Essential Ibiza headed down to Insane for the 2013 closing party at Pacha, Ibiza. Making their third appearance of the summer were DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina in their back-to-back-to-back formation.
Friday night in Pacha is Insane and has been all summer. One of the new look parties, Insane got off to a flyer and never slowed down until the early hours of this morning when the final beat squeezed out of the monster sound system and the party closed. The Friday night in Pacha has always adopted an eclectic booking style, with many DJs from various house genres dropping into to get the weekend started in style and with the new look weekly residency, there was evidence that this may continue. Residents John Digweed and Fritz Kalkbrenner provided the consistency throughout the season and were joined by a slew of talent that included the likes of X-Press 2, Fabric’s Terry Francis, Visionquest’s Lee Curtiss, Monika Kruse, UNER, Nic Fancuilli, H.O.S.H, Pleasurekraft, Oliver $, and Steve Lawler, to name only a few as it sought to maintain the cool vibe from the Friday night party. One of the biggest bookings of the summer and one that returned on more than one occassion was the back to back to back concept with DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina and it takes centre stage again for the closing party alongside Digweed for the final evening of Insanity.
Pacha has enjoyed a massive summer, from the changes at the beginning of the season, the subsequent expectation for all the new parties that hung over the opening parties to the massive celebration as it celebrates four decades at the top of the clubbing capital. 40 years of delivering amazing parties to the people of Ibiza, watching trends come and go, DJs make names for themselves and build huge club brands and generations of clubbers enjoying memorable moments on the famous dancefloor. One of the highlights of the new look line up has been Insane, the DJs that have passed through the booth this summer all have a different style but all have one thing in common, they have rocked the Pacha floor.
The last party of the summer for Insane sees John Digweed and the three amigos DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina take control of the booth for the finale. The club is already busy by the time we get in and Sneak seems to be the man in control of the decks, but with the back to back to back concept, you can never really tell, the three talented DJs interact throughout the set, smiles on their faces, bantering each other, dropping tunes and challenging the others to match or better. It’s a great sight to see and the resulting performance generates an amazing atmosphere on the floor. At one point The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ washes across the main room as one of the other DJs drops some beats behind it in an impromptu Pacha moment that results in a massive cheer from the crowd. It’s a breath of fresh air to see the three DJs going about their business, clearly they are having as much fun as the crowd as they interact with the sea of smiling faces looking towards them as they drop nugget after nugget of quality house on a crowd that has become accustomed to hearing the finest tunes every Friday.
We head off on a quick tour of the club and pop into the Funky Room where Vaughan hosts some of the Ibiza faces, including Mike and Clare Manumission, while DJ Pippi and recent ‘Best Ibiza DJ Award’ winner Willie Graff deliver a cool alternative to the big room sound in the main room. There is a real family feel about the Funky Room as everyone goes about saying goodbye to the Friday night party for another season. Back in the main rom and John Digweed has taken control of the booth as he takes the final leg of the Insane summer residency. He has an ability to build a real musical journey, having been one of the prominent compilation stars of the nineties, where he delivered some of seminal club mixes, and continues to do so, Digweed always looks so comfortable when he is behind the booth. After a summer residency along with Fritz Kalkbrenner which has seen the new look party win an army of new fans as well as winning over and entertaining the Pacha regulars, John Digweed can be satisfied with his Ibiza contribution for 2013.