Reviewed: Paradise at DC-10
DC-10 is a huge part of Ibiza’s history with Circoloco and Paradise parties becoming renowned all over the world. Sitting a few metres back from a busy main road, it’s not until you come around to the front of the club that you see DC-10 in all its glory. It’s back to basics on the outside with a rustic aesthetic, the club is housed on an old farm in a former aircraft hangar. It’s also refreshingly small compared to some of the mammoth-sized clubs occupying Ibiza these days, no corridors or secluded bars. Just two rooms: the terrace and the main room. Both of which you walk straight into from outside. This is a destination for clubbers who love their music and partying in equal measures.
Hot Creations head honcho Jamie Jones has been steering Paradise to success for many years, and this season is no different with a wealth of talent being drafted into Ibiza to play. Tonight, Jones is joined by old friend Richy Ahmed and the unstoppable Hot Since 82, who’s Labyrinth residency at Pacha has enjoyed plenty of success this season. As well as Italian techno dons Joseph Capriati and Ilario Alicante.
As we enter the terrace, it is obvious why DC-10 is held in such high regard. The music is loud and crystal clear, pumping from speakers dotted around the room. Above us, silver metal pipes snake across the ceiling holding fans that blast cool air into the room. It’s before 2AM and the room is already heaving with Richy Ahmed in full swing laying on smooth bumping house. A little while later, Hot Since 82 appears in the crowded booth wearing a grey sleeveless top, he is quickly ushered to the decks where he takes control. The Leeds maestro follows Ahmed’s lead and the infectious groove keeps on hitting in the house of Paradise. Bodies jostle for space, people flooding into the tiniest pocket of space as soon as it appears.
Around 3AM we make for the main room where Ilario Alicante is spinning some thumping techno. Lasers punctuate the darkness as the beats roll out into the compact space, with people from all walks of life dancing under them. Another hour quickly slips away from us as we are taken by the mix. Jamie Jones starts in the terrace at 4AM and there is a frenetic rush as clubbers try to cram into the room. Jones gets straight into it, placing his hands in the air and willing the audience on, who respond in terrific fashion.
Our bodies are yearning to move freely so we head for the main room where Joseph Capriati is laying on some heavy-hitting rollers. Dropping in a little flavour of Fingers Inc.’s classic ‘My House (Jack had a Groove)’ gets the crowd cheering, pumping fists and clapping hands appear above our heads. Later in the evening Capriati even manages to work in an edit of ‘Creep’ by Radiohead. At no point do our feet stop moving and by the time we emerge blinking into the morning sun, we are well and truly spent. We can’t wait to go back!