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Taking into account I am working in Ibiza this summer, at the start of the season back in May it was simply routine procedure to purchase my Sankey’s Worker Season Pass for the summer, which for just €50 is definitely value for money, especially when you get your weekly dose of VIVa Warriors every Sunday. Having purchased my season pass, it would be considered rude not to use it on a regular basis thus having taken advantage of it, I can personally say that VIVa Warriors is the most enjoyable night at Sankey’s and here is one example why. 

With names like Steve Lawler, Miguel Campbell and Anek all on the advertised bill for the night’s proceedings, I knew I was in for another thrilling Sankey’s experience. As we turned up to the venue, the queue of eager revellers stretched right around the corner of the club meaning once again, it was another busy turn out as several VIVa Warriors prepared to head into battle, or in real terms, prepared to head in rinse the life out of the dance floor with their dance moves.

As we entered the club, I walked straight into a sea of red and black warrior headbands who were head bopping away to the beats produced by the ever flamboyant duo of Anek. Opening up the night in The Lab, Karina and Denise – best friends from Denmark, dropped several house favourites amongst revellers in attendance as they got into the groove settling into the night ahead. Anek featured some of their early favourites including their first ever release, Time Is Now, and This World which includes vocals from the house legend himself, Robert Owens. Then in true VIVa Warriors fashion, Come Out To Play blared through The Lab speakers as the crowd reacted insanely to the VIVa Warriors Party 2012 anthem. They then featured their most prominent track, Girltalk. This record is strongly recognised as being apart of VIVa MUSIC’s 100th EP.

Whilst Anek were sweating up The Lab, Sante was providing the sounds around the Basement following an energetic performance from Detlef who had smashed out some of his latest house bangers including Pretty Girls and New Class. As we entered the Basement, charisma, soul and character simply exploded out of the set produced by this Berlin bombshell. Injecting his deep house vibes into the minds and moves of every Basement raver, Sante was beginning to raise the bar in terms of performance and was a true joy to watch. Such a pulsating set made sure of my dance floor urgency.


The iconic Steve Lawler then took to the decks just prior to 3am taking over from Sante with only one thing in mind – to steal the show. Thundering house, techno and electro sounds into the core of the dance floor, Lawler had the crowd’s attention in the palm of his hand. The diamond on the decks treated ravers to some of his finest remixes of recent memory with the majority of them coming from his own music label, VIVa MUSiC. Pushing the boundaries to the absolute limit, Lawler featured various mixes from the VIVa Series too ensuring revellers were satisfied with their VIVa Warriors experience. This included deeper house sounds and a more down tempo. It was difficult to deny, having been on the circuit for 18 years, Steve Lawler just continued to bring his A game.

Whilst Lawler was keeping the Basement busy, Zohki & Roozlee occupied The Lab. The VIVa Warriors residents dropped a diverse array of electronica tracks from their bag of tricks as they warmed up for closing act, Miguel Campbell. They included some instant hits with the warriors parading around the dance floor such as Work It (On And On) and of course Hustlaz, which was released under VIVa MUSiC. Whilst the German veteran duo worked their magic in the lab, it wasn’t long before Ninetoes took over proceedings. Gaining immediate recognition from names like Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Luciano and Davide Squillace, Ninetoes made certain Finder was the highlight among many during his set as he closed out The Lab in incredible style. Sophisticated behind the decks and generous with his sounds, this German was the icing on the cake for me.

Meanwhile, in Spektrum from 1am onwards, Randall M and Capadi Rebels gained further exposure for themselves as they made certain all VIVa Warriors were in a spirited mood for the night’s entertainment. Such entertainment as Miguel Campbell’s closing set in the Basement, a truly defining moment during one of the better VIVa Warriors events of the Ibiza season so far. Campbell, making waves on the house scene since the early 90’s, continued to do so in the same mannerism from 5:15am onwards. The Hot Creations artists delved deep into the past and ushered in some popular tracks including Kiss And Tell and Baby I Got It. The perfect end to a perfect night.

After yet another sublime Sankey’s experience at VIVa Warriors, the only thing missing from the night was my warrior face paint, everything else was right on the money.

Words: Matty Adams    

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