Ushuaia’s rise toward the summit of Ibiza’s clubbing hierarchy has been exponential. In fact, this summer, the opulent Playa d’en Bossa venue was easily one of the busiest dance music venues on the island, which is a decent achievement considering the hotel only opened its lavish doors in 2011.
Throughout the season, Ushuaia’s six shows have all been uber busy. There are a number of reasons why. Of course, headline acts such as Luciano, Sasha, Guetta, SHM, Deadmau5, and Avicii are all major electronic players, but they also cater for a wide range of musical tastes. DJ Sneak played at Ushuaia this season, and so did Steve Angello, which gives you some idea of the sonic multiplicity on offer inside the pristine walls of Ibiza’s most spectacular open air venue.
Last week, Luciano and his Cadenza Records crew headlined the Ushuaia Closing Party, which began on a rare murky afternoon and ran for nearly 15-hours. Pooldisco favourite Onno was one of the first DJs to take the stage, with deep house hero Solomun making a surprise(ish) appearance after sunset, commencing his set with ‘Let's Go Back’ by Kraak & Smaak.
After Reboot, it was time for another of the season’s heavyweight performers to appear. Anticipating Luciano’s imminent arrival, the Ushuaia audience roared one last time as the arena was drenched with bright, lucid light. At the border of the stage, we could see, there stood a 30-person choir, each performer robed in white and carrying a giant hymn book. It was a strange, but wonderfully theatrical introduction to Luciano’s set, which captivated a rammed dance-floor for nearly four hours.
With the edition of its newly refurbished Tower, Ushuaia, it seems, will only get bigger, better and busier in 2013.