Ibiza losing its magic to money?: Afrojack, Steve Angello, Paul Oakenfold weigh in
The allure of Ibiza is certainly changing. As the pinnacle of dance music destinations, the island party haven is now having to keep up with the changing landscape. There’s a sense of “magic” that many of Ibiza’s resident DJs past have alluded to, and now those same artists and even newcomers are catching that magic slowly diminish with focus on VIP amenities.
Paul Oakenfold, who’s been playing Ibiza shows each summer since he was a teen, tells BBC Newsbeat that “it just gets more and more expensive,” on the topic of nightclubs charging attendees, and that he feels like “they are just ripping us off.”
“The whole magic you used to have on Ibiza is not possible anymore because a ticket is 75 euros,” says Afrojack, who even admits “I’m playing in Ibiza this year, only because they pay well.” Afrojack references Mykonos, where he plays the same set and tickets are priced at 10 euros, but that Ibiza is “too focused on the VIP.”
Taking his talents to Ibiza for well over a decade, Steve Angello breaks down what makes Ibiza today different than Ibiza years ago: “It was more of a tastemaker, more of a musical discovery, than it is now.” Angello, too, admits “the mystique of Ibiza isn’t there anymore,” that it has fallen into the formula of big names and high ticket prices like the rest of the globe’s dance music destinations. “Everybody is trying to do the same thing because at the end of the day, everybody is trying to sell tickets.”