Ibiza Opening Parties

Everything you need to know about Ibiza's Opening Parties

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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.

With 2020 being the “season that never was”, there’s some serious catching up to do. Everyone is praying to get back on the dancefloor, and let’s hope we can do it safely in 2021. Will you be ready for it? 🙌

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

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 closing parties.

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

DJ Line ups are often amongst the strongest, and clubs may well extend opening hours or change the layout of the club for these one-off events.

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. Ah… memories.

This page is regularly updated, but a lot of Ibiza Opening Parties get announced from January until April.

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When do Ibiza Opening Parties take place?

When exactly do Ibiza 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 typically takes place over the course of a few days between the 20th-24th May. So in a normal year, most Opening Parties start in Ibiza by the 21st-23rd May.

Of course, in 2021 this is completely dependent on the situation with Coronavirus, and whether borders are open and clubs are allowed to open at all. Indeed, IMS will not be taking place this year and have announced plans to return in April 2022.

Looking at previous seasons, it’s definitely 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.

We looked at the last 5 seasons of Opening Parties, which shows us they are taking place earlier every year:

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We can comfortably predict plenty of parties will already be getting underway by the 21st May. However, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find lots going on earlier that month.

Look no further than Odyssey, the 24 hour opening party that brings and Ushuaïa together. The event was scheduled for the 9th May 2020, a week earlier than the inaugural Odyssey the previous season.

Let’s also consider the hangover effect of Coronavirus. Since it effectively wiped out the 2020 season, clubs will want to open even earlier in 2021 to make up for lost time.

Perhaps the future of Ibiza’s Opening Parties will be aligned with the Early May Bank Holiday in the UK, which falls on the first Monday of May each year.

After no clubbing in Ibiza in 2020, everyone’s chomping at the bit to party together again. Whether or not the summer season can kick off earlier next year is yet to be seen, but let’s hope there’s lots to look forward to in 2021.

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). Get the latest flight prices on our travel hub page.

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. Check out our Ibiza Party Villa and Ibiza Party Hotel articles for some inspiration on where to stay on the island.

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.

May Ibiza Flight Prices

The International Music Summit (IMS)

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You may have 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 “Grand 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 their Grand 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.

The conference will not take place in 2021 due to the pandemic. IMS have announced that they will be returning next year from April 27th – 1st May 2022. The conference will then finally be able to move to its new venue: Pacha‘s Destino Hotel Resort for the first time.

Ibiza Club Opening Parties

We mentioned already that some clubs host their own one-off opening parties, and next season will be no different. Once we know more about each club’s official opening party, we’ll update 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. In the 2019 season Luciano, The Martinez Brothers, and Adam Beyer were amongst the DJs for the party.

Amnesia have confirmed that Paradise will be taking its Wednesday night slot in 2021, with the opening party on the 23rd June.

2019 Opening: Saturday 11th May

2020 Opening: Saturday 9th May

2021 Opening: TBA

The sister superclubs of Playa d’en Bossa now join forces for their Opening and Closing Parties, named Odyssey.

Odyssey is a 24 hour day and night party making full use of both clubs for a marathon clubbing session. In 2019 the first Odyssey party featured the likes of Richie Hawtin, Peggy Gou, Tale of Us and Chris Liebing.

After the false start of 2020, we fully expect Odyssey to return in 2021.

Hï have already announced most of their 2021 residencies. You can catch Black Coffee and Glitterbox on the 15th & 16th May 2021. David Guetta’s FMIF will have its Opening Party on Friday the 28th May.

2019 Opening: 18th May

2020 Opening: Saturday 9th May

2021 Opening: TBA

Pacha is unique in that it never typically “officially” closes for the winter, instead remaining open during the winter for local DJ showcases. Last winter however, the club went through a refurb so we’re excited to finally see what’s in store for 2021.

In the 2019 season a series of “Pacha Openings” parties took place all throughout May. We expect a similar programme for 2021, with its sister club Lio likely to feature some parties too.

2019 Opening: April/May

2021 Opening: TBA

Privilege is normally the latest of the super clubs to open, with a smaller schedule to fill than other clubs on the island.

Its opening party in 2019 was in early June alongside Brutal Ibiza. We’d expect something similar for 2021.

2019 Opening: 8th June

2021 Opening: TBA

Expect Eden to open around the same time as IMS. Its previous 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 2021 if Defected host another early start in May.

2019: Tuesday 21st May

2021: TBA

Ibiza Rocks like to host their own Opening Party early on in the season, and we’d expect them to do the same next year.

Based on previous years, we predict the famous pool party club will be open by the 14th May 2021.

Craig David was amongst the line up to get their pool parties started in 2019.

2019: Friday 17th May

2020: Friday 15th May (cancelled due to Corona)

2021: Monday 17th May

O Beach Ibiza tends to stagger its Opening Parties with various warm up events before the season really gets under way.

In 2020, the San Antonio day club planned a Soft Opening on Friday the 24th April, followed by its official Opening Party on Friday the 8th May.

Its regular daily parties are normally up and running by the end of May.

We’d predict that next season’s opening party will be around the 30th April / 1st May in 2021.

2019 Opening Party: Friday 17th May

2020 Opening Party: Friday 8th May (cancelled)

2021 Opening Party: Friday 21st May

Ibiza Opening Parties 2021

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If a date below is in red, the opening party date is not confirmed for 2021. We have predicted some opening party dates based on previous seasons. When confirmed, the colour will change to green 🎉

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View details about confirmed Ibiza Opening Parties 2021 and find the cheapest advance official online tickets.

More and line ups will become available here and in our Ibiza Party Calendar as soon as clubs and parties have been confirmed.

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