Whatever the occasion may be in Ibiza, if there is one it’s sure to be made into a full day and night of fanfare. For one date on the October calendar, the anticipation had the island reeling in the days that followed up to it. The arrival of Halloween – Thursday 31st October – came with a wealth of fright night events that resurrected a palpable buzz across the island. Questions of who was going where, what the costumes would be and if tickets were still available were the commonly overheard conversations. At the Discover office, we RSVPed to the glamorous Lío for the night for its ‘Wild Halloween’.
Yet it wasn’t just a blind decision. The luxe Marina Botafoch dinner and cabaret venue recorded a historical first by keeping its doors open til the end this year, putting on its rendition of a spooky Halloween. With a special dinner service that had begun at 9pm, we arrived past midnight for when the tables would get turned and club mode switched on. And who else to man the decks for the evening than the island’s favourite quadruplet, Melon Bomb? As we made our way towards Lío’s seaside hub, we could see we weren’t the only ones excited to see this DJ collective throw it down. Outside, the venue was draped in cobwebs and glowing pumpkins – with it, thick crowds causing lots of ecstatic commotion. Already we could see the extent the guests had gone to in their costumes, some in scarily hyper-realistic get-ups and others with a touch of style.
It was fair to say we were glad we’d gone heavy on the fake blood, after all Ibiza is known for its incredible efforts on this hair-raising day! Inside, the super-luxe dancehall was a total otherworld. The entire space had been kitted out with all the Halloween emblems, more cobwebs covering the railings and staff who’d gone in on their eerie transformations. Underneath the kaleidoscopic lightshow that bathed the dancefloor – and suitably drew us in – Paul Reynolds was the first of the group in the booth. He set the tone for what would be an evening of total, roof-raising energy, bringing all of the group’s signature feel-good vibes. The speakers were putting in overtime on their selections of bubbly, disco tracks and hot house anthems. With a steady crowd mingling and warming to the atmosphere, Scott Grey, Ben Santiago and Juan Corbi stood alongside Reynolds on the decks, clad in skeleton outfits and big, infectious smiles.
As a four, they worked seamlessly to each lay on some killer beats. A jungle of sound came through with the likes of Barbatuques’ ‘Baiana’ remix that shot the room from a steady to groove to full on bedlam. By now, into the early hours, Lío had filled to capacity with a mix of familiar faces and locals letting loose to the tribal-infused, rocking sounds. One goosebump inducing moment came with the drop of Junior Jack’s classic number, ‘E Samba’, that had every person shaking it! It was a funny contrast to see ghouls and ghosts, and even devils waving their staffs in the air, busting a move to the jubilant mix Melon Bomb were laying on. Outside of the pandemonium on the floor, the views of Dalt Vila from Lío’s terrace were incredible and made a suitable pitstop for cooling off and snapping some photos. Which, as we did so, made us realise just how few phones we could see being used – testament to the riproaring party going on!
Hooked onto the spirit of the night, we stayed till 5am, a time when revellers had begun to look frightening in a whole new way. With facepaints melting off and costumes beginning to look a little tired, we called it a night. Yet we were by no means the last as we left a heaving club to finish off fright night shenanigans. Lío’s first Halloween bash was simply unforgettable and proves why they rank with the best when putting on a show. Only one question remains, will there be more? Our eyes are firmly peeled for next year!