Ibiza 2016: What you need to know!

Many people will tell you that due to an increasingly competitive festival market and the rise of destinations like Croatia and Romania, Ibiza's popularity is waning. But the tell a different story. In 2015 Ibiza airport received more flights (64,612) and processed more passengers (6.4 million) than ever before. The White Isle is not on the decline—if anything, it's as important to the clubbing circuit today as it has been at any point in the past 30 years. 

Even so, huge shifts are afoot. Space, one of the most iconic and best-loved nightclubs in the world, is closing at the end of the summer. The keys will be handed over to the team behind neighbouring Ushuaïa, so it's anyone's guess what the future holds for the Playa D'en Bossa site. One thing's for sure, though, Carl Cox will not feature in the plans. After 15 years helming Tuesday nights, he's calling time on his residency. It's the end of an era, but there's a silver lining. The next five months are likely to be some of the liveliest in Space and Cox's history, which is saying something. The highlight? It's gotta be the big man's all-night closing set on September 20th. 

In other news, the island waits with bated breath to see if Ibiza's governing body follows through with the proposed 6:30 AM closing times for all clubs. If they do, the venue worst affected will be Amnesia, which last year was warned and then fined for repeatedly breaching its licence. Music On and Cocoon, in particular, thrive in these illicit dawn hours, so it's possible the new law will hit them hard. A similar law extends to beach parties, which now must shut by midnight. Given how much they suffered at the hands of the authorities last year, this could put an end to them altogether. 

There is, however, plenty to look forward to. Maceo Plex's Mosaic By Maceo is the most high-profile new party, and probably the most intriguing in terms of bookings. Will Pearson Sound, Matrixxman and Lord Of The Isles work at Pacha? One DJ who feels like a sure thing is Luciano, whose Vagabundos clan is back at Pacha for the first time since 2012, as part of Insane. Other notable events for 2016 include Unusual Suspects at Sankeys (Binh, Vera, Petre Inspirescu), Tale Of Us's Afterlife residency at Space (Giegling, Voices From The Lake, Bob Moses), the return of DJ Harvey's Monday all-nighters at Pikes, and Zoo Project, which celebrates its tenth birthday this summer. A special mention should also go to Joseph Capriati, who's left Music On in search of pastures new, namely Solomun +1, Carl Cox, Elrow and Paradise, where he'll play seven dates. All in all, it should be another hot, hectic and happy few months—even if they could signal the end of Ibiza as we know it.

This post first appeared on RESIDENT ADVISOR

Hardwell Lineups Confirmed For Ushuaia

Dutch electro house DJ and king of EDM, Hardwell, is back for another year at Ushuaïa. The names are in and we can now reveal who'll be joining him on stage for summer 2016.

For only 10 dates this summer in the beautiful open-air venue, Hardwell will take to the stage with a number of exciting acts. The opening party kicks off on Tuesday 28 June and runs until13 September.

Joining him on the famous stage will be Hardwell's hometown neighbour, Kill the Buzz, fellow Dutch house DJ and producer, Funkersman, deep and funky house duo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, plus special appearances from the likes of Yiva, Chocolate Puma, Alok and many, many more.

Hardwell has his short season jam-packed with big names, so be sure to join in the with Tuesday mayhem!

This post first appeared on IBIZA SPOTLIGHT

Space Ibiza closing party date confirmed

Shut. The. Front. Door. Is it us or did Space just finally, and surreptitiously, reveal the long-awaited date of its last ever closing party? Because to us, it looks very much like they did. Praise be, we knew that Tuesdays existed for a reason.

So, according to the official Space opening party after movie (which is well worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it), the final Space closing fiesta will take place on Sunday 2 October. Repeat, Sunday 2 October. So if you’ve got anything planned for that date - anything - a wedding, a funeral, a hair appointment - cancel it now and start planning how you’re going to be here for what is sure to be one of the best parties Ibiza has ever seen.

There’ll be guaranteed laughs, guaranteed tears and probably some of the most standout memories you’re ever likely to make on a dance floor. Come join us.

Tickets, opening hours and line-ups will be confirmed soon.

This post first appeared on IBIZA SPOTLIGHT