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NEWS | DJ Awards honour the biggest makers and creators in Dance

The biggest of the big names in dance were gathered and the accolades of aural achievments were dished in this year’s DJ Awards. In its 18th year, the “Meet on the Beat” themed ceremony held in Ibiza institution, Pacha, crowned the track selectors who have left our nervous systems scorched with paths of eargasmic tunage from the tech house arena to the bass banks.

There were the beacons and the well acquainted with Carl Cox holding his stand as the king of Techno and Solomun hailed as the champ of Deep House. It was a night of cherished memories for many, especially Black Coffee who crashed through as Breakthrough act and accepting the award Dance Nation Of The Year for South Africa. Hardwell banked in with two whammies in Electro/Progressive and, for the first time, International DJ. Armin Van Buuren, for the eighth time toppled the Trance quarter as Hannah Wants triumphed in Bass and Cuartero affirmed his position as Newcomer.


Presenters, Lucy Horobin and Des Paul also dished out 11 Special Awards on the night of celebrating dance music culture. In there was Manu Gonzalez with the 2015 title of Ibiza DJ. After a stormer DC10 residency, Life and Death landed Record Label of the Year. The psychedelic dipped new night on the calendar from newly opened venue Heart, Acid Sundays, won the Ibiza Night gong. In the Tech House reaches Luciano and Hot Since 82 shone through and the Disclosure duo scooped the Electronica title. Electronic Music Pioneer award went to the DJ´s DJ,Arthur Baker, who has been extremely influential in bringing over the sound of disco, garage and house from America to the UK. No doubt, one of the most hotly anticipated of the awards, track of the season, the one that has had us ear-locked from club to club, went to Frankie and Sandrino’s celestial masterpiece Acamar.

The night of giving it up to the very best in dance was soundtracked by Pacha Ibiza resident and Seamless Recordings main man Graham Sahara and Martin Wilson gave a sizzling performance of one the Ibiza 2015 anthems, Marvinello. Pacha’s playground later laid its floors bare, for the masquerade themed DJ Awards Official Party with its packing of 2015 winners. Providing the sound wave cutters was Claptone, Arthur Baker who performed a live set combining analogue and digital with an 808, 303 and Maschine, B2B with Michel Cleis and Klement Bonelli before Cuartero closed.

A big, big night celebrating the creators of the magic juicers that taking us to Ibiza’s shores year after year. If you didn’t catch through Be-At.TV and Pioneerdjrdio’s live streaming, get some of the action from Lucky Life TV here:




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We gloved Guy Gerber…
Homage to Michael Jackson? Or Spinal Tap? Either way, Gerber’s (pictured above) new residency at Pacha, ‘Wisdom Of The Glove’, spearheaded the club’s brave new policy (which saw them jettison most of their well-established nights in favour of fresh new residencies). With a trippy new interior and guests including Four Tet, Magda, DJ Koze, Soul Clap and Nico Jaar, Gerber was the driving force behind the club’s reinvention.

Pharrell Williams pops Ushuaïa
The ‘Get Lucky’ star brought Playa d’en Bossa to a standstill, as screaming fans created a sexy, pop concert-style atmosphere around the pool.

Avicii was huge
Sunday afternoons were all about the ‘Avicii Show’. For many fledgling clubbers this thrilling and spectacular event was their first ever ‘rave’.

Guetta Maintains at Pacha
In the absence of Tiësto, Eric Prydz and Deadmau5, David Guetta was unchallenged as Ibiza’s biggest international shirt-seller.

Departures via Parachute
The grandest show of the summer was on Wednesday evenings at Ushuaïa, where Axwell & Ingrosso hit the Departure lounge – with skydivers!

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Paris Hilton was really not a big deal
Paris Hilton’s month-long Wednesday night residency at Amnesia was certainly the most controversial affair of the season. Dance heads across the planet prophesised the end of dance music as we know it, but in truth, Amnesia’s foam party has never exactly been the home of cutting-edge music, and the story was always bigger internationally than it was on the island.

Richie Hawtin made an Entrance
Richie Hawtin’s Enter residency at Space stepped up a gear this year, not only inspiring the redecoration of parts of the club but welcoming guests from across the spectrum, cementing fantastic years for other artists including Disclosure, Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles and Eats Everything.

Rave in a cave
This free beach party, organised by Ryan O’ Gorman with Vitalik and showcasing Just Be, took place in a cave on the west coast of the island.

Crazy for Circoloco
DC10 stayed at the top of it’s game with Circoloco, hosting Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Jamie Jones and Maceo Plex, and dozens more.

Not forgetting Amnesia…
Time and time again at Music On on Friday nights, Marco Carola managed to transfix the crowd with an impeccable tune selection that combined with his calm and collected approach to somehow build momentum to an incredible plateau by sunrise. Meanwhile, Cream (on Thursdays), with Mixmag hosting the Terrace, was as unmissable as ever.

Ibiza 2013: The winners and losers


With the Ibiza 2013 summer dance season now over, it’s time to reflect on what soared and what sucked on the world’s craziest party isle.


Ibiza Underground Hero 2013: Marco Carola

Solomun, Richie Hawtin, and Sven Vath had successful Balearic summers, but 2013 will be remembered as the year that Italian techno pioneer Marco Carola ruled the underground.

From July until late September, Carola’s Music-On events at Amnesia were rammed with international techno connoisseurs, with Carl Cox making a one-off appearance in late August.

But what was Carola’s secret? Well, he spent the summer dropping throbbing techno grooves rather than obsolete, industrial cuts.

If you want to catch Carola performing this winter, head to Marquee in New York, or head back to Ibiza in late December for a special Music-On New Years Eve party at Amnesia.

Ibiza EDM Hero 2013: Avicii

Some of the biggest crowds of the 2013 Ibiza season were found at Ushuaïa, with EDM pinup-boy Avicii wielding a USB-stick full of epic electro-styled tunes every Sunday afternoon.

While the young Swede’s mainstream, Americanised sound may not interest too many dance music purists, Avicii’s colossal production set-ups certainly caught the attention of a zillion first time ravers who have now been persuaded to take-up clubbing as a full-time hobby.

If you like your dance music infused with sunshine and costumed in designer beach wear, check-out Avicii’s theatrical EDM showpiece event next summer.

Reassuringly Retro: Pikes Hotel

A guesthouse to Freddie Mercury, Boy George and George Michael, Pikes Hotel was the place to be and be seen in the 1980s.

After a period of steady decline, the labyrinth-like finca was taken over by the Ibiza Rocks group in 2008.

Thankfully, the new owners have organised and augmented life at the old farmhouse without tearing into its liberal soul, which means the best ‘insiders’ parties in Ibiza can still be found beneath the tree line on the dusty hillside that borders San Antonio.

In 2013, big-name DJs like Yousef, Eats Everything, and 2manydjs all performed at Pikes, but in truth, the parties were always much larger than the artists who fuelled them.

September’s annual Freddie Mercury birthday party was particularly loose, and there’s still the scarily hedonistic Halloween Party to come on October 31st.

Pacha’s New Events Roster

Pacha completely revamped their events roster over the winter, with apex DJs like Tiesto, Luciano, and Pete Tong, as well as long running label nights Subliminal and Defected, all switching venues.

In their place, Pacha awarded in-house residencies to man of the moment Solomun, Israeli production genius Guy Gerber, and underground legends John Digweed and DJ Sneak.

As a result, the world’s most famous dance music venue felt more open and accessible in 2013, as Pacha’s legendary VIP crowds were enlarged by gangs of neon ravers and psychedelic Flower Power children of all ages.

We Love Yellow Acid Balls

Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox both attracted humongous crowds to Playa d’en Bossa over the course of the summer, but the atmosphere at We Love was more festive, as Ibiza workers and insiders mingled with over 6,000 visiting pilgrims beneath those famous yellow acid balls.

Fatboy Slim, James Zabiela, Disclosure, and Midland all dropped memorable sets in 2013, before the news broke that We Love promoters Mark and Sarah Broadbent were to retire.

Whether or not the gigantic, festival-sized We Love party has a future may depend on what happens to Space over the course of the off-season.

Sunsets at Café del Mar

After releasing a plethora of enlightening, downtempo mix CDs in the mid-90s, Café del Mar rightly gained a reputation for being the most famous sunset bar in the world.

However, the following decade wasn’t quite as sundrenched, as the San Antonio bar lost itself and its sound.

But this summer, with established DJs like Marco Carola, DJ Sneak, and Ferry Corsten, and underground newcomers such as Finnebassen, Adriatique, and Joseph Capriati all performing exclusive twilight sets on the shoreline, Café del Mar began recalling the glimmer of its own heritage.

The Ibiza Rocks Bar Chicken Pitta

A huge favourite with DJs, celebrities, island workers and transient clubbers, Ibiza Rocks’ Chicken Pitta has been designed for a health conscious, but party withered generation.

Without the colossal Rocks Bar Chicken Pitta, the island would have starved to a grinding halt in early July.


Bomba, Booom! or Bust

In early May, a new clubbing venue located in Ibiza Town, called Bomba, was causing a storm of excitement across the island.

With Luciano, Yousef, and Simon Dunmore all fronting for the new project, expectations were unsurprisingly high.

However, anticipation quickly turned to disinterest as the venue repeatedly failed to open on time.

After a protracted period of legislative uncertainty, and with Bomba abruptly rebranding itself as Booom!, the venue finally opened in July, with Sebastian Ingrosso replacing an AWOL Avicii in the DJ booth.

Nevertheless, Booom! did rally support in August, with their Defected and Vagabundos nights both attracting large crowds to the intimate, 1,000 capacity venue.

With a full winter to complete the restoration project and an opportunity to attune a raging Pioneer soundsystem that sounds way too powerful for the venue, Booom! should be ready to compete with the big boys next summer.

Eden Isn’t Vegas

Another venue troubled by a late start to the season, San Antonio’s Eden nightclub was purchased by a group of Dutch entrepreneurs in May 2013.

Totally restored, the renovated venue looks and sounds absolutely fantastic, but Eden’s rearranged events roster failed to cut the mustard.

Desperate to promote itself as a Las Vegas-type establishment, Eden decided to drop some of their more commercial, UK-styled nights, such as Kisstory.

However, their decision to promote a plethora of international DJs that were boring English clubbing crowds years ago didn’t go down well with the educated San An masses.

But all is not lost: blessed with a stunning venue and thousands of educated clubbers on their doorstep, if Eden can get to grips with the musical demographics of the island, they might just be able to prevent a sizeable percentage of San Antonio’s rave trade migrating to Playa d’en Bossa in 2014.

Invasion of the Jelly Fish

In recent years, Spanish fishermen have been paid by the local authorities to pick-up jellyfish swimming close to shore.

This summer, however, these incentives have been stopped. Consequently, more swimmers have been stung by jellyfish this summer than in previous seasons.

Mission Impossible: Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum

Their mission: to smuggle 11kg of cocaine from Peru to Ibiza.

As we all know, Reid and Connolly failed to do this, after being stopped at customs by narcotics officials at Lima airport back in August.

They are now locked down in a Peruvian jail after pleading guilty and awating sentence.

Source : The Daily Mirror UK

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