Diary: Ibiza, Dubai, Birmingham

This week’s party action started, for the 17th week in a row, at Pacha Ibiza. This being the second to last show of summer, there was plenty of energy and an amazing vibe in the air. There’s that feeling that we haven’t got much time left to dance on this special island, so everyone needs to squeeze an extra amount of fun out of their last nights out before all head home for the winter.

We had Carl Kennedy opening and as always he did not disappoint. Then special guest A-Trak, all the way form NYC, played some amazing tunes that got the crowd amped up! He’d been asked to play ‘sexy’ music, a different angle froom his usual gigs, but he truly knew what would move the hips if the ultra sexy Subliminal crowd.

Erick rocking Pacha

It was a perfect way to set up Pacha’s resident witch doctor himself, and Erick played an amazing set this evening. Wow! He took it old school, took it new school and showed his technical side with crazy loops, samples and more tricks. Afterwards he told us he really thought it was his best set of the summer.

It looked like the crowd agreed come 7am. We had Danny Tenaglia stop by and say hello, Richard Grey in the house and all the regulars. One of the best Voodoo Nights of the lot, after a summer where no Wednesday has failed to deliver.

One of the biggest tracks of the night, the new mixes of Erick and Markus Binapfl’s ‘Alive’.

Morillo, Tenaglia and Grey

After Pacha, it was straight to the airport to get on a plane bound for Frankfurt, our stopover on route to play at Sanctuary in Dubai. It’s a great venue, based inside the amazing Atlantis hotel resort.

Inside, the club was jammed packed with enthusiastic fans. They were all extra thirsty for Erick Morillo since he missed his last show in the city due to the freak Icelandic volcano eruption few months back.

Sanctuary, Dubai

This was going to be quickie because in Dubai they close early, so Erick played his heart out. Let me not forget all the beautiful women that kept asking for a photo with Erick – what a tough life! Big thanks to all that came and we will see you all back in Dubai in November…

Next might we were at the mighty Gatecrasher Birmingham in the UK. This was always going to be a special night, with GB celebrating their second year anniversary. So who did they call on, but Erick Morillo.

International sunglasses!

This is one of my favourite nightclubs in the world. Let me tell you, the crowd here is one of the best I’ve seen. Erick walked into the booth and “Boom!” all these pyrotechnics went off! The fans went insane. We saw plenty of love from them live via Twitter too as the party went from strength to strength. Fantastic support.

The GB dancers are some of the hottest out there too. And I want to give a shout out to the fan that we saw in Dubai on Friday who had followed us to Birmingham for Saturday. Erick signed his glasses in Dubai and then in GB. Now that’s FAN!

Erick showed this past weekend why he’s a contender for Mixmag’s Greatest DJ of All Time award. Gatecrasher, you keep doing what your doing and you will have many more anniversaries!

Gatecrasher freaks

On Sunday Erick went down to London to record his next mix CD – to be released in November. We’ll have more news for you about that in the next few days, so keep an eye on erickmorillo.com but let’s just say it’s going to be blowing your stereo/headphones into pieces very soon…

Manny – Tour Manager

Diary: From France to Gatecrasher

There’s only one place to be for the Mayday holiday, and that’s Europe – home to some of the best parties right across the continent on this extended weekend. Erick started off with a gig on Friday at Soundfactory in Lyon, France. The venue has the raw, exciting feel of a warehouse space, with an entrance through big garage doors and a lot of stainless steel for the counter tops of their bars, all scratched up. A very cool place.

This was a smaller capacity gig than usual, probably about 1,000 people, with a very intimate vibe meaning you can just feel the crowd’s energy all night. Since the DJ is situated at ground level, fans kept climbing up in front of the booth to shake Erick’s hand. Again this Colombian flag keeps following us. Amazing. “I haven’t danced like that in a long time” exclaimed a happy Erick when it was time to wrap it up.

The following evening’s party was smack dead in the heart of Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, the busiest street in the city. What made things even more insane was that local soccer team Paris Saint-Germain just won the Coupe De France against rivals AC Monaco so the streets were doubly crazy all night long.

They say never a judge a book by its cover, and when you approach Queen, the club looks like it’s going to be small, but wow. Walk inside and down the stairs and you’ll find yourself inside a cavernous well-designed underground nightclub packed with sexy people. Only the best of the best get inside this place.

Erick had some friends who came to visit; Sean Sines, Luca and Chabeck. So many people were asking for autographs, hand shakes and pictures of Erick. It was a bit tough all squeezed into such a small DJ booth. Erick played his heart out, as he always does, and the crowd reaction was definitely their way of showing they loved every bit of it. The sound tech guy said that he never saw the crowd stay as long as they did. Now that’s pretty impressive when the place has been around for over 10 years!

Finally for the holiday weekend it was a short flight across the Channel to the UK again for massive party to promote Subliminal’s summer ahead in Ibiza. Gatecrasher in Birmingham is a great venue, and has won awards as ‘Best Designed Nightclub’. If you’ve been there then you’ll know why. The soundsystem is also fantastic.

The place was filled with all the décor from Pacha in Ibiza and the dancers from the club had made the trip over for the party and were looking oh so sexy.

Erick’s good friend Andy Baxter opened up for him and he did a great job. The place was rammed full of Erick fans and they were totally up for his music, loving the choice selection of house classics too. Again, the staff said how the crowd at Gatecrasher never stay for as long as they do on a night when Erick plays. Seems to be a theme this weekend!

Everybody who was there will now be hastily booking their Ibiza summer plans after this taste of the Wednesday nights to come at Pacha. We’re opening on June 3rd with a Voodoo Nights theme for 2010, our 13th summer on the island! Erick can’t wait to get back for another season of fun. Thanks Birmingham, we’ll see you all over there…

Loads more photos from each gig in the galleries