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The Ibizan 863 ~ 15 June 2017

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Suspicious Circumstances Surround Port Des Torrent Fire

  • Preliminary report suggests fire started in 2 different locations.
  • The land and buildings of Recó des Pins are embroiled in ongoing corruption case.
    • We are mindful that any report of circumstances relating to a fire in which thankfully nobody was hurt, may seem trite in comparison to the appalling loss of life in the Grenfell Tower blaze. Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those affected in London.

Reported Wednesday at 17:20h

Fire Due to Two Separate Outbreaks.

The fire that took hold in Port Des Torrent on Tuesday extended to an area of 3.5 hectacres.

High winds hampered the efforts of firefighters however they were still able to stabilise the fire in just one and a quarter hours.

Due to the smoke caused by the winds, 20 homes and several business premises were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

The mayor of Sant Josep, Josep Marí Ribas, Agustinet , emphasized the speed of the extinction that prevented the fire encroaching on the main road Avenue de Sant Augusti.

“The smoke was very dense and very annoying,” said the mayor. “We must thank the participants in the extinction as fast as they have been,” said the mayor, who highlighted the work of Civil Protection volunteers, Local Police, Civil Guard, firefighters, Ibanat and Environment agents. In total, 3 aircraft, 3 helicopters, 2 fire engines, 4 teams of bomberos, plus environmental agents and technicians attended the blaze. Two helicopters and an airplane were transferred to Ibiza from Majorca, one of the helicopters carrying a team of firefighters.

According to first inspections, all indications are that the fire began in the zone of the torrent closest to the beach, and it is suspected there were two simultaneous outbreaks.

Despite the two separate outbreaks raising eyebrows as to the likelihood of the fire being started through arson, there was no official statement as to any suspicious circumstances.

The Noudiari did choose to publish a report on the land’s ownership being embroiled in corruption cases however.

In their report headlined ‘The fire burns the restaurant ‘okupado’ Recó des Pins, embargoed by corruption in Marbella’, they make mention of squatters (okupados) having occupied the buildings for some years. A local source that we consider credible says there may be around 10 squatters living in the buildings that have been there several years. Ibiza has a history of fires on land occupied by squatters, including that in Ibiza Town recently. There have also been fires in Benirras and Cala Llonga on land occupied by squatters.

The Noudiari report then goes on to detail the ownership of Reco Des Pins, which was used for many years as a popular venue for tourist excursions, weddings and other celebrations.

It notes that the venue was involved in the money laundering and corruption scandals of Marbella Town Hall. It goes on to details the people and amounts involved in the corruption, however the text is by definition quite complicated, and our translation skills are not sufficient to avoid landing ourselves in hot water if we get it wrong – suffice it to say it is typical of the many corruption cases that have blighted Spanish politics in recent years.

According to reports the land in question has recently been obtained by the Cala Bassa Beach Club, and local residents feel it is only a matter of time before permission for redevelopment is sought to utilise the land in conjunction with adjoining beach bars already owned by the company on Port Des Torrent beach.

As Reported Tuesday at 16:20h

Irresponsible UK Press Go Nuts

A fire took hold in what has become scrub of the Reco de Pins property adjacent to the Seaview Hotel in Port Des Torrent on Tuesday.

It was a significant fire, declared at 15:19 hours and categorised as Level 1.

Strong winds made it a tougher job for emergency services.

Attending the scene were 3 aircraft, 3 helicopters, 2 fire engines, 4 teams of bomberos, plus environmental agents and technicians.

It is a significant fire, but not an unusual one. I live approximately 200 metres from the blaze and that land has caught fire several times in my tenure.

True to form the U.K. press has gone nuts, with the Daily Star reporting: “BREAKING: Explosions heard in Ibiza as fire ravages Brit party island. HOLIDAYGOERS were forced to flee beaches in Ibiza when a fire began raging nearby as witnesses reported seeing exploding gas canisters.”

Apparently there were one or two exploding gas canisters, but the ‘explosions’ video offered by the Daily Star is nothing more than wind noise in the microphone.

I can say categorically that their assertion that “Beaches across Ibiza have been evacuated as a wildfire rips through the party island” is absolute nonsense as is “people scrambling to get away”.

And as for the Star’s reprinting many “panicking tweets” from family in the U.K., don’t put out such ridiculous nonsense and then they wouldn’t be panicking would they? Idiots.

The Star may have been among the worst, but it is not alone. Similar stories are being carried in most of the British tabloid press. Totally irresponsible nonsense, but we have come to expect little else.

For the reassurance of relatives in the U.K., it is a significant fire, but  nothing that the awesome ‘bomberos’ firemen and women here do not take in their stride. No-one is at risk.


Armed Robbery in Marina

  • Two Gunmen on Motorcycle Robbed High End Clothing Store of Around 5,000€
  • The National Police are on the hunt for two masked motorcyclists responsible for an armed robbery in Marina Botafoch on Sunday evening.

Able to conceal their identity by their helmets, the two crossed the Port gates and security cameras proceeding to the high end fashion retailer,  Philipp Plein.

Threatening staff by brandishing their handguns, they absconded with between 4,000 and 5,000 euros in cash, and clothing valued at an additional several thousand euros.

The robbery took place at around 7.45pm. Officers of the Unit of Specialised and Violent Crime (UDEV) of the National Police were in attendance to take witness statements the same evening.

Their investigations revealed that some people witnessing the crime had tried to intervene, but once on the bike, the pillion rider had raised his pistol aiming towards them.

In a report by the diario de ibiza it was said that the security staff at the port and those at the shop decided not to intervene to prevent injuries. The managers of the marina did not want to make statements about this event, nor did those responsible for the clothing store.

The robbery has caused some concern on the marina, with one witness saying to the Diario, “Of course we are worried about what happened yesterday [in reference to Sunday], it was very strong, I have seen the images of the cameras and the truth is that it scares us all a little”.

Modus Operandi

Fears are that the robbery could indicate a more violent change in the modus operandi of the crime gangs that are known to work in Ibiza Marina.

In the past they have concentrated on the theft of luxury watches from individuals, and though not underrating the fear and danger in such crimes, the use of guns would be an extremely worrying step.

The gangs operating in Marina Botafoch are known by police to be part of organised crime gangs based in Napoli, Italy, though there is no direct evidence support a connection between this robbery, and those made by the Italian gangs in past summers.


Brit Arrested For Selling Drugs in His Own Hotel

  • A British man has been arrested after Hotel security staff observed him offering to sell drugs to hotel clients.
  • The arrested man was also residing in the same San Antonio hotel at which he was caught selling the drugs.

San Antonio Council issued a statement detailing the arrest, which took place on Sunday 11th June.

Security staff in the hotel detained the man when he was seen offering to sell drugs to Hotel guests.

Police were called and when they searched the man they found in his possession six bags of cocaine, five tablets of ecstasy and a capsule of ketamine.

The Police then took the man to his room, in the same hotel. In the room were 56 bags of cocaine and MDMA, 42 ecstasy pills, a ketamine capsule, a set of precision scales, 2,320€, £840, 192 nitrous oxide capsules, 80 Valium pills and 5 Tramadol.

The man acknowledged the drugs, but said they did not belong to him.

The man was taken into custody and transferred to the San Antonio barracks of the Civil Guard pending further action.


San Rafael Artisan Market

The Thursday Night market in San Rafael moves to a new home this year, now situated in the Church Square and Carrer Narcis Puget.

The market runs from June 15th to September 14th (excl August 24th) with Craft Stall, a Flea Market and live musical entertainment.

As has become a regular feature, a free ‘Tourist Train’ runs from San Antonio Bus Station each week, departing 18:30h and returning at 20:30h


San Antonio PP say Police focus on Penalising Businesses puts Security in Jeopardy.

  • The Popular Party (PP-think ‘Conservatives) have denounced what they describe as the “chaotic” state of the Sant Antoni Local Police.
  • They issued a statement claiming that in the current term of office of the left-wing coalition, “security in the municipality has ceased to be a priority”

The Popular Party Group of Sant Antoni City Council has described the situation of the Local Police department and, therefore, of the security of the municipality as a whole, as “chaotic and very worrying”.

Local councillors say in a statement that, since the left-wing coalition have been in office, “security in the municipality has ceased to be a priority” and, in areas such as Sant Rafel, Santa Agnès, and Sant Mateu police presence is virtually non existent. Their statement argues that “because the government team is obsessed with dedicating all the troops to besiege local entrepreneurs , especially those related to nightlife, the rest of the community, especially the shops, suffer the lack of protection of the Council, which also does nothing to end the scourge of the street vendors.”

The PP say that, including the commanders, “there are 45 policemen in the staff of the City Council (8 less than they should have because the council has not been able to cover these fixed places)”, and 4 telephone operators.

To these must be added 9 agents who are in the ENEV, a unit that only works at night and in a very determined area such as the Paseo del Arenal, the Paseo de las Fuentes and the West End. “It is necessary to remember that the agents of this unit cannot leave the zone by order of the councillor Aida Alcaraz”.

According to their figures, when taking away all police roles that are not available for patrol work, it leave 20 officers to cover 3 shifts across the entire municipality, “and accounting for free days, we have the majority of the shifts being covered with 3 agents in the street to patrol Sant Antoni, Sant Rafel, Sant Agnès and Sant Mateu”.

  • Material and uniforms

They also claim the Police are in dire need of new uniforms, stating that none have been purchased in two years and that officers are resorting to ‘make-do and mend’ with some even allocated uniforms in the wrong size because that is all that is available.

Their list of complaints extends to vehicles stating that “although there is a large number of police vehicles, both cars and motorcycles, most do not work and are not repaired”.

Though their statement does not give any proposals for remedial action, they end by saying they are very pessimistic as to any likely improvements being made, something they put down to “the disastrous management last year, resulting in little prospect of any agent arriving during the current season.”


San Antonio Bay: Total Ban on Coastal Access For Cars

  • Cars and other motor vehicles, notably motorhomes and camper vans, will no longer be permitted to access any of the waterfront land from Pouet to Port De Torrent.

Pouet is the first area of San Antonio Bay, bordering the Municipality of San Antonio.

The ban will apply to all of the ‘informal’ parking areas and coastline tracks from Pouet, through Pinet Playa, Cala De Bou, along past the Residential areas and Kumharas, all the way through to Port Des Torrent.

San José mayor, Josep Marí Ribas, said that government officers had confirmed that there is considerable circulation and parking of cars, vans, motor homes and other vehicles along the length of the bay, and that the decision had been taken to close them entirely.

  • Residents & Motorhomes

Many of the areas in question are used by residents for parking. Many are ‘officially’ closed by the use of large rocks as barriers, however these often get mysteriously moved after they are put in place.

The prime sunset view spots are often occupied by motorhomes and caravans, prompting complaints by some residents who say the problem is getting out of control.

  • “The Coast is for People and Animals, Not Cars”

“People and animals must go to the coast, but cars, vans and other vehicles must not be allowed to enter,” the mayor said.

Therefore, the City Council will block the exit of the streets that empty into the coast so that, from these roads, you can not reach the shore by car, as now happens. To close these streets will be commissioned a project that could be implemented for the coming summer, but, tentatively, the City Council is planning to perform actions this season that hinder the arrival of vehicles to this stretch of coast.

The mayor went on to say that the works would be undertaken without delay.

“Our intention is to prevent all the road traffic that uses the coast of Cala de Bou, Punta Pinet, Punta Xinxó or Port des Torrent”, said the mayor, who added: “It is an area that has developed without urban planning, and although it is not all land in the public domain, the truth is that these spaces must be free of vehicles. The law says the coast must be accessible, but nowhere does it say that it has to be accessed by car,” he said.

“There may be exceptions, because if there is a pumping station or other services, systems will be put in place,” added the mayor.

The Sant Josep government team adopted this decision during the usual Monday meeting, but now the administrative procedures will begin to commission the corresponding project, both as a permanent solution and provisional systems for this summer.


Holiday Rental Scammer Arrested

  • Man arrested for swindling a family in Formentera

A 45-year-old man has been arrested for alleged property fraud relating to a house rental in Formentera, the Guardia Civil have stated.

The police investigation began after receiving a complaint from an Italian family who, despite having rented the house and paid 4,150€, the owner then denied them entry and refused to return their money.

The property is located in Savina and was advertised online for 8,000 euros per month.

Guardia Civil agents located the alleged perpetrator of the events, and once detained, found that he had a history of similar crimes in previous years.


Scorchio! AEMET Issue Yellow Alert for Ibiza Heatwave

  • Temperatures expected of up to 35 degrees into the early part of next week.
    • Reported Tuesday 13th June

The National Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has declared the first yellow alert in 2017 for high temperatures in Ibiza and Formentera for Wednesday 14th June.

Temperatures are expected to soar to a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius during the middle of the day.

The local yellow alert warning is issued alongside a national heatwave prediction – calculated as being a period of at least 3 consecutive days where temperatures are expected to exceed normal averages by at least 10%.

The Meteorological Agency has warned that the heat wave will occur from Thursday, June 15, until Sunday, June 18.

aemet thermal map for wednesday 14th

According to AEMET, all the signs are there for the necessary atmospheric conditions to trigger the overheating of the air mass on the interior of the Peninsula.

“This meteorological situation will remain at least until the beginning of next week, with no changes in the air mass, so that the episode of high temperatures will continue, with temperatures that can exceed 35 degrees in many points of the peninsula and in the Balearics.”

Temperatures on the Peninsula are expected to top 40 degrees in most areas, and in the basins of  Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir the temperatures ​​will be even more extreme, with high probability the maximums will exceed 42 degrees.


Cathy Guetta’s Villa in Breach of Planning Laws

David Guetta’s ex-wife Cathy left the Villa a few months after it was completed. By then it had gained something of a reputation for its underground Nightclub, widely reported after an A lister housewarming party.

This got the attention of local planners who said the basement level only had permission for use as an engine room or storage.

However it seems from reports by The San José Councilor for Urban Planning, Ángel Luis Guerrero, that since Cathy’s departure further changes have been made, changes that are still in breach of regulations.

The house is now occupied by the family of the Arab sheik Abdul Aziz, according to sources related to the management Of the dwelling. Now, the basement has been converted to a cinema, with screen, armchairs and everything necessary for the viewing of feature films, one of the great hobbies of the aforesaid sheikh.

“Those in charge of the house have said that they will remove those uses and restore legality,” said Guerrero.

In addition, municipal officials have confirmed that some unauthorized extensions have been made , “although they are not very important,” he said.

It is expected that the City Council will open proceedings to ensure the property is returned to its legal condition in coming days.

The Villa is located at KM4 on the Ibiza to Sant Josep road. Prince Abdul Aziz travels to Ibiza with a large entourage, who until now were staying in three hotels on the island.

At Night


Opening Party. Friday 9th June.

  • Stephen Donovan

Wow, astonishing, unbelievable, incredible, amazing, exciting, seductive… I could spend hours looking in dictionaries and thesaurus’s for the right words. I could study the works of Ernest Hemingway or Oscar Wilde for inspiration but I still don’t think I’d righty describe or justify the night I had at Glitterbox Opening Party. However I will try but best.

Firstly, let’s get the elephant in the room (or on the page if you prefer) out of the way, Space is gone (RIP) and it has been replaced by something new and glamourous, and for some, still mysterious, that is until you get to experience it for yourself. And once you do, you will see that sometimes, change can be good, really really good.

Hï Ibiza, has set an exceptionally high bar and standard for clubs worldwide. The people at Ushuaia Entertainment certainly didn´t cut any corners when redesigning this super club. Hï has an aura to it, not just an atmosphere or a look, it literally has an aura or a persona. It’s clean, new, colourful, playful. The boundaries certainly have been pushed.

Hï now has a new and improved layout. It has 2 main rooms, The Theatre (Room 1 Once The Discoteca), and The Club (Room 2 once The Terrace) completely separate but only a moment apart. Then you have the Magic Garden, which is an outside room perfect to gather your thoughts, chill for a few minutes and chat with friends. The Wildwest is truly Hï’s ace up it sleeve, when you enter you think it’s another club room, its jam-packed with people, there’s full light production, a DJ booth and you then realise it’s the toilets, it’s incredible, something from Alice In Wonderland. The room was pumping, as I discover this bizarre space, Oliver $’s ‘Doing Your Thing’ plays and the crowd goes wild.

Now, with Hï covered lets discuss Glitterbox.

Glitterbox has always been a favourite of mine, plainly and simply because of its music policy; Disco, House, Fuck, Soul, all the greatest genres of music under one roof. Whether you’re a disco connoisseur or a boogie/house newbie, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the musical mischief. Glitterbox, is something that most other nights on the island aren´t, it’s fun. As much of a trance and tech fan I am, at times you just need to have a proper boogie and let yourself go with the flow J

Glitterbox will dance Fridays away for 16 spectacular nights, bringing some of the biggest names in the games to Playa D’en Bossa´s newest super club. Including; Dimitri From Paris, Armand van Helden, David Morales, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, The Shapeshifters, Basement Jaxx to name just a few. Alongside live PA´s from Barbra Tucker, Crystal Waters and Heather Small, and add the best dancers on the island these parties are not to be missed.

As I venture into The Theatre and I am met by nearly 50 disco balls and a LED screen so big I’ve never seen anything like it. The production and sound is remarkable, lights seem to bounce off every wall. Every so often the stars do align and something magical happens, it’s these moments that make me want to go clubbing week in week out. Tonight it was the magic of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ everyone knows it, it’s that infectious bass line, building up to Donnas big line ´I FEEL LOVE!!!!´ The few thousand clubbers sing it out like something I´ve never seen before. It was without doubt the highlight of the night, bravo Glitterbox, bravo.

I head over to The Club to catch the headliner of the night Dimitri from Paris. Dimitri´s sound of funk, disco and house is truly unique and infectious. As I enter its Joey Negro´s ´Come On Make A Move On Me´ coming through the newly installed Adamson sound system. As I look around at the almost full room, it’s hard to imagine that this was once The Terrace. With my nostalgia out of the way I boogie the night away with ´tune after tune´ from Dimirti. He plays some classics including Basements Jaxx ‘Rendez Vu’ and CeCe Peniston´s Finally. The tracks are accompanied by Shovell live on percussion, which is amazing to see up close.

If you find yourself in need of a change from the Ibiza norm, Glitterbox to defiantly the night you need to be at. Its distinctive lashings of disco, house and soul anthems with lavish and astonishing production will keep you dancing the night away. Catch Glitterbox at Hï Ibiza every Friday until its closing party on 29th of September.


Cream, Amnesia.

8th June. Opening Party.

  • Stephen Donovan

´We’ve come a long, long way together. Through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you baby, I have to praise you like I should.´

And praise you I will… 23 years, 23 seasons, 23 birthdays, 100´s of amazing parties and 1000´s of followers. Cream Ibiza, is back for its twenty third year, and I couldn´t be happier!! Over the years Cream has always been a people’s favourite on the island, and this year is no different. With its star studded line up, massive production and all contained in one of the best clubs in Ibiza, it’s always going to be a winning formula.

This year we see 3 DJ superstars take residency at Cream, the man who has dominated the dance scene over the past 3 decades, Fatboy Slim. With trance heavy hitter Paul van Dyk alongside England’s own Above & Beyond. And special guests gracing the terrace and main room over 16 weeks including Faithless, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Sander van Doorn, Paul Oakenfold to name just a few.

For its specular opening party it delivers an amazing line up. In the Main Room; Paul Van Dyk Gabriel & Dresden Ben Nicky Will Atkinson, while across the way in The Terrace its Fatboy Slim, Faithless (DJ set), George Kwali and Sean Hughes. I arrive at Cream shortly after 2, and head straight for the terrace to catch the end of George Kwali´s set. This young Brit, has gained a lot of momentum over the past year or so since the release of his track ´Crank It´ and is definitely one to watch. His blend of house and deep house kept the crowd jumping and looking for more.

At 3am, Fatboy Slim takes to the Dj booth for his first of 11 night residency and gives an outstanding performance. His energy behind the decks are something remarkable, always keeps the awing crowd jumping! Something I really liked about Fatboy Slim shows are the diverse age ranges, I see fresh faced teenagers rubbing shoulders with married 50 years plus couples and me an almost 30 year Ibiza resident in the middles, not many artists get that sort of following. With air horns in hand, Norman plays his big hits, old b side tracks and everything in between. Sinner Winner was definitely my favourite track of the night. ´I AM NOT A SINNER, I AM NOT A SINNER, FOR I AM A WINNER´ Needless to say the terrace erupted.

Needing my trance fix, and venture over to the main room to catch German born and Grammy Award Winner, Paul van Dyk. As I enter the room is almost full to capacity to see this Cream regular. The light and sound as always memorizing and Above & Beyond´s ´Satellite´ comes from the speakers, goose bumps follow. Paul sees out his set with some absolute trance classics and finishes with his ´For An Angle´, the masses go crazy.

I head back to the Terrace to catch Faithless (DJ Set) finish out the night with the 5 – 6 slot. In my opinion, the best time to be at Cream. Its only then, when the true fans are still there, and they´re there to see the night to the end! Sister Bliss is the woman behind the decks, giving us a blend of house, trance and a small taste of EDM. She plays all the Faithless classics including We Come 1, God is a DJ, and Insomnia. She keep the dancers going till the bitter end.

Cream will continue the dominating of the terrace and the main room at Amnesia every Thursday until their massive closing party on 21st of September. These parties are not to be missed, and you catch me here every Thursday.


Children of the 80s

Playa d’en Bossa

  • Claire B

80s throwback party Children of the 80s @ The Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa returns on Friday June 2. This year the party has moved to Friday nights and kicks off in fine style with The Village People. Appearing over the summer will be:

June 16 Byron Stingly

June 23 – TBC

Jun 30 Barbara Tucker

July 7 Alice DJ

July 14 Corona

July 21 Technotronic

Jul 28 Barbara Tucker

August 4 Ultra Nate

August 11 Soul II Soul

August 18 Snap!

Aug 25 Barbara Tucker

Sept 1 Crystal Waters

Sept 8 Rozalla

Sep15 Janice Robinson

Sept 22 London Beat

Sept29 Just Cool (from Kool & The Gang) & Barbara Tucker

Also on the bill every week are local DJs La Movida and the Dream3Team playing tunes and videos from the 80s and 90s. It’s something a bit different for Ibiza and it’s always a fun night out. Free entrance for residents with ID.


Creamfields Line-Up

Creamfields have announced their 2017 line up for their party as part of the Radio One weekend on Saturday 5th August.  A  huge line up once again, for a huge club – the world’s biggest as it happens. That’s right you clued up clubbers, this year Creamfields is at the newly poshed up Privilege.

Artists include Above & Beyond, Annie Mac, B.Traits, Charlie Sloth, Danny Howard, Don Diablo, Goldie, High Contrast, Kölsch (DJ Set),  Mistajam, Monki, My Nu Leng, Shadow Child, Steve Aoki, Yotto plus more to be added.

He might not be the biggest name on the list, but it’s Goldie that has The Ibizan office going all creamy at the prospect. Yuk. You ain’t seen nothing yet.


Amanda Zips it Up

? Amanda O’Riordan

It’s mid June, and for me that means two things. My birthday, on 21st June (yay), and the onset of full-on wedding season.

Are you still single but desperate to get married? Do you like the idea of committing to one person for the rest of your life?  Well, what if that one person just happens to be you?

There’s a new wedding trend gaining popularity.  A trend that results in no arguments over whose family sits where, which mother of the happy couple gets to wear their favourite colours, and absolutely no debate regarding choice of honeymoon destination.

Sound good? Well SOLOGAMY is the way to go.  That is, if you want to eliminate all those compromises that make organising a wedding that stressful you end up wondering why on earth you’re getting married.

In case you hadn’t guessed, sologamy is the act of marrying yourself. That’s right, you say ‘I do’ to yourself and you promise to love, honour and cherish….yourself.

It’s not actually as narcissistic as it sounds. The idea is to give yourself a commitment that values self-love and self-compassion and supporters of the practice claim it leads to a happier life. The bonus is that you don’t even have to change your name.

There was an episode of Sex and the City that aired in 2003 when Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, announced that she was marrying herself.

The catalyst for her decision was that, while Carrie was happy to celebrate her friends’ life choices, they never celebrated her choosing to be single and childless.

I’ll leave you to ponder on the single life conundrum, and crack-on with this week’s instalment of Zips It Up.  We check out Gingham, the must-have slogan tee and investigate a Menswear micro trend that has us saying yay or nay?

Read Amanda’s fashion blog



Men’s Micro Trend—Espadrilles

Ah, espadrilles. The Marmite of summer shoes. Comfy and the epitome of summer, but a bit flimsy to wear outside of a St Tropez dream sequence from Ab Fab.

Walk around in them and you feel as if you’re wearing a pair of mashed up brown paper bags that could disintegrate without warning. Still, if you want a piece of summer footwear that’s purely decorative, and your trainers are starting to stink in the heat, then you could do worse than a pair of espadrilles.

Very “disgraced billionaire tycoon, evading tax on his last remaining yacht”, if that’s the look you seek.

I’m in two minds as to how I would react to other half wearing a pair of these. Not really manly enough, but combined with the right shorts and tee, could just about be acceptable.

It’s Fathers Day this weekend, and besides the usual pair of socks or pack of three golf balls, how about going to the Tom’s website for the very best selection of these ‘like them or loathe them’ espadrilles.


It’s All About Gingham …

Forget picnic blankets – the catwalks have put gingham prints firmly back on our fashion radar for summer. Not sure how to pull off the trend? Make sure you stick to these style rules.

  • A gingham top will effortlessly update your wardrobe. Just look for modern style details, such as belted waists, scalloped detailing, statement sleeves or embroidery.
  • Don’t go bonkers with the print. Wearing too many pieces at once will only leave you – and everyone else – square-eyed.
  • A gingham dress is perfect for a whole host of occasions. From garden parties to office meetings, you’re sure to find one to suit.
  • Tone down your chequered prints with sleek white separates for a more grown-up look.
  • Accessories will gently break you into the trend. The gingham block heels (above right) will look great with a denim shirt dress.

Now get the look

  1. Embroidered top, £16. F&F at Tesco, 2. Swimsuit, £16.50, Tu at Sainsbury’s, 3. Block heel, £19.98, Stradivarius, 4. Sandals, £19.99, New Look, 5. Skirt, £24.99, New Look 6. Bikini top, £28, Briefs, £20, Figleaves.com, 7. Wedges, £31.20, Miss Selfridge, 8. Trousers, £38, Next, 10. Blouse, £45 White Stuff, 11. Dress, £65 J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams



Sexy Chest  One Piece Swimsuit

Ever wished you had someone else’s body, whilst making your way from the lounger to the pool? Or dreamed of making everyone by the pool woof whistle as you sidle on by?

Well, you your wishes can (kind of) come true. A US company is offering one-piece swimming costumes – with a hairy male torso print. Hmmm.

The $44 (£35) costume, designed by Beloved Shirts, is available in different skin tones and has been revealed to the company’s 105,000 Instagram followers.

The ‘Sexy Chest One Piece Swimsuit’ comes with the slogan: ‘Make the pool boy say “WTF!”‘ and is the latest in a string of quirky designs from the company, whose tagline is ‘Yep – they’re real!’

The costume is available in sizes from XS to XXL and is offered in ‘dark’ and ‘tan’.

Unsurprisingly, the photos, uploaded to the Beloved Shirts Instagram page, have caused more than a few ripples. This is definitely one for the Magaluf hen party.

The swimwear, called ‘Sexy Chest One Piece Swimsuit’ is digitally printed with the torso of a hairy male. And in case you were wondering, it’s an image that continues round the back but not ‘down there’… The hair stretches from around the nipples to down the not-quite-a-six-pack abs. Meanwhile, behind, there’s a lower back gap in the hairiness before normal service resumes towards the buttocks.

While many of those on social media questioned whether the outlandish swimwear was actually a joke, created in Photoshop, it seems that hairy chest swimming costumes are a real thing. They can be purchased via the company’s website.

And if you want a full hairy body tracksuit too, you can bag one of those while you’re there too – a snip at $119.


The Gucci Dupe Tee At Toppers

We love a good designer dupe. And right now, one seems to be flying off the shelves, with bloggers and influencers all over it.

Everyone wants the Gucci-inspired Topshop slogan t-shirt – and it’s only £15

The ‘Merci mon cheri’ top has racked up more than 35,000 likes on Instagram The white t-shirt features two-intertwined hearts over red stripes with the French slogan ‘Merci mon cheri,’ which translates as ‘Thank you darling’.

It’s strikingly similar to Gucci’s iconic £320 logo top but costs just a fraction of the price.

I looked for the Gucci version on ebay and prices were reaching a staggering £3,000.

Unfortunately, Top Shop’s version is currently sold out online, but be sure to check your local store to see if they have stock.

Slogan tees are a must-have this season and the high street chain has plenty of them, including the ‘Feminist’ tee , which was a great dupe for Dior’s logo shirt . Topshop is definitely the go to store for statements and slogans this summer.

Ibiza Weddings

  • Nick Gibbs

We often look to Ibiza’s dance music industry as setting the scene around which Island business revolves, and few would argue its importance in that respect.  In recent years the clubs have been joined by the chic beach bars and their seemingly never ending growth. But if basing success in any single sector on a straightforward growth of business, chances are Ibiza’s wedding trade would top the list.

Perhaps it is the lure of a marriage in the sun combined with a realistic distance for friends and relatives to attend.   Perhaps it is the touch of glamour and cool afforded by brand Ibiza. Perhaps it is a statement by the betrothed that their life together will be one long party.  Perhaps for some it is the marital culmination of a love affair that started or blossomed in Ibiza.

Whatever the reasons each couple has, there is no doubt that there has been a huge increase in Wedding business in recent years, and plenty of Ibiza businesses looking to serve that growing need.

In this special feature Ibizan writer Carly Sorensen recounts her recent family wedding experience at one of the Island’s most popular venues, Chiringuito in Cala Gracioneta. Along the way we will meet some of those who help make the magic happen, many of whom will be well known to those in our resident community. The celebrant, entertainers, organisers, stylists and many more that go to make up the Ibiza wedding experience.

Ibiza Fairy-Tale

  • Words Carly Sorensen Photos Max Lawless

On May the 30th my gorgeous baby brother Callum and his beautiful fiancée Laura became husband and wife in front of fifty of their nearest and dearest family and friends at the stunning El Chiringuito, Cala Gracioneta.

They are a truly beautiful couple, inside and out, so loving, kind, funny and generous, so the first venue that came to mind when they asked if I knew anywhere was El Chiringuito. A boho chic beach venue, nestled in a snug rocky cove under a canopy of pine trees with turquoise sea and white sand glistening before it, Cala Gracioneta Chiringuito is the perfect place for a wedding.

The happy couple flew out to view it in January 2016, and, even boarded up for winter, totally fell in love with it, paying the deposit for their chosen date before they even flew back to the UK.

Fast forward almost 18 months of planning and preparation and we walked in to the stuff of fairy tales, imagined by Callum and

Laura and brought to life by the wonderful Lucy Dyer of Mambo Weddings and her team.

We were greeted warmly by Lucy and manager and long time Mambo group super host Javier, who made sure everyone was happy and had a drink in their hand.

Set up in the elevated area to the right, with views out over the sea, were rows of pristine white wooden chairs before a simple alter.

A long rustic wooden table took centre stage at the far end of the main terrace with the beach and sea as the backdrop, adorned with a gold Mr and Mrs centrepiece, and candles and simple stylish flowers by Gary and Holly of Floral Dreams Ibiza .

It was complemented by round tables in flawless white linen, all adorned with the same flowers  in white, pink and cream shades. A cosy seating area took the space at the left overlooking the sea, a tall lightbulb lit ‘Love’ sign was positioned by the chic and stylish restaurant area, a gorgeous Cupcake Collection cake and sweet table were set up under a white net next to the tiki style terrace bar and lanterns in pinks and creams hung from the trees, blowing gently in the breeze as the surf lapped at the shore.

Pure magic.

The magic turned Hollywood with the arrival of the groom and his party by one of Boats Ibiza’s  speedboats. They cruised up to the jetty and made their way across the rocks to the venue amid congratulations from onlooking beachgoers, looking smart and suave in matching navy blue trousers and waiscoats with white shirts and gold bow ties. More than one was heard to say that they felt famous!

Anticipation grew as we awaited the arrival of the bride and took in the dreamy surroundings, with my brother getting a bit nervous as time ticked by.

Laura arrived later than intended due to transport problems (NB  – El Chiringuito is a popular name for bars and restaurants in Ibiza … ensure you’re going to the right one, especially if you’re driving a bride!) but Lucy Dyer was magnificent, reassuring everyone, slowing down the food prep process and ensuring the day continued to run smoothly. She even greeted our understandably flustered bride with a glass of bubbly and gave her time to centre herself before giving the go ahead for the ceremony to begin.

Laura was well worth the wait. She gracefully descended the stairs cut into the rocks to the strains of Sky Full of Stars, and looked breathtaking in an ivory jewelled mermaid style strapless gown and full length veil, her hair in a relaxed yet glamourous updo and make up glowing and natural – thanks to Sally Vinson and Marie Duchar Clark.

Karen Killeen’s ceremony was perfect – personal, honest, humorous and heart felt. She really did her homework, having spoken to Callum, Laura and myself to get to know the bride and groom better. When Mr and Mrs Hoare exited to upbeat sounds of Treasure by Bruno Mars, the guests showered them in fresh rose petals whilst the sunlight softly dappled the venue in a soft glow. I then sang seven of their favourite songs whilst photographers Max Lawless and Aida Matei snapped away, supported by friends and Backbeat bandmates Chris Langley and Patrick Levy, before we all took our seats for dinner.

The food was out of this world. Cal and Laura had selected a range of typical Ibicenc sharing starters and, after warm fresh bread with olives and home made alliolli, first out were mouth wateringly succulent king prawns, encased in a crunchy light batter. Next out were griddled padrones (small green peppers) sprinkled in sea salt, perfectly cooked salt and pepper fried calamari, warm and tasty chipirones with more sumptuous allioli and a delightful ensalada payesa.

For the main course I had plumped for steak, and at El Chiringuito the only way they know how to serve it is sublime. Tender, warm, perfectly seasoned and flawlessly cooked, it was served alongside a creamy rectangular tower of dauphinoise potatoes.

The ‘mmm’ and ‘ooh’ sounds from the guests were testimony to just how popular these dishes were amongst the guests and Javi and his brilliant staff were quick to bring out seconds to satisfy the biggest appetites. They also ensured the kids food came out first so the little ones weren’t left waiting too long, one of many nice touches during the meal.

The speeches after dinner were all amazing, Laura’s Dad Ian brought a lump to everyone’s throat as he spoke from the heart about his beautiful daughter and her new husband, the three best men gave speeches with just the right balance of banter and sincerity. Callum’s speech was funny, thankful and full of love.

Cake cutting, more photos, more drinks and plenty of dancing to great tunes played by the inimitable DJ Dr Feelgood – who I can never fault, he always strikes the right chord and reads his crowd perfectly – filled the next few hours. We happy revellers celebrated together as the sun slipped into the sea, painting the sky a romantic orange pink, before it turned a deep azure blue then darkened and filled with stars, mirrored by the trees as they twinkled with hundreds of dainty fairylights.

Just when we all thought it couldn’t get any better, Lucy led us all down to the beach by candlelight, where we held a beautiful ceremony of well wishes for the bride and groom finished with a magical gesture worthy of a Disney film … but to find out just what that was you’ll have to attend or have a wedding at El Chiringuito. I promise you won’t be disappointed. A perfectly beautiful day for a perfectly beautiful couple, I wish we could do it all again!

Mambo Weddings

  • Nick Gibbs

Arranging any wedding is bound to be a pretty stressful experience. From ensuring flowers arrive fresh on the day to keeping Aunt Bertha well away from Aunt Hettie on the seating plan, there are many, many elements that go together to make the perfect special day. Most of us would consider the planning of one successful wedding a major achievement. Spare a thought then for Lucy Dyer, Mambo’s own magical memory maker, who will be organising no less than 60 weddings in 2017, 40  at Chiringuito alone..

  • What does the Mambo Wedding Service Offer?

LD: We approach every wedding as a bespoke event and so the starting point is always a meeting with the clients to discuss their needs. We have held weddings for as few as 5 people and into the hundreds, from very simple ceremonies to big extravagant parties, every wedding is important and receives the same attention and service. We arrange everything from accommodation for guests, to flowers, wedding cars, hair and make up, music and of course catering.

  • I noticed on the website many highly original and beautiful styling touches, such as the driftwood table centres. Is that something you do?

LD: Yes I love the creative side of the job, very rewarding—I made the driftwood centres by hand.

  • What has been the most romantic wedding?

LD: Impossible to single one out. Every wedding is the most romantic for the couple involved.

  • And the most extravagant?

LD: That would have to be the 3 day wedding of the Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell held at Chiringuito. A very special event.

  • You must have had some very challenging circumstance arise. What wins the award for “the show must go on”?

LD: The one that stands out was again at Chiringuito. We had the most incredible thunderstorm and the rain was absolutely torrential—as heavy as I’ve ever known it in Ibiza. We lost all electricity except by some fluke of luck or divine intervention the supply to the bar and the DJ booth kept working. The lightning was incredible and gave us a better light show than we could have ever arranged by earthly means.  Against all odds it turned into one of the most special and enjoyable weddings you could hope for.

  • Last question—how can you possibly be so calm? (It might be expected that Lucy’s job would result in a chain smoking, facially twitching, nervous wreck, yet she comes across as totally
  • relaxed and at ease)

LD: Ha ha, I guess that is to do with experience and having great resources to draw on. I have been wedding planning for 10 years and built up a fantastic bank of reliable people.

The Mambo website states “Tell us your wedding dream and we will bring it to fruition with no stress involved, leaving you free to enjoy your dream day. Our promise is to ensure your wedding day is full of perfect memories for you to reflect upon for years to come.”

With Lucy in charge I wouldn’t doubt it for a moment.



Cup Cake Collection

Ibiza’s own queen of the bake-off, Sharon Edwards, makes some truly marvellous celebration cakes, and not surprisingly she is in big demand for what is probably the most important cake in most people’s lives.

Offering everything from traditional iced cakes, to cup cake towers, to edible prints, and some pretty stylish numbers too—like this little nude number.

Sharon’s cakes can be viewed, and some ordered, online.


Community & Agenda


15th June 2017— 21st June 2017

ARIES – Page of Cups

New beginnings, even news of a birth or pregnancy is the message of this card.  It’s also time to detox or refresh your life.  What areas need a makeover?  Start with diet, exercise and spend time with quality people who make you happy.  Situations or people that suck the joy out of life are to be avoided at all costs.

TAURUS – Page of Wands

You need to listen to what a younger member of your family is saying, either verbally or non-verbally. Pay attention to their wants and needs as they may be going through a sensitive phase and need encouragement.  Pages are the bearers of news and this case a new business project or a career opportunity that will make you very happy!

GEMINI – Six of Cups

People from your past turn up or contact you out of the blue indicating happy reunions and also a reconnection of feelings where they’re concerned.  This card indicates pleasure on a deep and nurturing level and as a result, you’ll enjoy life more than usual.  Any recent disappointments fade away this week and you’re more than happy to help others.

CANCER – King of Swords

An interesting and dynamic person could sweep you off your feet, that’s if you’re ready for romance that hits you like a tornado!  For ambitious Cancerians this card represents success and that a particular goal in life is within reach.  However, you must remain passionate and focused on your dream.  Aquarius, Gemini and Libra men are good allies or lovers!

LEO – Five of Swords

It may be difficult for you to keep a lid on your temper as you discover what’s been going on behind your back.  You’ll be pretty upset by the underhanded dealings of others as you’re usually a good judge of character.  Sometimes you trust unconditionally only to find you’ve been hoodwinked by a charming attitude.  Time to wise up!

VIRGO – Seven of Wands

After last week’s challenges which had your back was against a wall; you come out fighting.  You’ve had time to digest the situation and are ready to confront those put you through so much.  This card asks; have you a backbone or a wishbone?  Don’t be shy to tell others off, standing up for your principles has a positive outcome.

LIBRA – The World

It’s the beginning of a new cycle in at least one area of your life.  Some will be thinking of career or home changes; others will acknowledge that it’s their inner world of thoughts and feelings that need refreshing.  Travel offers an opportunity to have a fresh perspective and to fulfil ambitions.  You have feelings of confidence and optimism.

SCORPIO – Queen of Wands

Taking charge, being organised and getting your ducks in a row takes priority this week.  This card highlights ambition as some of you have wanted a career change or extra responsibility.   That’s likely, so you might as prepare and go for it.  Any of the fire sign women; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius make great motivators and allies this week.

SAGITTARIUS – The Hierophant

If you’ve been experiencing a little chaos in certain areas, then it will be up to you to set boundaries or impose some much needed discipline or routine.  Have faith that the structures on which you base your life are sound and reliable.  You’re experiencing a profound shift in the way you live your life; so enjoy and embrace it!

CAPRICORN – Ace of Wands

A new career or business opportunity presents itself this week.  If you seize this opportunity it could bring further success in the long term.  You may be required to relocate to another destination, but hey; nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If you’re the creative type exciting projects come your way and you want to get started.  There’s progress in property negotiations

AQUARIUS – Three of Disks

Sudden and unexpected business opportunities come your way, which involves other partners as well.  It will be a great idea, just so long as all remains equal. Market yourself well and you’ll be on the road to success. It’s time to think outside the box career wise, changes are coming, make sure you do your best to embrace them

PISCES – Nine of Wands

If you feel in a bit of a rut and life’s a tad stagnant, then this is the week to spring clean your attitude and make decisions that see you taking more risks than usual.  Get with the plot over a career matter; others are calling the shots so you must speak up in order to get your point across.


View From The Pew

One Another

  • Dr Peter Pimentel

The very first followers of Jesus, scattered throughout the Greek-Roman world more than 2000 years ago, formed extraordinary and unique communities.  The word pair “one another” is a favorite in the New Testament.  The New Testament is a collection of first century books written by the earliest followers of Jesus.  In the original Greek of the New Testament “one another” is just one word pronounced allelous.  This one word translated “one another” has so much to teach us about community.  When just some of these sayings are knitted together we have an amazing tapestry of community:

“Be devoted to one another.”  “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”  “Let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling-block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”  “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.” “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”  “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  “Offer hospitality to one another.” “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”  “No-one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

The Infinite One is not a monad existing in splendid isolation.  Jesus has taught us that God is an eternal community of love.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit together with an infinity of angels.  The very first Christian gatherings were an experiment in community reflecting the Infinite One.  Hence we have these words in the Bible: “Greet one another with a holy kiss.  All the holy ones greet you.  The gracious help of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the close relationship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).

  • Church service this Sunday 18th June 10.30 am in the church at San Rafael.
  • The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera. See website for locations & information. Tel 971 343383




100 Years of Connections

  • Claire B

A new documentary ‘A 100 Years of Connections’, which analyses the influence of technology and electronics in contemporary music over the last 100 years was launched at the B12 Gallery in Ibiza last week. It is the result of a research project from an Ibiza resident, writer and musical researcher Jorge Sánchez de la Campa that sees the light after two years of work. Structured in 16 chapters (phases) of 50 minutes each, it analyses how contemporary music has evolved with technological developments alongside artistic avant-gardes, successive social and political states, and philosophical trends within a context of continuous creative and technological exploration that has fostered the emergence of many genres and styles.

Jorge Sánchez de la Campa has created a soundtrack that begins in 1913 and is narrated in 16 phases. Together they take you on a chronological tour through different times and geographical places. Beginning with pioneers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Edgard Varese or Karlheinz Stockhausen to Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesizer, which became incorporated into the recording studio to be used as another instrument by groups such as Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, Neu! or Can; from Meco Monardo, Cerrone, Michael Kuntze or Giorgio Morder – those who brought the new sounds to the dance floor – to the inventors of the techno genre Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson and the pioneers of industrial music such as Throbbing Gristle. A 100-year journey that allows you to travel through the age of disco music, the development of dub in Jamaica, the origins of hip hop in the Bronx of New York, the emergence of new-wave and synth-pop in the UK, the house eruption in Chicago in the mid-1980s, the Detroit techno scene, the rave phenomenon, IDM or Intelligent Dance Music, dubstep, drum ’n’ bass, trip hop and ambient. It concludes in the 21st century with a new generation of musicians who proceed in the same way as scientists and mathematicians, investigating the multiple possibilities that technology offers them. With commentary interspersed with lots of musical clips from the artists being discussed, it takes you on an insightful and interesting musical journey. Here’s a taster of some of the phases:

  • Phase 1 – From Igor Stravinsky to Robert Moog
  • Phase 4 – Sex, drugs and disco music
  • Phase 7 – Synths invasion in pop-rock music
  • Phase 9 – Detroit: Underground resistance
  • Phase 14 – The golden age of Hip Hop: straight outta Comptom
  • Phase 16 – 21st century experimental and digital

All the phases are available on SoundCloud and are accessible through the website. Each phase is available in English and Spanish. An iPhone App will be available soon. All available from here:




l Ibiza Gay Pride, Ibiza Town, Various Locations,  June 14th to June 17th

l Viatges a Eivissa’ photography exhibition, San An, Sa Punta des Moli, until June 17th, 5pm-8pm

Travel back in time with photos from the 1950s to present day by Pere Català i Roca.

l Exhibition of ‘The Wizards’ by Dominique Sanson & ‘Master of Contemporary Art RIP’ Jan Telting, Jesus, Centro Cultural de Jesús, Friday 2nd June to 27th June, 4-9pm

Dominique Sanson presents an original History of Ibiza and Formentera with narration and Effects The Human Galaxy (Esoterism through the Millenia) The Hippies (Brand new Old Hippies). Joe Mentzel presents an exhibition of various paintings by Jan Telting.

l Exhibition of “Dúos” by Elizabeth Louy, Can Jeroni Cultural Centre, until July 2nd

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm and Thursday to Saturday 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Friday 16th

l Methead live @ Can Jordi from 8pm

l Open air cinema —’Florence Foster Jenkins’,  Dalt Vila, Baluard de Sant Pere,  10pm

Hosted by Cinema Paradiso.

Saturday 17th

l Grand Pride March for LGBT Rights, Ibiza Town, from 7.30pm

The route is from Cofradía de Pescadores, Av. Santa Eulària, Av. de los Andenes, Ibiza Port.

Sunday 18th

l Melon Bomb Beach Party @ Tanit Beach, Playa d’en Bossa, from 2pm until midnight

With special guests Luke Solomon and Nightmares On Wax (DJ set) joining Ben Santiago, Scott Gray, Corbi, Paul Reynolds, Jo Mills, Nicc Johnson and Bell & Bex. Contributions will go to Last Night a DJ Saved My Life to help build wells in India and Africa.

l Jazz @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 8.30pm

Enjoy the mellow ballads and groovy swing of Peter & Winni as JazzYbiza, whilst watching the sun go down from the Villa Mercedes terrace. Bookings advisable for dinner, or for the music without a meal, take advantage of their cocktail bar.

l Sunday Night Market, Santa Gertrudis, Aubergine Ibiza, from 8pm

Enjoy market stalls with live music, DJ’s and a special grill.

l ‘Fight Club’ @ Cinerama Dorado, Playa d’en Bossa, Santos, 9pm


Monday 19th

l Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am

Evening market often with live music.

Tuesday 20th

l Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am

Evening market often with live music.

l Live Acoustic Music @ Dorado/Santos, from 8.30pm

With Lori Meyers. Tickets cost 15€ which includes a bottle of Heineken. Continuing with the After Show party of Rock Nights at Pikes. More info and tickets:


Wednesday 21st

l Hippy Market, Es Canar,  Punta Arabi,  10-7pm

More than 500 stalls, paella from 1.30-3.30pm at the Grill restaurant and ‘Hippy Kids’ area with activities.



Thursday 22nd

l Hippy Market, Cala Llonga, Beach Promenade, from 6pm

l Artisan Fair, Sant Rafel, 7pm-11.30pm

Exhibitions of handicrafts and food set along Pintor Narcís Puget and the Church Square. There will be a free train leaving San Antonio bus station at 6.30pm to the event and returning at 8.30pm

Friday 23rd

l Paco Fernandez & Band @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, 9pm

l Noche de San Juan Fiestas, Various locations,  from midnight

San Juan has the biggest event but there is usually music and bonfires on the beaches in Figueretas, Talamanca and elsewhere.

Sunday 25th

l Jazz @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 8.30pm

Enjoy the mellow ballads and groovy swing of Peter & Winni as JazzYbiza, whilst watching the sun go down from the Villa Mercedes terrace. Bookings advisable for dinner, or for the music without a meal, take advantage of their cocktail bar.

l Sunday Night Market, Santa Gertrudis, Aubergine Ibiza, from 8pm

Enjoy market stalls with live music, DJ’s and a special grill.


San Juan Fiesta

  • Claire B

June 24th is the fiesta of San Juan with celebrations in many places on the island in honour of John the Baptist or San Juan. It is widely celebrated all over the world and on mainland Spain, and Ibiza is no exception. Being the patron saint of the town of San Juan, the fiesta and celebrations there continue over several days.

The celebrations begin in San Juan and in other parts of the island on St. John’s Eve (La Noche de San Juan), starting in the evening of the 23rd with music and bonfires at midnight to see in the 24th. As it occurs just a few days after the Summer Solstice (the longest day on June 21st), it is also used as a celebration of the start of the summer. Fire and water are considered to be purifying elements and play a vital role in these festivities. Traditionally, people jump over the bonfires, or run over hot coals, as a way of purifying the body and soul by fire. Others believe that you should throw something old into the fire that represents something you no longer want in your life or a piece of paper where you write down the things you want to change. Some choose to purify themselves by bathing in the sea. It is also customary in Ibiza to eat San Juan macaroni, made with curly noodles cooked in milk, sugar, cinnamon and lemon rind. Other typical Ibizan products such as orelletes, wine or traditional spirits are also consumed in family homes.

In San Juan it is traditional that 9 bonfires are lit at midnight for the brave to jump over and for others to see out the old and in with the new. Around Ibiza Town there are usually events put on in Figueretas and Talamanca. In Figueretas there’s usually a DJ playing music from 10pm followed by the lighting of a bonfire on the beach at midnight. Talamanca also usually has celebrations on the beach and there’s also usually a party outside the Hotel Ses Figueres further along the beach. In recent years buses were put on from Ibiza Town to shuttle people to Talamanca and back.

Friday 23rd June, La Noche De Sant Juan

  • 9pm-4am Artisanal Market using recycled products
  • 7pm – Concert of music from students taught by Laura Bonet
  • 30pm – Project Africa, video- conference and exhibition @ Cultural Center s’esglèsia.
  • 30pm – The Brand New Hippies @ Plaça Espanya
  • 11pm – Concert with Musicaires Swing Band, @ Carrer Antic Ajuntament
  • 45pm Lit flares, Parade Puppets, Ancient icons Eivissencs, Fantasy Groupshow @ Plaça Espanya
  • 12 Midnight – Lighting of Sant Juan bonfires @ Terrace behind the Church
  • 12 Midnight – Audiovisual display from Bambooo.de @ Church Square
  • Midnight – 1am – Music Videos live 60s and 70s Mr. Vg Monk @ Plaça Espanya
  • 1am – Djamal extended four hour DJ SET (Disco / Funk & Soul), Carrer Antic Ajuntament
  • 1am – Javi Box & The Music DJs selectors 60, 70, 80 (Disco / Funk & Soul / Rock & Reggae) @ Plaça Espanya
  • 30am – Mary Pomppins Fantasy Groupshow @ Plaça Espanya


Viva Cala Llonga

  • Brian Whetton

Flower Power ‘17

Once again it’s time to bring out the bangles, find your flares, wear the flowers and go back to the sixties for the Cala Llonga Flower Power Night, which is taking place on Thursday 22nd June.

The Flower Power Wagon will burst into life with singer Jodi and DJ Ben at 7pm outside Restaurant Wild Asparagus on Pueblo Asparagus before moving down to the centre of the village at 8pm, stopping off at various locations before finishing at the beach at around 10pm then carrying on rocking ’til midnight. It’s a “fab” occasion, great fun, with a crazy atmosphere of music and dancing in the streets.

See you there.

Beach Volleyball.

Also in Cala Llonga there is a Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place on Sundays 25th June, 9th & 31st July. 6th & 20th August. Organised by Andres Moreno in conjunction with Toni from Bar Hollywood – Cala Llonga beach – the competitions start at 10am until 6pm, with a short lunch break, with categories for male, female, mixed fours and seniors. If you’d like to participate as a team or individual then go to beachvolleyholidays@gmail.com to enter. Entrance fee is 7€ per person, there is no charge for spectators.

Beach Cinema.

Viva Cala Llonga, in association with Vecinos Cala Llonga and sponsored by Amante Beach Club, will be showing Cinema On The Beach each Sunday throughout the main summer season. Full details will appear in your copy of the Ibizan or see their facebook page.




Jezza’s World of Sport

Well, sports fans, as I sit here in Gatwick airport on our way to a well earned rest on, would you believe, an island in the Adriatic, what a fantastic weekend for us English that was! Firstly


l OMG! England – World Cup Winners!

And I never thought that I would be saying that again in my lifetime after 1966 and all that euphoria. But, ‘ tis true, my friends, as England’s Under 20’s team have just won the U20 World Cup in South Korea beating Venezuela 1-0 in the Final. Not only that, but England’s Under 20’s 2nd string also won the Toulon tournament for a second successive time, beating Ivory Coast 5-3 on penalties in the Final. Bit like London buses then – wait ages, in this case when I first set foot on Ibizan soil back in ’66, and along come two together! So, well done to both teams and their coaches, you did us proud and here’s to England’s Juniors doing well in the upcoming Under 18’s  tournament and the Under 21 side in the UEFA European Chsmpionships.

Real shame that the Senior team couldn’t follow their lead as they took on the Auld enemy, Scotland, in Glasgow in a World Cup group match and needed a 93rd minute Kane equalizer to share the points in a 2-2 draw. Sorry, lads, not good enough and I totally agree with Jamie Redknapp when he made the very valid point that our so-called English PL players don’t appear to replicate their club form when they are playing for their country (Alli, Kane, Sterling et al, please take note!) Perhaps it’s because they’re not being paid their £100+ grand a week, n’est pas? And as for Kane saying he wants to be talked about in the same breath as Ronaldo and Messi, c’mon mate, in your dreams! Anyway, at least England still lead their Group and should, on paper at least, qualify for the WC for real.

As for the other Home Nations, well done to Northern Ireland as they won 1-0 in Azerbaijan to lie second to Germany in their group with a very real chance of qualification for Russia while Bale-less Wales could only draw 1-1 in Serbia to lie in 3rd in Group D, 4 points behind Serbia and Ireland, who drew 1-1 with Austria in Dublin.


l England in to the Semis of the ICC Champions Trophy

By the time you read this report, hopefully Captain Morgan’s boys will have beaten Pakistan in the Semis to qualify for the Final. Having beaten Bangladesh and New Zealand, and then walloping the Aussies (and sending them packing!) – featuring, on the batting side, a superb ton by Stokes, ably supported by Morgan and on the bowling side, 4 wickets each from Rashid and Wood – the hosts took on Pakistan on Wednesday in Cardiff, who themselves reached the Semis by beating Sri Lanka on Monday in a thrilling final group  match in what was, in essence a Quarter Final match. Probable Final opponents for the winners are India, who, on paper, should have beaten Bangladesh on Thursday, who made the Semis thanks to their win over New Zealand and by dint of England’s win over Australia. T’was goodbye to South Africa as well as they were beaten by India in their final Group game which was also in essence a Quarter Final. So, a possible Final of England/India at Lords which would certainly be a fitting finale to what has been a great tournament.

Rugby Union

l the Lions begin to roar, at last, and England overcome Argentina.

For us avid followers of the current Lions tour of New Zealand, things were not looking too good after a win and a loss from the first 2 tour matches with the NZ press taking the PI55 out of the touring sides saying that they were a poor excuse for such a famous touring side as well as saying that the All Blacks were going to walk all over them. Well, their critics  have to backtrack a little now, as the Lions went out at the w/end and beat the Crusaders, the unbeaten leaders of the NZ championship, the Super Rugby, 12-3, with England’s Owen Farrell and Ireland’s Conor Murray running the show, proof if needed that this surely must be the First Test halfback pairing for Saturday week. Other notable performers who must have a very good chance of making the Test team were England’s Watson, George and Kruis and Wales’ Wyn Jones. All will no doubt have become more clear by this w/end as the Lions will have taken on the Highlanders on Tuesday and play the NZ Maoris on Saturday.

With 16 England players on Lions duty what a magnificent display by basically a 2nd string Red Rose team in the 1st Test ( of 3) against Argentina in the land  of the pampas and gauchos. To win 38-34 against a full strength Pumas team, regular participants in the Southern Hemisphere’s Championship and in their own backyard to boot, was testament to England’s strength in depth and great to see England’s first choice fly half Ford give a barnstorming display with 22 points so here’s to a Series winning 2nd Test win on Saturday.


l Rafa wins his 10th French Open Title to finish the clay court season off in style.

Congrats to Mallorca’s favourites son, Rafa Nadal, as he won yet another French title on Sunday to prove beyond any doubt that he really is “the King of Clay”. We were all expecting a tense and exciting Final as his opponent, World No 3 Wawrinka, had overwhelmed Andy Murray in the Quarters, but wasn’t to be as Rafa just blew the Swiss away, winning in straight sets,6-2, 6-3, 6-1. After beating Djokovic’s conqueror Thiem in his Semi fairly easily, Rafa just got stronger and stronger, culminating in his Final win, his 15th Major, equalling Sampras’ record and now only 3 behind Federer. Mind you, it says something about the great Swiss’ record as out of his 18 only 1 came from the French as against Rafa’s 10, making up 2/3rds of his career haul. With Djokovic and Murray seeming to be out of sorts at the mo’, I wouldn’t bet against yet another classic Federer/Nadal Wimbledon Final, provided they’re not in the same half of the draw and if that was the case, I for one am all for it!

Finally, congrats to 20 year old World No 47 Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she overcame favourite and No 3 seed Simona Halep in a thrilling, (for a change!) Ladies Final 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to record her first Major and, according to all reports, this ain’t gonna be the last time we hear her name as she could become the new Monica Seles, remember her? So, yet another exclusive for the Ibizan as, unless you read the English national press before this week’s edition, you read it here first!


Just a reminder for all you armchair golf fans, including Our Ken (no doubt much to the annoyance of Our Jan!), the second Major of the golf season, the US Open, starts on Thursday so good luck to all the Europeans including Garcia, Stenson, Rose, Westwood, McIlroy, McDowell et al and wouldn’t it be great to see yet another European put one over those Yanks in their own backyard!

Whoops, gotta go, as having just landed at LGW at 02.15 Tuesday morning our flight to the island of the Durrells has just been called at our current time of 05.30. So ’tis all for now, Sports fans, a postcard will be winging its way to Our Ed next Monday with my report from, hopefully, a delightful little cove on the Adriatic island of Paxos or even Antipaxos where “‘er indoors who must be obeyed!” will be sunning herself and getting even more of a tan!  ¡Hasta luego, amigos! Jezza


Formula 1

  • Rhian Gibbs
  • Hamilton Victorious In Montreal
  • Mercedes Back On Form
  • The Return Of The Pink Panther

Everyone made a good start but Verstappen’s was exceptional as he stormed his way from fifth on the grid shoving past Vettel to second place, the shove left Vettel with a damaged front wing and problems throughout the race. But that wasn’t the end of the jostling as Grosjean’s Haas was squeezed by Sainz’s Toro Rosso – the move spun the Spaniard down the grass and across the chicane collecting the innocent Williams of Massa in the process. No one was injured, though Grosjean’s Haas limped back to the pits for a new nose. Sainz and Massa both DNF and out came the safety car. Sainz subsequently apologised for his driving and the stewards gifted him 2 points on his Superlicense citing his driving as “careless and potentially dangerous.”

On the restart Hamilton pulled away and controlled the rest of the race, he took his sixth victory in Canada with even his teammate Bottas struggling to hold his pace. Bottas’ race was straightforward, although he was aided by Verstappen’s Red Bull giving up from second place; a Mercedes one-two again, Bottas took second and Verstappen, a DNF.

While the Silver Arrows were off on their own, all the action was taking place behind them. In the mix were Ricciardo, Perez, Raikkonen and Ocon, Raikkonen pitted first lap 17, Ricciardo the next lap, and Perez lap 19. Force India kept out Ocon until lap 32, when he was running second to Hamilton. His stop dropped him to sixth but he gained a place when Raikkonen pitted again.

Perez began to hound Ricciardo, but Ocon, with fresh tyres had ideas of his own and with 20 laps remaining Force India asked Perez to make way for Ocon, with the promise they would give back the place if the attack was unsuccessful. Perez was having none of it and the Ferraris were fast approaching.

The Ferrari teammates switched places around lap 60 with Raikkonen reporting a brake issue and Vettel’s hunt was made easier when Perez resisted a wheel-to-wheel challenge from Ocon, as Ocon lost momentum Vettel seized his opportunity and overtook the Frenchman forcing him wide into the run off area.

Perez actually made it easier for Vettel to pass him than he had his teammate, two laps later in the final corner. The pink panthers went on to finish side-by-side, two tenths of a second apart, Perez P5 and Ocon P6. However, it certainly looked like failed team orders cost Ocon a real shot at the podium. Ocon is certainly a driver to watch, and Force India as a team.

Completing the points were Raikkonen P7, Hulkenberg and Renault taking P8 and Grosjean P10 for Haas. Williams also took a couple of points with Stroll finishing P8, congratulations to the Canadian.

Renaults Palmer just missed out finishing P11, Magnusson’s Haas took P12 after a drive through penalty for overtaking under the virtual safety car, The Saubers of Ericsson P13, and Wehrlein P15, were split by Vandoornes McLaren P14.

Toro Rosso’s Kvyat was a DNF, with his colourful language reflecting his bad luck. Not only was he penalised after his team incorrectly told him he could regain his starting place after failing to get away on the formation lap, but later the stewards decided the initial 5 second drive through penalty was incorrect and handed him another 10 second time penalty on top, add to that a stuck wheel nut and 2 points on his Superlicense.

Alonso also joined the retirees after his McLaren gave up with two laps remaining while he was in the points. In only Fernando’s style, he took it with amazing grace by joining fans in the grandstands and giving away his race gloves.

  • Up next is Azerbaijan, 25th June

F1 Montreal Facts

  • Hamilton has the quadruple of pole, fastest lap, every lap led and victory in four races, including twice this year (Canada & China).
  • Sunday’s win was Hamilton’s third of the season, his 56th overall and his sixth in Montreal, meaning the Brit joins Senna in becoming one of just three drivers (the other being Michael Schumacher) to have won as many as six times at one circuit.
  • Hamilton’s pole/victory double came ten years after he scored his first career pole and win at the same circuit.
  • The Williams rookie is just the third Canadian, after father and son duo Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve, to score points in F1. Canada has waited since the 2006 British Grand Prix for points.