Where Is the Next Ibiza? 5 Contenders -- From Mykonos to Croatia
Summary/Commentary:With Ibiza's legendary Space nightclub changing hands after this season, as well as concerns of unsustainable tourism from the Ibizan government, it begs the question what's next for nightlife? Billboard shares their Top 5 locations that could be your next party destination.This article originally appeared on Billboard
The one thing that seemingly everyone can agree on about Ibiza is that it's changing. Whether the new regulations, rise of Ushuaia and influx of more commercial sounds on the White Isle delight or dismay you, things are evolving for the Balearic gem. For purists looking for greener, less-regulated pastures, Billboard Dance has rounded up the top 5 contenders to help fill the space that Ibiza has held in clubbers' hearts for decades.
This front-runner has a rather laissez-faire regulatory system with plenty of 24-hour licenses and low costs of operation. That makes it an easy choice for festivals looking for a home base, and Croatia calls itself the proud location of Ultra Europe, Hideout Festival, Outlook Festival, Dimensions Festival, Barrakud Festival, Lighthouse Festival, Love System, Echo Festival, For, The Garden, Electric Elephant, Soundwave, Suncebeat, Stop Making Sense, Sonus, and Unknown. Four of those fests made Billboard's list of Top 25 European Dance Festivals, period. Also, it's unbelievably gorgeous.
A long established party scene and gay-friendly culture have helped this historically sensational Greek island become an emergent dance music hotspot. At clubs like Cavo Paradiso, Pinky Beach, and Nammos, fans get the same entertainment at a fraction of the cost. “[In Ibiza] they are too focused on the VIP,” Afrojack told theBBC in 2014. “A ticket (in Ibiza) is €75. I go to Mykonos, play exactly the same thing, and you buy a €10 ticket.”
When the Ibizan summer season ends and a chill creeps into the Northern Hemisphere, DJs and partygoers begin making their way south of the equator. Brazil is party central come autumn and winter months, especially in the southern regions of Sao Paulo and Florianopolis. EDC and ID&T festivals are choosing to make these regions home, alongside megaclubs like Pacha, beach clubs a la Parador 12, and surf bars like Barraco Da Mole. Brazil's open-air nightclub Green Valley in Balneário Camboriú (located in the southern state of Santa Catarina) in has been named the best club in the world by DJ Mag polls for the two years in a row and sits at No. 2 today. Not too shabby.
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