Andrea Oliva 'Chaos'
Matthias Tanzmann, Theatre
As we enter Hï, we soon realise that gone is the car park that's hosted the opening and closing parties over the years and in is the lavish new Garden, a mystical area at the corner of the club with teepees, hidden seating spots and enough greenery to give your local garden centre an early bonus payout. Once through the garden and a bustle across the Club (the new name for the Terrace) we started our adventure in the Theatre.
Previously the Discotech, Hï's new main room doesn't mess around. Visually it's one of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring big rooms on the island with an LED wall taking up the entire back of the room and lights hanging above that slowly move up and down to the beat of each track. The attention to detail is pretty staggering: the walls are laced with strips of lights that change so subtly with the colour of the room that you don't even realise the transition is happening.
As was expected and reported on in the lead up to the opening, there is more of an emphasis on the VIP. Surrounding the sides and back of the room are circle booths that scale upwards surrounding the main floor. However, they don't detract from the vibe of the room, they merely make it look more extravagant and lavish. One person described it like the galactic council from Star Wars and we're inclined to agree.
The first act soundtracking the room when we arrive is Matthias Tanzmann and as Bedouin finish up, Tanzmann receives rapturous applause. He's no stranger to this club and his opening few tracks show it. The trippy, almost lullaby, sounds are quickly traded in for his signature chunk-fuelled tech-house and it becomes very apparent that this club is going to be packing a lot of punch this season. This track from fellow Hï regular Andrea Oliva sums things up just right.