On Saturday night, Amnesia was the third of the big Ibiza super-clubs to host its closing party. From midnight until 6am, the famed Matinee residents took charge of the sonic output on the Terrace, while Chuckie and Stefano Noferini headlined the main room. After sunrise the party kicked into second gear, with Danny Tenaglia, Mar-T, Steve Lawler, and finally Marco Carola stepping up to bring the seasonal hammer down on clubbing life in San Rafael.
Danny Tenaglia took to the terrace stage at 7.30am, playing a one and a half hour set. Renowned for his lengthy performances, it would have been nice to have seen house legend Tenaglia given a longer run at things, and although his performance was thoroughly engaging, it was a little like watching a marathon runner having to involve himself with the rapid trivialities of a sprint race.
After Tenaglia had disappeared to massive applause – plenty of it springing from our direction – we headed toward the darkened Main Room, where Les Schmitz brought things to a climax, finishing off with a fine burst of hypnotic techno. As the Main Room shutters fell, we returned to the rammed Terrace Room, where Mar-T was now performing in a fit of new light.
The early morning daylight was as merciless as it was lucid, illuminating everything. Professional clubbers who had looked pert and preened in the shadowy Main Room suddenly appeared swollen and soaked with perspiration; lips quivered and jaws twitched noticeably with excitement, but nobody was talking. Instead, the Terrace was locked-down in a steady tech-house groove that it was impossible to resist.
Mar-T’s set was buoyed by more tech-house party beats, but there wasn’t anything tedious about the chug-chug-chug of it all, with ‘Semiramis’ by Kaiserdisco, and a techy mash-up of ‘Into the Groove’ by Madonna both particularly fitting for the occasion.
As the morning morphed toward the afternoon, Steve Lawler appeared, but what was his choo-choo-choon of the evening? Answer: we couldn’t remember the name of it, but the Julian Perez Edit of the 90s Positiva classic, ‘The Night Train’, was certainly well received.
Marco Carola was next and last on stage, and even with the party now in its umpteenth hour, clubbers were still pouring inside the venue to engage the last of the action. We listened on as Carola dropped ‘Koro Koro’ by Stefano Noferini, then we said our goodbyes to Amnesia for another season and grabbed a taxi to Playa d’en Bossa, where Space had just opened its closing party doors.