All of us at Cocoon wish all of you a very Happy New Year!
We are already deep into planning and preparing for 2017 but now is the time to offer our huge thanks for the support that made 2016, our 20th year, so special. Two big celebrations of this amazing anniversary took place at Robert Johnson and at ADE but there was a whole lot more going on in one of our favourite years.
In Ibiza with more parties and more choices than ever you still knew where to go for a true Ibiza experience. Every Monday night along came a crowd that makes all the difference. That is different. This means the world to us. Two game changing inspirational artists underpinned our 17th season with Sven Väth leading the way with an unbelievable 15 shows. Ricardo Villalobos was at his mighty best, even venturing into the main room. Lots for the highlight reel from these 2 giants but plenty more to go with some quite stunning lighting and visuals provided by Dub Video Connection and which were the real deal week after week. Ilario Alicante was irrepressible featuring in seven shows across both the main room and the terrace and Adam Beyer - astonishing sets throughout the season. For the second year running Richie Hawtin came back into town and with Sven blew the socks off an absolutely feverish terrace. but this is far from just being about the boys. Nina Kraviz, Sonja Moonear, tINI and Dana Ruh all made huge contributions to an atmosphere that never flagged. The list could go on and on. Formentera and our Thursdays at Tipic. Yes more intimate and social, but it still kept turning into a right knees up every week.
Cocoons tentacles were slithering everywhere in 2016. There were events across the continents featuring many of our artists and friends. Hard to pick one out but every July comes Cocoon in the Park. Stunning location near Leeds, one huge stage. Unique. But there was Cocoon Milan and in Rome. Montevideo, Dubai, London and many more of our own productions. Also stages at events like World Club Dome, We are FSTVL, Love Fest, Tomorrowland, SMS and so on and so on. A great year of action with many of the big ones spearheaded by the tireless, insatiable and now officially a legend in his own lunchtime – Sven Väth.
The record label was doing some brisk trade and you have to pick out a superb mix CD from Sven, Henrik Schwarz and Roman Flügel revisiting Electrical Salsa and KiNK and KÖLSCH coming up with their classic Sven remixes as the highlights – but don’t forget those intriguing releases by Ricardo Tobar and Ambivalent and the terrific Ilario offering Virgo Storm.
That then is just a quick review of a fabulous year. Much more on our website and facebook and beyond.
We have some very special things lined up for 2017, prepare to be amazed.
Be good. We might be. Until we meet again.