Toolroom at Eden proves why #SundaysAreForFamily
Whisper it quietly, but there’s a revolution taking place in Ibiza. Just over 12 miles separate Eden – the jewel in San Antonio‘s clubbing brown – from the glitz of their glamorous Playa d’en Bossa rivals Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, and unlike the dominance the latter have asserted over the south-side of the island, booking the biggest names in EDM is a strategy that the rising force of San An prefers to shy away from. For a club shrouded in controversy in recent years, Eden’s recent revival has been nothing short of mesmeric. After adopting the ‘Gatecrasher’ brand above their door for a paltry season in 2014, the Eden phoenix has started to rise once more, focusing on a truly simplistic yet genius plan that has seen the wings of this sleeping giant flap more powerfully than ever.
With San Antonio led by a fairly British-base of a core travelling contingent, Eden has stripped back the glitz to give party goers and tourists alike the one thing that has always mattered, and always will: Top quality dance music. With DEFECTED head honcho Simon Dunmore leading the assault on Eden’s rise in recent years, housing his hugely popular residency at the San An superpower, a fellow British giant, Mark Knight, has now dipped his toes into the underbelly of this thriving hotspot, bringing his acclaimed Toolroom Records label to the white isle, for a residency that has truly proved one of 2019’s finest.
Led by an all-star army of the finest names from the Toolroom roster, Sundays on the island have been truly transformed for White Island clubbers seeking an organic dance experience. Rocking the industry for over 15 years, the Toolroom label has solidified its position and passion for quality house, tech house and techno music, ranking as Beatport’s highest-selling label in 2018, and here lies the unique essence and passion of such a raw clubbing experience which can be felt from the moment one steps through Eden’s doors.
Throughout a remarkable 17-week residency, Toolroom’s line-ups have included a fine blend of established names, bright new talent and even some Ibiza debuts, indicative of Toolroom’s global appeal. With We Rave You in attendance on Sunday 8th September, the slick tones of Eli Brown b2b Ilyus & Barrientos, Wankelmut, and many more were a wholesome aural embodiment of the inclusive and welcoming vibe that have birthed the now famous hashtag #SundaysAreForFamily.
Where some clubs can feel soulless or corporate on account of extended VIP areas, or dancefloors positioned a million miles away from elevated podiums where DJs struggle to form connections with their crowd, Toolroom Sundays feel nothing like a ‘night out’, and a whole lot more like a family reunion, where nothing but down-to-earth vibes are spread through a spiritual ethos of a widespread common interest; understand and appreciating the value of truly brilliant dance music. Whilst some clubbing experiences may leave you clamouring for an early exit and glancing at the lock-screen of your phone to continuously check the time in correlation to the closing shutters of the local kebab joint, Toolroom Sundays soon become an addiction that course through the veins, a desire for just “one more track” with your new-found best friends on a constant repeat throughout the last hour; an area where the superb talents of Siege & Martin Ikin truly excelled on this particular night.
Dropping the tune of the Ibiza 2019 season, Roberto Surace‘s ‘Joys’, ravers were still moving with grins on their faces come 6am with the same vigour they’d shown during their midnight entry. Music’s a hell of a drug, and when the venue lights were eventually turned on, groans of discontent from a crowd that never wanted this evening to end were the perfectly personified seals of approval that this particular residency deserves. With a truly modest entry price, and stellar weekly billing which has included the likes of Friend Within, Leftwing : Kody, Secondcity, Danny Howard, Jack Back, and many more this season, if there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2019, it’s that Sundays are for Toolroom, and #SundaysAreForFamily.
— Toolroom (@toolroomrecords) September 9, 2019