Manumission opening party|
by Jacqui De Wet
white-clad stiltwalkers, silvery plastic-wrapped android-beings, fluorescently
stilleto'd creatures all weaving through the narrow streets of the ancient
seaside town. It's too late for Rio
and the city is too big for Sydney, so it must be Ibiza.........
mardi-gras procession which is as much renowned as the brothers themselves.
Where am I....... the annual launch of Manumission - Peep show carnival
or club extraordinaire?????
headed up to Privilege quite early, as the club's own opening nite, the previous
Saturday, had seen traffic jams and long queues right back to the drive
entrance..... Surprisingly, though,
we covered the entire journey door-2-door in less than 15 minutes, and I felt
the strong need to double-check the flyer date.
It was unusually quiet. There
was none of the megalithic monuments of debauchery from prior years or any of
the well-known fables to greet us. In
fact, as we entered the club at 1.30am, it was still only 1/2 full.
Perhaps this was a good thing, as we got ample time to sip & savour
on the living spirit that is Privilege.
is truly the most spectacular and largest club in the world, with its DJ booth
suspended on a walkway across the pool, which splits the adequate dance floor in
two; the tropical outdoor chill-out area and world class sound
system. And, just when you thought
it couldn't get any better, Trade are in the backroom this year.
Carter was playing and the pleasant surge of his masterful vibrations gave
instinctive life to our camera, capturing the laser show with precision and
beauty. His mixing was impeccable, and gave uplift to all who was
and it was still pretty empty for a Manumission opening party – perhaps
Claire’s pregnancy or the running of their new clothing shop in San Antonio
and bar (umoured to be near Ibiza Town) kept the wicked wiles away!
The usual entertainment was a-walkabout, but no sexually articulated
capers from the famous pair. I was
about to give up hope of ever meeting the Manumission Madonnas, but luck was on
my side and, as I headed to my cab at 05:45, Mike and his troopers came up the
drive…. About to greet his dedicated flock and swoop them off the after party.
Hectic deadlines prevented me from joining them, but a Manumission
Millennium Monday (Manumission – Space – Bora Bora) is definitely on my