Top DJs including Steve Angello and Paul Oakenfold have argued that Ibiza has become too expensive. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, they claimed that rising prices are ruining the “mystique” of the island. “I feel like they are ripping us off,” Oakenfold explained, adding that the clubs are getting “more and more expensive”.
He commented that Ibizan clubs are “too focused on the VIP”.
“I’m playing in Ibiza this year, only because they pay well,” he said.
Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia agreed with his peer, adding: “Now it is about selling tickets and big names, it has become what it is everywhere else. The mystique of Ibiza isn’t there any more.”
Tickets for the top ‘super clubs’ in Ibiza can cost up to 70 euros (£55) with drinks starting at 15 euros (£11.90).
Steve Hulme, the director of Pacha nightclub, defended the high prices, saying: “There is no real desire from the clubs just to up the charges as much as we can, there’s a cost versus income and a basic profit that needs to be made.”