Paul Oakenfold Learned About Ibiza Because of a World Famous Drag Queen – THUMP

When the books are written about the history of acid house—and there have been several already—one key fact seems to elude authors as they regurgitate the old story of how Paul Oakenfold and friends visited Ibiza, took some ecstasy, and came back to kick off the Summer of Love.

“I was working for a record company and they want [John Waters conspirator] Divine,” he tells the Rave Curious podcast. “That’s how I really discovered Ibiza.”

The rest, as they say, is history, with Oakenfold returning to London to bring that white island magic to the UK. From there he rocketed to the top of the DJ hierarchy, first working with Madchester stars the Happy Mondays, and eventually opening for U2 and Madonna on stadium tours. You even have Oakie to thank for the Las Vegas DJ craze, which he may have started in 2008 with a weekly gig at The Palms.

Throughout it all, he’s seen a lot and shares plenty on the Rave Curious Podcast, including his new Generations concept, celebrating 30 years of acid house and his new residency in an American city you’d probably never guess. Find out by pressing play.

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Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website

Introducing ‘Taste The Punch’, a unique party brand making their Ibiza debut – EARMILK (blog)

Being in the electronic music scene can make you feel a little bit of pride sometimes. Maybe it’s seeing your favourite DJ booked to play a venue you love, maybe it’s your favourite producer having a release on an amazing label or making it into the Beatport charts. But for followers of UK based party promoters, Taste The Punch, it’s seeing them make the move to Ibiza for the 2017 Summer season – and watching that fanbase grow.

Just 4 years ago, two brothers decided they would recreate London’s world famous rave and secret party vibe and bring it 30 minutes north of the capital. Fast forward to the present day and Taste The Punch has fast become one of the country’s best underground dance events. Seeing DJs such as Annie Mac, Darius Syrossian and Claptone grace ‘the punchbowl’ decks, the parties are moving from strength to strength. After hosting a stage at Eastern Electrics festival in 2016 and now the announcement of an Ibiza residency at San Antonio club, Eden, Taste The Punch are setting the bar for how promoters should be growing and evolving.

The ‘punchbowl’ is kicking off its summer stay on the island with an opening party on Friday 16th June 2017. While a full lineup is still TBA for the debut party, Lee Walker and George Kwali are already on the list – so you can be assured this is going to be a big one. Taste The Punch will remain at Eden showcasing unmissable artists every Friday until the 29th September – with just their Phase One announcement including dance heroes Faithless (DJ Set), BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Toolroom champion Mark Knight.

“When this opportunity came along we didn’t have to think twice about throwing our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into being a part of Eden for summer 2017. The island is changing, and we know that this summer, Eden is returning to its rightful prestigious place at the core of Ibiza’s nightlife, bringing in the right brands that can deliver high quality lineups. We’re bringing something fresh to Ibiza and our ethos is simple; we want to offer an incredible experience to anyone and everyone that comes to Taste The Punch.” – Dean Shields, Taste The Punch co-promoter

Phase One Announcements:
16th June: Opening Party
23rd June: Tough Love & Get Twisted
14th July: Mark Knight + Weiss + Lee Walker + George Kwali
21st July: Marshall Jefferson & Lauren Lo Sung
4th August: Faithless (DJ set) + Mark Knight
18th August: Monki 1st Sep: Faithless (DJ set) + Icarus + Lee Walker
29th Sep: Closing Party – Faithless (DJ set)

Early Bird tickets are available now to purchase with a €25 price tag HERE.

Connect with Taste The Punch: Website