Collide Mag looks ahead to the season

Each summer in Ibiza offers something different and has us anticipating  it like a kid trying to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Ahead of the quickly approaching season new ideas and unique circumstances have combined, leaving us nothing less than certain 2016 will be the biggest summer this side of the decade. Here’s why.

Space Ibiza is vacating

Whatever happens to Space after this season when the Ushuaïa Group take the reigns from Pepe Rosello, whether they bulldoze the venue or build upon it, Space as we know and love it will never be the same again. Held dearly in the hearts of many, thousands of people of all ages shall flock for one last shindig inside during the summer. From June till October, DJs and dancefloor devotees are going to make sure that Space goes out with a bang. Whatever your musical affiliation, being part of Ibiza history is not one to miss.

Boundaries will be broken

Ibiza 2016 quickly shaped up to be one for the record books. Firstly, this summer will be the longest season yet. Sankeys led the way with hosting their opening party three weeks earlier than normal on May 1st. Amnesia followed suit in challenging the status quo, bringing their opening date forward to May 14th, however they didn’t live up to the promise and shortly after changed it back to the original date. Cocoonand Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution are in for a record-breaking season, both going for more dates than ever before. Elsewhere, Elrow will be shaking things up by enlisting their elrowcity residents to play all-night long on the Terrace at Space, compared to an average DJ shift of 2-4 hours.

Exciting new parties

As ever with a fresh season, there are a bunch of new parties landing, hoping to capture the affections of holidaymakers and summer-long attendees alike. Big and bold tech is expected on Maceo Plex’s watch as he heads to Pacha for his Mosiac residency on Tuesday evenings. London party brands Solid Grooves and ABODE will be stating their case, the first taking control of Privilege’s Vista Club on Thursdays, and the latter heading Sankeys’ Friday night slot. These are just a few of the new club nights, we’ll have to wait and see which parties triumph and win us over, and which simply burn their funds away.

Coxy departing, tears at the ready

Carl Cox has decided his Music Is Revolution residency is complete after a fifteen-year stint at Space Ibiza. In that time he has played a massive part in developing the club into the island hotspot it is today. His last year in the club before the keys to Space changes hands will be an unforgettable one. There’s no shortage in legends and exciting newcomers billed to play to a packed out crowd week in and week out. We’ll be exclaiming “oh yes, oh yes” with the man himself all season long and going for it well into the morning hours.

We’ll be taken to the Afterlife

When Richie Hawtin’s ENTER party announced it wouldn’t be returning to Space for its fifth season we were left wondering, just what would occupy the black shaped hole left dangling over the club’s Thursday night schedule? Techno lovers soon had their prayers answered. Replacing Richie and co are Tale of Us who will be taking us to the Afterlife. Joined by Innervisions’ Dixon, Recondite, and Marcel Dettmann, plus& many more. Completing the otherworldly musical experience will be live shows in the Sunset Terrace from Todd Terje, Howling and David August.

Music diversity is celebrated

House, techno and trance lovers are spoilt for choice every day on the White Isle. Finally, 2016 is looking to be the year other genres get their chance to truly shine. Sankeys shake up their schedule with acid house showcased at Dance 88/89, and hip-hop taking center stage during Applebum. Grime is increasingly celebrated at Ibiza Rocks while Craig David heads UK garage proceedings at the hotel. Cova Santa will play host to three daytime parties from Together in July, Chase & Status among acts to bring UK bass to the beautiful outdoor venue nestled in the hillside.

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