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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... House music

The sound of the island.

Okay, so you've booked your Ibiza holiday and you're planning on hitting parties all day, every day. Cool. But which parties to hit?

With multiple events day and night, Monday through to Sunday, it can be a bit overwhelming decided where to go - especially for new arrivals.

The secret, no matter if you're new to it all or a seasoned veteran, is to pick the parties where you're most likely to enjoy the music.

Still stumped? That's okay. Like we say, we're here to make things easier.

This week, we're introducing you to... House.


Overall, House is the most prevalent genre of music found on the island. The sun and House just go hand-in-hand. That's an understatement - they're a match made in heaven!

Ever since legendary DJ Alfredo imported records from the USA to play during his sets at Amnesia in the '80s, Ibiza has taken House music to its heart.

We're sure you'll be familiar with songs by names such as MK, Duke Dumont and Meduza. Well that is House music (at least in its most broadest, entry-level appeal. And that's a good place to start!)

Indulge in our playlist below to get a firmer grip on House.

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Ibiza parties where you can get a good dose of House:

Defected at Eden | Fridays
The Masquerade by Claptone at Pacha | Saturdays
Amnesia presents Sonny Fodera & Gorgon City at Amnesia | Mondays
HotBed at O Beach Ibiza | Wednesdays
Ibiza Anthems (Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago dates) at Ibiza Rocks | Mondays
Joel Corry Pool Party at Ibiza Rocks | Wednesdays

For the older crowd, even though it honours Disco, Glitterbox on Sundays at Hï Ibiza is still going to have lots of House music.

Anybody seeking something more intimate, perhaps with an older crowd, should check-out OUT Ibiza's weekly programme. Throughout the week you can catch vinyl-only sessions, labels like Midnight Riot and Music For Freaks and see regular DJs slots from the likes of Graham Sahara, Andy Baxter, Jason Bye and Willie Graff.

More about House

House music originated in America's Midwest, namely Chicago. Widely-regarded as the mutation of Disco, at the beginning House was the preserve of marginalised Black and Hispanic communities. DJs such as Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles were the early pioneers.

At first House enjoyed success at a local level, but after it found its way to Europe, that's when things really took off. Rave culture exploded in the UK and then across the continent.

But what is House music?

House is a form of dance music typified by a repetitive 4-bar loop. Originally, DJs such as those mentioned above, made their own edits of tracks, to make them easier to mix in and out of. This often meant extending the intro and outro and adding beats where they were previously missing.

Typical bpm (beats per minute) range: 115 - 129


Of course, there isn't simply "House music", but an ever-growing family tree of sub-genres that fall within the remit of House.

Tech House

Tech House is a sub-genre of House, which borrows elements from Techno. Compared to straight-up House music, uplifting components, such as piano riffs, are stripped away, leaving Tech more steely, perhaps even moody. READ MORE

Deep House

Deep House is silky smooth. It features softer pads, spacious percussion and more muted basslines, which tend to roll - there's less "drops", making it a less aggressive form of House.  This distinction might lead some to see Deep House as a more organic sound. READ MORE

Find here our other music guides:

Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Techno
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... EDM
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Reggaeton
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Garage


This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

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