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White Lines is one of the hottest shows on Netflix at the moment.
The drama transports viewers to Ibiza in the 1990s.
And in the world of partying and debauchery, there’s plenty of drug mayhem and debauched sex parties on show.
But how true is the fictional story to real life?
According to Ibiza regulars, all-night raves, erotic shows and cocaine-snorting madness were commonplace at the destination decades ago.
Samantha Brick, who produced popular documentary Ibiza Uncovered, is one of them who has seen it all.
In a first-person piece published in The Sun, Samantha recalls seeing scores of clubbers with “saucer eyes widened by ecstasy”.
No one seemed to be bothered about getting rumbled for drugs either, with the documentary producer witnessing deals right in front of her.
She noted a tell-tale sign of cocaine snorters were those who continued dancing while their noses were bleeding.
Samantha struggled to keep up with the wired tourists when filming at the venues.
She downed numerous vodka red bulls in order to stay awake at the parties – which really do go on all night.
Staying awake was well worth the effort for Samantha, who saw some jaw-dropping sights at various clubs.
Her most scandalous evenings were at Manumssion, a club night which translates as “release from slavery”.
In this search for ultimate freedom, thousands of revellers attended the events each week.
They’d get to indulge in all their fantasies, with many stripping off and getting intimate with other guests.
Different erotic performers were booked over the years, from fire breathers, to naked acrobats and the biggest DJs in the industry.
And according to Samantha, sex shows offered the most shock value.
The documentary maker witnessed BDSM rituals and dwarves carrying out unspeakable sex acts.
She revealed: “Girls chained to a bed, performers, errr, performing sex acts on dwarves – it all happens”.
It wasn’t just erotic performers that kept guests entertained either.
Samantha claims Manumission owners Mike and Claire would also go at it on stage.
She alleges: “Everyone always asks me, ‘Did club promoters Mike McKay and his wife Claire really have sex on stage?’
“Yes – they really did. Week in, week out in front of 10,000 clubbers.”
Shaun Ryder, a friend of Mike and Claire, recalled similar sights in his autobiography.
The Happy Mondays star was booked to play at the club night and remembers the sexual atmosphere well.
In his book, Twisting My Melon, he claimed: “The highlight of a lot of punters’ nights at Manumission was when Mike would have sex with his girlfriend, Claire, on stage in front of thousands of people.”
Nowadays, the same levels of debauchery aren’t witnessed at Manumission.
The club night has “cleaned up” in recent years.
Event owner Andy previously told The Guardian: “Some of the things we did made us virtually unsponsorable. That was cool.”
But in recent years, the businessman said he’s been more focused on “brand values”.
Back in 2000, he added: “Manumission has a company motto: its name means 'freedom from slavery'.
“I wouldn't go so far as to say we believe in freedom from slavery. We certainly believe in freedom – that's what the wire-free future is all about.”
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