Having worked on Magaluf’s wildest pub crawl, I can now tell you what REALLY goes on behind the scenes… it was total chaos
IT may have been scrubbed in recent years, but Magaluf was once the party capital of Europe, with thousands of Brits looking for sun, sea and sex.
The seaside town in Mallorca, Spain, was inundated every summer with horny teenagers who were easy targets for salesmen trying to flog them with cheap drinks and cheaper thrills.
Amid the busy spree was the Magaluf Club Playhouse, whose former owner made headlines last month after being accused of a fake holiday sickness scam that scammed hotels out of £9.5million.
The venue was previously fined after a British tourist was filmed performing sex on 24 men for a cheap drink in the summer of 2014 – leading to its closure and tougher laws putting an end to the island’s riotous partying put.
Gia Clarke, 28, from Leeds, used to sell tickets to the notorious Carnage event, passing through the Playhouse during their wild nightly pub crawls.
Sharing her memories, she tells The Sun how the crawling was “pure and utter chaos” before events spiraled out of control and she realized “they had gone too far”.
“Never Go Home”
Gia was 19 when she started working for Carnage Events in 2013.
After a fun-filled week on her first friends’ vacation, she decided to stay on the island – much to her mother’s annoyance.
Gia explains: “I didn’t like the pub I worked in and didn’t want to leave Magaluf so I decided against it.
“My mother was like, ‘You better come home!’ but I didn’t.
“The only problem I had was money and that’s how I came across Carnage ticketing.”
Gia recalls making a €10 (£8.90) commission on every ticket sold, which was miles better than shot girl jobs, which made 50 cents (44p) per sale.
She said: “They would probably sell 10 tickets a day so that’s €100 (£88), which is a lot for a 19-year-old in Mallorca. It felt like being a millionaire.”
But ticket flogging wasn’t as easy as it seemed, with hotels desperate to woo eager Brits to their own pub crawls.
Gia said: “We used to have to sneak into hotels. They’ve been partners to various events and pub crawls, so we had to be smart.
“There was a lot of competition between reruns, but people knew about Carnage and how wild it was. They wanted that experience, so we found a way to sell them tickets.
“It didn’t always work out. I remember going to a hotel and they called both security and the police and searched me.”
Once they were in the hotels, there was another challenge – finding a way to get to the guests.
Gia recalls, “They used to knock on our doors, so we used to crawl around hotels every night trying to sell tickets.
“I would knock on every single hotel room. If a group of boys answered I would put the spell on, but if it was girls I would say, ‘Sorry, wrong room.'”
Gia recalls that during the busiest times of the season, the Magaluf Strip was awash with partygoers – and most of the visitors were chasing Carnage events.
She said: “In August it was so crowded you could hardly move down the strip. There were hundreds and hundreds of people.
“We had the greatest pub crawl ever. It was the best and I’m glad I worked for it – even if it was a mess.
“Everyone else was very tame. Our biggest selling point was that our crawl was a bit lewd.”
Carnage quickly gained a reputation for wild, boisterous nights and risky gambling.
Gia recalls: “During the games, they would go into the crowd to find a guy and a girl, take them on stage and get them to dare to win a bottle of vodka or other alcohol.
“It was a very ‘boys, boys, boys’ environment and there was things like lap dances, mouth to mouth recordings and lots of sex positions.
“Sometimes I also see people having extensive sex on the crawling shoes.
“There was obviously a sexual element, but people went to Magaluf to let their hair down and be wild.
“We used to record these wild antics to help us sell tickets. We showed them to men in hotels and they loved it.”
While luring in customers offering free drinks, Gia explains that the customers were getting a lot less than they thought.
“It was cleverly worded so that it sounded like free drinks all night but didn’t sell itself as an all-inclusive bar,” she recalled.
“They just got cheap apple juice poured in their mouths. It hit a lot of people, but everyone had fun.”
Gia sometimes described the tour as “the devil” due to the cheeky antics and revealed some venues refused to let her in.
“There was a lot of competition between the bars and some had rivalries. They would have beef together,” she said.
“If they knew you were going to a bar, they would turn you away and not let you into their venue because you were collaborating with their enemies.
“The bar staff kept saying ‘Can’t!’ which resulted in me getting an embarrassing drunken tattoo of those words on my butt.”
After a few too many drinks, Gia says, some of the partygoers ended up in strip clubs, and it didn’t always end well.
She says strippers could make up to €6,000 a week during the busiest times, making enough money to take half a year off.
Gia said: “In the past, strippers would stand outside clubs in their bras and knickers to lure men in.
“I know strippers used to get thrown up on by the guys who drank too much, there was a lot of mumbling.
“I remember someone almost drinking a shot glass filled with nausea because they picked it up and didn’t know what it was.”
walk of shame
As with any pub crawl, not everyone made it to the end, but Carnage had an easy telltale sign for those who got off.
Gia said: “Obviously you’d lose patrons pub crawling and get a few latecomers who’ve also stayed.
“But often the next morning you just happen to see a guy or a girl doing the Walk of Shame on the beach.
“It was obvious they were on the run because they were still wearing their Carnage top. I’ve done it myself a few times too.”
Carnage came under fire after footage of a woman engaging in sex with several men during one of her crawls surfaced online.
It has been claimed the 18-year-old thought she was winning a free holiday – which turned out to be a cocktail called a holiday, which cost less than a fiver.
The bar where it happened and Carnage were jointly fined £43,500 and the council hoped to shut them down.
“They started pushing it more and more to see what they could get people to do sexually,” Gia explains.
“When I started they made girls do fun things, but towards the end it was when they milked it.
Then the video of the girl came out. I realized they had gone too far.
“They were all ‘boys, boys, boys’ and thought they could get away with it. I wasn’t surprised when it closed, was anyone?”
In the years that followed, Magaluf attempted to change its reputation and enforce stricter laws.
“They redesigned it too,” Gia said. “It’s very Instagrammable and they’ve done away with the dingy pub crawls for nicer places.
“They try to be the new Ibiza but they miss the mark. You want Maga to be gross.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7348602/magaluf-party-wildest-bar-crawl/ Having worked on Magaluf’s wildest pub crawl, I can now tell you what REALLY goes on behind the scenes… it was total chaos