Review : SHM Masquerade Motel Opening Party 2011 – Pacha, Ibiza

Swedish House Mafia checked into their Masquerade Motel with a sensational opening at Pacha!



As one of the first to arrive at the opening of Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel at Pacha, I got a chance to see the club in all its glory as it slowly filled up. By 1.30am the dance floor was heaving with a mixture of die-hard SHM fans, rich and glam Pacha VIPs and house hungry revellers.

Pacha’s grand entrance, high ceilings and antique aesthetics perfectly suited the SHM second stint at their Masquerade motel theme. Just like last year their personalised SHM chandelier hung with pride from the centre of the ceiling, which, alongside a glass wall platform in the main room, added to the ostentatious theme and also created an air of mystery as to what it was there for.

Pacha Resident of nine years Andy Baxter had the challenge of warming up the night with a two hour set and although the upper level and terrace were busy with the early birds the main room was still pretty quiet and chilled yet he provided a strong set with a mixture of deep tech house to more uplifting house tunes with some Spanish flavour.

Now by this point I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Swedish House Mafia especially after catching them at their pre party set at Mambo earlier in the evening, where their feel good vibe had already begun. With 2 hours to go until the infamous trio began their fourth season in Ibiza, Pacha needed to pull something special out of the bag to control the crowd’s excitement, and they did…

Up stepped Alesso, who Sebastian Ingrosso has pioneered under his own record label ‘Refune’, The crowds hands immediately went in the air as the slightly nervous 18 year old gave what seemed to be the set of his career and remixed classics such as ‘Roxanne’ by Sting and The Police. Mainly smashing out progressive tech house from the speakers the Swedish rising star made it clear the party had began.

4am had arrived and Swedish House Mafia finally entered the booth, and although they were worth the wait, four hours was a long time to be counting down the seconds. Now the main room’s hysteria reached a new high with the trio introducing themselves and opening their residency, which will be at Pacha until 26thSeptember.


With the huge success of their debut album ´Until One´, documentary and 2010 Ibiza season, SHM have a huge fan base and high expectations to live up to, and it was obvious from the start that they love what they do and were as psyched as we were to be checking into the Masquerade Motel.

Influenced by Daft Punk at the start of their career they once again showed their love for the French duo by dropping One More Time and Around the World. Also, keeping with the current charts they mixed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’ and even pulled out a performance of their newest release ‘Save the world’ with a live PA from vocalist Paul Martin. With each track played creating a surge of frenzy through the crowd, their set simply got better as the night went on. Similar to last year there was confetti, horns, explosions and flame throwing and rather scary (perhaps sexy to some) dancers, all of which mostly took place in the DJ booth. The trio even took the time to read people’s messages on their phones and take picture of themselves with their cameras.



The positioning of the DJ booth added to the parties intimate feel and made the whole night feel like a private event. Admittedly their popularity has its downside as it took sheer determination to get to the bar, the toilet or anywhere else. But SHM didn´t disappoint as they wowed the crowd with´Teenage Crime´, ´Rise´, ´Miami to Ibiza´, ´One´ and ´Leave the World Behind’.



You can pre-order your tickets now online at ! See you there party people!!!!

Here’s the full line up (subject to change) for the summer 2011 season :

06 JUN | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
13 JUN | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Third Party, SPECIAL GUEST Tinie Tempah
20 JUN | Sebastian Ingrosso, STEVE ANGELLO, ARNO COST
04 JUL | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
11 JUL | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Alex Metric
18 JUL | Axwell, Steve Angello, Dirty South, Third Party
25 JUL | Sebastian Ingrosso, AXWELL, Benny Benassi, David Tort
01 AUG | Steve Angello, AXWELL, Sebastian Ingrosso, AN21, Max Vangeli
08 AUG | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Norman Doray
15 AUG | Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Thomas Gold
22 AUG | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Armand Van Helden, Third Party
29 AUG | Axwell, Steve Angello, Dirty South, AN21, SPECIAL GUEST Example
05 SEP | Sebastian Ingrosso, AXWELL, A-Trak
12 SEP | Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, NORMAN DORAY
19 SEP | Sebastian INGROSSO, AXWELL, Benny Benassi


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