Sven Väth & more
Cocoon Ibiza – date 18
Heavens preserve us. We have a total monster coming your way. Everything has had a ring a ding ding these precious previous weeks. A fierce fiesta last Monday had Sven and Ilario rejoicing on the terrace until the sun came up and Nina Kraviz pummelling the main room after Dana Ruh had teased and twirled her way through the early hours. The taste left in our mouths was once again so sweet and dense we will try and bottle it. Hanging out with you lot on a Monday as the season wends its way to the close – hard to put into words.
Here we go with what might well be a classic. The penultimate gig, the last from our two exclusive heroes :
On the terrace :
It was Zip 2 weeks ago. Ricardo followed the Perlon prince with a precocious set that flew around the terrace and sealed a really memorable night of music. 3 vital artists seamlessly delivered an experience we will never forget. Tonight two more of his closest are here for another voyage. We truly do not think you can get this anywhere else. This crowd . This setting.
The utterly wonderful Raresh is second up. His first visit this year and we have been dribbling about this and having our sleep patterns disrupted. Whenever Ricardo and Raresh are on the same stage just somehow be there. They are going to move you .
The fourth and final Cocoon of the year from a sonic Swiss siren who just happens to be the most perfect person to invite you into the night. 2 outstanding joyous sets on the terrace under her belt. Set your alarm
In the Club :
Oh my goodness. That gig on the terrace at the beginning of September was something else entirely. It was the brilliant Adam Beyer and then that breathtaking Hawtin set. It really was – well, you just had to be there. Tonight is not only the last of the Richie exclusive Ibiza shows for Cocoon but it is the first in the main room. We are going to get the full treatment. We are going to be hypnotised
Well named. We pride ourselves every season on presenting the cream of the Live performers. This year is no exception, some stunning sets, and we climax with the explosive talent that is Matador. Gavin is going to cook your goose, do not miss a second of this.
Welcome to the big house Fabio. You already made some waves over in Tipic on our Cocoon Thursday’s and we look forward to hearing your naughty tunes again tonight, setting up a classic in the Club.
There have been some very special and different affairs landing every Monday in Amnesia. This one is going to pop your cork. There is something in the air.
Cocoon Ibiza – date 17
Last week was Sven all night long in the main room with some help from the masked marauder Redshape. It had been coming, it was explosive with Sven last Monday night. One of our loudest and a set of the season in the Club. Ricardo had two of his best chums with him on the terrace. Zip and Dorian Paic brought their immense knowledge and vinyl verve in support. It was an evening to be treasured yet again and now we head into the final furlong
with the a crowd of music lovers by our side – the 18th September features :
On the terrace :
The extraordinary year of Sven, the guv’nor bounds into September like a gazelle. He is a force of nature and there is nothing more to be said. Just enjoy whatever is thrown your way tonight, we are all scratching our heads yet moving our shoes.
Ilario is chasing Sven on the air mile ticker. The lad has been everywhere but tonight he is back here for a rare terrace appearance following his main room shows this year. Those of you that have seen his Tipic shows for Cocoon will be all over this one. A great Ilariyeario.
In the Club :
The ascending star that is Nina descends again on the main room of Amnesia and once again we have no idea what to expect. Her shows have been so different and so brilliantly provocative. An important artist shuts the room tonight and this is her last show of the year with us. Miss it not.
Dana is the sublime middle of this main room night. A hidden treasure starting to get the traction and attention her daring approach to music deserves. Dana is the gravy as everyone and his dog who has seen her recently will testify. We will be somewhere near you.
tINI knows how to get you organised as she showed with such gusto at the end of August, again in the Club. tINI always finds the tone and then plays with it and you. Effortlessly bright, always with a twist. Arrive early for the twists.
Always arrive early for Cocoon Ibiza. There are no fillers, only first quality fish in our tanks.
Mon Sep 17
Cocoon Ibiza – date 18
Amnesia / Ibiza / Spain
Richie Hawtin / Matador live / Fabio Florido / RICARDO VILLALOBOS / Raresh / Sonja Moonear
Alex & Digby
Bodin & Jacob
Christian Burkhardt live
Dense & Pika
Mano Le Tough
PRESS & MEDIA
Mixmag Interview: The History of Cocoon Ibiza
The history of one of the world´s biggest and most famous clubs.
The house where Amnesia now stands was built at the end of the 18th century. Five generations of the Planells family lived within its thick, whitewashed walls. They cultivated the land and built a mill out of stone. During the first half of the 10th century the poor that came to beg, received bread, cheese and dried figs.
The first foreign visitors to come to the island arrived towards 1950. They were drawn to the island by rumors of its mysterious legends and its breathtaking untouched nature. In 1954 people like Aristoteles Onassis or Rainier of Monaco were startled by the beauty of the Pitiusan coves. Ibiza then discovered tourism and began to prosper and grow.
However during the 60’s the ones to really enjoy the island were the hippies. They were the first to transgress. Idealists from all over the world chose Ibiza or Formentera as their paradise to live in peace. They listened to music, enjoyed the nature and smoked.
In 1964 the Rolling Stones spent a couple of days on holiday in San Antonio. By now the island had more than five thousand hotel occupancies. Europe convulses in May of 68 whilst the film More, with music by Pink Floyd, filmed and inspired in Ibiza, presents the island as paradise for drug consumption.
In March of 1970 the Planells family decide to end their long life in the country and move to a flat in town. They sell their ‘finca’ (country house) and the house to Maria Fuencisla Martinez de Campos y Munoz (a widow from an aristocratic background). This is when the most recent history of our discotheque really begins.
The island begins to enjoy a freedom unheard of in the rest of Spain. The house soon to become Amnesia turns into a meeting point for idealists and counter-culturists. The hippies play in live bands and amongst their friends, they dance till dawn, prepare vegetarian meals and ecstasies with The Doors whilst smoking and experimenting with LSD. They touched the heavens, organized art exhibitions and many other events.
In 1974 a young man born in Madrid, with a degree in philosophy came on to the scene, his name was Antonio Escohotado. He arrives on Ibiza looking to start a new life. He is soon to be the new apostle for the new drug experimentations.
On Nov 20th forty years of dictatorship end. Franco dies and Juan Carlos the 1st is proclaimed king.
One fine day in May 76 Antonio makes a deal with the landlady of the house and she rents it to him for 20.000 pesetas (120€) a month. Now all that was left was to christen the discotheque. He thought hard about this until he came across the name, The Workshop of Forgetfulness. He wanted to express that when people go out at night it is to forget their problems and indulge in an unknown world far away from ordinary routine. The next day he realized that just one word from Greek etymology explained it all. This of course was Amnesia and that is how the islands most authentic discotheque was born.
The summer of 78 Bob Marley gave an unforgettable performance and ‘new wave’ begins to blossom whilst ‘Saturday night fever’ shows its premiere release. Disco music heiress to the Philadelphian sound, eclipses into rock and the rhythm at the disco’s start a new hedonist way of life.
That year a manufacturer from Madrid named Ginés Sánchez takes over Amnesia. This seams was achieved by other promoters during negotiations on the island. This is when a decade of ups and downs begin, during which unexpected closings of the discotheque are intertwined with glorious summers with the crowd at its most and in full on competition against the other discotheques, such as Ku (now Privilege), Pacha, Glory’s and Lola’s (these last two no longer exist).
In the 80’s a young Basque initially linked to Ku is become the leading character in the most famous events in the old house in San Rafael. The person in question is Prontxio Izaguirre who brought fresh ideas to the nocturnal life and brought Amnesia to spread its fame throughout Europe.
Almost in a breaths take the music changed from Led Zeppelin to Bowie, from Springsteen to Madonna and from Donna Summer to Prince. The discotheque went from egg-carton soundproofing to a new, captivating and powerful sound. This is when dance music began and new trends and fusions. The line is faded between pop and funk. Hip-hop is born along with break-dance and rap. Free style in mixing is permitted and house is about to take over.
The Ibizencan discotheques introduce the magic of open rooftops and the original Balearic sound emerges and dj Alfredo Fiorito is the man heard.
The most important changes came from the hands of MFC at the beginning of the 90’s. The Berlin wall comes down and house music becomes international. The night of the 22nd of June 91 is still remembered to this day on the island. It’s another day in history for re-openings. Thousands of young people invade Amnesia, labeling the beginning of the last most fruitful times in this temple of sound.
The clubs of Ibiza start to become famous worldwide. Although due to neighbors complaints the authorities oblige them to cover the dance-floors, which had traditionally functioned in the open air. Nevertheless Amnesias expansion is unstoppable. From four bars it grows to sixteen, from thirty employees to more than two hundred in mid summer. These include waiters, spectacular go-go dancers’, security, light-jockeys and office workers amongst others.
In 1999 the UN claims Ibiza cultural heritage. The island reaches one hundred thousand habitants and the label Amnesia extends from magazines to records, cloths’etc. Its fame grows like its foam, that foam that names one of its most important performances. Today in the 21st century who hasn’t heard of parties like ‘Cocoon Club’, ‘La Troya Asesina’ or ‘Cream’? Disc-jockeys like Sven Väth, Paul Van Dyk, Dj Tiësto, Danny Tenaglia, Laurent Garnier or Carl Cox are just some of the legendary stars to have passed through the dj booth.
FROM THE 2000’S ONWARDS
Likewise the list of rich and famous that have been to the disco during their summer holidays is endless’ Naomi Campbell, Puf Daddy, Dolce & Gabbana, Bono, Boy George, Elle McPherson, George Michael, Valentino Rossi and Calvin Klein’ the gods of fashion and beauty.
One of the secrets to its success lies in the quality of its sound. Today the discotheque has one of the most advanced sound systems (Expanded Amnesia Technology) due to the dynamic electronic process. Its function is to analyze and submit frequencies that provoke the human body to feel sensations that compare to having a sound massage’ enjoy it!
From 2006 til date, Amnesia has been awarded for 3 consecutive years the prestigious BEST GLOBAL CLUB award in the Winter Music Conference which is held every year in Miami during the last week of March.
In 2009 Amnesia installed a system of 24 color lasers with the latest technology controllable like a robot. 23 lasers are 1 Watt RGB and there is one high power RGBY Matrix. The combination results in a spectacle unimaginable.
Currently Amnesia is about to begin to open franchises in four key destinations, these franchises must meet strict requirements to guarantee to be as similar as possible to the original club of Ibiza.