It was with great anticipation that we headed to Sankeys Ibiza on its opening night. At a time when much of the island is still in slumber mode, Sankeys comes out all guns blazing, and in typical fashion they offered up diverse line-ups that drew on many genres. From the get-go, this feels like a special night…
For tonight’s special event the club was decorated as it always is: with a simplicity that harks back to its raw, underground ethos. The club has also had a few touch-ups through winter that ensure it stays on top of the pile. Already the club claims to have the loudest soundsystem on the island, and an array of mesmerizing LED lights and stark strobes sure do make for a no-nonsense atmosphere across both rooms. Musically the night was spot on, with a wide range of sounds on offer all night, making for a perfect journey from late night to early morning.
Looking ahead at the line-ups for the rest of the season and there is plenty to get excited about. As well as loads more Tribal Sessions events, the Ibiza club continues to offer up its on point residencies this summer, with Magna Carta, CUFF and now We Love… all regulars this season. And do to the Opening Party, which was a veritable assault on the senses. Themed under a vague Star Wars theme, the club was rammed from the first to the last minute, and with Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Secondcity and Noir all playing, that should perhaps come as no surprise. All impressed, but it was arguably Beyer who came out on top – as we thought he might. The Drumcode boss has become a huge draw in recent times thanks to his clued-in techno fare, whereas he’s also converted legions to his sound in the process. Playing a set that rarely took in any respite, it was a way of working that was indicative of the night as a whole.
Elsewhere, I was impressed by music from Tube & Berger and Federico Grazzini, as the Italian Zoo regular and Tenax resident spinned a really groovy tech-house set that helped keep the atmosphere at a really fervent level. All things told, this was a top notch night. Sankeys is well and truly open for business.
Words by Dan Mac