Ibiza is ready to welcome the latest wave of clubbers from all over the world, when the island turns out to celebrate one if its last free weekends for the foreseeable future. Of course, it doesnâ€™t do any harm when one of the worldâ€™s best DJs has dropped into the island for one of Pachaâ€™s now legendary pre-parties, inviting the island residents to enjoy free entry. Solomun + 1 has been one of the most popular club concepts of recent years and joining the giant DJ in the booth for the pre-party is DJ Phono.
Pacha Sunday night works on so many levels, having two DJs responsible for the full night, creating a musical journey before rounding off the party by going back to back has given the party a real old school vibe, not to mention set the DJs free to fully express themselves musically, with outstanding results. You can see they are happy at being afforded more than the usual time in the booth to really flex their creative muscles and with them all hand picked by Solomun and his team, you know the journey is going to be one worth taking. Moving the booth from its normal elevated position to the dancefloor, putting the DJs in the heart of the action has also contributed to some of the most electric atmospheres of the last few years.
That electric atmosphere was very much in evidence as Solomun and DJ Phono took the Pacha Saturday night on a pre-season Plus One workout that offered a tasty reminder of how good this concept is. The huge crowd lined up outside the main entrance as we dropped in was the first indication that this was going to be a special night. Maybe it was the fact that most of the people in the room had been hiding all winter and needed to let off some steam, or maybe it was that these very people, that have been raised on club music or have chosen to move to the island because of it, are almost super human clubbers or maybe it was the amazing combination in the booth as both men clearly enjoyed their time, but the roof of the famous club canâ€™t count itself lucky to still be in place, it wasnâ€™t for the lack of trying to shift it! The crowd was vocal, appreciating the tune changes, the journey getting tougher as the night wore on, the hands in the air moments, that seen the DJs join in and the kind of vibrant atmosphere that has made this one of the worldâ€™s finest club venues.
All in all it was a spectacular pre-party and one that has definitely whet the appetite. Solomun Plus One returns on Sunday May 24, reverting back to its own night of the week and welcoming Adriatique as the first guest of the summer. It promises to be another big season in Pacha as the line up was released recently, revealing some very interesting potential back to back showdowns at the end of the party. Pete Tong returns, as does Dixon and Ame and there is a very exciting collaboration to look forward to on September 20 when Sven Vath will share the booth with Solomun before the talented host takes over the full night himself on October 4 to put the season to bed. All of that is in the future, for now we are still reveling in the delicious party that was Saturday night and the season canâ€™t come quick enough.