ANTS was one of the party pheomenons of the 2013 season, the Saturday night in Ushuaia offered a slightly different concept to the normal superstar line ups that filled the rest of the week, providing a showcase for some of the great talent that filled the earlier slots on other party line ups and giving them an opportunity to shine alongside a few carefully chosen guests. The philosophy behind the concept was to make it slightly cheaper and open the arena up to clubbers that might not normally frequent. The opening party saw ANTS switch the arena around and set the DJ booth up in a smaller, more intimate location at the opposite end of venue, partly to create a different feel and possibly partly because they were not quite sure how the opening party would go. Suffice to say that a couple of hours in they had to revert to the back up plan and move back to the main stage as the colony turned out in droves. This continued for the remainder of the summer as it became one of the must-visit parties on the season.
Winter in Ibiza sees the major venues take a break but there was no relaxing for the colony as ANTS went on the road, looking to add to the thousands of recruits that had joined them in the summer with parties in London and Miami to name only a couple. It was a hugely successful operation and the colony returns to the island buoyed by the international experience and determined to build on the amazing success of the debut season. Three of the biggest names to emerge last summer were Andrea Oliva, UNER and Los Suruba, with numerous appearances for ANTS throughout the summer making all three household names. The trio returns for the opening party on Saturday May 31 with Yousef joining the line up and the promise of a special guest to be announced nearer the time. The line up for the first few weeks has just been released and it once again showcases some of the great talent on the scene, with the likes of Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles, Deetron, Magda and Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli renewing their back to back battle on the outdoor stage.
As always the ANTS will be out in force across the island this summer, as one of the iconic images of last season, the colony can pop up anywhere without warning. We were enjoying a coffee in Ibiza Town when the colony came bounding thorough, it was a sight to see and one that has added a sense of the dramatic to the Saturday night residency. ANTS started off as a small concept to engage a new type of clubber and has evolved into one of the biggest parties on the island. It’s an outstanding achievement for a party to launch and make such an immediate impact and it’s one that the team behind the concept is not taking for granted. 2014 promises to see the party reach another level with more elaborate ant-inspired production, an equally strong line up of talent new and experienced and the enthusiasm of all the members of the colony that have joined since the launch. Music Is The Antswer, see you down the front on May 31,