This might sound as a cliché, but Ushuaia is really going from strength to strength each year. This superb party hotel has resolutely found its sound, honed its production to perfection and manages to attract nicely mixed audience, from celebrities to the hippest part of the young San An crowd.
Ushuaia rounds off its season early, which is natural for an open air venue – exposing EDM superstars to an occasional drop of rain would be too risky and fraught with ticket refunds. David Guetta, Hardwell and Avicii called it a day by the end of August – but some other parties stay longer, and there is a couple of amazing one-offs in store.
Tuesdays September 2 and 9 are welcoming events by Hardwell’s record label called Revealed. Their line-ups are yet to be, urm, revealed, but will for sure include some freshest and hottest names of the EDM circle. The two June parties that anticipated the opening of I Am Hardwell, for example, starred Dyro, Deorro, Dannic and Bassjackers.
Moving ASOT from Privilege to Ushuaia in the beginning might have seemed a weird choice: listening to trance in the open and before midnight meant going against the typical Ibiza rules of the recent years. And in fact the first couple of Thursdays could have been indeed a bit more packed for Armin van Buuren – but once the season reached its peak, naysayers had no arguments left on their side. Impetuous and epic, ASOT will happen twice this month: on September 4 with Cosmic Gate and Heatbeat and September 11 with Andrew Rayel and Alex M.O.R.P.H (both times with Armin as the main headliner, of course).
Departures went on being a major crowd-drawer for the public that is still missing Swedish House Mafia. Wednesdays in Ushuaia have been predictably busy, and the new visual symbol of this party – a pair of green-blue wings – gave a new tinge to flight theme inherited from last year’s sexy air hostesses. The closing of Departures will be September 3 with Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and their younger colleague Zedd.
While some may argue that Hard Rock Hotel’s programming might not come pat for Ibiza, these concerts keep bringing to the island A-list musicians of diverse genres. On September 1 rapper Pitbull, famous for his collaborations with pop stars and one third of the trio behind ‘We Are One’ World Cup anthem, will grace Ushuaia’s stage as a part of This Is Hard Rock series. September 19 will see the place go totally mad and wild to the sounds of The Prodigy, who should be very likely to play some tracks from their upcoming album.
Last summer the island was buzzing with the incredible flashmob promo campaign of ANTS, the only underground event of the venue. This season it’s all about their tremendous slogan “Music is the antswer”. The party starts in the further end of Ushuaia, close to the beach, and the experience of dancing in the small pool with a black fan in your hand is worth undertaking a trip from any part of the island. Later on the action moves to the big stage, making good use of lasers and confetti cannons. With the closing planned for September 27, ANTS still have lots of fun ahead, featuring Maya Jane Coles, UNER b2b Technasia, Timo Maas, Andrea Oliva, Hot Since 82, Los Suruba, Tapesh and some special guests for the last two events.
Another party of a more underground sound that successfully landed in Ushuaia this summer is La Familia by Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli. In July and August it took place on Saturdays as a collaboration with ANTS, but in September moves to Sundays and goes on until the very last week of the month. La Familia’s line-ups comprise Derrick Carter, Breach, Oliver $, Mark Fanciulli, Ame and of course the two hosts of the party – fans of this school of house will appreciate the chance to dance in the open.
The grand closing of Ushuaia is scheduled for October 4 and will be headlined by Italian techno stallion Marco Carola who will be playing an extended all day long set. Andrea Oliva will join him to make the line up complete.