The world’s largest nightclub and an institution in Ibiza look sad and decrepit after two years of Covid-induced shutters.
Superclub Privilege near San Rafael could accommodate 10,000 clubbers each night and hosted Freddie Mercury, Madonna and David Bowie.
The huge summer party hall covers an area of 69,968 square feet – the size of an airport hangar.
But after 20 months of abandonment to the elements, the Superclub is in search of absolute state.
Paint is peeling off the walls, metal fixtures rust in the sun, and decorative elements are aging on the outside.
Buses that carried thousands of avid clubbers to the city’s hottest night saw their windows smashed and their exteriors covered in graffiti.
Privilege started out in the early 1970s as an innocent restaurant and pool, but after being bought by footballer Jose Antonio Santamaria in 1979, it became riskier.
By the mid-90s it had a reputation as a gay highlight of the Balearic Islands and was renamed Privilege in 1995.
People like Boy George, Madonna, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Spandau Ballet, and Freddie Mercury walked through its holy doors in its heyday.
The Queen singer and Montserrat Caballe filmed the video inside the club for their song Barcelona.
The privilege is also mentioned in the movie Kevin & Perry Go Large.
Covid’s restrictions in Ibiza mean nightclubs can only operate seating and outdoor spaces.
Anyone who knows Privilege will know that this is not the style of the beach.
Known for its dance and techno nights, the super club depended on an impressive crowd for its unrivaled reputation.
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During the pandemic, it became impossible.
Superclub Privilege has been closed for almost two years, although the true toll of its closure has only become clear in recent depressing images.
Ibiza last week changed its Covid restrictions to mean that social gatherings between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. can take place without restrictions.
But Superclub Privilege will need a long time to get back on its feet.