Sankeys Ibiza closing signalled the very last of the major clubs’ closing parties. We’d made it all the way through until October and wearied by the marathon of closings, the finish line was in sight. We didn’t want to limp over the line though, so one last night of revelry was in store to truly finish things off. Sankeys took the mantle of lasting the longest, being the final club to close its doors for the 2014 season.
On paper, the line-up had eschewed the kind of star names that were plastered all over the closing party line-ups around the island with Sankeys opting to go for a number of popular regulars and residents who have played a part in the club’s most successful year on the island to date.
The DJs in attendance made up the foundations and the backbone of Sankeys’ line-ups this summer, so it certainly made sense to bring them all together for one final blow-out.
Early on, numbers were thin as Andrea Oliva occupied the Lab, and I did wonder if the very late date might have had an effect on the crowd. It looked as if it might be a difficult night for a little while, but the numbers soon started to filter in. Oliva’s reputation for playing big bold house tracks was strikingly evident as he laid down Kenny Larkin’s remix of ‘I Don’t Need A Cure For This’ by Radio Slave, which went down a storm, as did Roman Lindau’s ‘Now’.
Sidney Charles provided straight up house with the characteristically punchy sounds he’s entertained the Basement with all season. Charles has been another performer who you could rely on throughout the summer to provide solid house selections, and has a great connection with the crowd.
These sentiments carried through into Spektrum, where Hector Couto was delivering yet more superb selections, in this case probably the strongest of the night. The Spaniard dropped the likes of Brawther’s ‘GSM’s Life’ to the small pocket of revellers, who were clearly keen on making the most of the final closing party of the season.
It was probably the best I’d seen Spektrum all season, with a genuinely sharp and exciting vibe in the room. I often enjoy the small, dark and intimate spaces and there’s certainly potential for some fireworks in Spektrum, but unfortunately it can struggle due to its side-room nature, especially when the Lab is open.
Speaking of the Lab, chart-topping Duke Dumont was banging out a series of big tracks, with heaps of melody and catchy vocals, perfectly poised to entertain the large crowd. Buoyed by two number one hits in the UK, the producer’s name draws in piles of punters, especially the British crowd.
Down in the Basement another two familiar faces were laying down the tough grooves, firstly Shlomi Aber, who has undoubtedly had a successful season at Sankeys, going some way to establishing himself as something of a Sankeys legend. Another man who is also on the same Sankeys trajectory is Darius Syrossian, who was at the helm of the highly successful Tribal Sessions parties this summer. Bumping and bouncing, Syrossian’s sound is always fuel to the party fire and the Sankeys faithful were almost immediately sucked onto the Basement dance floor by his presence in the booth and his name flashing on the LED screens.
Leaving was a strange feeling, as it dawned on me that the entire season had come to an end. Sankeys had certainly played a huge part after their strongest season yet.