The peak-season, midsummer madness here in Ibiza is nearly over. The swarming August crowds are slowly thinning out, while the punishing sauna-like heat wave that beset the island a few weeks ago has seemingly run out of steam.
However, if you really want to gauge how busy Ibiza is at any given moment of the summer, you should head down to the sunset strip in San Antonio and take a peek at the crowds lolling outside Café Mambo. In June, you can skip past the world’s most famous café more or less unopposed, but in midseason life on the sunset strip feels more like a bustling Mediterranean street party, especially when the a-list DJs are in town.
This season, Tong, Oakenfold, Axwell, and Luciano have all performed at Mambo, but, typically, nobody pulls in more punters than Fatboy Slim. And last week's Fatboy performance was just as rammed as all the rest. It was almost impossible to move around the packed Mambo bar, as N.Cook started off his set with a flurry of Big Beach Boutique II favourites, followed by ‘One Day’ by Asaf Avidan and Koen Groeneveld, and a fitting Donna Summer, ‘I Feel Love’ tribute, on a night that felt every bit like a high salute to the gods of Ibiza midsummer madness.