Yet since the Eighties, millions have travelled to an island in the Balearics looking to subvert the paradox. For many, the island of Ibiza is the contemporary pursuit of pleasure. In a world in which the social boundaries lay under constant siege — secularists push out and the religious push in — Ibiza remains aloof, not only an island geographically, but a place set part from social mores, somehow above the moral bickering of everyday life.
Did I say my last? It was a two-day jaunt, a surgical strike. In and out, starting with the customary 4am taxi to Stansted and a monstrous two-hour flight on easyJet made worse by a flight attendant on the microphone reading excerpts from what I Super Trouper - Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are was The Bernie Winters Holiday Gag Book. The thrust of the trip was to interview David Guetta, the prominent French DJ currently dominating the charts.
As such, I was surrounded by my professional brethren - hacks, Stardust - Breky - Hedonism Ibizaonline video bloggers, fashion writers, feature writers, camera men, dinner Stardust - Breky - Hedonism Ibiza and just about anyone else who had managed to charm their way onto the trip courtesy of a press card. Some carried the scars of previous trips — a blank stare and the occasional twitch.
They knew what was coming. Those unapprised chatted freely, each one a blank canvas on which the island would soon paint its indelible mark. The sun, allied by a pool-side setting and an open bar tab, claimed several early victims. Bereft of suitable attire, she progressed to the deep end in her dress. The press conference started at 4pm. Had she sat at the back dripping quietly, she may have got away with it.
Sitting on the front row and demanding the first question made her slightly more conspicuous. The interviews slots offered similar Stardust - Breky - Hedonism Ibiza , as rival publications locked horns over space and time.
They were sent in together. I waited for feeding Kentucky Woman - Various - Cant Stop Dancin Vol.
2 to finish before making my move on the interviewee, probing him with banalities on dance music before getting the required joint picture… and then one for Facebook. Dinner was booked for midnight. Some had made it through, some had gone to bed, some were face down on sun loungers… one was face down in the pool. Everyone was flagging. By 4am, a second wind had blown in, with all revelling in their VIP status at the club.
Kelly Rowland had put in a brief appearance, belting out a number on the stage, before disappearing, possibly to the VVIP area, which remained a constant aspiration. Still, high shenanigans reigned behind our own velvet rope as press, DJs and just about anyone in attendance became better acquainted. It was at this point I decided to miss my 10am plane. Still, the extra day was worth it, affording more time on this strange little atoll, this beautifully debauched place, this Stardust - Breky - Hedonism Ibiza whore.
Previous, longer trips had proved too much for some, with men and women of every stripe turning feral. One woman, a producer for music channel, disappeared for three days, having left her purse and shoes by the pool.
Fortunately, the brevity of this recent trip prevented any major mishaps. I quizzed the organiser on his hopes for the event during the meal on the second night. Mission accomplished. Yet for me it remains a place far removed from those Uncut programmes, scheduled well past the witching hour at the back end of Itran De Cho - Kuldip Deepak - Memories Of Shiv Kumar Batalvi EPG.
For some it is Gomorrah, a hour bacchanalia where ancient decadence dances to a very modern beat. For others a bastion of acceptance and tolerance in a world in which those central tenants are coming increasingly under threat. Hedonism is indeed a paradox… but I did have fun.
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