A hallowed cathedral of dance for many decades, few clubs in the world command more respect than Amnesia in Ibiza.
Situated a short drive away from the island’s buzzing heart of San Antonio, the venue has become a synonymous home for trance over the years, in large part thanks to the iconic Cream events which have been a mainstay of Thursdays on the white isle for as long as any Ibiza veteran can remember.
With a weekly line-up boasting some of the biggest names in dance music, the iconic main room plays host to the more trance-orientated acts, whilst the mammoth terrace takes on a more house-led vibe, with acts like MK, Hannah Wants, Duke Dumont, Disciples, and Gorgon City all gracing this gigantic arena of dance over the years, as well as EDM heavyweights Calvin Harris and deadmau5.
Stepping into Amnesia, the overwhelming surge of adrenaline never quite evaporates, no matter how many times you do it, with arguably the greatest sound system on the island pumping bass through your heart from the off. A true assault of the senses, the bustling club can be warm at the best of times due to the rammed capacity, let alone in 30-40 celsius Balearic heat. But this is where Amnesia stays one step ahead, utilising humongous dry ice cannons to interject gathered ravers with a cool breeze of refreshment every so often.
A signature touch to the club, Cream at Amnesia is almost as synonymous with the Kevin & Perry-esque bursts of ice as it is with premiere music. And Ibizan sets don’t come much more premiere than the energetic sounds of Fatboy Slim. Packing out the terrace, the smile high club DJ has been performing for almost as long as Amnesia’s doors have been open, and there are few who can match his unrivalled tempo as he urges the crowd to rave and repeat, hoping their time for eat and sleep came before their venture to the venue.
Over in the main room of this particular night at Cream, Dutch legend Ferry Corsten was delivering a typically euphoric set, dedicating his final track to his watching partner up on the balcony, whilst Amnesia’s infamously flexible dancers wiggled away on their podiums. Warming up the capacity crowd, nothing could prepare the Ibiza attendees for what was to follow, as Paul van Dyk took to the booth, amidst a sea of applause and cheers.
The trance superstar, currently in the midst of a hectic summer residency at Amnesia, was highly attuned to the desires of the retro-loving crowd, as he dropped his very own ‘For An Angel’ before launching into one of the most instantly recognisable tracks of all time, Robert Miles’ ‘Children’ – For this spiritual audience, the euphoria of the moment took on extra meaning given Robert’s tragic death earlier this year.
In a room filled with nothing but dry ice, heart-pounding beats, a little sweat, and a whole lot of love, the rhythmic sounds of Paul van Dyk’s close to 2 hour set encapsulated everything Cream at Amnesia stands for. For those who have experienced one of these magical nights, you’ll be sure to be sat with a broad smile on your face right now, nodding along in agreement. For those who haven’t, it’s never too late, and with van Dyk and Above & Beyond alternating headlines slots in the main room up until Autumn’s closing party, here lies an event that’s simply urging you to snap up a ticket and experience pure Ibiza trance in its purest form.
— PAUL VAN DYK (@PAULVANDYK) August 3, 2017
Photos: Amnesia, Ibiza.