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If you happened to be looking in the other direction throughout January, let us catch you up! Events on Planet SHINE have been running – fair to say – plenty hot over the first month of the year. Assumed – and subsequently confirmed – the White Isle breakout is returning for the summer of 2019. For its second season run, word of a venue uptick got out, taking SHINE to its own space at the legendary Eden. From there things started to get a little crazy. Having been on the circuit for but a single season, SHINE’s owners dropped word of a partnership with none other than Tomorrowland, which – come July 20 – will see the marque takeover Freedom – the festival’s second biggest stage.

And today SHINE are delighted to share the entire roll call of DJs that’ll be joining them on the island this year. With PvD’s Ibiza performances clicking back into the traditional #TRANCETHURSDAYS groove, SHINE has once again placed max emphasis on crowd-drawing spinners who embody the truest form of the genre.

Goes without saying that Paul will headline each of the nights and the first month’s worth of shows alone will see him joined by the likes of Bryan Kearney, John O’Callaghan, Jordan Suckley and Giuseppe Ottaviani. Aly & Fila (who’ll SHINE six times over the summer’s duration!) will be doing an XL set on July 11’s opening night. As Ibiza shifts into high season, Cosmic Gate, Alex MORPH, John 00 Fleming, Grum and others will be over to play their part too. Events come to a head on September 19, with SHINE’s co-headliners Paul van Dyk and Aly & Fila both delivering summer summating 3hr sets for its closing party. Every date & every DJ below. Could be time to call the travel agent.

11th July (Opening Party)
Paul van Dyk  (3 hour Closing set)
Aly & Fila (3 hour Opening set)

18th July
Paul van Dyk
Bryan Kearney
Menno De Jong
Alex Ryan
Saad Ayub

25th July

Paul van Dyk

John O’Callaghan

Will Atkinson

James Cottle


1st August

Paul van Dyk

Ben Nicky

Jordan Suckley

Paul Thomas


8th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila


Stephen Kirkwood


15th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

Giuseppe Ottaviani



22nd August

Paul van Dyk

Cosmic Gate


Chris Bekker


29th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

b2b Paul Thomas (3 hour opening set)

Liam Wilson


5th September (In Association with Ibiza Trance Event)

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

Jordan Suckley



12th September

Paul van Dyk

John 00 Fleming


Woody van Eyden


19th September (Closing Party)


Paul van Dyk (3 Hour Closing Set)

Aly & Fila (3 Hour Opening Set)


Previously: reflecting on their first season and looking forward to the one ahead, SHINE ambassador Paul van Dyk said: “SHINE brought a breath of fresh air to Ibiza in 2018. To break out and do something new and under our own steam was a wonderfully liberating experience for myself personally and, I think, all involved. The team was right, the vibe was right and the DJs SHINE brought in to play were second to none. Trance and its global family were back on the island in its truest form. That all showed in the reception the night received.

On my last trip to Ibiza this year I dropped into the recently fully redeveloped Eden. I was blown away to see how the venue was modernized and refined. I’ve played the best and most exciting venues in the world and the new Eden is exactly that. Alongside San Antonio’s continuing regeneration, I am sure SHINE will host a world-class 2019 production there. Trance and Eden have a close relationship/shared history that goes back decades. In tandem with the desire to have the night back on Thursdays, I’m delighted to say that SHINE will be moving to the club for the upcoming 2019 season.”

Of the night’s move to Eden, the club said: “We are delighted to be hosting SHINE Ibiza for the first time in San Antonio. We are dedicated to offering a diverse range of club nights to our Ibiza crowd. We can think of no better team to bring Trance to Eden than with legendary Paul van Dyk and the SHINE family for 2019”.

SHINE promoter and MD of The Supernova Group Nick Ferguson echoed that, saying: “We are very excited by the opportunity to move SHINE to Eden for the 2019 season. The club has recently experienced a fantastic redevelopment and resurgence, as has San Antonio. Eden is well run, by people that believe in trance and are passionate about working with an exciting new brand!





The second ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2018’ EP is here! Consisting out of 3 tracks taken from the Armin van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album, this EP will definitely have you longing for more!



Marking the second three-track batch of Trance bangers taken from Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album, ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2018 (EP2)’ goes all out and doesn’t look back. Featuring productions a huge remix from South Of The Stars on Perry O’Neil’s ‘Wave Force’, a killer original from Assaf called ‘Heliades’, and a magical, progressive-scented cut from D-Mad called ‘Comeback’, this second ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ EP will have fans yearning for more even before they press play.



The Dutch electronic dance music DJ has performed at events across the world, Estiva has brought his infectious sound and energy to some of the most pivotal events in the scene. His new track ‘Rage Race’ shows a totally different side of his album ‘Spectacle’.

Estiva: ‘As much as I love the pretty and emotional melodies, sometimes I just feel like raving and raging on the dance floor. Rage Race is a bass driven track I wrote having a dark and steamy club environment in mind. I named it Rage Race because I want to see which one of you clubbers can go out of its mind best!’

Be ready to go on another crazy ride with Estiva, listen to ‘Rage Race’ here.




Definitely one of the darker tracks from his ‘Spectacle’ album, ‘Rage Race’ shows another side to the acclaimed signature sound of Dutch top producer Estiva. Merging a vicious sounding bassline with thumping beats and buzzing synth rises, this tune sets the mood as soon as it kicks in late at night.

And talking about dark and steamy clubs, we met Estiva during the summer at the world famous club Hi Ibiza, and sat down with him for a chat, check this out!





Unfortunately summer is (almost) over.. But don’t be sad, Ibiza isn’t ready for winter season yet. This first EP of ASOT Ibiza 2018 album is selected by Armin himself. If you haven’t had enough sun and parties, put on those dancing shoes again and think about summer in Ibiza while listening to this EP.



Listen to A State Of trance Ibiza 2018 here 



Comprising three gorgeously uplifting cuts taken from Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album, ‘ASOT Ibiza 2018 (EP1)’ kicks in hard and hefty right away. With cuts from Moonsouls & Zara, Rene Ablaze & Jam Da Bass and Oliver Cattley with Kiyoi & Eky, you’ve got three amazing Trance essentials you can lose yourself in for hours.


Seeing as both his sound and live sets are staples in the Ibiza club scene, it’s no wonder Armin van Buuren has decided to return to the White Isle with his latest ‘A State Of Trance’ mix album.

The fifth installment of the series and a wonderful addition to a summer season that saw Armin van Buuren head up his own Wednesday night summer residency at HÏ Ibiza, ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ strengthens both theTrance genre and the ASOT brand through forty-one sizzling productions in a two-part album ready to rock any electronic music fan’s world.

Listen to ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)’

Selected and mixed by Armin van Buuren himself, the ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album is composed of two parts: ‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’. Through a phenomenal blend of mouthwatering exclusives, gorgeous originals, top-of-the-line remixes and three records from the Dutch Grammy nominee and electronic music icon himself (‘Blah Blah Blah’, ‘Our Origin’, ‘United’), the mix album captures every inch of the Ibiza magic and allows
fans from all across the globe to experience the island’s thriving party scene at its best.

The A State Of Trance brand includes not only the award-winning radio show, but also the label, the event series and the A State Of Trance compilation series, which in turn includes the annual year mixes and other mix albums in addition to the Ibiza-themed installments. The radio show is broadcast every week to an estimated 42 million listeners in more than a eighty different countries around the world, and has been pivotal in placing Trance music on the map and keeping it there.

Mix 1 – On The Beach
1. Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – Our Origin
2. Assaf – Trinity (Sound Quelle & Max Meyer Remix)
3. ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker
4. Probspot – Blueberry (Daniel Wanrooy Remix)
5. Maor Levi – Light Years
6. Armin van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
7. Denis Kenzo & Sveta B. – Sweet Lie
8. Myon X Late Night Alumni – Hearts & Silence (Myon Club Mix)
9. Arty – Tim
10. Sodality – Challenger
11. Fast Distance – Cosmos
12. D-Mad – Comeback
13. Cubicore & Shane 54 – Budokan
14. Fatum – Petra
15. Jorn van Deynhoven – Fiesta del Sol
16. Henry Dark – Blue Days & Black Nights
17. Omnia – CYBERPUNK
18. Alexander Popov & Ruben de Ronde – Luna
19. Kyau & Albert + Steve Brian – Reverie
20. Maor Levi – Vintage

Mix 2 – In The Club
1. Armin van Buuren x Vini Vici x Alok feat. Zafrir – United
2. Beatsole – Pearl
3. Eximinds & Jean Clemence – Gravitation
4. Super8 & Tab – Blockchain
5. Rene Ablaze & Jam Da Bass – From Dusk Till Dawn
6. Tempo Giusto – Solace In Your Eyes (Decade Mix)
7. STANDERWICK – I’ve Been Thinking About You
8. Ben Gold & Allen Watts – Strike As One
9. Yuri Kane – Right Back (Solis & Sean Truby Remix)
10. Assaf – Heliades
11. The Noble Six – Black Lotus
12. Richard Durand – The Air I Breathe
13. Chris Schweizer feat. Roxanne Emery – Under The Light
14. Moonsouls & Zara Taylor – Let It Go
15. Oliver Cattley with Kiyoi & Eky – Zubr
16. Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
17. Allen Watts & Talla 2XLC – Equinox
18. Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
19. Perry O’Neil – Wave Force (South Of The Stars Remix)
20. Splinta – Shock Therapy (Rising Altitude Mix)
21. Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah



The Martinez Brothers got their  own showcase on July 12th as part of the Destinomakers event series, and this was something The Backstage Access could not miss.

Chrys and Steve Jr are well known across the globe and it’s safe to say they have a special place in the pulsating heart of Ibiza.

Educated and reared on house music through their fathers’ love of renowned house and disco institution, Paradise Garage, it is no surprise that the pair have become such a prolific DJ act. Regularly booked to play festivals and events globally, the brothers are mainstays on the island, having played at all major Ibiza hot spots whilst also holding down their residency at Circo Loco, but they graced the luxurious poolside party at Destino for the very first time.

Siblings Steve and Chris Martinez have managed to receive a tremendous amount of accolades since they started working in the New York City electronic music scene in the late 1990s. Making a unique style of house fusion that oftentimes blends elements of funk and Latin music within a thick, four-on-the-floor beat, The Martinez Brothers has managed to distinguish themselves apart from the myriad of other electronic acts existing in the sprawling New York music world.


Much like The Martinez Brothers, venue, Destino, requires little introduction. An outdoor day club with a vast poolside area and panoramic views, that offers powerful and specially curated poolside parties. Inviting some of the hottest Ibiza acts to play, The Martinez Brothers are no exception to this.

The brothers are known for going across the board in selection, bringing their own very unique brand of Disco infused jackin’ House and as expected they didn’t let us down during this very special occasion.

Despite the very hot waether, the location was crowded with styilish, classy pleople who didn’t miss a beat of their floor-killing performance.

Destino is known for being an exclusive venue and a must-see on the island and when we planned  to visit this famous poolside party, we made  sure to join early, because the fun begins at 4pm until 12am so we didn’t want to waste time and fully enjoy this breathtaking location high up on a cliff with spectacular views, where the pool is like an oasis.





The line up was something else as you can see:

16:00-17:00 2VILAS

17:00-18:30 JADEN THOMPSON

18:30-20:00 JESSE CALOSSO

20:00-21:30 TIGA


All in all we higly recommend Destino as one of the most beautiful outdoor venues, it boasts stunning views of Ibiza Town, Talamanca and Formentera, as well as a spectacular sunset we are sure you need to check out!

For all Destinomakers parties, tickets and info, please visit:




SOLOMUN+1 @ Pacha

Get your ID ready because we’ve put you on a special list today: Solomun+1!

The Backstage Access went to Ibiza for 10 days to experience some of the most enticing events the White Island has to offer, and of course Solomun was a must to attend.

Grab your Pacha’s tickets here


Diynamic head honcho Solomun is back on the cherry world for his sixth season of his concept night Solomun+1 that

kicked off on May 27th and will rock until 14th October.

His residency at world famous club Pacha is hands down one of the hottest on the globe.

The undisputed king of Sunday’s is back with a top notch serie of wings men ready to grace the stage this summer:

DJ Tennis, Adriatique, The Black Madonna, Chloé, Dubfire, Cocoon’s Sven Väth, Michael Mayer, Butch, Gerd Janson, Âme, Dixon, Afterlife bosses Tale Of Us, Mano Le Tough, Bicep and Vladimir Ivkovic .

Solomun will serve as host to a bright and exclusive guest each week with an epic and individual set format followed by an exquisite back-to-back set.

We’ve attended the event on July 1st when Mano Le Tough was the +1 and let us tell you he smashed it.

Pacha is enveiling an enhanced version of itself this season, it got a fabulous make over actually!

The Dj booth is welcoming you as you enter the main room and it creates an intimate feeling with the crowd,not towering it but embracing it.

Every details has been carefully choreographed and luxury and the typical Balearic vibes blend together


The laser game is strong and it is safe to say the sound system is out of this world!

At about 4 am, the main man himself shows up, radiating an infectious energy that can easily reach your soul from his stare; he smiles at his own ͞family͟ and it’s on…. The magic begins!

Solomun plays a huge set, something made to move you from within, you just can’t help but dance and lose yourself into the music knowing you are attending a night that will linger on for a while in your memory.

All in all a top notch club with one of the finest concept nights you really don’t want to miss when you are visiting Ibiza.


Pete Tong MBE yesterday spoke emotionally about the death of DJ and friend Avicii at the 11th edition of the annual International Music Summit (IMS) held in Ibiza.

The passionate response from the broadcaster and leading voice of electronic music included his own personal recommendations for industry action towards mental health.

Tong gave his key note speech yesterday morning to start day one of the three day summit and made delivered a poignant talk on the importance of looking after the mental health of artists in the music industry.

His full transcript is below:

IMS Opening May 2018:

Pete Tong

A month ago on Friday 20th April the world was stunned at the news that Tim Bergling / Avicii had died.

A few days later his family released a statement indicating that he had taken his own life.

How could this have come to be?

How could Tim, one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation go from making music in his bedroom in 2008 to taking his own life in a hotel room in 2018.

I believe we can find some of the answers, when we examine what it’s like to be a successful DJ/Artist/Producer and relentless globetrotting live performer in the present day.

From the start Tim was clearly a very special talent. His innate sense of melody, combined with his gift for arrangement and production set him apart, but what was truly unique about Tim in 2008/9 was that he was so young. He was the first teenager of the EDM era to make music inspired by his piers and then join them all within a matter of 12 months.

The warp factor speed of his breakthrough fueled by the adrenalin rush and global connectivity of social media ensured that Tim’s feet never touched the ground.

By the time his track ‘BROMANCE’ hit, his contemporaries in dance music’s mainstream were the likes of David Guetta, Tiesto,The Swedish House Mafia, Armin Van Burren, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki & Paul Van Dyk.

All of these artists had been in the game for at least 10 years, they had done the proverbial 10,000 hours and they had honed their skills and managed to work out a modus operandi, as their popularity grew and their diaries filled. They were certainly more prepared for what was about to happen to them over the next 5 years, than Tim.

Tim had no training, there was no apprenticeship.
He’d not even had a proper job.
Some of you here today have seen his documentary TRUE STORIES.
Whether its all entirely true or edited in a certain way – the journey and the results are pretty harrowing, particularly now that he’s not with us anymore.
For those that haven’t seen it…

The first few years are pretty straightforward.
You travel around the world at an insane pace. You collect all the money, You lap up the adulation and drink the free champaign and everything else that goes with it.

After a couple of years the anxiety builds as the schedule and demands get more and more intense. The entourage grows and there are now vast numbers of people and companies relying on your business. The bar is constantly being raised.

You now rely on the alcohol, the drugs and the pills, just to get you through each day.
Your tired, constantly tired and sick but you can’t stop.

It’s particularly daunting to watch – just how many times – he asked those around him – if he could stop and cancel shows. Most of the time he was told he couldn’t as there was too much at stake.

In Tim’s case his body did start to breakdown and after multiple medical interventions his health deteriorated to such a point that he announced his retirement in 2016. His last show was here in Ibiza at Ushuaïa at the end of that summer.

Last year Tim slowly started to release music again and when I interviewed him for Radio 1 he seemed in a really good place and talked with real passion about how making music, not touring, was what really mattered to him.

We might never know what happened in the end, what led him to taking his own life. What demons he was still dealing with or how much the anxiety played its part.

His family called him a seeker – “a fragile artistic soul searching for questions – when he stopped touring he wanted to find balance in life, to be happy and to be able to do what he loved most – making music. He could not go on any longer, he wanted to find peace.”

Tim’s story is unique – its the perfect storm – in the sense that few will ever be that young and that talented, making the right music, at precisely the time when a world wide musical movement is about to explode, coinciding with – precisely the time – when social media was changing all the metrics on communication and having direct access to your fans.

Given they way it turned out I hope we never see it again – BUT his death has put the spotlight firmly back on our profession – The Life of a DJ .

For those of you who have either attended or followed the IMS on line – you will know that the subject of mental health has been on our agenda for many years.

Artists and DJ’s have begun to open up and talk publicly about the issues and their personal experiences.

In 2016 Eric Morillo gave us a very candid interview about his decent into drug abuse and near death to cope with the fear of failure and a decline in his popularity.

Last year in 2017 we hosted the launch of the Pioneer funded DJ Sounds documentary – WHY WE DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm – which we have just shown again this morning, where many familiar faces talk about life on the road – the loneliness, the anxiety, the depression, the ego.

One of the recurring themes that comes up – is that DJ’s feel stupid or ashamed to complain.

I used to liken being a DJ, to that of a lone stage actor, in the same play, night after night – but I have recalibrated that. Its more often being like a court jester at a medieval feast.

As Moby (who’s ten years sober) said in his recent Lefsetz podcast – even without the drugs and alcohol touring is unhealthy. If your a musician on tour you do your gig get on the bus and leave and even if there is a certain amount of degenerate behaviour its got nothing compared to the life of a celebrity DJ with private planes/Ibiza/Las Vegas and palatial hotel suits. You do your show and normally its back to the room for endless partying which is great to a point but so corrosive and destructive.

For most  – the reality is very different – the constant lack of sleep – the airports – the flights – your exotic tourist experiences are often limited to the view from the back of a cab.

Most DJ’s will go will go though their whole career having to play clubs and festivals to make a living. It’s only the select few that will make money when there asleep through the success of their music.

In the underground world – endurance is king (or queen).

Marathon sets until sunrise and then almost certainly onto the after party… and if you really want the gold star, another one after that. In Ibiza you could be doing that for 20 weeks a season. It’s no wonder that a DJ’s musical output suffers when they have this kind of schedule. You need special forces training and an iron will to survive multiple seasons in ibiza – and after ibiza there is always another summer, somewhere else in the world – so you have do it all over again.

The downside of this cycle can be seen in Luciano’s heartfelt post on facebook a few weeks ago, lamenting Avicii’s passing and sharing his own harrowing experiences which led to near death in pursuit of the job, pulled out of a plane when his heart was about to stop. He talks about the recurring themes of loneliness and anxiety in hotel rooms after playing to 1000’s, the illness that touring generates, where in his case the only way to survive was to self medicate. Pills to wake up and pills to sleep. Hurting himself and others around him, ego out of control. ALONE.

He said if your 17 and join a top football team you have all the other players and coaches and management to prepare you for the pressure, money, travel and fame that might follow.
As a DJ he felt he was often completely alone.

No one prepared him for this life. No one warned him. There wasn’t a manual.

Luciano also revealed in the post – that he was celebrating 1 year sober since that incident.
He doesn’t blame the industry, he says ultimately the individual has to take responsibility.

He accepted he had a disease and when we are sick we normally go to the doctor for help but in the DJ world it’s just not spoken about.

Being a DJ doesn’t make you an addict but if you have those issues its a huge challenge.
In recovery they talk about changing the people places and things that trigger your use.
If your a DJ that means you really shouldn’t be hanging out in clubs but if your life and family depend on it, if you have a mortgage, school fee’s and bills to pay you don’t really have a choice.

You have to go back – and try to do it sober – often creating greater anxiety. Its a very unique and challenging scenario.

Luciano couldn’t at first understand why you would want to go out if you could couldn’t drink and get high but he’s learnt that he had a job to do, a great job and that every show doesn’t have to be a party (for him anyway). After six months clean he also re discovered that the reason he used to go out was to laugh and share and enjoy the music. He can do without the bullshit. When the bullshit starts he just goes home.

In my 40 years of being around this world I can’t think of a single person who’s achieved success who hasn’t paid a personal price via health, relationships, divorce, broken homes, addiction, depression and anxiety. The statistics don’t lie this is a tough business.

For years we’ve laughed and immortalised the hedonism of our world via books magazines and films like BERLIN CALLING & ALL GONE PETE TONG. It was supposed to be fun.

10 years ago when we started IMS all the talk was about how electronic dance music was going to break in America and conquer the world. To a large extent that all happened and is still happening… but people were not supposed to die chasing the dream

I don’t come here today to say the party’s over – but this is a wake up call to ALL those involved, to start looking around and see who might need help

In the past few months the IMS and the AFEM has been approached by more ands more people behind the scene’s – the managers, tour managers, promoters and music executives all feeling the strain of the life style and seeking advice.

IMS, thanks to the work of Ben Turner and Blaise D’Angelo have just completed the first Remedy State wellness retreat here in Ibiza. Designed specifically for people in the entertainment industry. It’s success proves that our industry needs healing, and that people want to be healed.

What I hope for and encourage during the next few days at the IMS and beyond – is that we get more of these issues out in the open and that the DJ’s and those around them feel less shame and more encouraged to speak up and seek help when they are struggling.

The more we can share our experiences and educate the more we can help those suffering in silence.

The wider music community have organizations like Music Cares & Help Musicians to reach out to in times of struggle.

I ask – Is its time to establish a support group or fellowship for those in the electronic music industry ?

In memory of Avicii  –
That is something to talk about.

Thank you 



Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – You Are

Let’s spread the good vibes today with this amazing new tune !!

If you listened to ASOT 823 last night you know so many news have been revealed, and one of this was the premiere of You Are

The anthem for the full-fledged summer residency of Armin van Buuren + Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Hï Ibiza, ‘You Are’ delves into club-centered madness like just a few tracks can. From the energetic beats to the enormous amounts of drive and whipping vocals, ‘You Are’ will be the highlight of this summer’s party experience.

Let’s grab it HERE

As if it was not enough to make us all happy, we got another huge news for you, you can now pre order the brand new compilation “A State Of Trance Ibiza 2017” right here

And don’t forget to check out Armin’s hilarious vlog of this week here, it’s something you will really enjoy, we promise you!


What’s cooking in David Gravell‘s studio lately?
Our dutchie is back at it guys, working hard these days and almost ready to deliver a new vocal trance tune that we are pretty sure will accompany us through all the upcoming summer.
But, there is more…. David has a super busy schedule ahead, and we are really excited to announce that he is going to open the Ibiza summer season
  taking over the decks at the worldwide famous club Hi in Ibiza (formerly known as Space) on June 21st together with Armin van Buuren and Ruben de Ronde & Rodg; we can’t wait for this majestic line up to rock the club!
Make sure to grab your ticket HERE
 Every Wednesday, starting from June 21 to September 13th, Armin van Buuren will host his new concept called Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano  in the Theatre (Room 1 of the club) together with his fellows Armada’s dj.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my new concept to Hï Ibiza this summer. Ibiza is my favorite place in the world and I’m super excited to build a completely new home for myself. After being a resident for more than 12 years, it feels great to have this new challenge in a brand new club!” – Armin van Buuren