Gearing Up For Island ClubbingIsland Clubbers Pack Their Cases
With much of the U.K. and Europe now basking in a wave of summer sun, the island clubbing season is well underway. And with many British promoters expanding their horizons further afield than the established haunts of Ibiza, Spain, and Ayia Napa, Cyprus, holiday clubbing looks bigger and better than ever.
This year, legendary Ibiza club Space will again play host to Home. The organization's nights, renamed "Sundays at Space," open on July 1 with resident DJs Steve Lawler and Jose de Divina, plus exclusive appearances from Sasha and Danny Tenaglia. German electronic giants Technoclub take up their third annual residency at Space (weekly Wednesdays) for what is allegedly the only German party in Ibiza this year.
British club giants Renaissance return to Privilege on Wednesdays, where hard house loving Xtravaganza will also begin its residency this Friday (June 29). Privilege highlights will include live appearances from Chicane and Public Domain.
Manchester club Bugged Out!, winner of the best club night at this year's DanceStar Awards and famed for its directional music policy (Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Dave Clarke, and Basement Jaxx all made their Ibiza debuts at Bugged Out!), are hosting four exclusive Viva Bugged Out! parties at the newly refurbished Eden. The line-up will include Dave Clarke, Jon Carter, Sander Kleinenberg, and Justin Robertson.
Radio 1 kicked off its Ibiza proceedings at Cafe del Mar this month and is now looking forward to Aug. 3-5, which will feature a series of live broadcasts including Pete Tong from Bora Bora; Danny Rampling from the infamous Pacha Terrace; Sara Cox, Seb Fontaine, and Judge Jules from Cafe Mambo; and an "Essential Mix" with Fontaine and Tong from Privilege. Radio 1 also returns to Ayia Napa for the weekend of June 29-July 1 for a private beach party tossed with the Castle Club and Escape. Featured DJs will include the Dreem Teem, Trevor Nelson, drum & bass godfathers Fabio and Grooverider, plus live appearances from Stargate and K-Gee.
Northern super club Cream, which is currently preparing for its Aug. 25 Creamfields U.K. event at Old Liverpool Airfield, will be hosting weekly parties every Thursday at Amnesia. Regular guests will include Fontaine, Timo Maas, and Lee Burridge. Cream has also scheduled events this summer in Iceland at Thomsen in Reykjavik and in Japan at Yellow in Tokyo. As an alternative to the U.K. garage fever, Cream will make a welcome return to Ayia Napa, hosting parties every Saturday and Wednesday at Pzazz with Cream's Cyprus resident DJ Paul Hillyer.
U.K. garage leader Pure Silk, which celebrated its fourth birthday this year, now have a monthly residency in Zurich at Club El Cubanito and a weekly Ibiza residency on Thursdays at Es Paradis. Pure Silk will host Tuesday nights at Abyss in Ayia Napa featuring DJs including Spoony (Dreem Teem) and Dane Bowers, plus live appearances from Wookie, Artful Dodger collaborator Robbie Craig, and 2-step divas Mis-Teeq.
Sheffield superclub Gatecrasher is still suffering from problems which arose in Ibiza last year when another promoter registered the club's name, making it illegal for them to promote any parties on the island under the Gatecrasher trademark. In 2000, the club compensated by hosting regular parties under the banner G2000, but this year, Gatecrasher has opted to do three large one-off events.
Meanwhile, Gatecrasher has been expanding in other territories, having joined forces with down under event coordinators Agent Mad (responsible for the Asian and Australian tours of Judge Jules, Sasha, and Carl Cox) to facilitate a series of events in Australia and New Zealand. The first production will be Gatecrasher Worldwide Live -- a July 26-Aug. 4 seven-date club tour featuring leading U.K. DJs John Kelly and Ashley Casselle as residents, plus Australian DJ talent. The tour will visit major cities, including Sydney and Auckland.
Finally, an unlikely clubbing destination emerges in the form of Turkey this year. July 3-29 will see the Turkish resort of Bodrum hosting four seven-day residencies from some of the U.K.'s most innovative independent record labels. The Foreign Xposure series will feature Nuphonic represented by Jools Butterfield and Glenn Gunner (Block 16), Tummy Touch with Tutto Matto and Organic Audio, Strut Records featuring Toni Rossano and Simon Haggis, and Manchester's hugely popular Grand Central Records, who will send out Martin Brew (Jwalk/Fat City) and label A&R supremo Darren Law.