Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. For some of us, that only means one thing: Ibiza. And for anyone who's never been, or even for the veterans getting ready for another round of fun, we've compiled a list of 10 types of people you're sure to meet in Ibiza this summer.
10. THE “OI-BEEFA" BOYS
With dance music’s explosion on to the mainstream over recent years, Ibiza has become a hot spot for the pumped party boys straight out of Southend airport. With their chests perfectly plucked, bum bags firmly attached and snapbacks crowning their heads, you can’t miss the influx of dance music’s newest generation of brothers.
9. THE ENDLESS SUPPLY OF "DJs"
Everyone is a DJ nowadays, and Ibiza brings them all together on one tiny island every summer. Though why is it that every last one of them seems to play deep house we'll never know...
8. THE ISLAND VETERANS
Holding the fort since The Summer of Love, these lovely people will undoubtedly have the skin of your grandmother’s leather suit and a whole load of magical clubland stories to entertain for hours. However, pay attention to what they're saying – sometimes they've got the best kept secrets of Ibiza.
7. ‘MOLLY MAD’ AMERICANS
With EDM taking over some of the biggest parties in Ibiza comes an abundance of American boys and girls seeking out someone named Molly. In between shouts of "Bro! Aoki, bro!", these guys can be found at the nearest beach club with an Avicii poster outside.
6. SMOKING AREA CLAIRE
With European law declaring smoking inside clubs illegal brings forth everyone’s favourite smoking area clinger-on to a club near you. Joyfully bouncing around any club’s smoking terrace chatting to each and every person who makes eye contact with her, Claire will be your best friend for life, firing off a succession of questions faster than you can answer: “What’s your name? Where are you from? What are you on? Who's your favourite DJ?”. She's always a great fun for a bit, but eventually it's time to go back inside and dance.
The revival of shuffling and ever increasing popularity of Ibiza is causing a new problem for all club promoters. Space. No, not the world famous clubbing institution, but the extra dance floor being taken up by girls and boys cutting their biggest and best shapes. Gone are the days of jumping up and down in appreciation to music, it has evolved to serious sidewards movements, and around, and diagonally, and any which way their limbs fly.
4. COOL EUROPEANS
While British revellers might be prancing around the island in day-glow short shorts, bum bags and body paint, there are the Italians, Spanish and Berghain massive are partying to the best techno and wearing sunglasses at any time of the day or night. Black clothing required.
3. THE "IT'S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE" CROWD
According to them, it's all been downhill since they covered the Amnesia Terrace – and they'll never hesitate to remind you. While we certainly wish we could rave under the stars like the old days, there's still a brilliant, beautiful, unimaginably amazing experience waiting for you in Ibiza. You just might have to look a little further these days.
Long before Ibiza was such a giant player in clubland, there were the hippies. Draped in hemp clothing and a lust for love, the hippies can be found in many of Ibiza’s magical beaches and spiritual hot spots. Approach with open arms and let the light in.
1. FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Ibiza is undoubtably one of the most unique and incredible melting pots of love, sweat, music and energy on the planet. This headdy combo guarantees the highest highs, a few very low lows, and bonds between new found friends that last a lifetime. We wouldn't trade it for the world. Bring on Ibiza 2015...
Richie Hawtin photo by Phrank.net