As another season on the magical isle is about to be conceived, we look into our crystal ball and try to discover what lies ahead for Ibiza 2018. After a year of seismic change in 2017, will that momentum carry on into next summer? We think it will, and while its very early days for promoters and clubs to be signing any new deals, the horse trading will begin in earnest early in the coming weeks and we can expect white smoke and confirmations to start emerging in February with all residencies usually confirmed by April. Leaks and rumours will fuel the speculation as promoters jockey for position in the micro environment of the islands clubbing landscape and we hope to bring you those stories as they emerge. For now and without further ado, here are our predictions for Ibiza 2018.
#1 – The Ascendancy Of Hi Ibiza
Eaten bread is soon forgotten and we predict that any bad taste lingering from the Space takeover will quickly dissipate as DJ’s and promoters Que up to be included on The Night Leagues roster for Ibiza 2018. We expect a few star studded additions to the Hi weekly schedual with at least two new nights for the club and its outdoor venue Ushuaia. Favourites to defect to The Night League include parties from Amnesia, Pacha and DC10.
#2 – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Two of the islands biggest DJ names, Marco Carola and Solomun, are currently the subject of rumours regarding their residencies for Ibiza 2018. If he is ever to move, now is the time for Marco Carola and Music On, as their contract with Amnesia expires soon. A similar story for Solomun as new owners and direction at Pacha may hasten his departure for greener pastures.
#3 – The Fat Lady Sings
We predict the end of daytime partying at one outdoor venue in San Jose and a change of ownership at an established club in Playa Den Bossa. This will have a knock on effect for the parties residing at these venues as they search for new homes. We also expect to witness the end of one party’s Ibiza journey at Amnesia and another at Privilege.
#4 – Big Changes at Pacha
With a major refurbishment currently in progress at the iconic club, its American investors may look to change the business model at the venue. Rumours already suggest that a number of trendy DJ’s are about to depart and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the club. We predict a more upmarket product as the new owners unveil the next stage of the Pacha brand development.
#5 – Business as Usual
Plenty of sabre rattling and municipal law changes already in the pipeline, the politicians in theory, look to be clamping down on noise pollution and closing times. While they may have good intentions, past experience would suggest that in practice, little will change and we predict that it will be business as usual for those that can afford it on the island again this summer.