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Glitterbox Closes In Sensational Fashion With Superstar Line-Up
11th October 2019 0 comments

One party that felt like the whole island was out for is the extravaganza that is Glitterbox. The closing on Sunday 6th October saw an almighty turn out for one last flamboyance and feel-good-stacked hurrah. And it seems the entirety of Glitterbox’s finest were out too with a line-up sporting the iconic Loui Vega, Dimitri From Paris and Roger Sanchez among more. With now six years in the game Defected boss and Glitterbox creator, Simon Dunmore, has seen his event propel to dizzying heights. We donned our most dramatic ensembles – yes, the glitter was out – and joined an army of others doing the same for a love-fuelled knees-up, one last time! Well, until next year…

With further acts on the roster to the tune of Purple Disco Machine, London’s Melvo Baptiste, island-favourites Melon Bomb and even Simon Dunmore himself, nothing could have prepared us for the surprise guest – Fatboy Slim! Sass and exuberance we were most definitely anticipating, yet a line-up so killer had us palpitating at the thought. There was no time to let it get to our heads as we turned up to a bustling Hï Ibiza just past midnight. Revellers in all sorts of eye-popping, shimmering outfits sprawled out across the stairways, patiently waiting to filter in. With our heads a little weary from Ushuaïa Ibiza’s climactic closing the prior night, we entered and immediately the trumpeting thumps and celebratory sounds wiped all recollection of a banging headache.

Simon Dunmore & Dimitri Paris at Glitterbox Closing

Feeling the heat of the dancefloor we made our way to the Club room first. Underneath a smattering of glistening disco balls, a pulsating crowd were letting it rip already. One of the Glitterbox family’s newer recruits Melvo Baptiste was up on a b2b with Simon Dunmore. Plenty of old-town funk filled the air while we were suitably distracted by drag queens sashaying through the crowds. Their set brought a momentous crescendo with the drop of The Vision’s ‘Heaven’ that sent out shockwaves and a frenzy of people throwing their hands up high to the towering beat. Meanwhile the New Yorker and house music legend Loui Vega was keeping the torch firmly lit in the Theatre. Poised behind the decks, the one half of Masters at Work served up a gem in the form of Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. There was singing galore as not one person was concentrated on the booth, linking arms and pelting the lyrics as far as their lungs could go – ours included!

Fatboy Slim at Glitterbox CLosing

In between an abundance of confetti cannon explosions and fierce, shapeshifting dancers our hearts felt full as feel-good anthem after feel-good anthem came pumping from both rooms. Purple Disco Machine set a highly provocative tone, bringing through a jubilantly fierce sound blending hot house rhythms with soulful vocals that were simply insatiable. The vibes were unmistakably high and with every sonic explosion that hit it just right, the crowd reciprocated. A live PA by Cece Peniston was undeniably our highlight. Belting out her power-hungry chart-smasher, ‘Finally’, to a throbbing audience, word for word her track lit up Hï Ibiza like we’ve never seen it before. Of course, over in the Wild Corner – or, the toilets – there was no rest from the infectious soundscape. The Melon Bomb boys unleashed their cheeky, fun-filled house selections to an impressively packed out bathroom. Deep into the night and a loyal following remained as unrelenting as the soulful tracks getting laid down. Full of epic moments, Glitterbox has and is going from strength to strength. We say, salud 2019!

We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store…

 

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