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Ibiza Virgins’ Guide | The types of music found at Ibiza parties

Party capital of the world, Ibiza earnt its reputation by being exactly that.

From Monday through to Sunday during summer, day or night, there are numerous parties happening at any one time. The choice is unrevalled. You won’t find this concentration of parties anywhere else.

With a multitude of options, it can be a little overwhelming deciding where to go, especially for new arrivals.

The secret, no matter if you’re new to it all or a seasoned veteran, is to pick the parties where you’re most likely to enjoy the music.

To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled handy guides on all the different types of music you can find here. There’s a little something for everyone.

Our series on the genres found here will help you identify the parties and clubs best suited to your tastes.

house music

house is easily the most prevalent genre of music found on the island. The sun and House just go hand-in-hand. That’s an understatement – they’re a match made in heaven! Ever since legendary DJ Alfredo imported records from the USA to play during his sets at Amnesia in the ’80s, Ibiza has taken House music to its heart.

We’re sure you’ll be familiar with songs by names such as MK, Duke Dumont and Meduza. Well that is House music (at least in its most broadest terms, entry-level appeal. And that’s a good place to start!) READ MORE


techno typically shares the same 4/4 beat that House does, but the two styles do differ. Swap kick-drums for bass drums and you’re partially there. Techno is darker, faster and arguably more refined than House. It’s a lot about attitude and, arguably, has a bit of higher concept.

The Techno found on Ibiza is largely filtered through a Balearic lens. It’s quite progressive in sound, rarely more than 134 bpm and mixed with lots of Deep and Tech House. It wouldn’t be unusual to even hear the odd bit of Trance thrown into the mix. READ MORE


Techhouse is a sub-genre of House, which borrows elements from Techno – a hybrid basically. And a very popular one at that. if there was a dominant strain of House this past decade, then it would be Tech. This is as true on Ibiza, as it is in most cities around the world.

Compared to straight-up House music, uplifting components, such as piano riffs, are stripped away, leaving Tech more steely, perhaps even moody. READ MORE

Deep House

Deep House is silky smooth. It features softer pads, spacious percussion and more muted basslines, which tend to roll – there’s less “drops”, making it a less aggressive form of House. This distinction might lead some to see Deep House as a more organic sound, but don’t get us wrong. At the right party, with the right DJ and the right crowd, Deep House can still get the dancefloor moving. READ MORE


minimal is less a genre, more a production technique. So you can have Minimal House or Minimal Techno. The concept involves stripping away channels to leave the bare bones. Modest musical elements are left as the essential spine, where almost all the auxiliary organs are removed.

With less to work with, Minimal tracks need a certain ‘something’ to hook the listener in. Tracks need to maximize the potential of its limited components. READ MORE


EDM (standing for Electronic Dance Music) is an Americanism, catch-all term for anything that falls under the umbrella of dance music, whether than be big room House, Dubstep, Trance or Moombahton.

It’s what might best be described as mainstream dance music or commercial dance music – the stuff you’ll hear in the charts and at festival main stages. That’s basically anything with a beat you can dance to, where your parents might recognize the name of some of the DJs – but they’ll probably hate it! Think Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and co. READ MORE


garage is a genre of dance music that thrived through pirate radio culture, embedding itself into London’s sonic landscape but has since found home in suntrap holiday destinations across Europe – including Ibiza.

While Garage can have the same 4/4 sound signature found in House and other forms of dance music, it differentiates itself by often skipping a beat, hence the term “2-step”. Throw in some ragga growls, soulstress vocals and dub sirens and you have unadulterated UKG. READ MORE


reggaeton is the Spanish language music genre whose Latin rhythms will take over your hips and whose infuriatingly catchy lyrics won’t leave your head.

Originating in the humble neighborhoods of Puerto Rico and Panama, this underground Latin genre emerged in the ’90s from the fusion of Jamaican Reggae with American Hip-Hop and accompanied by a dembow rhythm. Even those who are not necessarily familiar Reggaeton, will surely know the associated dance move twerkin‘. READ MORE

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This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins’ Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

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