Velvet Ibiza, Europe’s most epic queer women party – is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and taking the festivities to the next level – one for the books – with a headlining performance by Sarah Bettens.
Bettens is famous worldwide both as a solo artist and as part of the band K’s Choice (known from ‘Not an addict’). She will be playing an acoustic set on Friday, May 10, as well as doing a meet and greet afterwards.
Bettens’ songs have been licensed to the National Football League, PSA’s for a drug free Amerika, CNN, Party of Five, the new 90210, Army wives, and the L Word.
As a solo artist, Sarah released 4 solo albums: Go, Scream, Shine and Never Say Goodbye.
Happening May 7 – 12, 2019 in idyllic Ibiza, Spain, Velvet Ibiza, the all-inclusive 5-day/5-night party, has, in only a few years’ time, become a holy ground for queer women who continue to descend on the pine-covered isle to enjoy one the most life changing and bonding experience.
Created and (ever since) produced by Carine De Mesmaeker – the mastermind behind Velvet 69, one of Europe’s biggest LGBTQ+ Women party in Brussels, Belgium – Velvet Ibiza made history in its inception year by (surprisingly) being the first ever queer women event held in the small Balearic island famously known for its LGBTQ-friendly culture, its vibrant nightlife scene and celebrity sighting.
Place, atmosphere, and people you wanna comeback for! What makes Velvet Ibiza so contagious?
Hands down, the event draws its massive appeal in its diversity; the mix of cultures and the freedom that is always present in the atmosphere.
The event attracts a vastly international crowd with LGBTQ+ women traveling from all over the globe for one big giant celebration of the community.
A unique vacation destination in paradise which provides attendees the freedom to be who they are – no matter what the size of their body, the color of their skin and/or the tax bracket they belong to.
The all-inclusive nature of the event (tickets include 5 nights in bungalow, all 3 meals, day and night activities & parties, transportation from airport to resort, and all drinks t’il 11pm) creates a safe and unique environment that imparts a palpable sense of belonging – a real “family” event.
No need to venture anywhere, the party is literally on your doorsteps as De Mesmaeker rents out the entire resort.
Having everything in one place is key for the event producer who strives to create a great community vibe allowing people to organically connect.
From the pool parties, sports tournaments, club nights and now the infamous duck race to the top female DJs from Europe and America dropping the sickest beats, and live music from Sarah Bettens, the openly gay artists artist best known as the smoky voice of Belgian nineties rock band K’s Choice, Velvet Ibiza has it all!
Plenty to look forward to this year as the event returns to where it all started four years ago, The Club Punta Arabi – its original host hotel that has just been renovated & upgraded to a 4-star category. Nowhere else on the island is the spirit and essence of Ibiza more alive than at Punta Arabi.
Why? It is the location of the historical Hippie Market – one of the few places in Ibiza where you can still find today the peculiar and unique hippie essence. It was founded in 1973 and for that reason it is currently the largest and oldest market on the island.
A magical place where unforgettable memories, camaraderie and unbreakable bonds are created and cherished forever. Velvet Ibiza is about inclusivity for the amazing diversity of women around the world.
This is why on the final day you’ll find De Mesmaeker thanking and hugging every single guest goodbye as phone numbers and social media handles are exchanged by all. “See you next year” they all tell each other … and indeed they will!