Home to wow-worthy scenery, an unrivaled roster of DJs and some of the biggest clubs in the world, Ibiza is the holiday spot to party. The ‘pleasure island’ draws in thousands of clubbers every year, most likely arriving with 24-hour stamina and leaving with almighty sunburn. But the current 18-30 lot aren’t the only ones that have been drawn here. The island has long been a haven for free spirited types, from the bohemian Spaniards who occupied the island in the early days, to hemp wearing hippies and wealthy yacht owners who travelled there in the ‘70s.
But never has Ibiza been more vibrant and magical than during its ‘80s heyday, when the island opened the mega clubs that really put it on the map. People travelled far and wide for poolside mayhem at outdoor venue Ku, partied into the early hours at Amnesia and danced to everything from Kate Bush to Beethoven at Pacha – the boutique discotheque that went on to become a global super-brand.
In 1987 DJs like Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold made their first trip to the island, becoming entranced by the clubs’ Balearic beats. They were so inspired that on their return to London they launched iconic club nights Shoom and Spectrum and went a long way to creating the dance music industry as we now know it today.
Most of us were probably still in our nappies when all this was going down, but we can now get a taster of the experience at a new exhibition at the ICA. Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of Ibiza as it was in the ‘80s through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs.
Visit to see hundreds of club posters by freehand illustrator Yves Uro, or check out photographs of the clubbers dressed to impress by British photographer Derek Ridgers. You can also see images and objects collected by Armin Heinemann, owner of the island’s famed fashion boutique Paula’s Ibiza. Each of these works of art have rarely been exhibited before – so don’t miss out!