This time last year, Cici Cavanagh was living and working in Ibiza, and playing back-to-back gigs. The Dublin-born DJ is back on the island this year and ready to get to work. The trouble is she's not yet sure where the work will come from or what exactly it will entail.
"While the clubs are shut, I'm just taking the time to be in the countryside," she says. "I've always come to Ibiza for work or a party. Now I feel like I'm finally getting the holiday here that I never had time to have."
The White Isle usually welcomes around three million tourists a year. That number is expected to fall dramatically this year, impacting both the 75pc of the population who get their income from the tourism sector and seasonal workers, like Cici, who travel to Ibiza every summer.
Ibiza 2020 isn't cancelled - despite what some are saying on social media. The island has been open to tourists since June 22, with capacity restrictions in place. Dozens of flights and private jets are arriving each day and hotels, restaurants and bars are open for business.
But it isn't exactly business as usual. Super-clubs like Pacha, Ushuaïa and DC10 are unlikely to open this summer and promoters are scrambling to come up with ways to host smaller, sit-down, socially distanced parties for no more than 70 people indoors and 30 outdoors. Locals, meanwhile, are enjoying the slower pace of an island that is usually thronged with techno tourists.
David Beatty, co-founder of Dublin-based music marketing agency Circulate, has been travelling to Ibiza for the last 19 years and working alongside DC10 for the last six years. He's travelling to the island for work later this summer.
"From speaking to friends who are on the island right now, they say it feels like things are pretty much normal, but just without the clubs," he says.
Dubliner Eóin Smyth, whose production company Game Over runs some of the biggest parties on the island, says promoters are trying to get their heads around the new regulations, the most recent of which forbids residents and tourists from leaving their homes and hotels without wearing a mask.
"That's shaken everyone a little bit," he says, "but the feeling is that the summer is here."
For Trish Whelan, a Kilkenny-born yoga teacher, the next few months will be a welcome reprieve from the frenetic pace of previous seasons.
"I think the island is having its finest moment," she says. "All of the beauty - you can see it. There's fewer people and all the beaches are quieter. There's just a calmer vibe basically. And there's none of that crazy, out-of-it driving going on.
"The changes that are happening in the world are massive as we bring in this new age and, of course, the magical energy of Ibiza is really amplifying, so the feeling is epic here."
Trish, who runs residential yoga retreats from her beach house in the hills of Portinatx, says a different crowd have been coming to Ibiza over the last few weeks.
"What I'm seeing is that people are coming for longer - the fly into Ibiza, get wrecked for three days and go home people aren't coming because the getting wrecked thing isn't an option. Instead, people are coming for a couple of weeks or a month.
"I think loads more people are going to move to Ibiza," she adds. "People who have been out of their office have found that they can work from home from February to July, so why can't they work from home from July to December?"
Eóin thinks the slower pace will attract more families.
"You have the old rave faithfuls who maybe have young children now who think this is the time to come back. They can go and have a nice dinner and listen to amazing DJs in a different type of setting. They don't have to go until 7am in the clubs.
"Then there are the people who used to come to Ibiza who haven't come for the last few years because maybe it got a bit too VIP or the prices were going out of control.
"The island definitely needed a bit of a reset," he adds, "because things were getting a little crazy."
Eóin's company was forced to cancel almost 120 events, between clubs and smaller residencies in bars and restaurants, this summer. And while he's working hard to pivot his business model (his company has been working with DJ Carl Cox on his popular Cabin Fever live stream series), he's also taking the opportunity to re-evaluate.
"Normally at this time of the year, we're running around like headless chickens with so many different events going on, but it's given us a chance to think is what you're doing solid? Is what you're doing the right thing to do?"
The general consensus among promoters, he says, is they all want to put on parties that work within the 'nueva normalidad' restrictions.
"It's different, but there's a lot of creativity - people who haven't worked together in a while are starting to think outside of the box. We're going back to that 70s and 80s hippie style - and there are more experiential events."
Cici agrees: "It feels like a Summer of Love revival. It's very bohemian. There's less boisterous activity, but the characters are still here. I'm still seeing the familiar faces I've seen on the island over the years."
In many ways, this summer marks a return to the free-spirited, DIY ethos of the Balearic Beat movement that put Ibiza on the map in the 1980s. Instead of crammed dancefloors, throbbing bass and fists in the air, promoters are putting on smaller, seated concerts where music is designed to be listened to rather than danced to (and where bottled water doesn't cost €10 a pop).
The infamous Pikes Hotel describes its 2020 vision as a throwback to a "bucolic Ibiza past, a time when life was more laid-back".
DJ Alfredo, who is recognised as the pioneer of the Balearic Beat movement, will be playing out the sunset on the Hostal La Torre terrace every Monday. David says these smaller events will give local and emerging DJs a chance to make a name for themselves.
"The headline acts for the last while have been getting all the money, so there has been very little room for mid-range artists to get on the line-up and get the fees they deserve."
Eóin says this could lead to some exciting, genre-bending music as DJs and producers, who would normally be touring at this time of year, spend more time than ever in the studio.
"We work with a number of DJs and they're all trying new things - techno artists are now experimenting with jazz. You'll see sub-genres, collaborations and people showing a different side of themselves because we don't know how we'll experience music over the next while."
It's a challenging time for Ibiza as it gets to grips with its nueva normalidad, but there are green shoots too. The island is going back to its roots and getting a chance to heed some of the criticisms - over-tourism, inflated prices, commercialism - that have long been levelled at it. And while residents are certainly feeling the pinch, there's a sense of optimism too.
"The reasons that brought me to Ibiza in the first place - a slower pace of life, being in nature, that kind of island mentality of being kind to each other and looking out for each other - that's all really happening," says Trish.
"And it just feels really glorious."
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