- Sep 28, 2009
- Reaction score
- Henley on Thames or Ibiza
A very famous site on the island where apparently Bob Marley once played.
If we rewind the Balearic tape back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ibiza had just opened its eyes to package tourism, industrial work commenced on this monumental hillside venue back in 1969 which just so happened to be isolated in the middle of a pine forest.
Such a restricted location meant that the owners of the venue were required to build an access road in order for clubbers to gain entry to the club. Once 1972 came around, the extraordinary hillside venue was named “Festival Club”.
Such architecture included an amphitheater which hosted performance art, mock bull fights, a huge music venue at the very peak and in between, it featured a variety of bars and a restaurant which had several rows of concrete tables lined up like contours up the slope of the hill.
In the wake of the 1973 fuel crisis, losses began to mount up and airfares began to suddenly increase. Foreign holidays for tourists soon decreased and it became economically straining to transfer the few remaining tourists up into the hills for a night at the Festival Club on a daily basis.
The venue then closed in 1974 after just two years of being in operation.
A Couple of images from back in the day:
One of the original flyers/posters for the Festival Club
Shot of the ring next to a picture taken more recently
Looking down at the ring, stage and seating
The surrounding landscape is quite stunning
Some back area
Part of what was once a Ford Ka (Car nerd)
Looking down to the stage from the hillside of concrete seats and tables
Old Cortina Estate - been there a while
My little explorer puppy looking through a hole... Yes she has a heart bindi haha
Time for some graffiti!
Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed