You would never expect a night like Glitterbox to be anything less than dazzling. All of the shimmer, shine and sparkle you could ever hope for on the White Isle did not disappoint its loyal cult following with its incredible opening party. The concept is world-famous for its exhilarating live performances, charged with dancers oozing mesmerising rhythm and moves. Anticipation was high to see how the concept would settle into its brand-new home at the superclub Hï Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa.
The line-up itself was enough to get pulses racing, with big names such as Simon Dunmore, David Morales, Dimitri From Paris, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry and Barbara Tucker, things were always going to be next level.
Excitement about the return of Glitterbox had been gaining momentum across the island, with house-music lovers donning their glitteriest items to kick off the night’s proceedings. Sequins at the ready, punters entered into the state of the art venue and were welcomed by the iconic melody of Pete Heller’s Big Love (I’ve Been Saving My Loving), suggesting that Glitterbox really had been saving the best until now.
The night began with a show-stopping and glitter drenched set from Simon Dunmore in Room 1, which left the crowd hyped up for what was still to come. The super-club’s space was the perfect place for Glitterbox to re-ignite their sparkling flame, with at least 50 disco balls reflecting the beaming lasers, you instantly felt at one with the concept. David Morales concocted an unforgettable set that was only enhanced by the famously hypnotic and glamorous Glitterbox dancers. The energy in the room was reaching fever pitch and we couldn’t wait for the remaining acts to show us what they’re made of.
Switching over to the more intimate Club setting of Room 2, the atmosphere was electrified by the legendary DJ Pippi, who is well versed in keeping the crowd at peak engagement, and didn’t disappoint. Pippi’s impeccable selecting was coupled with a soul-stirring live percussion set from Shovell, which was where Hï Ibiza’s incredible sound-system really came into its own.
Up next was none other than Dimitri From Paris, famous for his iconic reshaping of ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’, the crowd could not contain their excitements as his sizzling set began to take shape. Following on from Dimitri’s funky-fresh set was dance music magnate Armand Van Helden, whose reputation hangs amongst the best in the genre and took Hï by storm. His signature booming baselines paved the way for the dropping of bangers like Push The Feeling On, which sent the audience to another dimension. The ice cannon released a blast of much needed hydration, as Helden had definitely warmed the crowd to peak excitement.
However things didn’t settle down, as closing artist Todd Terry kept things going up and up with his classic selecting and floor-filling tracks. HIs ability to communicate with the audience through his song choice was clear, as no one left the floor until the lights came up. Glitterbox couldn’t have set a higher or sparklier precedent, showing their audience that although they might be in a new location, they never really left. With incredibly big names dominating the opening line-up, stay tuned for what else Roger Sanchez, Kenny Dope, Horse Meat Disco, Joey Negro, Aeroplane, Masters At Work, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), The Shapeshifters and many, many more have waiting for you…