Gorgeous Greek-American Gus Turner went to Mykonos to check out the XLsior Festival. Here’s his postcard to us at GuySpy…
A few weeks back from Mykonos and I find myself looking at pictures and wishing XLsior was tomorrow!
Time to relax
The island’s circuit week schedule is smaller than Barcelona’s ten day extravaganza, and the island itself is what makes XLsior special. For one, the island is way more relaxing. You can stroll through the narrow streets to shop, have lunch at Kiki’s (if you can nab a table), or just people watch along the water or at one of the many cafes or tavernas.
You can get here from Athens by ferry or plane. The plane takes about 40 minutes while the ferry is between 3 – 6 hours, depending on the availability of the service. I prefer the ferry, as the airport transfers, security, etc, adds to the time and frustration!
XLsior had nightly parties over five days this year, showcasing both international and local talent in different venues. These included the popular Elia Beach Party, with its blue Aegean waters and warm sand (plus cruising area beyond the loungers), and Cavo Paradiso, an outdoor club with pool, set among the rocky shores overlooking the amazing blue waters. These are places not to be missed when in Mykonos, and the sunrise is well worth the wait. Do not forget your sunglasses!
The main party at Cavo Paradiso was brilliant, with dancers, performances, and fireworks before the sun started to rise on the lovely blue Aegean Sea. The closing party, Beyond at Glam, was what I remembered from previous years; hot and sweaty fun with amazing music! The best thing about Glam is their hot, friendly bartenders.
XLsior highlight – DJ GSP
The best thing about XLsior this year was DJ GSP, the local hero who spun at almost every event. His energy was infectious, with a consistently awesome array of music being played wherever he went. To get a taste for his style, listen to his podcast here. His XLsior set hits the spot every time.
Big name parties, OK prices
Even with the added days and parties, both prices and attendance to all events was manageable, with parties averaging 20 – 30 euro, or an all party pass for 150 euro.
Some of the familiar faces of the scene were there, like WE, Beyond, and Matinee. This year’s Matinee party at Space was fun, thanks to the Montreal boys who kept me entertained.
JackieO’ and the Elysium Hotel
If you’re only in Mykonos for a short time, two musts of any trip are sunset cocktails at the Elysium hotel, where owner Vasillis has done an amazing job. The other is dancing the night (and morning) away seaside at JackieO’, The Mykonos Gay Bar! Having been to many bars and clubs around the world, this is one of my faves, and owner Michalis and staff welcome you with open arms and big smiles. JackieO’ is the reason why I want to return every summer. XLsior is fun, but Mykonos itself is fabulous. See you soon, MYK!