Live Report: Flower Power – Pacha, Ibiza

Pacha Ibiza's most iconic, longest-standing party makes a return...

Nostalgia is a funny thing. Finding a balance between the past, present and future whilst injecting a sense of familiarity is a tricky feat. For many, the Balearic Islands capture all three with ease.

It’s impossible to avoid the ‘magic’ that draws people towards Ibiza; you hear it in conversations at the airport, you experience it by the beach and around its kinetic nightlife circuit. Sharing a rich history with Europe’s hippy movement since the 60s, the island is said to be swept by ‘ley lines’ that connect cosmic energies at various points in the land, turning Ibiza into a capital for escapism, revitalisation and spirituality.

Although the island has shifted trajectory in the last few decades, there’s still a distinct aura that rises from the cobbled sidestreets. Take a step into Las Dalias, a self-professed ‘hippy market’ birthed in 1985, and you’ll bump into an outdoor party hosted by locals, welcoming classic house anthems amongst frozen daiquiris and vibrant, lightwear knits. With all due respect, our Sunday morning car boots could never.

Perhaps this offers a backdrop to the return of Flower Power, one of the most iconic, longest-standing parties to grace the Pacha dancefloor. An ode to love, peace and freedom, each weekend sees the heritage club, initially designed as an old farmhouse, filled with disco house selections alongside star-studded performances and flamboyant decor.

To return to the idea of nostalgia, Flower Power has ventured into this summer season with a fresh approach, looking to evoke the party’s original sentiments through a contemporary sound palette. In doing so, the line-up welcomes the likes of Boy George, Grace Jones and Roisín Murphy whilst also spotlighting the likes of Toccoroco, Mia Moretti, TSHA, Benji B and Manuka Honey, to name a few. 

For its opening party, Flower Power jumps straight into a revamped main room with French multi-disciplinary artist Kiddy Smile, resident act Bora Uzer and none other than Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Greeted by a set of giant Pacha cherries outside the venue, the evening’s crowd is diverse; some will have been regulars since the 90s, others are embarking on their first visit, but all are from different corners of the globe. 

A psychedelic explosion of sunflowers, peace signs and shrooms are splashed across each space, creating a warm, quirky environment from open to close. As the night progresses, the floor becomes coated in confetti and crowd members exchange martian goggles, feather fans and multi-coloured boas as tokens of laughter and euphoria. 

With each set, the energy switches to align with the different chapters that compose Flower Power’s sonic journey. The first is HOLI IBIZA, a mellow, funk-tinged hour that transitions to ARMY OF FLOWERS, marked by a glittering performance from Bextor. Reflecting on her earliest memories of Pacha, she infuses each dance move and vocal with those moments, glammed up in a tinsel dress with disco-ball style heels. Equally, as she runs through her 2002 debut album ‘Read My Lips’, tracks like ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), ‘Get Over You’ and smash hit ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ savour Bextor’s viral resurgence, urging the crowd to join in. Elsewhere, the singer adds her own spin to Ibiza classics like ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’, meeting each moment onstage with grace and a smile.

Next to take the lead is Kiddy Smile, driving the crowds into CIRCODELIA. Sporting bright piano keys and groovy basslines, the music producer, dancer and actor now leans into soulful vocal cuts. Flitting between Danny Krivit’s re-edit of ‘Strings of Life’ to Ministers De La Funk blends, dancers and performers reach into the crowds and highlight yet another defining feature of Flower Power. Some are hanging from the ceiling, others are performing mime-like skits onstage and each costume undeniably stands out. From fur coats to splatter-paint catsuits, animal headpieces and traditional bohemian dress, each character pays close attention to culture, folklore references and choreography.

The final chapter, FUTURE FREEDOM, is ushered in by Turkish singer-songwriter Bora Uzer, who taps into a more hard-hitting, deep house production. Throughout, he experiments with live performance through improvisation; honing an eclectic, free-flowing curation directly engaging with the crowd’s energy, in the process fashioning a symbiotic relationship between artist and audience. As they inch towards the closing hours, Uzer lends his focus to a packed-out dancefloor and asserts ‘to me, this is Flower Power’. 

Having gone back to the drawing board, Flower Power’s opening party offered a glimpse into one of Pacha’s biggest seasons yet, refining their statement event with versatility. Opening up their PACHACHA Room, each week will bring forth new sounds, styles and emerging talent to the forefront, encouraging crowds to dive in and expect the unexpected.

El Hotel Ibiza and Destino are currently running a ‘Pay 3 Stay 4’ offer, promising party-goers a complimentary fourth night when booking three consecutive nights at the hotel. Here, you can check out Ibiza’s only Monday pool day celebration Wet Cherries at Destino, a luxurious journey through music, entertainment and dance. Elsewhere, you can discover Pacha’s latest collection, tracing the history of the island across a series of accessories, athleisure pieces and swimwear.

Find out more information at pacha.com

Words by: Ana Lamond

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