it and a disgrace on the part of a party-pooper government, but, as usual, it’s a more complex affair and requires change on both sides.

Respect noise complaints

Luciano and Solomun had to stop several events at Destino. The resort, in the middle of an area that’s been just residential for some time, increased its number of festivities in 2015. Outdoor settings are bound to get noise complaints, just as the superclubs did in the past, forcing them to cover their terraces. In any residential area, it pays to remember you weren’t there first and, to the uninitiated, techno can sound like a jackhammer with depression, so locals aren’t always going to be sympathetic to your fiesta needs.

Pace yourselves

Dalt Vila suddenly exploded as the place to be, going from hosting a few select events over the year, to several huge, tourist aimed dance music events in the space of a month, in addition to the classical, jazz and reggae events for the locals. Around the same time, techno took over the port with two huge free parties on the main boardwalk, also coinciding were the beach bar bashes over on the sands of Bossa. It was just too many, too fast, and resulted in a knee-jerk reaction from residents and government.

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Don’t leave evidence behind

You know that sound of smashing glass over a DJ set? Comforting huh. If you’re old enough to party, you’re old enough to tidy up after yourselves. Rubbish left behind is bound to attract negative attention. An illegal party in Sa Talaia learnt this lesson towards the end of summer, abandoning 600 kilos of waste, earning themselves a hefty fine. Beach parties should especially be listening to preserve ocean and aquatic life.

Measure your crowd

Know what your venue can handle and keep numbers in check so you’re not spilling out beyond your borders. tINI demonstrated a successful relocation to a more spacious venue, Lips, to enjoy the rest of the season. Preparing for an increase in guests in the lead up to a big name booking can make all the difference in avoiding a fine or closure.

Get a license on that

In light of the closures at No Name and Beachouse, it’s apparent licensing as beach bars or restaurants didn’t allow for holding parties, especially on the scale that the sandy fiestas were often ending up as. Though anyone who’s lived in Spain will know that navigating required paperwork is a horrendous undertaking, covering your back on paper is ideal.


Keep it low-key

This is Ibiza, where at any point of any given day there is a group of people partying; from small get together to full-blown chaos, it’s happening, right now. Secret non-authorised parties happen all the time in Ibiza, successfully escaping closure and even notice by the police. Keeping it as hush hush as possible will let the party prevail, so promoters should resist the urge to plaster their super bohemian secret party across every corner of the social-media-sphere and encourage attendees to do the same.

Build rapport

When news of closures hit, accusations were thrown at superclubs for calling, and generally being in cahoots with the police. No doubt people having fun dancing to headliner DJs in close proximity to the clubs without paying a door fee was not music to club owners’ ears, but they weren’t the only islanders in upset. We need to find the balance between different interests, to all encourage kinship and ensure the longevity of the island as a mecca for clubbing of all kinds and a world heritage site.


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