Ibiza Opening Parties

Everything you need to know about Ibiza's Opening Parties

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The season has begun!

E very year in May, Ibiza wakes up from its winter hibernation. Energised, fresh, and ready to take on the new summer season, workers and locals prepare for another 5 month adventure that always ends up being different to the last. Are you ready for another season on the White Isle? The countdown for Ibiza 2020 has already begun…who knows what’s in store for us this time 🙌

If you just can’t wait for your Ibiza fix, then look no further than heading to the island for the opening parties. It’s a period of acclimatisation before the season really gets into its rhythm, spanning a few weeks from mid-May to early June.

Opening parties are all about setting a standard for the rest of the season.

Some, but not all clubs, host their own, one-off parties that aren’t affiliated with any specific promoter. With it being such a unique time on the island, you often find people coming to Ibiza purely for either opening or closings. Lineups are often amongst the strongest, and clubs may well put on a different type of show. We still have fond memories of Opening Parties at Space (now Hï). The entire car park at the back of the venue was opened up, creating an incredible festival-like atmosphere that completely changed the vibe of the whole club.

We’ll be keeping this article up-to-date once parties begin to confirm for the Ibiza 2020 season. This is typically early in the calendar year, so keep your eyes peeled from January onwards.

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When do Ibiza Opening Parties take place?


So when exactly do Opening Parties take place? As with Ibiza’s Closing Parties, there’s no official time period for when the season starts or finishes. In the past few years, many see the International Music Summit (IMS) as the time when the season really gets underway. Its end of conference finale at Dalt Vila is often the same weekend when you’ll see a lot of other opening parties kicking off.

IMS takes place between the 20th-22th May 2020. So, most Opening Parties will start in Ibiza the weekend of the 22nd-24th May 2020.

With that said, it’s getting more and more difficult to guess when Ibiza clubs and parties get underway. The Ibiza season window seems to get longer and longer as the years have gone by. Look at 2019 for example. Pacha’s Zoo Project warm up was on Friday the 26th April, followed by a series of opening parties that took place all throughout May. The Zoo Project’s own opening was the 5th May.  Amnesia’s Opening Party was on the 11th May.

We looked at the last 5 seasons of opening parties, which show us that opening parties are happening earlier each year.

So whilst you can comfortably predict plenty of parties will already be getting underway by the 22nd May, you’ll be in luck if you want to head to the island even earlier that month.

Look no further than Odyssey, the 24 hour opening party bringing Hï and Ushuaïa together on the 9th May 2020. This is a week earlier than the inaugural Odyssey opening last season. Amnesia’s 2020 Opening Party is also on the 9th May… so you are spoilt for choice if you head over to Ibiza that weekend!

Defected will be kicking off their Ibiza 2020 season with a 4 day opening festival between the 14-17th May.

And you’re looking for an excuse to come to Ibiza even earlier, The Zoo Project will open its doors on the 3rd May 2020.

Did we mention the UK’s early May Bank Holiday is on Friday the 8th May in 2020…? 😉

Is May a good time to visit Ibiza?


But what can you expect if you do decide to kickstart your summer early with a trip to Ibiza in May?

For us, May is one of the best times to visit the island.

With it not being peak season, you’ll be able to find some cheaper deals for getting to and staying on the island.

Flights can be found for under £100 (below image is based on London departure). You can tell when the main opening parties are likely to kick off based on the demand for flights on the 22nd & 23rd May!

Accommodation in May is cheaper too. You will typically find hotel prices in May 30% cheaper than in the peak months of July and August. So there are lots of deals to be had.

The Weather in May is definitely a factor if you decide to come for Opening Parties. May is not the hottest time of year to visit Ibiza, but you can still expect plenty of sunshine, with temperatures in the low 20s. In the last couple of seasons, the average temperature in May has been 23 degrees.

Finally, coming to Ibiza in May will be a more relaxed holiday than in peak months. With fewer tourists, and workers/locals energised from the winter break, it’s an exciting and non-stressful time to visit.

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The International Music Summit (IMS)


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You may of heard mentions to IMS and wondered what it’s all about. IMS stands for the International Music Summit, an annual  music industry conference that has taken place in Ibiza since 2008.

Often considered as the European version of Miami’s WMC (Winter Music Conference), it has hosted many of the world’s top music execs and artists alike: Seth Troxler, Nile Rodgers, Carl Cox, deadmau5 & Moby have all been amongst the guests to feature on panels and talks, with Pete Tong being one of the summit’s founders. Check out the YouTube channel for some of the talks that cover all sorts of topics from music publishing, touring, mental health in the dance music industry, and of course the season ahead in Ibiza.

For us, May is one of the best times to visit the island.

It’s all interesting stuff, but many associate IMS with one thing in particular: the finale parties in Ibiza Old Town’s Dalt Vila. These special parties are the only time that the UNESCO Heritage site is permitted to be used as a music venue throughout the whole year, and they are a sight to behold. With a wide range of artists typically on the line up for the finale parties, they are the perfect way to kickstart the Ibiza clubbing season, and many consider this weekend to be when the island really wakes up for the summer.

Ibiza Club Opening Parties


We mentioned already that some clubs host their own one-off opening parties, and 2020 will be no different. Once we know more about each club’s official opening party, we’ll be updating the information below.

Amnesia is typically the first super club to open in Ibiza, and puts on an early treat with both of its huge rooms showing off a jam-packed line up. It’s the favourite opening party for many workers who are already on the island in time… expect to see a lot of them there!

The Amnesia Opening Party is always on a Saturday, and it’s no different for 2020, taking place on the 9th May. Last season Luciano, The Martinez Brothers, and Adam Beyer were amongst the DJs for the party.

Amnesia have confirmed that elrow will be returning to the superclub on Saturdays in 2020. Big tings.

2019 Opening: 11th May

2020 Opening: 9th May

Last year, these two super clubs came together for their first official joint party, called Odyssey. Making full use of both its daytime (Ushuaïa) and nighttime () venues, the party was a 24 hour party marathon featuring the likes of Richie Hawtin, Peggy Gou, Tale of Us and Chris Liebing.

In 2020 the clubs will host another 24 hour Odyssey party, this time a week earlier on Saturday 9th May. The Odyssey brand is also being extended to the clubs’ closing, announced for the 10th October 2020.

2019 Opening: 18th May

2020 Opening: Saturday 9th May 2020 (confirmed)

Pacha is unique in that it never typically “officially” closes for the winter, instead remaining open during the winter for local DJ showcases. This winter however, it is going through a refurb so we’re excited to see what’s in store for 2020. Last season a series of “Pacha Openings” parties took placeall throughout May. We expect a similar programme for 2020, with its sister club Lio likely to feature some parties too.

2019 Opening: April/May

2020 Opening: TBC

Privilege is the latest of the super clubs to open, with a smaller schedule to fill than other clubs on the island. Its opening party last year was in early June alongside Brutal Ibiza. We’d expect something similar for 2020.

2019 Opening: 8th June

2020 Opening: TBC

Expect Eden to open around the same time as IMS. Last year its official opening party featured Art Department, David Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann. The party was a few days after Defected’s opening party, which may well be the case in 2020 if Defected go for another early start in May.

2019: Tuesday 21st May

2020: TBC

Last season Ibiza Rocks opened on the weekend of the 17th May, and they’ll be opening on the same equivalent weekend on the 15th May in 2020. Craig David was amongst the line up to get their pool parties started in 2019. Who will it be in 2020?

Ibiza Rocks have already confirmed a number of popular parties to continue for 2020, including Craig David, Rudimental, Applebum, and Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago.

2019: Friday 17th May

2020: Friday 15th May – Confirmed

Ibiza Opening Parties 2020


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If a date below is in red, the opening party date is not confirmed for 2020. Some parties will be confirmed before opening dates are announced (e.g Elrow 2020 is confirmed at Amnesia, but not the date yet). We have predicted some opening party dates based on previous seasons. When confirmed, the colour will change to green 🎉

Many parties for the season do not get confirmed until March.

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Tickets and line ups will become available here and in our Calendar Pages as soon as clubs and parties have been confirmed.

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