Privilege (Nightclub)

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Privilege
Privilege Nightclub
Ibiza-privilege.jpg
Former names Ku
Location San Rafael, Ibiza, Spain
Owner Jose Maria Etxaniz
Type Nightclub, Music venue
Genre(s) Dance Music, Live music, Performance art
Capacity 10000
Record attendance 10000
Construction
Opened 1978
Renovated 1995
Expanded 1997

Privilege Ibiza originally known as Ku Club (1979–95)[1] is the "world's largest nightclub"[2][3] according to the Guinness Book of Records, also defined as a Superclub with a capacity of 10,000 people. It is located in close proximity to the village of San Rafael, Ibiza, Spain less than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from the nightclub Amnesia.

History[edit]

The history of Privilege began in the early 1970s when it started out as a restaurant, then expanded to include a bar and a community swimming pool. It was then known as Club San Rafael.[4] In 1979, the venue was sold to the “Real Sociedad” footballer José Antonio Santamaría, together with the creative team of Brasilio de Oliviera (founder of La Troya Asesina, one of the White Island's longest running nights[5]) and Gorri. The venue then changed its name to KU, after the name of a god from Hawaiian mythology (see ). The appeal of the club was such that it commissioned a medium-length film showcasing the many wonders of Ibizan landscapes and nightlife in the mid-eighties.[6]

Throughout the 1980´s,[7] KU Club earned a reputation initially as Europe's premier polysexual but predominately gay nightspot and was compared to an open-air version of the famous Studio 54 in New York. It staged spectacular parties in the main room, which was organized around a swimming pool and a statue of Ku.The place was also where the video to "Barcelona" by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé was filmed on 30 May 1987.[8] It was the witness to early live performances by groups like Spandau Ballet and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.[9] The club featured in a Channel 4 documentary called “A Short Film about chilling”, which labelled KU as “the mirror of Ibiza”.[10] The open-air parties came to an end when legislation forced many of the greater clubs in Ibiza to cover their dancefloors in the early 1990s. Nevertheless, the sheer size of the venue gave rise to the claim of it being the size of an aircraft hangar with a 25-meter high roof.

The club continued with the KU Club name until 1995 before becoming known as Privilege, after a change of ownership to Jose Maria Etxaniz.[11] In 1994 it hosted Manumission, one of the island's most famous events. In 1998 La Vaca Asesina moved to Amnesia and was renamed La Troya Asesina. After a dispute between the club owner and Manumission's organizers in 2005 the event ended in 2006. In 2006 La Troya Aseina moved to Space.

Venue[edit]

According to official statistics published in the 2003 edition of Guinness World Records Privilege is by far the Worlds largest nightclub covering an area of (69,968, sq ft) or (6,500 sq mts and holding 10,000 clubbers,[12] Designated areas of the club include the Coco Loco bar area, and the La Vaca dance area (now known as the Vista Club).[13]

Live performances[edit]

A number of live performances at the venue have included: Adamski, Divine, Duran Duran, 808 State, Freddie Mercury, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, James Brown, José Feliciano, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Spandau Ballet, Sylvester.[14][15][16][17][18]

Promoters[edit]

Notable have included:

Celebrity patrons[edit]

The club has attracted many well known celebrities over the years including: Boy George, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Jean Paul Gaultier, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Moschino, Tina Turner, Valentino.[22][23][24]

Appearances in popular media[edit]

Events staged at Privilege[edit]

Include:[25][26][27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History". privilegeibiza.com. Privilege Ibiza. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ D'Andrea, Anthony (Jan 24, 2007). Global Nomads: Techno and New Age as Transnational Countercultures in Ibiza and Goa. Routledge. ISBN 9781134110490. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Iain (2003). Ibiza and Formentera. Rough Guides. p. 271. ISBN 9781843530633. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Iain (2003). Ibiza and Formentera. Rough Guides. p. 271. ISBN 9781843530633. 
  5. ^ "La Troya : Historia". 23 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Look De Ibiza". 23 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Spectacular Photos From KU, Ibiza During Its '80s Heyday". Sabotage Times. Sabotage Times, 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Freddie Mercury:Archive". freddiemercury.com. Mercury Songs Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "A History of KU/Privilege". theibizan.com. The Ibizan, 28th August 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "A Short Film about Chilling". 23 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Throwback Thursday: When Ku became Privilege – 1995". myibiza.tv. IBZ.TV, 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Folkard, managing editor, Claire (2003). Guinness world records 2003. [England]: Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 130. ISBN 9781892051172. 
  13. ^ Jessop, Tara. "Privilege Ibiza: The World’s Biggest Nightclub". Culture Trip. Culture Trip, 28 August 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Farrow, Stan (28 August 2015). "A History of KU/Privilege - The Ibizan". The Ibizan. The Ibizan. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Warren, Emma (12 August 2007). "The birth of rave". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Freestone, Peter (Jan 7, 2010). Freddie Mercury (Paperback Edition): An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best. Omnibus Press. p. Chapter 1. ISBN 9780857121271. 
  17. ^ "Brasilio de Oliveira presents La Troya Ibiza Massimino". Resident Advisor, 26 Aug 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "An interview with Faruk Gandji about the Ku on Ibiza (part 2) -". ibizainside.com. Ibiza Inside Webzine, June 21, 2012. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Brasilio de Oliveira presents La Troya Ibiza Massimino". Resident Advisor, 26 Aug 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "An interview with Faruk Gandji about the Ku on Ibiza (part 2) -". ibizainside.com. Ibiza Inside Webzine, June 21, 2012. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  21. ^ Phillips, Dom (8 July 2000). "The way we live now: Ibiza covered". The Guardian. Guardian News Group. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Club History". privilegeibiza.com. Privilege Ibiza. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Dance Music History Ku and Privilege Ibiza". theibizan.com. The Ibizan, 28th August 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  24. ^ Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Evans, Kristin (Jan 24, 2007). Youth, Drugs, and Nightlife. Routledge. p. 57. ISBN 9781134189250. 
  25. ^ "Historia – La Troya IBIZA". latroyaibiza.com (in Portuguese). La Troya Ibiza. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  26. ^ "FEATURE Dance Music History: Ku / Privilege Ibiza | Ibiza Spotlight". Ibiza Spotlight. Ibiza Spotlight, February 15th, 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "An interview with Faruk Gandji about the Ku on Ibiza (part 2) -". ibizainside.com. Ibiza Inside, 21 June 2012. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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Coordinates: 38°57′28″N 1°24′29″E / 38.95778°N 1.40806°E / 38.95778; 1.40806