Pacha Group

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Pacha Ibiza, S.A.
Type Sociedad Anónima
Industry Leisure
Founded Sitges, Spain (December 15, 1989 (1989-12-15))
Founder(s) Ricardo Urgell
Headquarters Ibiza, Spain
Number of locations 20 nightclubs
Area served Austria, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Argentina, United Kingdom, United States
Website www.pacha.com
Jason Jollins' performing at Pacha Buenos Aires
Pacha Madrid (Spain)

Pacha is a nightclub franchise with headquarters in Ibiza, Spain. The first Pacha club was opened in Sitges outside Barcelona in 1967. The Ibiza club, located in Ibiza Town, is the best known venue today. During 2009 Pacha acquired El Divino, near the marina of Ibiza la Nueva, which will be converted to a luxury restaurant and music bar, and its name will be changed. In a 2012 DJ Magazine poll of the world's 100 best nightclubs, Pacha rated third.[1]

Pacha Ibiza[edit]

Roger Sanchez' Release Yourself party, July 2006

Brothers Ricardo and Piti Urgell opened their second Pacha club in Ibiza, Spain, in 1973. (In 2007, musician James Blunt released a song called "1973" about the club, which was subsequently remixed by well-known DJ Pete Tong and played during his own sets at the club.)

The club was also featured in the 2004 movie It's All Gone Pete Tong.

Musically, Pacha is best known for specialising in house music but has five different rooms incorporating other musical styles. DJ Steve Lawler stated in a 2006 Ministry of Sound interview that "Pacha's a great club with an amazing sound system".[2] Every September the club is host to the annual DJ Awards.

In 2008, Pete Tong moved his residency away from Pacha in favour of promoting his own performance, "Wonderland", at the Eden nightclub in San Antonio. However, Tong has since returned to Pacha to facilitate a Friday night residency, "All Gone Pete Tong."[3]

In the video game Test Drive Unlimited 2 (2011), the club can be seen from the outside in Eivissa, but you can not go in. A sign outside says "Pure Pacha. Every Friday Night."

Pacha New York[edit]

Pacha New York is the first North American branch of the club and the newest member of the franchise. Located on the West side of Manhattan the 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) venue is made up of four floors. The site was home to the Sound Factory nightclub, which closed in 2005. The industrial facade of the building gives no indication of the aesthetic of the interior decor.

The lower level "basement" is mostly used for the coat check and merchandise store, however when the main room gets overcrowded many patrons escape to the basement room to listen to local DJs. The first floor is the club's main room, a bare wide-open room with a traditional New York club dance floor, along with a full bar and grand staircase. The room features a powerful sound system and the intelligent, LED and conventional lightning system. The club also has a fully integrated video system. The second floor is the mezzanine, which overlooks the main floor and accommodates the club's VIPs. The third floor is made up of the Funky Room, named after Pacha Ibiza's pre-club lounge space, and has a V.I.P. section called " The Shower Lounge", where there is live shower dancing. Lastly the fourth floor is Pachita or "little pacha", located in the attic, with a capacity of 400 and suitable for dancing, lounging, or seated presentations. The couches can be changed to custom configurations, while an independent sound system and full bar allow for Pachita to host its own parties separated from the main floor. Each level, with the exception of the mezzanine, has its own outdoor smoking level.[4]

Pacha Barcelona[edit]

In 2014, Pacha will officially return to the city of Barcelona. The club will be located on Passeig Maritim nº38 next to the Port Olimpic.[5]

Pacha Madrid[edit]

Pacha Madrid opened its door in 1980, and was known for many years as the Cities main nightlife attraction. It shut its doors in late 2012. The Venue is still open to guests, just under a new name.

Pacha Moscow[edit]

Pacha Moscow was opened in 2009 at the Nikolskaya Street. Includes dance school and DJ school.[6] In 2014 it will change location. The new future address is kept in secret as a surprise.

Pacha Poznan[edit]

First club in Poland was opened in 2014 in Poznan. Located in neighborhood of the Old Market.

Resident DJs[edit]

Throughout the years, Pacha Group has had various DJs and Producers on its scene which have brought a new and different vibe each time to the franchise.

Artist Day Nationality Note
Bob Sinclar Monday France N°33 DJ Mag 2011
David Guetta Thursday France F*ck You I'm Famous
Swedish House Mafia Friday Sweden Various concerts
Erick Morillo Saturday Colombia Seasonal
Danny Whittle All Week England Main Stage DJ Resident
Benny Benassi All Week Italy Main Stage DJ Resident NYC
Danny Tenaglia Weekends USA Main Stage DJ Resident NYC
James Zabiela Weekend UK Main Stage DJ Resident NYC
Jonathan Peters Friday England DJ Resident NYC
AngelZ Weekend Spain Radio Host
Tigerlily Saturday Australia #12 DJ inthemix 2013
Pete Tong Friday UK All Gone Pete Tong

Franchises[edit]

Spain
Worldwide

Pacha Magazine[edit]

There is also a Pacha Magazine which publishes six issues a year, monthly from May through September, and a winter issue in December. It is also available to subscribers as PDF download or can be read online. As with the Ibiza editions of Mixmag and M8, Pacha Magazine is also available free on Ibiza, at the bars on the Sunset Strip and elsewhere.

Kuttanad[edit]

Pacha is a place in Kuttanad, Kerala in India. The word 'pacha' means green, and comes from the Malayalam language.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ Magazine Top 100 Clubs: The Results 2012". DJ Mag. DJ Mag. 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "steve lawler interviews". Ministry of Sound. Ministry of Sound Group. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pete Tong to Return to Pacha Fridays?". Ibiza Spotlight. Ibiza Spotlight S.L. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "About the Club". Pacha. Pacha NYC. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pacha Opening Again in Barcelona". Absolute Barcelona. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.pachamoscow.ru

External links[edit]

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