First arriving back on the island back in 2012 at the Vista Club, residencies at Space and now Amnesia have transformed elrow into one of the most popular concepts on the island. An immersive celebration defined by excellently executed production and exaggerated thematic value, elrow offers a wealth of eclecticism you aren’t likely to discover elsewhere in Ibiza.
Speaking of outrageous production, the same applies to Ushuaïa. Perceived by many to be the White Isle’s leading open-air clubbing venue, Ushuaïa’s stunning exterior decor and luxurious setting compliments the elrow carnival perfectly. Renowned for its open-air hedonism, the Playa d’en Bossa complex has long been an important force in championing open-air clubbing on the island too.
Presenting the first of two exclusive dates this summer, elrow’s inaugural takeover of Ushuaïa served up one of our favourite themes – Samodromo do Brasil. An illustration of the elrow family’s journey into the Amazon, an open-air setting provided a more natural environment for a theme filled with mad rituals. Coming complete with giant bugs, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and more, the Brazilian street party into the jungle ensured the Samba party spirit reigned supreme.
Dirtybird favourite, Fisher, offered the early afternoon vibes with some pumping tech house living up to his party-starter reputation. Formerly one-half of electronic music duo, Cut Snake, Fisher certainly showed no lack in confidence when on deck duty alone guiding us through quite the fist-pumping repertoire. Constantly active on social media, Fisher is no stranger to the studio either with his ‘Losing It’ being a stand-out selection early on.
A regular on the Ushuaïa stage with ANTS, Kolsch was next to take charge of the controls evoking an emotive roar from a jam-packed elrow faithful. Pushing forward a string-laden, melodic deep house display, the Danish native’s exploration of his sleek, dance-skewed productions featured the likes of ‘Left Eye Left’ and his latest collaboration with Tiga titled ‘HAL’. This provided a nice contrast from those on before him.
With a constant whirlwind of colour, confetti and entertainment on offer, Swiss selector Andrea Oliva and Edible chief Eats Everything rocked up for a back-to-back to remember. Feeding the insatiable hunger of those in attendance, this combustible pairing hit revellers with a hard, hypnotic taste of tech house.
Whilst elrow inflatables and stilt-walkers seemed to infatuate many, the willingness of Andrea and Eats to explore conceptual themes within the carefully constructed framework of their own house and techno sounds caught the attention of many too. The jackin’ groove and rigid sound of Eats’ ‘Bettah’ went down a treat, whilst the sinister keyboard patterns of Andrea’s ‘Terrace’ proved to be very spine-tingling indeed.
As the night drew to its climax, the nighttime rainforest was more alive than it had been all day. With hands in the air aplenty, jungle vibes were oozing throughout. Even those more occupied with the production finally started to let loose and enjoy the music. One of elrow’s most trusty residents, Marc Maya had the privilege and pleasure of closing proceedings. Dynamic and versatile, Maya remained attracted to only the grooviest of rhythms and this was evident to see from the hip-swinging movements of those on the dance floor before him.
In an Ibiza climate which continues to change, elrow’s expansion to a bigger open-air structure sees the Barcelona crew continue to ride their own wave of outlandish momentum and we still have part two to come.
Photo Credit by: Ushuaïa Ibiza