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Winter after dark with Lift Ibiza
12th November 2019 0 comments

The Game Over crew take over Lío

When winter started, a question on a lot of island dwellers minds was whether Pacha would open for the off-season. It wasn’t long until we got the answer from the company – this year unfortunately not. However, coupled with this we got a delightful piece of news that the brand’s glittering Marina Botafoch dining and partying destination Lío was staying open for business.

Amongst the parties to take up residence in the lavish halls are Lift. The collective that pops up during the colder months is powered by the Game Over crew, who are well known for their summer One Night Stand party pop-ups and retro residency, WILDCHILD.

This year they have signed up for a series of shows to see off the rest of the year. Three dates remain; Saturday 23rd November, Thursday 5th December and Saturday 21st December. As one of the most exciting party enterprises active at the moment, the club night is worth marking the date in the calendar.

Lift at Lio Ibiza

When you step into a Lift club night you are not quite sure what to expect. From Ibiza residents to well off winter travellers, the usually universal mix of clientele make for an intriguing dance floor congregation. But as the night progresses from post-dinner drinks to past-midnight delights, you can see a common theme amongst the guests – they all love to party all night long.

On this particular evening, Dave Lubin, Javi Bora and Dave Mantra were in session behind the DJ booth. Having witnessed the skills of all three DJ previously, we knew that the audience was in for a good show. An hour after hour they kept creeping the tempo and the energy up just a little to keep the intimate club space bustling.

Lift at Lio Ibiza

In the early hours, Dave Lubin kicked things off with a more downtempo blend matching the casual atmosphere. Constantly analysing the floor, he grabbed any opportunity given to entice more and more guests to stay for ‘one more drink’ or ‘just the next tune’. This is how a perfect warm-up DJ operates and gets you hooked on the party vibe.

As the intimate room started to fill, it was entertaining to listen to the music style fluctuate from rarities and underground sounds to more mainstream affair. Some tracks like Purple Disco Machine’s remix of Joys were massive club hits of the summer, so naturally went down like a charm with the grooving crowd.

Game Over cohort, Dave Mantra stepped things up a gear as he took the helm next. A firm favourite when he played DC-10 earlier this year, he channelled that same raving spirit for the Lift attendees. As he mixed in Bappi by Jamie Jones & The Martinez Brothers as his final tune, the last set was met by rapturous applause – job well done Dave.

The best was yet to come. Javi Bora was intent in keeping the patrons of Lío in for the long run, so he upped the ante with banger after banger. Although it was Patrick Topping’s Turbo Time that really got us moving. A product of the newly formed Trick label, the screaming vocals and thudding electro bassline is a bone fide stomper.

As the early hours of the morning approached, Dave Lubin took over the controls once again, opting for again for a slower approach, even heading into hip-hop territory, something he is well known at parties like Keep On Dancing. We left the remaining crowd to it, having danced our shoes off. We were certain of one thing however – we’ll definitely be going to Lift again this Winter.