Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris closes Ushuaïa Ibiza residency in spectacular fashion

Adam Wiles is no stranger to the White Isle of Ibiza. Situated in the Spain’s Balearic Islands, the heart of Europe’s dance music culture plays host to the biggest residencies in electronic music each summer, and Wiles return to the island this year was a welcome addition to the stacked season. Playing at Ushuaïa each Friday from the through August, Wiles – or Calvin Harris as you may know him – rounded out his 6 weeks on the island with a phenomenal closing party on September 6th, featuring some extra special guests.

Though Calvin’s residency was one of the shortest on the island, it wasn’t anything short of perfection each week. Everything was carefully selected, from one of Harris’ resident support acts Generik and Jamie River opening the show each week, to the large structure that took over the stage, and of course the tracks dropped during the set. The Scotsman brought a packed out line up for every show, with special guest appearances from Illyus & Barrientos, Sonny Fodera, Disciples, Mercer, Duke Dumont, and more. Friday’s closing party went one bigger, with Tchami and the iconic Mambo Brothers joining Generik on support for Week 6. The mood was set excellently by the supporting artists, with Mambo Brothers rounding their set off with ABBA before Tchami came in with a much deeper stance, blended with hot house tracks like Axwell’s ‘Nobody Else’, culminating in an expert tee up for the main man to come on at 9:30.

Set at the incredible Ushuaïa Ibiza beach club, a true spectacle with its position below Ibiza’s flight path, by the beach, and aside the monumental Ushuaïa Hotel Tower, Calvin Harris absolutely nailed this one. Playing raised about the crowd level upon his custom built structure, the Scot opened with his progressive house Alesso collaboration ‘Under Control – 6 years after the track was premiered at Ushuaïa by Alesso – before playing a number of his big hits following, including ‘C.U.B.A’, ‘Summer’, ‘Feel So Close’, and more. After a strong start, Calvin took things a little deeper, dropping tracks from the likes of Will Clarke & Eli Brown, Sander van Doorn & Chocolate Puma, SWACQ, and even more of a wider variety. Experimenting on the border of techno with a number of tunes, Calvin’s set had it all. The unique journey through sound provided an amount of mystery that you often don’t get with big headliner sets, as it was difficult to predict what he might drop next. Laced with components from his own releases, including some more recent tracks like ‘Giant and ‘One Kiss’, Calvin’s deep edits took the onlooking Ibiza crowd from day into night, and provided the perfect end to a stellar residency at Ushuaia.


90 minutes was unfortunately not enough, as the chants of “one more song” echoed around the iconic venue. However, for those who experienced an instalment of Calvin’s summer residency, a return to the island next year would certainly make up for it, and would be a welcome addition to the 2020 party calendar.

Lewis is a 21 year old UK-based writer and editor, bringing interviews with Carl Cox, CamelPhat, and more to We Rave You in his 2+ years with the team. His musical preferences cover most genres, with a deeper love for progressive and trance.

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