A DJ Performs At UD Ibiza And It Sounds Like The Perfect Away Day
There's more to life in Ibiza than sun, sea and nightclubs, especially if you're a big football fan.
On the outskirts of this popular holiday destination, where around three million tourists visit each year, the home of Spanish second division side UD Ibiza sits among the mountains; a ten minute walk from the hustle and bustle of party life.
Founded in 2015, the Estadi Municipal de Can Misses hosts games in the Segunda Division B after two promotions in four successful years.
And Pablo Alfaro's side are once again in contention to gain another promotion after 14 wins in 22 games, as they sit in third place behind both Atletico clubs.
The prospect of La Liga football has certainly got people talking.
But for many fans, a game against Catalan giants Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey in late January will remain a stand out moment this season, especially for arguably the club's biggest supporter, Manu Gonzalez.
The 30-year-old was asked by the football club to play a DJ set at the Estadi Municipal de Can Misses, and he duly obliged.
Gonzalez, who always finds time to watch his team in action, even when he's touring the world as an international DJ, is signed to one of biggest electronic music agencies on the planet.
And he played a huge part in the biggest game of Ibiza's short history last week when he took over the decks.
Despite Catalan giants Barcelona eventually going on to lose 2-1 after a late winner from Antoine Griezmann, it was a special day for the Ibiza-born musician, whose music echoed around the arena.
"It was very beautiful to play in such a historic game between Ibiza UD and FC Barcelona here in Ibiza." Gonzalez told SPORTbible.
"Basically, they contacted my management and explained that they wanted a DJ to play during the game. They thought that because I was born in Ibiza, it would be a perfect fit to have me represent Ibiza."
Gonzalez says he has never DJ'd at a football game before but it was a "great experience", as a certain Barcelona player was seen bobbing his head to the music.
"The people really liked it; even the players did. Barcelona actually posted a video of World Cup winner Antoine Greizmann dancing to my DJ set and the video went viral with over three million views in 24 hours.
"But before the Barca game, I had never played in a stadium for a match. I've played in stadiums but for electronic music festivals.
"It was a rare booking but it was the biggest game in Ibiza's history, and they called me to play before the match, so I did it and the response has been great.
"I don't know when I will perform next at a game - maybe if another big team books me." he laughs.
View this post on Instagram@antogriezmann :blue_heart::soccer::grin: @fcbarcelona @ibizaud Muchas gracias @ibizaud por invitarme! Thank you @ibizaud for inviting me! Thanks @jamiejonesmusic for such a great remix! Buzzing to have played before this historic day/game here in our island #Ibiza - Fue un increíble placer poder actuar durante el partido historico aquí en nuestra isla entre el @ibizaud y el @fcbarcelona , realmente ha sido una semana de locura! Gracias a todo el mundo! La semana próxima anunciaremos algo muy top y que me hace muy feliz, posiblemente la noticia del año para mi y un nuevo camino en mi carrera! Playing before the historic @ibizaud vs @fcbarcelona was a real buzz, massive thank you to everyone! The last few days have been crazy and next week I'm gonna announce probably the biggest news of my career and a new chapter for me! I'm very excited! #ManuGonzalez #Griezmann #IbizaUD #FcBarcelona #Dj #Deejay #Music #Football #Ibiza2020 #Eivissa #Ibiza #Vibes #JamieJones #HungryForThePower
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The Copa Del Rey tie was a truly unique experience for both players and fans, and for Manu's manager Danny Whittle, who lives on the island, it was a terrific experience.
"Manu plays all over the world and loves football and being born in Ibiza." Whittle told us.
"It was genius from Massimo and his team at the football club. The set for sure fired up the whole stadium pre match and half time, including the players."
Congratulations @FCBarcelona ! Great match and battle, a pleasure to be your hosts for this #CopaDelRey knock-out clash. Good luck for the rest of the season, see you soon! :clap: pic.twitter.com/Dshd38CZdm
- UD Ibiza English (@ibizaud_en) January 22, 2020
Might this be the greatest away day of all time? We reckon so.