Back for its tenth year on the Island, Pukka Up has raised the bar once more, securing yet another world renowned DJ as a summer resident! The original boat party brand has welcomed Island favourite, Jonathan Ulysses on-board for its daytime boat party from Playa d’en Bossa each and every Tuesday!
Expect eclectic sounds from the master himself as he takes you on a journey through the genres. Raise your full-on pumping fist to deep, tech and house, and party hard as those memorable ‘big tunes’ fill the air. Whilst the sun beats down and the unbeatable scenery passes by, Jon U’s amazing energy will keep the party alive along with the help of the sexy Pukka Up dancers!
“Pukka Up is definitely the captain of the ship when it comes to boat parties in Ibiza,” so make sure you jump on-board this summer and enjoy a free cocktail as the Pukka Up family sets sail for another unforgettable, sell-out boat party!
Pukka Up offers you a complete experience starting with a pre-party at Delano Beach Bar, getting you in the party mood before you head to the jetty between Figueretas and Playa d’en Bossa! And if you think the party is over once you have returned to shore, wrong! It’s only just begun. Get ready for the after-party of all after-parties as Pukka Up takes you over to one of Ibiza’s biggest clubs, Amnesia, for its astounding Tuesday night party – Together!
Together at Amnesia will take you to a universe of ice-cannons and podium dancers and truly submerge you into the magical world of Ibiza. Enjoy headline acts such as, Chase & Status, Nero, Katy B, Sub Focus, Rudimental, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Thomas Gold, Labrinth, Tinie Tempah and many more this summer and raise your glass to ten years of Pukka Up!
Grab your tickets now and start making way for the most extraordinary party of your summer! All tickets include entry to the boat party, one free drink on the boat, free transport and entry to a super-sized, super-club after-party!
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Then read what the man himself thinks about the Island’s original boat party… Jon Ulysses talks music, adoring crowds, Pukka Up and summer plans!
Jon U talks Pukka Up
What made you jump on-board with Pukka Up and begin a summer residency?
I have been part of the Pukka Up family for some years now; I have done a few UK club bookings for them in Bristol and London, plus boat parties. Also, I have known Mark – the owner, for some years, he’s a really good guy; I have a lot of respect for him and a lot of love for him. He is also a very handsome devil, so he is always nice to hang around with!
I did a couple of boats last year and the year before, when Pukka Up was doing Space Ibiza as the after-party venue. I also played at Space for Pukka Up in the Terrace and El Salon. So, I have been part of the family for a while.
The fact that Pukka Up has brought me on-board on my own so that I can kind of do my own thing is fantastic. The boat parties that I have done so far have been immense, they are really good, and I’m very impressed! As they are in Playa d’en Bossa I don’t have to play too much commercial stuff, so I tend to play a bit of tech house, deep house, starting with deep, moving to tech then into house. And of course, finish on a really big tune; three weeks in a row I’ve had people asking for one more tune, so I’m definitely leaving them all on a high.
What do you think it is about the party that makes it a sell-out event each week?
It’s a combination of a lot of things… the staff and all the hard work that they do: Ed, Mark and Sarah and the team, plus the labelling of it and the name itself, which has a fun aspect to it. The popularity of it, for example they have been on several TV shows that are still showing on Sky TV now.
The party is really good; they use local DJs, which I think is a really good thing as the local DJs really know what the people want. It’s also a good thing that they don’t advertise the DJs too much, meaning the DJs are never bigger than the party, so it’s all about the party.
The crowd are really good, the boats are clean, and people feel safe on them as there is security on-board. It really is a combination of lots of little things that makes the party so good. Obviously word of mouth is priceless; people who come on the boat tell their friends and so on.
You’ve not long played your first party for Pukka Up this season, how was it for you?
The first one was really good, it was bonkers, although a little choppy. But you would think people would feel uncomfortable about that yet everyone was cracking up and laughing and it was as if they wanted another wave to hit the boat, it was really good.
Tell us a bit about the crowd?
The crowd is full of young lovelies. The guys are all friendly and you can see groups of people that didn’t know each other coming off the boat as friends! At first, everyone is quite melancholy when they get on the boat – as they’ve probably been out the night before – but once they’ve had their free sangria and a couple of Kopparbergs they are ready to go!
What makes you the perfect resident DJ for Pukka Up – why do you work so well together?
I think because I’m adaptable, I can play deep house, house music, commercial –big room stuff like David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. I am not averse to doing that like some DJs who are like “right this is my sound and that is it”, I play for the people. I am a selector, I select the tunes for the people to have a good time.
I really plan the whole boat experience and take them on a musical journey, going into different genres ad styles. I keep it eclectic, I keep it new, I keep the music upfront – some tracks they would have heard of and some they wouldn’t. I keep the energy and let it build through the day from being quite melancholy to people screaming for “one more tune!” This makes me the perfect resident for Pukka Up.
How does a Pukka Up party compare to other boat parties that you have been to and/or played on?
Other boat parties have different crowds and have different entertainment values, but I have to say Pukka Up is definitely the captain of the ship when it comes to boat parties in Ibiza. And there are a lot of other boat parties on the island but Pukka Up is very clever with its marketing – with the bus, the bar, shops, clothing, merchandise, and the dancers – everyone’s wearing pink! It is a proper party brand, it’s like the Heinz baked beans or McDonalds in clubland. They also do tours in the winter, last year they did Dubai, Australia and London.
The reason they are successful is because they complete the message, and you buy into the whole brand of Pukka Up – the music, the merchandise etc. You see the bus, the boat, the Pukka Up décor and you are made to feel part of the family.
If you could describe Pukka Up in a sentence what would that be?
I can describe it in one word – unbelievable!
What would be your favourite track to close a Pukka Up party with?
My favourite track that I like to end the boat party with is ‘Personal Jesus’ by Depeche mode, and funnily enough the remix that I did. It’s an absolute classic tune that everyone knows; it is always a winner, a real hands in the air track!
What else are you up to on the island this summer?
I’ve just started my record label – ‘Ulybug music’, and so far we’ve had releases with artists like; The BeatThiefs, Rio Dela Duna, myself, Ron Kushty & Jem K, and a few more release to come in the summer.
I’m back at Space for We Love, which is the residency that everybody knows me for. I am also flying in and out of Ibiza a lot this year. So far I have been to Mallorca as part of the Space tour and next week I am doing La Rocca in Belgium and then flying to Italy, Estonia, Germany and South of France, so really busy!
I will also be enjoying the sun and the lovely ambience that Ibiza has to offer and of course the main thing is is that I am getting married this year
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