2010 // Party Animals
The party of our life, the summer of our life (again) and all our favourite animals! ?
Heat, sun, burning air, wet skin, driving beats, hysteria meets glamour, never-ending nights, never-ending sounds and frequencies that touch us and drive us crazy and never let you go. You feel the longing, like a wild animal in the dark night – out, out, you must get out, odours, skin, sweat, we are the heart of the night, the world turns around you, around us, and we turn around you all! We are the party, everybody is a part of one another. Like a pride of wild lions, always moving, always watching and always searching! I take you for a ride, follow me, let the party begin! But take care, it'll be louder, wilder and hotter than ever before! Avoid the blazing sun and keep an eye on the oasis!
The madness continued, Cocoon Ibiza was wilder and more extreme than ever before! Sven Väth and the Cocoon Ibiza residents Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Marco Carola are exclusively at Cocoon's! With his Minus crew, Richie Hawtin was again part of the Cocoon almanac, and Desolat as well as Cécille are two of the hottest labels you can book for a night at the moment. Besides many familiar Cocoon residents of the last years, we were happy to welcome Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Sascha Dive, Pantha Du Prince, Tini and Ilario Alicante at Amnesia for the first time. Live acts were provided by the two high-flyers Guti and Egbert as well as from Kollektiv Turmstraße from Connaisseur Recordings. And beyond the music the decor and visuals for the club will be handled Reach Visuals who created something mindblowing for this summer season.
The eleventh season was something very special for us, after having completed the first decade of Cocoon in Ibiza. We were not looking back at what we have achieved and experienced, but forward into the future.
Step by step we have created something magical from which to continue to grow and develop. Stagnancy would mean regression here. At the Cocoon parties, many young and innovative artists have the chance to meet the established names that belong to the best we have to offer in electronic music. Cocoon Ibiza doesn't see itself solely as a party institution, we are also aware of the cultural mission we are committed to. We have been fortunate to have some of the best local DJ talent grace the booth at Cocoon Ibiza and we are committed to working further with local DJ’s to further cement the bond between the night we love and the island that makes it possible.
In this spirit: out of the cage, wilder, freer and more extreme than ever before! Party Animals, the name said it all: Grrrrrr!
2009 // Ten Years Cocoon Ibiza
The story of Sven Väth, Cocoon and especially Ibiza has been told in so many ways and so many times over the last few years, with interviews, press releases, party reviews, bulletin boards and much more which does not actually leave much room for additions. Cocoon Ibiza is, and remains, one of the cornerstones of the Ibizan party universe that is calling out for the island's invasion every summer. The fact that we were approaching our tenth year was not something that anybody would honestly have imagined after the first very hard years. So the tenth year was a year for us to say thank you!
First of all, our very special thanks go to our guests, who have constantly supported us from the beginning and to the many artists who have performed for us. Above all, we have to mention Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin here – Sven expressed his confidence in them very early on, which proved once more his unique intuition for music and club culture in general. Every other Cocoon resident and guest DJs has succeeded in redefining the island's sound over the last ten years. House and Techno in their present form would certainly be understood in a different way without Cocoon in Ibiza. As well as the musical artistes our performance acts have had a special position within Cocoon events from the beginning. Names like the Freaks from London or Rosalind "Rose" Bee, as well as Cocoon's very own performances stand for a new quality, which we improve on each year. For the big anniversary, we were more than happy to announce the guest performance of American burlesque icon Dita von Teese in this year's season.
Last but not least, we have to say thank you to Amnesia Ibiza, of course – still one of the best clubs in the world and the perfect place for the Cocoon nights on Mondays. With its new terrace, Amnesia has shifted up a gear again last year and thus created two magnificent floors, which are unique on the island.
That year, the uncompromising musical path that Cocoon has stood for over the last ten years was, of course, continued and even refined. With Reboot from Offenbach, Federico Molinari from the Frankfurt-based label "Oslo", Livio & Roby from Romania, British Tech House superstar Radio Slave, German shooting star Nick Curly plus the French Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts and the Chilean Jose Luis Ordenes a.k.a Umho, we were happy to welcome several exemplary new acts that stand for the current development of House and Techno. Among these newcomers, the live set of Joris Voorn represented a very special highlight. Cocoon head Sven Väth was hosting the Cocoon night – believe it or not – 13 times this year and many of our residents from past years were behind the decks again. Loco Dice was to play five times, one with his long-time production partner Martin Buttrich; Richie Hawtin was our guest three times and hosted a special Minus night with Magda, Barem and Gaiser Live. Marco Carola can't be left out of course and was playing twice. Ricardo Villalobos played the decisive role on the Amnesia terrace with seven performances of his unique magical sound – among others, he had booked Chicago House legend DJ Sneak.
Besides the well-known Cocoon and CocoonClub artists André Galluzzi, C-Rock, Chris Tietjen, Frank Lorber, Karotte and Tobi Neumann, we welcomed Markus Fix and Cassy, two new entrants to Cocoon Artist Booking, and with Dorian Paic, Dubfire, Josh Wink, Luciano, Matthias Kaden, Onur Özer, Raresh, Tiefschwarz, Vera and Zip, all the friends of Cocoon were on the White Island again – not to miss our two Ibiza residents Arian and MarT from Amnesia.
So, the craziness continued and we were celebrating together our tenth year on the mystic sun island – a very special year and a magic doubling of jubilees! While Cocoon Ibiza revealed its 10th birthday, the CocoonClub Frankfurt entered its 5th year! After the long, hard and grey winter, we were looking forward to what became an outstanding summer: 10 Years of Cocoon Ibiza – the party continues!
2008 // Disco Invaders
It was the year 2008, and what once was called Science Fiction had now arrived in the present. Everybody is using an adequate communicator, controlling and storing half his life, and music is more and more becoming a very important part of it. The songs that help us forget our daily routine are the soundtrack of our lives, meanwhile covering the whole world. Cosmic Electronic Grooves from planet Minimal Techno Funk – and each summer, Ibiza is the capital of this planet and Sven Väth is its galactic commander! The Amnesia pyramid continued sending out its signal, and the signal said: "Disco Invasion"! We were following this signal and travelled all the way through the Techno universe, in order to bring you the revolution: the Disco Invasion, that blends everything together and leaves behind old categories. 'The sky is the limit' on planet Minimal Techno Funk, Ibiza is our International Spaceport and Sven gives us the command for take-off!
Cocoon Ibiza is an absolutely unique story of success, and was approaching its tenth anniversary with rapid strides. But neither the long-time duration of the Cocoon Summer Residency nor its constantly growing support are the true indicators of success – it's the musical content and the high artistic values of the campaigns that have been and still are unrivalled on the island, regarding continuity and consequence. Where chumming-up mainstream has replaced the Balearic Beats over the last years, Cocoon was able to give a totally new musical impulse to the island and has also significantly influenced many competitors. The latest strike in this constantly developing Cocoon universe does now unite the euphoria of the late Disco and Funk era and current Techno and House tendencies, and thus heralds a new stage of contemporary music.
The matching frequencies and sounds were delivered by the three Cosmic Groove Commanders Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin, supported by the Electronic Funk Armada around Loco Dice, Luciano, André Galluzzi, Steve Bug, Marco Carola and Pig&Dan. Also, Miss Magda and the brothers Tiefschwarz were on board again, and Frankfurt support came this year from Frank Lorber, C-Rock, Dorian Paic and our most beloved space vegetable: Cosmic Karotte!
Similarly to the past Ibiza orbits, the Cosmic Dance Department was again taking care for the newcomer space pilots of the last years: Raresh and Chris Tietjen were with us – and this year's new cadets on the Cocoon Spaceship were Reboot, Johnny D, Danny Fiddo, Matt Star, Mathias Kaden as well as Berlin-based Cassy and Vakant shooting star Tolga Fidan.
In the summer of 2008, live consoles were operated by Minilogue, Gaiser, Extrawelt, Heartthrob, Dandy Jack, Melchior Productions, Barem and Guy Gerber; but also the Ibiza veterans from our friendly star alliance Alter Ego were at the controls on the command bridge and had a significant influence on the course.
Cosmic Dance is here to stay!
2007 // Freakshow
Eight years of Cocoon in Ibiza! Eight years of Cocoon style Monday madness. Back in the summer of 1999, we would have never considered this would carry on for eight years. The number Eight as a date is perfect for our Cocoon events at Amnesia. We manage to excite both our long-term fans as well as Cocoon newbies again and again. Just like the number eight, we are doing the rounds and serve an excellent club meal on the two Amnesia floors - which is unequalled worldwide. The infinity symbol of the figure 8 represents a deep emotion with which we ’freaks’ can identify, of course. We are also living this endless passion and render homage to the rituals we have established over the years. Freaks like us are people who have dedicated themselves so deeply to their passion and live it to such an extent that they want to pass it on to others and want them to be part of this eternal fascination. For decades Ibiza and its party culture has captivated thousands. Since the early seventies, art fans and music lovers from all over the world have met here to worship the sun and celebrate the night. They have all been here: ageing hippies, psy-rockers, reggae musicians and of course the disco freaks and pilgrims of electronic dance music who are searching for acid house, techno and balearic beats; Ibiza has become the capital of the United Nation Of Freaks!
Looking back over the past successful seasons, we have thought of something special. Having developed our very own style throughout the years - like no other party on the island – we laid claim to one of the hottest spots in Ibiza! It was now time to take care for some of our offspring among the freaks! So, in the eighth season, we had our own freaks slipping out of the cocoons to surprise you with larger-than-life masks and costumes; in order to make the absolute freak show perfect. Also, musically, we consistently followed our path and, besides Über-Freak and Cocoon head Sven Väth, presented the Freakmasters Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice throughout the summer. New in the team were Thomas Melchior and Gabriel Ananda / Dominik Eulberg, both of them live! Likewise for their debut on the island, we had Lawrence and the Live Acts of Martin Buttrich, Guy Gerber and Jacek Sienkiewicz. Alongside James Holden, André Galluzzi, Miss Kittin, Luciano, Roman Flügel and Tobi Neumann, the next freak generation was represented by Chris Tietjen and Raresh. From CocoonClub Frankfurt, we brought you the two residents C-Rock and Karotte, and back at the decks were freak chefs Steve Bug, Magda, Tiefschwarz, Pascal FEOS, Frank Lorber, False aka Matthew Dear live, Gaiser live, Önur Özer, Arian and MarT.
2006 // Wildlife 2 - Craziness Continues
After having experienced the euphoria at the 2005 Grand Opening Party, we already had a slight impression of what was still to come within the sixth season. However, what followed was totally beyond our imagination. So far, Wildlife was the most appropriate motto and described only vaguely the incredible atmosphere of this summer. Every Monday topped the previous one, the nights became more and more intense until a level was reached at the Amnesia which could not be beaten. That was what we thought. Until the Closing Party. Unbelievable... especially the atmosphere of the last four hours which followed the curfew and the ice-cold parking lot intermezzo. Those have been the most emotional moments of the whole season. Even the Amnesia employees hadn't seen something like that within thirteen years: "¡Increíble!".
Not without good reason did Sven finish the Closing Party with the perfect record "Just another Manic Monday". Wildlife 2005 has set new standards, and you have been part of this all – this was obvious in your styling an make up, which fitted perfectly to the motto. And this is where we continued in our Seventh Season: Wildlife 2 – Craziness continues. And that is all we could say about what expected you on every Monday within fourteen weeks. We went on from last year's motto – however, not without presenting new highlights. In Season 7, we presented no less than five international top Live Acts: Mathew Jonson, Anthony Rother, Johannes Heil, Matthew Dear and Pier Bucci.
Again, Sven played ten times on the Main Floor – two times of that all night long, only accompanied by a Live Act. Ricardo Villalobos hosted his desired partners on the terrace six times, once within an insane "Back2Back" with Richie Hawtin! And with the first Minus Night in Ibiza, the latter delivered a guaranteed highlight of this season. Also Cocoon Recordings presented an own night at the Amnesia for the first time ever, having Frank Lorber, Loco Dice, German shooting star Oliver Koletzki, the Mallorca locals Pig&Dan and Cocoon newcomer Chris Tietjen rocked the house. Berlin's guarantee for wasted nights has a name: André Galluzzi. He completed the four "Leader of the Pack" of the Seventh Season. From Frankfurt, we had of course Toni Rios, Dorian Paic, Meat, C-Rock and Pascal FEOS, who had a tour stop of his "Synaptic" album tour at Amnesia. More climaxes expected us in the shape of Tiefschwarz brothers Basti and Ali, Dominik Eulberg and the Offenbach Playhouse gang round Roman Flügel and Ata Macias. Miss Kittin and Steve Bug were already well-known from earlier seasons, and Tobi Neumann and Luciano drove the terrace totally crazy this summer. For the first time, we had Onur Özer from the Berlin-based Label Vakant, the "Rej" producers Âme as well as Karotte.
Of course, we had again a unique look and breathtaking dancers, among them the "Dream and Dare" performers of CocoonClub Frankfurt. So, there were more than enough surprises during the summer!
2005 // Wild Life
Wild Life – Thanks a lot to all who have made the Sixth Season what it was: fourteen great events, where one highlight followed the next! After we started the Sixth Season with a magnificent Opening Party, including a special 10-hours-after hour set by Sven Väth at the beach, Miss Kittin, Layo & Bushwacka as well as Roman Flügel and Steve Bug were the first to make the Anmesia shake. What followed in August was absolutely unbelievable! Never before have so many party people been on the island at the same time, and never before did we have such a mixed crowd at the Cocoon parties. Clubbing on the highest level!
The energy that has been released at the two September events could be felt physically and is really hard to describe – you have to experience it yourself – WILD LIFE!!!
Sven was leading the hordes of the savages for ten times (record!) and then, during the summer, passed the tribal sceptor to his friends Ricardo (6x), Richie (4x) and Miss Kittin (3x).
Besides grandmasters from the likes of Hell, Frank Lorber, Toni Rios, Tobi Neumann, André Galluzzi, Steve Bug, Luciano, Michael Mayer, Ata and Pascal FEOS, Cocoon hijacked some more savages from the urban jungle and brought them to the ibizenkian thicket: Roman Flügel proved his qualities as a DJ before returning for the Closing Party with Alter Ego. Dominik Eulberg, James Holden, Wighnomy Brothers, Ivan Smagghe and Tiefschwarz passed the fire of the tribe rituals of every Monday to the crowd.
With Tania Vulcano, Loco Dice, Arian 911, MarT alongside with Dorian, Meat and C-Rock, the Ibizenkian and Frankfurt tribes met on the terrace and created the Cocoon Sound of the summer 2005 together with the savages on the main floor. For visual madness, we had once more teamed up with the Shamans of Object Arts, Mike Schaaf from Wiesbaden and Skudi Optix from Berlin. A strong season needed strong partners - this year, we were glad to welcome Sony Ericsson and T-Mobile in the circle of the savages.
Just as everybody slowly approached the final climax, the Ibizan authorities delighted us with a special surprise: as of now, all clubs have to close at 6 a.m. The Amnesia club – similarly surprised as we were – suggested us to close at 6 a.m. and re-open at 8 a.m. Of course, some guests were annoyed by this procedure, but when the music started, nobody knew at that point that now the best 4 hours of the party had started – it was simply madness! Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano played a 3-DJs-ping-pong set that the world has never seen before, and which was definitely one of the best sets that have ever been played at a Cocoon party.
We want to thank the whole Amnesia staff, the countless hands and supporters that have helped us during the whole season, all the DJs, Live Acts, performers, dancers, the décor team, the promotion team, the door staff, Martin for the brilliant sound and all who gave us the possibility to party on after the Amnesia had closed!
2004 // Cocktails
From the time we started our events in 2000 until now, this year fifth season was by far the most exiting and thrilling one for us.
The concept „Cocktails“, meaning a good mixture of extravagant decorations, great audience and excellent sound, did not only open the mouths on the island. Once again, we managed to attract a selected crowd of clubbers and gave them the time of their lives.
Also VIPs like Valentino Rossi, Nadja Auermann, P.Diddy and the elite of the international DJ scene dropped by to celebrate with us.
For the first time, Cocoon was responsible for both the main and house floor, and we really showed everyone, what kind of sound Cocoon stands for on Ibiza. Especially Ricardo Villalobos was the one who played the crowd nutty during his five appearances.
The main floor was, however, our focus like in every season, where the „who is who“ of the international DJ scene performed. An event which we never will forget was for example the remarkable evening with Laurent Garnier and Sven where just everything was perfect and the tension was almost bizarre. Performing as a headliner for nine times, Sven proved once again that he like no other understands to give all the energy back to the crowd until a shot from the fogmachine cools down their bodies again.
Also a definite asskicker was Miss Kittin, who played herself into the hearts of our audience with her vocals and formed one of the season´s highlights, just like Richie Hawtin, who rocked the crowd five (!) times.
Of course, just like every year, all other acts gave way over 100 percent, for example Steve Bug, Hell, Toni Rios, Pascal FEOS, just to name a few.
For a certain glamour and a good portion of eroticism, Miss Dita von Teese was the right person to count on and will never be forgotten just like Sven´s performances at the legendary afterparties.
A special thanks has to go out to our partners at T-Mobile, who supported us as much as they could.
Also for the great décor and the visual kicks'n'thrills, we have to thank our friends at Skudioptix/Berlin and Mike Schaaf/Wiesbaden.
2003 // ... in your face!
The party went on! Cocoon rocked it again! In the Club, at the beach, in your head! And ...in your face!
The Summer Residency of the Cocoon Club at Amnesia on the White Island of Ibiza approached its fourth season in 2003. That year, it was possible to strengthen the Cocoon Family decisively: with Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell, Miss Kittin and Adam Beyer, people found the Creme de la Creme of the international DJ elite at the decks. Besides that, we were able to get two of the best Live Acts worldwide: Technasia and Sven Väth's favourite sound tinkerers Alter Ego.
Master Host Sven Väth had not only brought a unique party series into life, he also managed it to make the best DJs in the world – such as Marco Carola or Richie Hawtin – want to return to Amnesia every year. Being this year's Co-Resident, Richie played five times – and with his well-known high-energetic sets, he drove the crowd electronically insane...
On the one hand, the year's motto "...in your face!" expressed the demand of carrying out high-class parties. It was not a threat, but rather illustrated what happened inevitably. There was no modesty, no restraint and we didn't run on the economy cycle – oh no: Cocoon just speeded up like never before and kicked your ass with thirteen five-star parties: just ...in your face! On the other hand, it also illustrated that there was more to read in our faces than we actually think. Everybody shows his inner self in his face, letting us read in it. But it should not be all about being serious – one should also be able to laugh about yourself, take life from the humorous side. And this is what happened at Amnesia!
The décor of both the Techno Floor and the House Garden was once again provided by the Berlin based creatives of Skudioptix and object artist Mike Schaaf from Wiesbaden.
2002 // Morph To Extreme
The Cocoon has opened and out of it hatched an opalescent insect. It enchanted everybody with its charming movements – only in order to return even more opalescent and charming by the beginning of next summer…
The Cocoon Club of Summer 2002 was over, and we were looking back on a successful season: The crowd was even more colourful than last year and the people joined Cocoon on its journey into the night. We were able to welcome guests from all over the world, among them many Ibizencos that have rather shunned the clubs in the last years due to the dominance of British promoters. Merely the only way to stop the Cocoon Parties was closing the club at 08.00 h, according to the island's authorities' policy. However, this was not detrimental to the high spirits, because the exclusive After Hour Parties at one of the island's most beautiful beaches (due to exclusivity, the name of the beach must be kept secret – but watch out in 2003!) have been a more than perfect compensation for the sometimes-sudden end of the night.
Even so, everybody who could not be part of the After Hours experienced the night almost in frenzy, carried by music and filled by the spirit that turns the Cocoon Club into something very special. The lavish décor by Skudioptics and Mike Schaaf's 'Objects of Desire', combined with the atmosphere in the Amnesia and its brand new sound system turned the two dancefloors into a magical world somewhere in between Elfland and Sci-Fi-Temple. With her torsion performance, Snake Woman Rose staged the picture of the opening cocoon in a perfect way, accompanied by the 'flying fires' of Starfire and the grossly stalking along Freaks.
Above all, the DJ is enthroned, and with him the music. Almost everybody from the Cocoon Family joined us this season: Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Josh Wink, Pascal FEOS, Oliver Bondzio, Frank Lorber, Toni Rios, Ricardo Villalobos, Funk D'Void, Paco Osuna, Steve Rachmad, Justin Berkovi, Anthony Rother, Richard Bartz, Tobi Neumann and D.Diggler. More special highlights have been Alter Ego, Green Velvet, DJ Hell, Chris Liebing, Sara and an exclusive live performance by Vitalic, who played a remix of OFF's 'Electrica Salsa' – especially for Sven and the Cocoon Club.
2001 // Booked Your Flights Yet?
Sven Väth's Cocoon Club was hosting the Techno Floor at the Amnesia on every Monday during the summer season. Besides other acts, performances of Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Westbam, DJ Hell, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Chris Liebing, Frank Lorber, Toni Rios, Alter Ego, Pascal F.E.O.S. and Oliver Bondzio shook the dancefloor a whole 14 times this summer.
The House Floor was once again hosted by the M1 Club / Stuttgart and brought Mousse T., Josh Wink, Ricardo Villalobos, Steve Bug and Ata, to name just a few. The special gimmicks in this summer were – besides the new COCOON After Hour – two events hosted by friendly clubs: the Flamingo/Essen and the Funky Chicken/Cologne presented the latest stuff out of German cellars. And 'I love Techno' also hosted an evening with G-Force and Marco Carola!
Not only for the ears – also for the eyes: several decoration artists and body artists took care of the visual emotions, and the light show put it all in bright and beautiful colours. Anything else…..? This year's partners of the COCOON Club Summer Residence were Europe's leading Interactive Music Brand eJay and German Portable MP3 Player manufacturer Pontis.