I’m honoured to have been asked to write a guest blog, rounding up We Love…’s season through the eyes of Spotlight.
As a complete Ibiza Virgin who ultimately just threw myself in at the deep end, working for Ibiza Spotlight writing about music and Ibiza for the season (I know, what a chore right?), I’ve discovered that everything on the island is like waves in the Ibiza sea; you catch a great swell and it carries you through on the surface, then you face a storm from time to time. It always seemed to me however, that even in this ‘Year of Change’ and tumultuous clubbing terrain; this party and its reputation have seen nothing but smooth sailing. I found myself very much settling into a new Sunday night tradition, forgoing the Sunday roast for a substantially more filling and delicious experience (plus no washing up, always a win) of a constantly evolving diverse and eclectic array of acts including James Zabiela, Joris Voorn, Deetron, Bicep, Ian Blevins, Paul Woolford, and of course the huge Underworld (live) and Disclosure (live) to name but a few.
With 5 arenas in Space and around 25 artists and acts you find yourself spoilt for choice, but thanks to the We Love… team’s careful cultivation of set times you can confidently skip to and fro from each room and soak up as much music as physically possible.
Time to be a little more specific. There are two We Love… nights that were so huge to me, they’ll probably stay up there in my Top 10 Nights in History (I’m partial to ‘Top Tens’, just go with it). They are the Innervisions Takeover on the Terrace, and the We Love… Closing. Pretty much every DJ I have interviewed for Spotlight has raved about Space’s Terrace being one of the best venues to play, and when one witnesses nights like the Innervisions takeover I can completely see why. The space is intimate, the tunes are huge and the crowd is made up of like-minded people who know their stuff. I love catching the eye of another raver also grinning profusely when one of my favourite tracks is dropped. Innervisions’ Dixon’s set on the Terrace was mind-blowing, and I can happily admit to having one of those moments of Dancefloor Clarity- I’m in Ibiza, surrounded by the cream of the island crop and I’m supporting a long-running forward-thinking night run by a fantastic team brimming with musical integrity. Life can’t really get much better can it? And with regards to the closing party, my night consisted of techno, disco, funk, soul, magic card tricks, dancing with Craig Charles and the We Love… team. Enough said!
And the main reason we love, er, We Love…? I think I can speak for all of Team Spotlight when I say that they were one of the first parties to take risks and have such a huge range of musical styles and names under one roof. They’ve also continued to care so much about the musical quality of their nights, supporting fresh and new up-and-comers and also asking back the artists who have constantly impressed this season, such as Zabiela. This British artist and producer is a real jewel in the We Love… crown (also winning my vote for Best DJ Hair, just check out those blond locks…) brings brilliant creativity and energy to the Discoteca every time he plays.
So the season has now finished, and has flown over faster than I thought even possible. From all of us at Spotlight, thanks We Love… for being such an integral part of a successful unforgettable summer!