Venues in Ibiza are very much commodities for the people who visit the island year in year out. One year, a certain venue can be on everyone’s lips, while the next it could quite easily fall down the pecking order and play second fiddle to one of the island’s many other venues. It’s all part of the competitive clubbing landscape on the island and shows that venues and club brands are constantly grafting and pushing the boundaries that make Ibiza such a unique clubbing microcosm.
While the superclubs constantly jostle at the top of the food chain, every year we see smaller venues emerge and try to carve out a place for themselves at the top table. Whether they’re underground, boutique or high-end VIP, the beauty of Ibiza is that there is always the opportunity of an audience and clientele to be tapped into.
This year, one of the venues we’ve seen emerge as a real contender on the clubbing scene is Lio, in Marina Botafoch, Ibiza Town. Formerly El Divino and part of the Pacha group, this venue comes with some real clubbing pedigree but, in recent years, it has become more of a high-end cabaret venue than a place where people go for a clubbing experience. This year, with the introduction of the special Pop Art by Vertu Agency party, a
high profile luxury brand and creative think tank, with the help of resident DJ and driving creative force Michael Canitrot, on Tuesday nights the waterside venue is once more making waves in clubland.
With beautiful views of the Old Town and Dalt Villa, Lio is much more than just a music venue, it’s a treat for all the senses, which makes it the ideal home for Pop Art and Parisian DJ Canitrot. Having honed his talents in the French capital where he was inspired by many of the other electronic music heavyweights from his hometown, Canitrot has earned a reputation as one of the finest selectors of his generation. In more recent years, Michael has released music on labels like Universal, Defected, Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound which has equipped him for the task of faultlessly programming the music for the Pop Art by Vertu parties. The emphasis is very much on house music but there is also a sense of freedom that allows other genres to flow seamlessly in and out of the parties. Canitrot has truly brought a little bit of Paris with him to Lio this summer, blending music, art, fashion, popular culture and the avant-garde feel of the city perfectly together for his Pop Art parties
It’s fair to say it has been a successful first season in Ibiza for Canitrot and Pop Art by Virtu, with Tuesday nights in the club constantly busy despite extreme competition from some of the island’s biggest and most popular club nights. If you haven’t been to check it out, you’ll be happy to know that there are still five parties left in the Pop Art by Vertu calendar. Of these five parties, Michael Canitrot will be appearing at three and we highly recommend that you go to one of these dates to get the true Pop Art experience. First up is this Tuesday’s show, where Michael will be joined by fellow French selectors Arno Cost and Norman Doray. After that, you’ll be able to catch him again in Lio on Tuesday 17 September before returning for the season finale with the Pop Art Closing Party on Tuesday 1 October.
We get that Lio is still quite a full-on VIP venue and because of this, we know it might not appeal to everyone but we still think you should all experience at least one of Micheal’s sets this summer. So, you’ll be happy to know that you can also catch him spinning this Wednesday, 4 September, in Heart Ibiza for La Troya. Do yourself a favour and get down to one of these shows, you definitely won’t regret it. Click here for more information or tickets.