Dennis Ferrer is the first major DJ to be announced for gigs on Mykonos in summer 2018. He will be on the decks at Cavo Paradiso for the Holy Spirit holiday weekend party on Sunday May 27.
~ Updated on Tuesday March 20 ~
Below are promotion flyers for parties scheduled to take place on Mykonos during May and June 2018. Events will be added to this page when they are announced, so check back for updates. Keep in mind that many parties may not be announced until only a day or two before they take place. Contact clubs directly to make table reservations or to purchase advance tickets.
This is a teaser for the SantAnna beach club at Paraga beach, which will launch its 2018 season in May (exact date has not yet been announced.)
Argie, AnXid & Heavy G are in the DJ lineup for Cavo Paradiso’s Season Opening party on Saturday May 12
G. Siras & Terry will be on the decks at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday May 19
AnXid & Mark Code are featured DJs at Cavo Paradiso on Thursday May 24
Argie & Heavy G are scheduled DJs for the Full Moon Party at Cavo Paradiso on Tuesday May 29
Junior Rush and Terry headline the party at Cavo Paradiso on Thursday May 31
For parties and events in June, click on the link below to turn to page 2.
Surf sprays two storeys high as roaring waves crash ashore at the Little Venice area of Mykonos Town, flooding the entire seaside strip of cocktail bar terraces. This photo was posted on the Mykonos LIVE TV Facebook page on January 18, the day gale-force winds raged across much of Greece.
Storm scenes: When wild winter weather swept across Europe this week, Greece wound up in the path of powerful winds that pounded some places, including Syros island, with gusts reaching as high as 122 kmh — the equivalent to force 12 on the Beaufort wind scale.
The fierce winds raged relentlessly on Thursday January 18, toppling trees on several islands, damaging one of the iconic windmills on Mykonos, and preventing planes from landing at Syros airport. The storm disrupted ferry travel and shipping, too, as rough seas forced the cancellation of many sailings as well as the closure of the ports at Lavrio and Rafina. At Piraeus port, the passenger ferry Panagia Agiasou broke away from its moorings during the tempest, while waterfront areas at Mykonos Town, and Kini Beach on Syros, sustained damage from massive waves that walloped the shore.
Although most residents stayed indoors to avoid the incessant blasts of wind, which made walking perilous and even driving difficult, some did venture out to observe nature’s fury and photograph the stormy conditions. I found numerous pictures and videos on social media showing skies filled with massive dark clouds, and huge waves crashing onto seafronts and beaches in Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Syros, Rhodes, Lesvos, Samos, Skyros, Skopelos, Ithaca, Paxos, Kefalonia, Nafplio, Athens and elsewhere. Many of the images showed that, even in ferocious weather, the scenic beauty of Greece’s coastal areas still stands out.
Takis Vassiliou shot this view of the Nafplio waterfront and Bourtzi sea castle, and shared the image on his Nafplio Kalimera page on Facebook
Maria Alipranti captured sunlight illuminating stormclouds and waves at the Parikia waterfront on Paros. Her photo, and more than 20 others she shot, were shared on the ΠΑΡΟΣ like page on Facebook.
Eleonora Pouwels photographed this scene of waves, stormclouds and sunset at Psiriara beach on Lesvos
Please click on the link below to turn to page 2, where I have posted more photos and several videos that were shared on social media.
Saxophonist Giuseppe Fabris will be performing live jazz, chill, blues and other music styles during five evening appearances at La Rosticceria in March
~ Updated on Friday March 23 ~
Off-season entertainment: Judging from questions posted to online travel sites, as well as messages I’ve been receiving in recent weeks, there is increasing interest in wintertime travel to Mykonos.
Although most travellers accept that the weather won’t be favourable for beach activities and swimming, and realize that very few tourist-related shops, bars, restaurants and hotels will be open in winter, they seem more concerned about whether there will be any kind of nightlife to keep them occupied after a day of exploring Mykonos Town or taking hikes or drives around the island.
Contrary to what many people believe, there areparties on Mykonos in winter — after all, people who live on the island year-round do like to get out for a good time on occasion, too. Unlike in summer, however, the winter nightlife is quite low-key, with parties taking place at only a few restaurants, cafes and bars that feature evenings with live Greek singers and bands or music provided by local DJs (many of whom also play at the island’s most popular clubs during the main “party months”of July and August). Events generally take place on weekends, typically between Thursday evening and Sunday night.
If you might be dropping by Mykonos this winter, check the party listing on page 2 of this post to see if anything special is happening during your travel dates.
Cavo Paradiso launches its 25th season on Saturday May 12 with DJs Argie, AnXid & Heavy G
~ Updated on Friday March 23 ~
Summer kickoff: Winter cabin fever must be setting in — I have begun receiving inquiries from people wondering when bars and clubs will be opening on Mykonos for the 2018 travel season.
I couldn’t give any precise dates for specific venues until January 10, when 180º Sunset Bar announced that it will launch its season on Sunday, April 1. It’s the first Mykonos venue to announce its plans so far, but more of the island’s popular drinking and partying places should be releasing their summer opening dates in the next few weeks. Last year, most venues opened their doors in either late April or early May, and this year shouldn’t be any different, though some spots might open in time to celebrate Greek Easter weekend (April 6 to 9).
Guapaloca Bar and Paradise Beach Resort are also opening in April, which means that partying resumes at Paradise Beach in less than three months.
180º Sunset Bar re-opens the doors to its amazing sunset-view cocktail terraces on Sunday April 1
Daily parties resume at world-famous Paradise beach in April when Guapaloca bar starts its season
Guapaloca hosts over 200 parties each summer, and will have a similar event schedule for 2018, including appearances by DJ Mossel and MC Bruno
April 22 is opening day for Tropicana club at Paradise beach
I will update this post with additional information when other bars and clubs announce their official start dates.
For information about parties and special events that have been announced — so far — for May and June, click here.
People also have been asking if I know of summer job opportunities on Mykonos.
The hugely popular Scorpios club at Paraga beach issued a hiring notice in December (see below), while in early January the posh Principote Panormos Mykonos restaurant and bar complex at Panormos beach invited applications for positions there. If you’re interested, Panormos requests you send your photo and resume to: email@example.com
DK Oyster restaurant and bar at Platis Gialos also announced on social media that it is now hiring, and on January 22 the SantAnna Mykonos beach venue invited applications for summer associates (see below).
In February, Kalua bar at Paraga beach will be holding employee recruitment events in Athens and Thessaloniki in February (see below).
On March 1, world-famous Skandinavian Bar announced that it is recruiting staff. Applications can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In March, VOID nightclub will be holding two recruitment sessions. The first takes place March 3 at the Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki, from noon until 7 p.m. The second is March 10 in Athens at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, also from noon to 7 p.m.
On March 15, Alemagou beach club announced on its social media pages that it is now hiring for positions that include: “hostess, administrative assistance, waiters, waitresses & drivers.” It is accepting resumes at: email@example.com
Interni restaurant has announced that it is seeking staff, also, and has invited interested applicants to send a resume and recent photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also hiring is Nice ‘n easy restaurant at Little Venice, which requests that cv’s be sent to email@example.com. And on March 23, Vinos Wine Bar & Restaurant posted that it is seeking staff, including a chef and servers with wine knowledge and experience. Resumes can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to work on Mykonos this year, your best bet is to email any bars and clubs that interest you to ask about job opportunities. Get those emails out ASAP — positions will get filled fast.
Alemagou announced March 15 that it is hiring for variety of available positions
Skandinavian Bar shared this recruitment ad on social media on March 1
VOID nightclub has announced these dates for staff recruitment events
Scorpios posted this hiring announcement on social media at Christmastime
The hottest new beach club on Mykonos last year, SantAnna at Paraga beach is recruiting staff for summer 2018
The Matala Beach Festival has been drawing tens of thousands of music enthusiasts to Crete each summer, and this year’s event takes place June 22 to 24 at Matala — the legendary beach where hippies lived in caves during the 1960s and 70s. Follow the Matala Beach Festival page on Facebook to receive information about this year’s event when details are announced.
Parties in paradise: Music lovers looking to combine fun in the sun and sea with live music and DJ events can choose from several high-profile festivals being held at various locations in Greece again this summer.
So far, dates have been announced for four major events that will draw thousands of music fans to some of the most popular islands in Greece this summer — Crete, Ios, Mykonos and Rhodes.
They include the annual Matala Beach Festival on Crete, the Swedish Midsummer Festival on Ios, the Lindos Rock event on Rhodes, and the XLSIOR Festival on Mykonos.
I will update this post when the dates and locations of additional major music and party events are announced.
Check the links provided under each promotional image for further information and updates about those specific events.
The Lindos Rock live music event will be held from June 20 to 30 in Lindos village on Rhodes. Check the Rockers Reunited webpage for further details about participating acts and ticket sales.
One of the most popular party events on Ios island every year is the Swedish Midsummer Festival, which in 2018 will take place on Friday June 22. Check the Life is a Beach Party website for further details and announcements.
Attracting more than 30,000 gay and gay-friendly participants, XLSIOR Festival is the biggest annual party on Mykonos, and will take place from August 22 to 29 in 2018. Exclusive themed DJ events will be held every afternoon and night of the festival at venues in Mykonos Town and at the island’s top party beaches. See the XLSIOR Festival website for information about tickets and events.