Last Thursday night I went to ‘Set For Love’ at Ibiza’s oldest nightclub Las Dalias.
This charity fiesta also marked the summer closing party in Ibiza for Wax Da Jam, as part of their 10 year anniversary year.. In association with Ibiza based ‘Last Night a DJ Saved’ my life charity this party was the talk of the Ibiza resident online pages and local performing DJ’s made live videos encouraging us to go down and on arriving to the packed open-air garden oasis event space within Las Dalias I feel they did their job! The outdoor stage was set up in the round and made it feel like a dance music amphitheater. The venue was nicely busy but comfortable and local Ibiza residents and tourists alike were bopping along to the sounds of British house music royalty, Nightmares on Wax aka George Evelyn who is a huge supporter of the charity.
This summer residency for Wax Da Jam at the eclectic Las Dalias venue who celebrate their 65th anniversary this year has been well received and this climatic closing gave the party and music brand the proper send-off it deserves and a great addition to the brands 10th-year anniversary diary of special celebratory events.
We arrived as the final set in the garden had just started with the head honcho of the Wax Da Jam Brand Nightmares on Wax controlling the decks, his music selection was pumping and his percussionist was amazing. Wolfgang Haffner’s energetic and unbelievably tight drumming set was for me the nights stand out and highlight performance. I’ve seen a lot of live DJ sets across the world but with Lovely Laura improvised saxophone offerings and Haffner’s drums myself and the crowd was really getting the vibe and I don’t often say I am ‘wowed’ but I was. I’ve not felt a dance floor so unified since the all-day Clockwork Orange Party in July at Amnesia. Sadly Nightmares on Wax had to stop just before midnight due to the ever increasingly restricting sound regulations forced on amplified music playing, I wanted the night to continue in the alfresco club area but talk of the other music space was circulating and by midnight both the indoor club and basement (which was an underground new talent showcase room) were open and already filling up as local Ibiza legendary DJ’s took us into the new day and on a journey in house and disco music.
Ibiza legend Graham Sahara (Pacha) started off our interior clubbing experience with a bouncy house set with just the right and appropriate amount of vocal/classic house, with some cleverly architected pop song remixes thrown in the vibe, was established and the crowds increased in the warehouse-style room. Andy Carroll (Cream) took over from Sahara and played a steady groovy funky house set mixing a few contemporary remixes of classics in with some brand-new stompers, which lead nicely into the arrival of popular Ibiza resident DJ Andy Baxter. Baxter’s rapturous welcome to the decks of the club room brought a sense that the night had really started, the audience continued to make their way inside and the outstandingly beautiful hippy inspired light installations lured me to the front to listen to Andy’s set and have a little dance.. Baxter who I think is the master of reading and adapting to his audience picked up the pace and had the room all dancing which led into DJ Pippi whose arrival was welcomed with more applause and there was a real sense of appreciation that we were in the presence of an Ibiza music legend.
As an originator of the ‘scene’ in Ibiza I felt the inclusion of Pipi was great and nowhere in recent times that I know of has there been a night of musical offerings so centered and in-tune with the island’s vibe than last Thursday at Las Dalias. The venue was a great choice I feel with such a solid line up of Ibiza legends current and old, the party in the club room aside from the headline outdoor stage could have its own stand-alone party in the future.
Mention must be given to Last Night a DJ saved my Life charity and the performers and promoter who donated all the talent fees, door entry and online ticket sales to the charity who are providing safe and sanitary water to those in need in Africa and Asia. The news came in this week that they raised over €8,000 on the night, a life-changing sum of money the charity will be using straight away on their projects.
Founding member and Director Jonny Lee already less than a week later is in Uganda working on this water project. 100% of the money raised will be used to build freshwater wells in India and Africa, through his ‘Have a Drink On Us’ campaign.
All in all a top real Ibiza music night and I hope the start of more charity events with the focus on the best music and vibes whilst raising awareness and funds for those less fortunate than us here on the white isle. Thank you to all involved a summer highlight for me.