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Reviewed: Privilege Opening Party



Last Friday, the biggest club in the world opened its doors for another super-sized season. Privilege is the jewel in San Rafael’s crown and after the passing of Space has really become the most must-visit club in all of Ibiza. Add in its sister club, Vista, which has huge glass walls and a stunning view of the island and it is an all-encompassing night out that offers the best in house and techno.

In all, Privilege holds 10,000 people and was just about full to capacity on the opening night. The line-up was a little taster menu of what to expect throughout the season with people from all musical spheres called upon to add their sounds to the mix. David Morales, Sister Bliss from Faithless, Sasha, Kölsch and more all got in on the fun.

But it started with Ben Santiago and Lovely Laura in the main room. Ben served up slick house selections that were accompanied by some slick sax skills from Laura. It was the perfect way to open the season with plenty of Balearic and blissful vibes. The crowd, too, lapped it up. They come from all over the world, are made up of all colours and creeds and feature those who dress up and those who come to get sweaty.

The main room then bounced to the sexy and uplifting house sounds of David Morales. The scene veteran has as much energy now as he has always had and with his 90-minute set he served up fresh modern beats that drove us deeper into the night. Bright LED screens and high-class visuals all added to the occasion as you get lost in the music in a sea of people on the floor.

Sister Bliss of Faithless then stepped up with a dizzyingly diverse selection of music that took us on a real roller coaster, from main room house to baking techno, electro jams to trance including anthems. Her mixing was tight as she jumped through genres and even the less well-known cuts resonated.

Closing out the night over in Vista Club was a special back to back from Sasha and Kölsch, wearing his trademark hat. Their classy, melody heavy techno really helped us surf through the night on a vibe that we didn’t want to end. Their measured set built towards moments of euphoria and sent everyone home happy and hungry for more throughout the rest of the season.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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