Pacha Group

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Pacha
Sociedad Anónima
IndustryLeisure, Lifestyle
FoundedDecember 15, 1967; 51 years ago (1967-12-15)
Sitges, Spain
FounderRicardo Urgell
Headquarters,
Spain
Number of locations
10 nightclubs
Websitewww.pacha.com

Pacha Group is a Spanish holding company specialized in the leisure, entertainment and hospitality businesses. It was founded in 1966 by Ricardo Urgell.

Brand[edit]

Pacha is a lifestyle and entertainment brand which specializes in nightlife and has club franchises in a number of countries including Brazil, United States, Russia, Germany, England, Egypt, Portugal, Austria and several Spanish cities including Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao and Barcelona. The first Pacha club opened in the beach town of Sitges in 1967 and first expanded to Barcelona and the Catalan coast.

In Ibiza, Pacha opened a club in 1973, and then expanded into the hotel business with El Hotel Pacha.

The brand also owns the clothing label Pacha Collection & Accessories, the music label Pacha Recordings, and the bilingual magazine Pacha Magazine.

Additionally, Pacha publishes annual music compilations with the Pacha branding on various Music Platforms (incl. Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, etc.), starting in 2008[1]. They also release tracks under their Record label 'Pacha Recordings'[2], and 'Pacha Multimedia S.L.'[3].

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Pacha’s first logo was inspired by Carmen Sevilla’s eye make-up. Later, in the seventies, various anagrams (of fruits) were created to distinguish various bureaucratic activities in the company internally. Finally, the image of the cherries was printed on a large number of posters to announce events and parties.

Founder[edit]

Ricardo Urgell, born in Barcelona in 1937, is the founder of Grupo Pacha. He is the grandson of Modesto Urgell. When Urgell was twenty years old, he started a water-ski school in Sitges. He then opened his first bar ‘Tito’s’ in the same town. The name "Pachá" came from a remark made by Marisa Cobos, Urgell’s first wife, told him that with the money he was going to earn, he would be living like a Pachá (an Arabian Prince). The first Pacha club was Pacha Sitges, which Urgell founded together with his brother Piti Urgell.

In 2002, the Spanish Government decided to award the Gold Medal of Merit for Tourism to Ricardo Urgell.

Pacha Ibiza[edit]

Pacha Ibiza opened in 1973 and is the earliest superclub in Ibiza.[citation needed] Built in Ses Feixes and facing Ibiza town, Pacha was designed to resemble a farmhouse. The club was featured in the 2004 film It's All Gone Pete Tong and has capacity of 3,000.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

DJ Magazine's top 100 Clubs[edit]

Year Position Notes Ref.
2006 ? New Entry [5]
2007 3 N/A [5]
2008 7 N/A [5]
2009 7 N/A [5]
2010 5 N/A [5]
2011 5 N/A [5]
2012 3 N/A [5]
2013 3 N/A [5]
2014 3 N/A [5]
2015 4 N/A [5]
2016 4 N/A [5]
2017 7 N/A [5]
2018 8 N/A [5]

International Dance Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2005[A] Best Global Club Pecha - Ibiza Spain Nominated [6]
2006 Nominated [7]
2007 Nominated [8]
2008 Nominated [9]
2009 Nominated [10]
2010 Nominated [11]
2011 Nominated [12]
2012 Nominated [13]
2013 Nominated [14]
2015 Nominated [15]
2016 Nominated [16]

International Nightlife Association's Top 100 Clubs[edit]

Year Position Notes Ref.
2015[B] 3 New Entry [17]
2016 4 N/A
2017 10 N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Category Debut
  2. ^ 2005 saw the debut of the chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Various - Pacha Summer 2008". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ "Pacha Recordings". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ Bug, retrieved 2019-03-05
  4. ^ Stewart, Iain (2003). Ibiza and Formentera. Rough Guides. p. 268. ISBN 9781843530633.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Top 100 Clubs 2017". DJMag.com. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
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  17. ^ Super User. "World's 100 Best Clubs". Booking night Disco hotel Pubs. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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