Vagabundos at Ushuaia

Ouch – I’m still hurting from last night even though I made it home by 11pm. What was supposed to be a quick afternoon cocktail at the Ushuaia Hotel somehow morphed into a full-on evening of dancing, drinking and deviousness.

I bumped into my old mate Alex Picone and hung out with the delightful Errol and his lovely wife Alex who were the perfect dancing companions. Highlights? Obviously Alex P’s set and getting a rare opportunity to DJ Sneak spinning was pretty cool too.

Usher, David Guetta, Ludacris and stars at Ushuaia Ibiza

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Has Ibiza seen anything like it? I don’t think so. Last Thursday’s event at the newly opened Ushuaia hotel in Playa d’en Bossa was a star-spangled affair which is likely to have been the highlight of the 2011 season.

On the bill were Usher (in his Ibiza debut), The Wire’s Idris Elba (launching his 7 Wallace project) and DJ David Morales. The special guest turned out to be none other than DJ David Guetta but even better were special guest appearances from Taio Cruz and Ludacris.

The night was unbelievable, the production – out of this world and Usher? Well, I know understand why people call him the hardest working man in R&B. His energy was amazing – he gave the performance everything he’s got.

What was even cooler to see was what a great team he has around him – all dedicated to the star but super smart, talented and best of all polite, no diva histrionics to report at all

How to find a kids nursery and childcare in Ibiza

My hands are up before you’ve even had to ask. This post is definitely to be filed under ‘square’ but it’s a necessary one.

With just five days to go before the family and I touch down in Ibiza I’ve started to seriously panic about childcare. Oh the joys of being a new mother!

Having had the same fear and loathing about the pre-school vs nurseries  vs day nurseries conundrum in London, I’m now having to face a similar nightmare for Ibiza. Granted my tiny little one will only be on the island for five or six months and, no, my choice of childcare in the Balearics won’t affect the primary school he’ll get into back home but as a new mum you do want the best for your child.

So I’ve taken a look online and thankfully there is quite a bit of information and a number of options out there. Take the well-named Childcare Ibiza site. I do love my baby but with the cost of a nanny coming in at 900 euros for a five-day week I don’t think I’ll be taking up that option.

But perhaps the pricing isn’t aimed at people living on the island full time. Still, if you can afford it, the fact that all of their childcare professionals come undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check and also the Spanish – Certificado de Antecedentes Penales – indicates a pretty high standard.

One huge relief is that, aside from those aiming at the deep-pocketed jet-set, childcare in Spain is generally far more affordable than in the UK. This article by Graham Hunt who moved his young family out to Valencia, explains that nurseries can cost as little as 90 euros a month once government subsidies have been added. That’s mind-boggling!

Nurseries in Spanish are known as guarderias, of which there are dozens in Ibiza. So how do you go about distinguishing one nursery from another? One pretty good guide seems to be the Day-care Association of Ibiza and Formentera (Asociacion de Guarderias de Ibiza y Formentera ).

According to its website, the association was established in 1984 to ensure that educational services and early childhood care have high levels of quality and to protect the interests and rights of parents, users and associated companies.

In the Escoletas section you can find a list of the 13 nurseries and childcare centres which are members of the association.

I’m opting for Eduka in Jesus as luckily it’s only a few minutes drive from our apartment in Talamanca. We’ll go and check it out during our first week there – stay tuned for my report.

Ibiza Global Radio app

I have a theory that Ibiza regulars can be divided into those that prefer Ibiza Sonica and those that love Ibiza Global Radio. I have to confess that I’m crazy for Ibiza Global Radio although I do love the guys at Sonica.

It totally is the sound of my summers – driving through open roads with the windows down, the smell of pine trees wafting on the breeze. So I’ve just seen that Ibiza Global Radio has release a new iPhone app. It’s great news for iPhone addicts but what about Android users??

Ibiza closing parties 2009 – full list

Ibiza closing parties. The beautiful thing is that at the end of the season workers and holiday makers alike have one week to forget about the horrors that came before and those that await you.

The Ibiza closing parties are an infamous opportunity to dance your troubles away and say goodbye to the summer in style.

Having tired a little of searching out of date listing sites and being attacked by garish Flash-tastic ravers websites that never actually load, I decided to start my own list. It´s a work in progress so if I missed anything or made mistakes please do let me know.

Ibiza Closing parties ‘09
14/9 Monday
Inside / Out closing party – Inside: Luna with Phil Drummond and Paul Jackson Out: Gorgeous and guests (closing party)
Monday´s Calling closing party– Jonathan Ulysses, Camilo Franco, Deep Josh, Paul Darey, Oriol Calvo, Óscar Colorado, Aleksia, Steven Lee (Lee Cabrera), Guest dj
Purple Music closing party– Anthony Romeno, Jamie Lewis

15/9 Tuesday
Armada / Release Yourself closing party– Markus Shulz *8 hour set *, Roger Sanchez
Salvacion and Kidology presents REPUBLIK closing party – David Herrera, Paul Darey, Mark Wilkinson
Clubland closing party

16/9 Wednesday
Deepflight Ibiza closing party – Paul Lomax, Robbie Romero, Stereo Sushi

17/9 Thursday
Twice as Nice closing party– Vibe Honeyz, Dr Psycho, Scottie B Host: Harvey PA: Ms Dynamite / Faith SFX
Pirates Party closing party – Nicola Fasano, Franco Moiraghi, Steve Forest

18/9 Friday

19/9 Saturday

20/9 Sunday
Judgement Sundays closing party – Judge Jules with Marco V, Lisa Lashes, Richard Durand, Vicky Devine, Howard Donald, Rob Tissera, Tristan D, Alex Ellenger
Ibiza Planet closing party – DJ Junior, Drummer Jay, Outwork
21 Monday
Swedish House Mafia closing party– Axwell, Steve Angelo, Sebastian Ingrosso, AN21
Tiesto closing party – Tiesto
22/9 Tuesday
Flamingo Nights – Fedde Le Grand, Funkerman, Mitch Crown (live), Andy & Dorothy Sherman live, Angel Linde

23/9 Wednesday (my birthday!!)
Garlands – Les Calvert & Dave Booth
Luciano closing party – Luciano, Alex Picone and others
Cafe Ole closing party- Superlush DJs, Liz & Baker, Rafa Ariza, Luque, Javi Always, Iordee
Espuma / La Troya closing party
Meganite closing party– Mauro Picotto, Adam Beyer, Technasia, Ricardo Ferri (live), Valentino Kanzyani, Paco Osuna, Gabry Fasano
Waterparty closing party

24/9 Thursday
Be Space closing party – Tom Novy, Wally López, Elio Riso, Óscar Cano, Ramón Castells
Cream Ibiza closing party – Paul Van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, Gareth Wynn,
DJ Awards and FMIF – DJ Awards Ceremony & F**k Me I´m Famous with David Guetta and Tucillo. Global Room – Andy Baxter and Tonica Islanders

25/9 Friday
Wonderland closing party– Pete Tong, Faithless SoundSystem, Eric Prydz, Rob Marmot, Alex Ellinger, Jo Mills, Thomas Hedberg
El Divino closing party
Kompass closing party – Des Mitchel and MDK

26/9 Saturday
Hed Kandi closing party- Andy Norman, John Jones,With Resident Greg Myers
Featuring The Lovely Laura on Sax / Pav on Percussion, Live PA from Tara McDonald, Hed Kandi presents Nu Disco, Greg Wilson
Amnesia/Matinee closing party – Amnesia DJs, Matinee Allstars, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Marco Carola, Mar-T
Defected In The House closing party– Bob Sinclar, Simon Dunmore, Miss Divine & Shovell, Julie McKnight, Teddy-O & Mucho Muchacho
The Face of Ibiza closing party– DJ Oliver, Java, Special performance – Baby Marcello
Es Paradis closing party
27 Sunday
We Love… closing party – Steve Lawler, Tiefschwarz, Guy Gerber (Live), Sneaky Sound System, Pendulum (Speed Dj Set & MC Verse), Wally López, Elio Riso, Dan Tait, 2manydjs, Hot Chip djs (Felix & Al), Smokin Jo, Nick Curly, Paul Woolford, Ian Blevins and many many more!
Pacha Classics closing party– Paul Taylor, Sebastian Gamboa, Angel Linde

28/9 Monday
Coccoon closing party – Sven Vath, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Zip

29/9 Tuesday

30/9 Wednesday
Subliminal closing party – Erick Morillo, Harry ´Choo Choo´ Romero, Jose Nunez, Juan Diaz

1/10 Thursday
Monza closing party – Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Raresh, Paco Osuna, M.A.N.D.Y, Manu-L, Bruno Monte Verde
F**k Me I´m Famous closing party – David Guetta, Sarah Main, Pachatronica, Andy Baxter and Angel Linde

2/10 Friday
Supermartxe closing party – Juanjo Martin, Pablo Kopanos, Vitti, Hugo Sanches, AB Garcia, Michael Sanchez, Salva di Nobles
Pure Pacha closing party – Sander Kleinenburge, Chus and Ceballos, Jonathan Cowan

3/10 Saturday

4/10 Sunday
Ushuaia Grand Closing party

5/10 Monday
Circoloco closing party

Eden Ibiza Twitter

Blimey. Didn´t do to well on providing you with an update did I?

I´m doing a spot of digital marketing for one of the coolest clubs in San Antonio, Ibiza.

Eden (the one with the huge gold dome) is home to uber cool nights like Reclaim the Dancefloor, clubbing institutions like Judgement Sundays as well as parties that draw in the crowds such as Pete Tong´s Wonderland which boasted a live performance from Lady GaGa earlier this season.

Well that´s the work bit out of the way. Do follow me on Twitter – I only started on this last week and it´s proving to be quite an exciting challenge working purely on social networks.

So what happened before that? Why did you leave London and your job at one of the most influential newsrooms in British Broadcasting, you may be wondering (if you´re still reading that is 😉

After being told I was being made redundant, a few days before the contract was about to end I was offered a role to stay with the company and help them re-launch their website.

Despite the financial crisis and rising unemployment I decided life was too short to spend eight hours a day doing a thoroughly unsatisfying job so I quit London for Ibiza and two months on I´m still here.

Updates to the blog have been infrequent because I have no friggin WiFi in my apartment. For some reason working from an internet cafe doesn´t quite have the same appeal.

Anyway, it was getting a bit ridiculous that I hadn´t posted anything for weeks, especially as I seem to getting good traffic nowadays.

I´ll try to add some photos of what I´ve been up to. In the meantime, follow my clubbing/Ibizan exploits at