This man is a machine! After having played over six hours at the daytime festival Love Family Park on Sunday in Germany and a long afterhour at a local club there, Cocoon’s head honcho Sven Väth flew back to Ibiza for a terrace set at the Monday edition of his night at Amnesia. And what a night out this was!
But let’s start at the beginning. At a time where the underground is flourishing in Ibiza and more and more promoters are fighting over a limited number of DJs and clubbers, also long time institutions of the party scene have to step up their game.
Cocoon this summer opted for an interesting way: Instead of going really big in production, deco, concept, number of DJs and so on, they chose elegant understatement.
For the first time in years their Monday parties do not have a motto or slogan and there are no faces of DJs on their billboards. Just an iconic orange COCOON over the green background of a leafy jungle.
While many competitors provide an always bigger number of different DJs Cocoon deliberately reduced the concept to two a night, with the occasional live act in between. This gives DJs time and place for their sets unheard of at normal Ibiza club nights.
Of course it takes the right artists to keep a set interesting and exciting for that long. No problem for the four legends that were on the bill for Monday: Techno heads Ben Klock and Chris Liebing in the main room and Luciano and Sven Väth on the terrace.
Accustomed to playing long sets, there was not a single dull moment the whole night. The main room catered for the full on techno freaks of the island with Berlin Berghain approved Klock and the long time legend that is Liebing. Think jugging, industrial stomps with shrill sounds and the scents of a melody. Both played on the new and improved DJ booth that was brought down right to the people.
The terrace started with the warmer sounds of Luciano. Now sporting a full beard it was obvious that he enjoyed going back to his Cocoon roots as it was here that he had played legendary sets in Ibiza a few years ago.
Luciano will always be Luciano and his first hours were similar to the blissful house sounds he usually plays in the open air at Ushuaia. As we moved on in the night he got considerably darker though, playing his interpretation of techno and tech-house without losing the sophisticated crowd.
Sven could not have wished for a better warm up as when he took over at around 4am the terrace was packed and in full-on party mood. Cocooneros were having a great time and the mood of that night was something to remember. Smiling faces, relaxed vibe and no aggression to be seen, which can’t be said of every underground party unfortunately.
Going vinyl on the punters Sven led the terrace into the sun-lit morning hours with his trademark mix of house and techno. One of the earlier memories of that set is the Kink remix of Adam Port’s ‘Black noise’ which transformed Amnesia into a pit of utter holiday-bliss.
Cocoon, after a bit of a difficult 2012, is not to be underestimated and this Monday was only the latest example.
And speaking of Sven, the machine: After a small hiatus of a few hours the party continued on Tuesday with the popular free beach after-hour at La Sal Rossa, featuring, yes, you guessed right, Papa Sven again for the sunset. Impressive!
Words: Matthias Daniel
Image: David Pareja (Amnesia Photo Team)