Carr. de las Salinas KM1, Sant Josep de la Talaia, Ibiza, Balears, 07817, Spain
An extraordinary picture…
It’s quite a strange scene when you drive back from Salinas beach on a late Monday afternoon in Ibiza. Located just 5 minutes outside of Playa d’en Bossa, right on the planes’ approach corridor of Ibiza airport, lies DC-10, Ibiza’s most notorious club of our generation. A rather ordinary Ibicenco countryside house, the club itself does not catch one’s eye from the outside. It’s the hordes of clubbers – many of them dressed up in fancy dresses – arriving by taxi or rental cars, all parked on a dusty field next to the club, that make you think „eh, what’s going on here…?“
Up until about 2003 – 2004, DC-10 was an insider thing. Back then, people in the know went to DC-10 as an afterhours on Monday morning (and during daytime), to carry on after the 22 hour marathon party „We Love“ at Space. The party, called Circoloco, was a familiar get-together of night owls and DJs, locals and season workers. The atmosphere was very relaxed and there was hardly any promotion for their Monday session.
The big change for the club came with the explosion of minimal techno and tech house music and generally the big success of underground electronic dance music, around 2005. Suddenly, the plane model-named afterhours place got fashion and more and more „normal“ tourists, who normally wouldn’t do afterhours or don’t really connect to that style of music, got interested and checked it out. The impact was impressive, DC-10 was rewarded with a very special reputation, being the wildest and most hedonistic party of the island of the moment.
DC10 today – Over the years, like all other clubs in Ibiza, also DC-10 had to do some refurbishments in order to comply with the law. For example, DC-10 used to be open air first, but for noise pollution reasons (strange if you consider it’s position right next the the runway of the airport), a roof had to be put on. Sure, one can say DC-10 is not the same place any more and he may have a point, but what’s kept in there is the feeling of clubbing in its rawest, purest form. The two dancefloors, the main room and the famous terrace, are both very simple and without any glam or décor at all. It’s the people that make the club shine. It’s the groundbreaking and simply fantastic underground electronic music thundering out of the sound system that reverberates out of the club and into the world.