After a cold and wet winter of change and transformation, the island of Ibiza is about to awaken to a warm summer of long hot nights and cool parties. With the first of the Official Opening parties less than a week away, we select our Top 5 Opening Parties for the Ibiza 2018 season with confirmed lineups. Never has there been a season with so much choice, so we have whittled down our Top 5 picks of the best Opening Parties to consider while on the island this Opening Party season. Below is our guide to the parties we think you should not miss in order of position.

#5 Destino Opening Party 5pm – Midnight Friday June 1 

One of the biggest news stories of the season centered around the German techno legend, Sven Vath, and his move from Amnesia to Pacha. It shocked many people as his Monday night Cocoon party was an institution on the island. The move is sure to attract lots of attention this summer, as Sven trades an industrial alter at Amnesia, for a velvet one at Pacha. If you can squeeze in past all the freebie crowds on Saturday, then be there for Svens all night long set, but expect the newly refurbished Pacha to be roadblocked on May 5. For a much more enjoyable experience, then we recommend you pencil in Friday June 1 at Pacha’s beautiful outdoor sister venue, Destino, for its Cocoon Daytime Opening Party which features Sven Vath, Adriatique, Der Visionaire resident Dana Ruh and Dorian Pac.  This opening party will have more of a Balearic vibe to it and we will hopefully get a feel for Vaths more “cultured” sound this summer. The venue is now an Adults Only Hotel and tickets for this daytime party are available at a very tasty price of €20.


#4 Fatboy Slim Opening Party Pacha Friday May 18 Midnight to 6am. 

Love him or hate him, Fatboy Slim is a star showman, as he always gives it 100%. The energy the ex-Housemartins star brings to his sets is amazing and you have to be there to truly experience it. That energy is best enjoyed in a more intimate venue, where Norman can interact with the crowd and bring his own unique style to the party. Pacha one would feel, is an ideal club for Fatboy Slim to display his talents. Lest we forget his contribution as a producer to dance music culture and his iconic standing, not just in the UK, but Worldwide. His range of music is impressive from funk, to house to techno, the guy has covered it all. It will be really interesting to see what type of journey Cook will bring us on this summer in Ibiza and we rate this party one of our ones to watch. Tickets are available right here right now, for just €33. Free if you are an island resident.


#3 Black Coffee Opening Party Hi May 26 Midnight to 6am. 

This summer, be sure to indulge in the flavour of Black Coffee at Hi. Has the island discovered the new Solomun? While Solomun may be diluted this season, due to increased guest appearances outside Pacha and the industries obsession with techno, Black Coffee, is a refreshing taste of egoless reality. His sets are certainly different, with an alternative tune selection and mixing style that had many people intrigued last summer. I expect this season to be the one that recognises the potential that this down to earth South African DJ possesses. He is the light that is shining away from an oversaturated and tired Techno scene and Ibiza really needs somebody like Black Coffee to lead the way and offer an alternative, credible musical direction, as Yebisha reconnects with its African soul. Hi offers an ideal stage for his natural talent and many people are hoping that he will deliver on last seasons promise and make Saturday night in Ibiza, one of the most enjoyable dates on the calendar. Tickets at €50 are available now


#2 Circo Loco Opening Party at DC10 Monday May 21 4pm – 6am

The iconic party that made Techno sexy and trendy, is back for its 20th season on the island. For underground fans of tech, it doesn’t get much better than this. How many more seasons DC10 can remain open is at the back of everybody’s mind in Ibiza, so now is the time to enjoy a classic home grown party that lends so much to Ibiza’s music brand prestige. With a killer line up for its Opening party on May 21, expect a cool crowd of bronzed bodies, sunglasses, and tight clothing for names like Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Ben Clock, Damian Lazarus and Dubfire, amongst others. Tickets at €63 are selling out fast.


#1 Privilege Opening Party Friday May 21 Midnight to 6am.

It’s been quite a while since Privilege has put together an Opening Party of note, so you can understand our surprise when they pulled a Balearic Rabbit out of their hat, to open a season that promises much. With some really sharp Resistance lineups, fresh new parties and big names like Darius Syrossian and Carl Cox already confirmed, Privilege is back in the game this summer. We have already spoken about the Privilege Opening Party in more detail, so click on the blue link above to read it. What I like about this years Opening Party at Privilege, is its variety of sound and atmosphere that reflects a Classic Ibiza feel to proceedings. Tickets at €40 are on sale now.

Check out our picks for the Unmissable Parties of Ibiza 2018