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DANCE OR DIE had us dancing with Carl Cox at Ushuaïa

All the opening party details.

DANCE OR DIE - the brainchild of Nic Fanciulli and The Night League - made its debut at Ushuaïa on Wednesday evening. With a perfectly buzzing crowd, we did plenty of dancing at its opening party.

The new Wednesday residency was the gift that kept on giving. It even turned out to be one of my favourite parties on the island so far. The combination of Ushuaïa's production and world-class DJs made it tech house heaven.

The production team, The Night League, had stripped back the large-scale production compared to the likes of BIG and Ants. However, it was no less impressive. When dusk approached, the neon lights that surrounded the stage came into their own.

After six long years, the king of Ibiza Carl Cox made his homecoming alongside Fanciulli at the open-air super-club.

Contrary to popular belief, this was not Cox's first performance at the venue In fact, he played at Le Grand Bazaar at Ushuaïa in August 2013. His hiatus made no impact on his ability to control the poolside crowds.

Warming things up were Acid Mondays and Paco Osuna who took care of things until 19:30 when it was time for Carl Cox to make his return. Being used to Cox's heavy techno sound, I was keen to find out what he had in store for us tonight.

He played a largely tech-house set compared to the heavier techno we're used to seeing from him. But this suited both the occasion and the crowd on the day.

Opening with a version of Green Velvet's Walk Around Like Your Bigger Prince was an easygoing start. However, he quickly picked it up with Groove Armada's remix of Smashing Up by Javi Bora. He'd found his groove as the tunes began to flow.

Moving on, we heard DJ Riley's Alright which introduced some techno into the set.

He also treated us to a new track by Green Velvet. The DJ and producer never fails to deliver banging tech house tunes.

This time, the trippy build-up of his new song Share Now with Mauro Venti livened the crowd up mid-set.

After an overall high-energy set from Cox, Nic Fanciulli was ready to take over at 21:00. He opened with the Sonny Fodera Remix of Lee Walker & DJ Deeon's Freak Like Me. It was a recognisable track that got everyone singing along.

Every year, there is a song of the summer, one that you hear most nights and is your go-to tune at predrinks. This year, Roberto Surace's Joys may have already taken that crown.

This was an obvious favourite, not only for me but also the thousands of people around me. It is one of those songs that makes you turn to your friends and grin as soon as you catch that familiar intro.

If all that were not enough, the Fanciulli b2b Cox set kicked off at 22:00 with Detroon's T-Symmetry. It was high impact start that got the crowd ready for what was to come.

Another highlight came from their version of Montefroid's Ecstasy. The disco sounds of the original track were replaced with a more techno beat which made for an interesting remix.

The chemistry between Cox and Fanciulli fuelled the energy behind their set. They could both be seen bouncing up and down in unison as they went into their final track.

The duo played us out until the end with Strings Of Life by Soul Central. In the end, the evening finished on such a high that nobody wanted to leave. It was the perfect feel-good end to the perfect opening night.

DANCE OR DIE is exactly what it says on the tin. No fuss, no nonsense partying. I, for one, might well be back under the neon lights every Wednesday until September.

Termine und Line-ups für Dance Or Die - 2019

Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die Opening Party

Mi 19 Jun
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 26 Jun
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 03 Jul
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 10 Jul
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 24 Jul
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 31 Jul
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 14 Aug
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die

Mi 11 Sep
Ushuaïa

Dance Or Die Closing Party

Mi 25 Sep

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