Sven Väth kicked off COCOON20 with iconic dance music duo Underworld at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

The COCOON20 Ibiza season has officially started with emotions already running high at Cocoon HQ, especially after the success from over the last 20 years. To begin the season Papa Sven brought in the iconic dance music duo who are Underworld to play live and close out their first summer show in Ibiza this year with a one-off special event at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on May 25th.

Sven was playing Underworld’s legendary Born Slippy at his residency at Frankfurt’s hallowed Omen Club long before it became the global smash hit it’s known as being. He invited them to play a memorable set at COCOON’s 10th anniversary in 2009, and now he’s giving a chance for a new generation to witness one of the greatest electronic acts of all time. They continue to inspire and innovate and sound like no other act on the planet, with 2019 also seeing the 20-year anniversary of their mesmerising, best-selling album, Beaucoup Fish.

The UK duo, alongside Sven himself – who of course also played on the night, was joined by a selection of COCOON IBIZA’s long-running, well-loved residents: Ilario Alicante, Dana Ruh and André Galluzzi. Each of them has made immeasurable contributions to the sound of the party, shaping its musical DNA over the years. Also, Matthias Tanzmann played his debut COCOON IBIZA event.

When COCOON arrived on Ibiza in 1999, the sound of the island was incredibly different. It took several years of Väth and his team’s dedication to underground house and techno before people started to understand and appreciate these uncompromising styles. Along the way, the party helped make superstars and grew to become the most popular night on the island.

All the while, ‘Papa Sven’ has resided over the proceedings, breaking countless records, playing hundreds of breathtaking sets (including many legendary after-parties) and sticking firm to his musical beliefs while trends came and went. He and his huge COCOON family who have enabled him to realise his vision have truly transformed the musical landscape of Ibiza forever.

Photo Credits: Roberto Castano


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