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Where: Amnesia, Ibiza
When: Every Thursday
Music: Trance, techno, electro house
Twenty-six years ago, Paul Oakenfold spent his summer raving to Balearic beats on a roofless Amnesia dancefloor, returning home to help lay the sonic foundations for the UK dance scene. More than a quarter of a century later Oakey is back, firing up the long-awaited Cream opening party – now currently exploding into action. He jumps with the crowd in Amnesia’s packed main room, rocking his signature, euphoric fusion of haunting trance melodies and epic ,Vegas-style breakdowns from the repositioned ground-floor DJ booth – with U.N.K.L.E.’s atmospheric ‘Reign’ and the blissful vocals of ‘Someone Like You’ by Ascension adding to the colossal sense of occasion.
Now in his tenth season with Cream, Adam Sheridan had already kicked off the party with his own ‘Repercussions Of You’ just after midnight. “Tonight, I could just tell that the crowd were wanting it early,” Sheridan explains to Mixmag moments after concluding his set, “but I just held it back and let Oakie lift it when he came on.” The new booth position has him enthralled too. “Amnesia is an amazing club to play in,” smiles Sheridan, “but it’s even better now the decks are closer to the dancefloor. Now you can cut the monitors and feel the bass and the vibe of the crowd.”
Come 3am, legendary Cream resident Paul Van Dyk emerges, raising the BPM a few notches. It seems he’s all for some interaction too; fingering spine-tingling techno-trance chord sequences into the ivories on his trusty Korg, the East Berliner jumps around behind the decks as the venue erupts in a wild frenzy of screams, panning ‘seek and destroy’ lasers and ice cannons.
And there are just as many heroics on the Mixmag Terrace next door, as Dutch dance superhero Laidback Luke, cloaked in a flaming red cape, gets busy dropping rapid electro house anthems to a 5,000-strong throng who, by 4am, seem locked together, a woven surge of hands, hats and sunglasses almost spilling at the edges. But when Cream delivers its 19th season, who can blame them for lapping it up?