Avicii. In just a few short years, the name has become synonymous with packed out festivals, massive club anthems and productions that span every genre and demographic the world over. Having such a wide draw may sound nothing short of positive, but as an artist who’s used to playing festivals that draw crowds in the hundreds of thousands, what can the young Swede do to top himself in Ibiza? Simple – play two of the biggest clubs in the world, back to back, that in total brought us 15-hours of non stop partying, so we headed down to Amnesia to see how the second half of this massive fiesta turned out.
Avicii Ibiza Takeover was the name aptly given to the 15 hour party, which kicked off at the world famous Ushuaia Beach Club in Playa D’en Bossa, where Avicii holds a Sunday residency. The party then made its way over to the infamous super-club Amnesia for a one-off party that brought out the die hard fans into the early morning.
Amnesia resident Brian Cross was kicking things off in a major way on the terrace and when we arrived, keeping the crowd roaring along, packing out the cavernous room with more and more bodies as the night progressed. Brian is an absolute animal on the decks, and can control a crowd extraordinarily well, spanning genres from tech-house to rock, effortlessly tossing in top 40 hits like Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ sampled over Queen’s infamous ‘We will rock you’ beat.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano headlined the main room, and it was clear right out of the gates why that was. Matching the energy in the terrace without question, the duo blasted off with a remix of Breach’s ‘Jack’ that immediately had the room buzzing and dancing. The duo plays hard hitting progressive house, puting their own interesting touch on each track played, giving off a tribal, jungle-house feel that was relentless but well executed. They hardly gave the room a chance to breathe, giving the always-beautiful Amnesia dancers something to really move to.
The time had finally come for the main event on the terrace. Avicii had taken center stage, and the crowd was absolutely up for it. We headed upstairs out of the masses, because by that point, there was sipmly no room on the terrace floor for us. Absolutely packed would be an understatement – there was hardly even space to breathe. Avicii warmed things up with light, melodic house, which was complimented by images of clouds and sky hovering behind him on the giant LED projection wall, working very well with the feel of the music.
He moved quickly into harder hitting tracks, filing the place with energy, putting a a decidedly harder and dirtier twist to his set, mixing in crowd favorites such as his collaboration with Nicky Romero, ‘I could be the one.’ It was an absolute feel-good night that had people truly losing themselves in the moment, not just moving along to the beat. Having brought out a massive range of people from old to young, locals to tourists, it’s clear that Avicii breaks down all barriers, and can bring people together from all walks of life for one big party.