For many EDM fans, the island of Ibiza is the ultimate party mecca. Situated of the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, it’s famous for hosting some of the biggest club events in the world, attracting hordes of tourists who flock to the island to take in the biggest DJ names in the game playing parties 24 hours a day.
According to those very same marquee DJs, however, the Ibiza experience has become far too expensive for the average EDM fan to enjoy, with exorbitant ticket prices and VIP amenities turning the legendary island into just another playground for the rich and famous (Ibiza is where actor Orlando Bloom recently took a swing at Justin Bieber as Leonardo DiCaprio cheered him on).
“It was more of a tastemaker, a musical discovery, than it is now,” DJ Steve Angello, former member of the Swedish House Mafia told BBC Newsbeat. “Now it is about selling tickets and big names, it has become what it is everywhere else. The mystique of Ibiza isn’t there any more.”
The way the party promoters tell it, the high price of Ibiza nightlife is a necessary evil to present A-list DJs and synapse-firing productions seven days a week throughout the summer.