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10 ways Ibiza will change in 2017

The White Isle is heading into a new era

  • Words: Johnny Lee | Illustration: Eliot Wyatt
  • 28 September 2016

Ibiza is busy. According to Balearic statistics specialist Ibestat, tourist numbers are up 11 per cent from last year. Hotels are doing a roaring trade and Ibiza airport's tally for August hit 1,390,009 passengers – a 6.9 per cent increase on the same month in 2015. White Isle adventures are still a top priority for many when the summer rolls round.

Good news indeed, but the scene on Ibiza's dancefloors has reached a crucial point as a number of sonic, social and cultural trends have converged. Space has closed for good, making way for Hï Ibiza, Pacha is up for sale and the island’s customer base is broadening, meaning there's a VIP EDM party for every on-point, tech-house all nighter. Many have misinterpreted this as an identity crisis, but in reality the island is simply going through an intense period of change, which promises to make this summer one of the most intriguing – and popular – on record.

With all that in mind, here are 10 things to expect from the 2017 season.

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