Ibiza is known worldwide for its club scene, people travel from all across the world to spend nights dancing in the super clubs to the best DJs on the planet. Many of the visitors to the island are from the UK as are many of the DJs and club night promoters. in fact the Ibizan club scene mirrors that of the UK but what many people do not know is that Ibiza had a greater influence on the UK club and music scene than the other way round.
Ibiza was the driving force behind the Balearic Beat sound and believe it or not, helped throw the UK into the Acid House craze of 1988 which became known as the second summer of love.
“Paul had been to Ibiza before promoting the music act ‘Divine’ but that was with work, this time he was going for a week’s holiday to have fun and meet up with a couple of friends who were working in Ibiza, Trevor Fung a London DJ and Ian St Paul. With him were fellow London DJs and club promoters Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway and Johnny Walker.
Several of the boys had been visiting Ibiza since 1982 but it wasn’t until this trip in 1987 when things really changed. Before 1987 they were drinkers, mainly having a few beers, chilling at Café Del Mar in the afternoons then clubbing at Es Paradis. On the first night of the famed 1987 trip they met up with Trevor Fung who told them about the then legendary club Amnesia and the new party drug called Ecstasy.
Amnesia was on an old farm miles away from where the boys were staying. Ibiza was expensive even back then and they had no idea how to get there, Paul Oakenfold said in an interview ‘In those days, we had just about enough money for a bread roll – Ibiza’s expensive, always has been. But we went. It was the first night of our holiday and we’d heard it was something special.’
The farm house was converted into the club Amnesia where musicians and Indian gurus would go and meet. The original owner in 1982 decided to leave for Thailand and handed the keys over to an Argentinian friend Alfredo Fiorito. ‘He gave me the keys and said I was in charge.” from ‘the history of ibiza club scene’
Amnesia would open at 3am and party right through to midday; people would head there when the other clubs shut. Originally being a farmhouse it had just a few chairs and tables, overtime it slowly grew to become a club that had housed 6-7 bars and half of those where rented out to different people.
The club was surrounded by large white washed walls and had an open air dance floor with a large mirrored pyramid in the middle; the bars were around the sides as was plenty of cushioned seating for party goers to chill out on.
some people say “Ibiza is not was it used to be” or “it is no longer the place to be” but most are words of nostalgia of a bygone era. However, Ibiza remains the only place in the world where on a small island, you can find the world’s best DJ’s and tens of thousands “clubbers” vibrating in unison every night of the week during its musical season.