Ever since we first set foot on the White Isle, its clubs, beaches and laid-back attitude have served as constant inspiration for Boardies®. Whether we’re chilling by the pool soaking up that Balearic sun or hitting up one of the many super clubs, the island’s buzzing vibes are contagious, and that feel-good factor continues long after you’ve landed back on home soil. This week marks the first of a fiercesome fortnight on Ibiza, in which most of the island’s clubs will close their doors for the final time in 2016. Here’s our run down of the parties you’d be mad to miss, and remember, whatever party you choose to descend on, there’s a Boardies® print for them all.
Carl Cox’s Music is Revolution the Final Chapter at Space, Tuesday 20 September
The big man will see out his final, spectacular year at Space with an all night session in the Disctoeca - the dance floor that’s become like a second home in Ibiza since he first descended on it 15 years ago. When Space announced it’d be closing its doors for the final time this summer, Coxy vowed to bow out along with them - so this night will be a celebration mixed with a tinge of sadness - you can bet that when he drops his last tune, there won’t be a dry eye in the house. Joining him for one final, raucous ride will be Nic Fanciulli, DJ Sneak and tINI.
Glitterbox at Space, Friday 23 September
The big dons over at Defected have taken over at Space every Friday this summer with Glitterbox, a classic fusion of house & disco that oozes more glitz than a tinsel-strewn Christmas tree. Music will come from house legends Todd Terry, Joey Negro and Dimitri from Paris; the good times will come from everywhere you look. Real men aren’t afraid to twirl. Look out for the Defected x Boardies® Limited Edition HOUSE print shorts coming out next season!
elrow at Space, Saturday 24 September
This Barcelona-based party is a beacon of madness in an otherwise straight-laced world, and that’s saying something when you’re referring to Ibiza. Expect confetti by the bucketload, inflatable props flying through the air and the kind of relentless, tech house monsters that’ll keep you bouncing till the sun comes up. Art Department, Ilario Alicante, Andrea Oliva and De La Swing have all signed up for what’s sure to be an outrageously farcical bonanza.
Zoo Project at Benimussa Park, Saturday 24 September
Because basically, who doesn’t like getting dressed up as an animal? Only a man without the vision to pull off a tail and you should never trust one of those. Plus, Benimussa Park is a maze of al fresco wandering, and the surprise unannounced Zoo Project guests are always top notch - Ricardo Villalobos and Stacey Pullen both made appearances this summer, and that’s nothing to sniff at.
Paradise at DC-10, Wednesday 28 September
In just a few short years, Paradise has become one of the island’s most popular parties, and when you consider the closing line-up, you’d be a bogan not to see why. The roster boasts everyone from the party’s main man, Jamie Jones, to KiNK, who’ll be laying it down live, to Hot Creations favourite, Hot Since 82. Last year’s fiesta resulted in a blistering b2b closing set between Jones and Joseph Capriati - that’s the one to beat.
ABODE at Sankeys, Friday 30 September
London’s biggest Sunday party export, ABODE, will says farewell to its first year at Sankeys with the same swagger that’s seen it march through an entire summer. On Friday 30 September, the Playa d’en Bossa club will play host to Yousef, Franky Rizardo, ANOTR, Ellie Cox and more, so don’t expect to be slipping out of there unscathed.
Ushuaïa closing party, Saturday 1 October
As close to an open-air festival vibe as you’ll get anywhere on Ibiza, Ushuaïa is most well-known for hosting EDM superstars like David Guetta and Avicii. At the closing party, however, they like to switch things up a little - as can be seen from the line-up that includes no less than four DC-10 regulars. Seth Troxler, the Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee and Damian Lazarus will be there to blast away the fluff, so prepare for a pounding.
Space closing party, Sunday 2 October
The big daddy of all closings parties, Space is the one you categorically cannot miss. The island’s most loved club will close its doors for the final time at the end of this summer, after giving us 27 years of momentous clubbing memories. With a line-up as long as a tube platform and a slew of new legends added to the roster seemingly every day, you know you’re going to be in for a big one. This party will go down in history - mark our words.
Cocoon at Amnesia, Monday 3 October
Papa Sven brings Cocoon’s seventeenth year on the island to a close, in what’s guaranteed to be a goosebump-inducing joy ride. He’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz and Ilario Alicante to mark the occasion, so make sure you’ve dusted off your dancing shoes and get ready to see the dawn of a new day on the terrace while listening to what can only be described as techno perfection.
Mosaic by Maceo at Pacha, Tuesday 4 October
If we’ve learnt anything this summer, it’s that Maceo Plex never sleeps - the dude’s got the kind of stamina that’d put Mo Farah to shame. First, he played at 10 Ibiza venues in 24 hours. Then, he unleashed a series of after parties that saw his Tuesday night party continue well into Thursday morning. Kudos. In October, he’ll wave goodbye to his first year of residency on the White Isle alongside DJ Koze, Pachanga Boys and Agents of Time.
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