After years of successful ‘F*** Me I’m Famous‘ nights at Pacha, David Guetta decided move to Hï Ibiza for the 2019 season. The residency had cemented a well deserved spot on the Pacha Ibiza summer season calendar, but it was time for the Frenchman’s iconic night to relocate and expand. Hï was the perfect spot, with a capacity of 4,500 allowing for an influx of tourists and locals each Friday, taking advantage of the triple room superclub in all its glory. With season one at Hï almost at a close, We Rave You looks back at what made Guetta’s ‘FMIF’ residency bigger and better than ever.
The story of David Guetta: Dance music’s ultimate chameleon
Remember that one? Guetta’s journey through sound has been remarkable, from producing French house in earlier years, venturing into the chart dance music industry and being a key figure in the birth of ‘EDM’, exploring big room and progressive house in the process, and more recently diving down a different route that played a part in FMIF. David Guetta’s Jack Back project has been a welcome addition to the music scene in recent times, with his deeper, underground route exploring a new genre path via labels like Toolroom Records and Defected Records. Featuring in his sets for almost two years, Jack Back releases have come thick and fast around Guetta’s original work, and his innovative take on the tech house sound that is popular currently has brought great success. Deservedly so, it must be said, with each track possessing something unique and resultantly garnering widespread support. Alongside his new Jack Back work, his releases as David Guetta have continued to retain the trademark quality that has made Guetta one of this biggest electronic artists of all time. Collaborations with heavyweights like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Martin Solveig, Martin Garrix, and more have maintain Guetta’s production speed and allow him to release at least a track per month, plus a recent album, keeping him up to date with the progression of sound and at the forefront of the music industry. Working with names that might not be as commercially known but hold strong positions within the electronic industry – Tom Staar, Morten, Brooks – have helped David Guetta to explore different genres and pioneer his sound, with each artist standing out for their diverse productions. Applying this to his F*** Me I’m Famous residency, Guetta’s chameleonic nature has lead a night that blends genres, sounds, and creates an incredible Friday night for the 4,500 strong contingent walking through the doors at Hï Ibiza.
Festival main stage line-ups and underground talent
Now the line-ups did see some confusion during the season, but weren’t short of amazing on a weekly basis. The original billing for this night had David Guetta running the Theatre (Main Room), with a Jack Back & Idris Elba take over in the Club Room. The anticipation of seeing both Idris Elba and Guetta performing as Jack Back was a huge pull for the ticket buyers, however after just a few weeks the Jack Back performances came to an end, with little explanation. Despite this, Guetta still brought the biggest and the best in the Theatre, with the likes of Alesso, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, and more coming almost as a second headliner, and some massive support from Guetta’s collaborators Tom Staar, Morten, and Brooks, plus Jax Jones, Robin Schulz, MK, Bob Sinclar, Jonas Blue, and other monumental names. With that in mind, David Guetta truly delivered a festival-style line up each week, with the biggest names dropping into Hï Ibiza every Friday.
The line-up didn’t just stop in the Theatre though, with Idris Elba’s residency bringing some of the best underground names each week. Artists such as B JONES, Ferreck Dawn, Wheats, and Theatre resident JP Candela joined the line-up with the ultimate selector – Idris Elba – also bringing in his good friend Paul Reynolds as a weekly resident, with the pair even doing a special back-to-back session on Idris’ 47th Birthday just a few weeks ago. The darker, more underground aesthetic in the Club Room suited Idris’ residency perfectly and set the tone each week for a deeper vibe to counteract Guetta’s festival Theatre night. With two stacked line-ups each week, ‘FMIF’ certainly delivered.
Residing at the most sublime superclub
The final component to ‘FMIF”s success is Hï Ibiza. It brings a combination of extravagance, composure, intricacy, madness, and unpredictability all under the same breath. Though many of those words are oxymoronic of one another, that defines Hï. Each room tells a different story of Ibiza’s nightlife, not to mention the outside area. As you walk in to the Theatre from the queues outside you initially see the visuals booth, but step around that and you can begin to explore the mass structure of VIP areas, bars, and most importantly: the stage. Masked by a curtain prior to Guetta’s appearance, the phenomenal stage set up is revealed at the start of his set, and it is truly phenomenal (below).
Journey out of the main room to the left and you reach the outside area, equipped with stalls, seating, a rooftop terrace area – from which you cannot see the club but can look around from above the club – and even a slide back down. Cross to the right hand side of Hï and there are tipi’s with cushioning for your comfort, and more seating, so that if you need some time away then you are catered for. Head back into the Club Room and the slightly raised booth keeps the DJ more on the crowd level, with little VIP division in this area of the club bringing attendees together for a deep and dark experience. Little lighting and no visuals retains the old Space Ibiza type vibe that one was, and keep things on the underground side. Take a walk between the Theatre and the Club Room and this is where things get a little ‘Wild’. Hï Ibiza couldn’t just open a normal toilet block, oh no… instead they brought plenty of new toilets with their opening in 2017, and an exclusive DJ booth in the ‘Wild Corner‘ toilets for a special guests to drop in on. The likes of Calvin Harris, Fisher, MK, and more have dropped in just this season, but Friday nights see the experienced hands of Jason Bye bring the best in house, disco, and the more classic Ibiza sounds to the finest toilet party in the world. Equipped with ceiling lights and an incredible sound system, the Wild Corner adds another dimension to Hï Ibiza’s set up, and creates a third room alongside the Theatre and Club Room that is still absolutely packed on Friday nights. An impeccable club, with three immense rooms that took ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ to a new level this summer.
David Guetta’s residency will always deliver, regardless of who is playing and where it is held, but it is undeniable that this years residency entered a new dimension after the move to Hï Ibiza. With emphatic festival-like line-ups, toilet raves, pioneering sound, and a weekly contingent of dance music fans waiting at the doors every Friday, ‘F***Me I’m Famous’ has etched its way into the modern history of this great clubbing destination as part of Hï’s party calendar, and further propels David Guetta’s credibility and reliability to bring a show to wherever he plays. As the season comes to a close with Bob Sinclar, JP Candela, and Daddy’s Groove joining the Theatre, and Ferreck Dawn joining the ever present Idris Elba with Paul Reynolds in the Club Room, not to mention the legendary Jason Bye all night in the Wild Corner, if you’re still partying out in Ibiza this Friday, you know there is only one place to be.