Octan Ibiza has spent the many months of Covid-closure working hard to refurbish its famous open-air Terrace, as well as planning a big return to dancing once restrictions are lifted later this summer.
There is already a big programme in place for as soon as the club opens. As usual, you can expect that the world’s best house and techno DJs will play, with line-ups coming as soon as restrictions are lifted and the Ibiza government makes a full announcement of their plans.
In 2019, the brand new Octan quickly established itself as a White Island favourite for those looking for a more underground experience. It boasted a first-ever weekly Apollonia residency with Planet Claire as well as parties like Steve Lawler’s Warriors. With a bold exterior featuring expressive artwork that immediately stands apart, the club has three spaces – The Lab, The Basement and The Terrace.
The Terrace has been refurbished and repainted in the last year. It now boasts a central 25m square bar that makes it much easier to order drinks. It also brings everyone together in the middle of the terrace for an extra cosy vibe and lively atmosphere beneath a clear-blue Ibiza sky. The walls are adorned with colourful designs from acclaimed Leeds artist Nicholas Dixon, and also contain the hustle and bustle of the crowd who will be chilling and drinking outside. There is now also a large seating area with some suspended shade from the beating sun, just in case you need to take a break from the main action.
Meanwhile, the club’s Basement is the perfect underground space for those who like it dark and raw. It has low ceilings and a world-class sound system with sleek and stripped back styling. The Lab is the third and final space with its own low key and immersive lighting making it an atmospheric space of pure hedonism. Winter will see the Basement and Lab spaces get further updates ready for a big comeback and full capacity parties from May – October 2022.
Like many other parts of the world, Ibiza is slowly – but surely – returning to normal. In fact, the Spanish island is planning to reopen bars and restaurants next month. However, only outdoor areas will be opened on March 2nd. The indoor areas will open on March 16th, if the establishment has a CO2 meter installed and COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward.
Those measures are part of the de-escalation plan of the Balearic government, published by the news outlet The Olive Press on February 18th. After months of lockdown in Ibiza, you would think businesses received this news with relief – but not that much. The Confederation ofBusiness Associations in the Balearics declared that the de-escalation timeline is “unsatisfactory”. The reason behind this claim is that only 20% of bars and restaurants in Mallorca have outdoor areas.
Nonetheless, having people back in bars will certainly have benefits for the economy. As a matter of fact, tourism represents more than 80% of the economy in Ibiza and nightclubs are a big part of it, as edmtunes reports.
You can read more about the announcement via The Olive Press.
In October last year, it was announced that the Ibiza government has plans for rapid COVID-19 testing systems to open a tourist corridor in 2021. As reported by Nou Diari, the agreed protocol with the relative governing bodies, announced by Moroto, explains that every tourist arriving in the Balaeric or Canary Islands from another country, with an AI (infection rate) of 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, will not undergo testing on arrival. Tourists who come from countries with an AI greater than 50 will have to present a negative test carried out less than 48 hours before the flight.
The world’s best-known party island, Ibiza has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Frequent restriction changes, extortionate fines and bans on dancing, parties and smoking have affected the music and hospitality industries hugely. But while it’s hit locals hard, the pause in summer season has also given time for a reset and for the White Isle to regenerate. In a recent feature for DJ Mag, Anu Shukla travelled to Ibiza to investigate.
José Padilla, the Spanish DJ who helped define chillout music in the 1990s, has died aged 64 from colon cancer.
An update on his Facebook page reads: “It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza … Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him, but the beautiful music of José Padilla will stay with us forever.”
Padilla was born in Girona in 1955 but moved to Ibiza in 1976, and began DJing in the island’s clubs. He made his name as resident DJ at Café del Mar, the San Antonio bar that became famous for pairing relaxed music with sunset vistas.