Carl Cox and his Revolution Recruits finally brought the summer manoeuvres to a close as Space said goodbye to one of its favourite sons on Tuesday night. This season has seen the popular Tuesday night party break all its previous records, regularly filling the famous old venue as, week in and week out, some of the world’s finest DJ’s and producers dropped in to say hello. As befitting the closing party, Carl was joined by Loco Dice and tINI in the main room while DJ Sneak, Yousef and Jon Rundell took on Terrace duties. Jim Rivers kicked things off from 8pm in the Sunset Terrace, ably backed up by Ibiza local To Peppe before DJ Callum took over after midnight. Pukka Up returned to the Premiere Etage and Eion Smyth and Marlon Gordon looked after El Salon. It turned out to be yet another roadblock as Ibiza made a point of thanking the Revolution Recruits for an amazing summer.
Space is a clubbing phenomenon, the shape of the club, the labyrinth of rooms, the musical choice it offers, makes it one of the most popular in the world, not just on the island and when one of the true clubbing giants is in residence it is always packed. Tuesday night was no different and the carnival started in the car park as we all waited to get into the club. As if the anticipation of what lay ahead was not already at fever pitch, the interaction with fellow clubbers, eager to get in and get involved kicked things up a notch or two! This season saw the Revolution Recruit, enlisting new talent throughout the summer residency and even running a DJ competition where lucky winners were invited to play a set alongside Carl Cox, keeping an eye on the next wave of talent that will soon be grabbing headlines and rocking crowds but, for the closing, it was all about established musical gladiators such as Loco Dice, Sneak, Yousef and Rundell as Carl Cox looked to go out in style!
By the time we got in the club was already packed, but not unable to move around packed. The atmosphere in both the main room and the Terrace was building nicely and the rest of the club was starting to fill up as clubbers went in search of their comfort zone for the night. We opted for the Terrace and the jackin house off between Yousef and Sneak. Sneak is the original house gangster, he may have courted more than his fair share of headlines away from the booth this year but there is no doubt that, once he gets in front of a crowd, he is one of the most talented individuals on the circuit right now. He smashed the Terrace with a series of jackin house grooves, throbbing basslines and wicked beats. Yousef is no rookie but in relative terms, Sneak still has a few years on him but the Circus promoter is more than adept at controlling a dancefloor, no matter where it is. The fact that he is playing on the Space Terrace for the Carl Cox closing party is not wasted on him as he took the famous room on a musical journey that had people reaching for the rafters!
In the airy heights of the Premier Etage, Pukka Up went about their business as usual, making sure that everyone that made it to their room found it difficult to leave. Scott Giles, Matt Moore and Sam Walker were charged with providing the entertainment, a charge they took very seriously as the set about doing their bit for the closing party. It’s been a great year for the brand, opening its own bar/ restaurant, sending out 8 boats a week and cementing its relationship with the Revolution in Space. It will be interesting to see what Pukka Up has I store for Ibiza in 2013.
Back in the main room and Loco Dice, tINI and Carl Cox launched a musical assault that had it rocking from an early start to finish. La Discoteca is a great spot to listen to the likes of Carl Cox, it has that old school warehouse feeling about it and who better to take the closing party home than the man himself. The atmosphere had built steadily throughout two amazing performances but it was clear that Cox was the man that the main room had come to hear. After tantalizing the room for a few hours, Carl Cox thanked everyone for their support throughout the record breaking season and it was done. Another season under the belt, another summer making new friends and entertaining legions of clubbers from all over the world and setting the bar for 2013.