The Revolution finally comes to an end in the wee small hours of Wednesday morning. That which had launched early July and blazed a trail through the summer finally said goodbye with a Carl Cox – Loco Dice back-to-back extravaganza. This summer had seen the Revolution call to arms the likes of Ritchie Hawtin, Umek, Marco Bailey, Christian Smith and Kevin Saunderson, to name only a few and mobilized an army of followers as it gathered momentum, the closing party is the chance to thank many of the Tuesday night soldiers for their efforts and the Carl Cox loyal didn’t disappoint.
We arrived at Space just after eleven, judging by previous trips to the famous venue and given that it was Carl Cox’s closing party we thought pitching up a bit earlier wouldn’t do us any harm. Thankfully we did, a couple of thousand people seemed to have the same idea, I wonder if the fact that Carl was doing the closing set in the Sunset Terrace between 11 and 12 had anything to do with it? The good thing about Space is that it is a a well-oiled machine and without too much fuss we are inside the building. Competition winner Simon Campbell and his mate Jean Claude agree to a quick tour and we do the rounds, of the rooms that are open anyway. The ladies are rocking the other rooms, Monika Kruse in the covered terrace and Tini in the main room, both of which are already almost full. Getting into the sunset terrace proved somewhat of a task but it was well worth it. Carl Cox revealed to Essentialibiza exclusively in a chat at the beginning of last week that he always feels a little emotional when it comes to the end of the season and it’s little wonder when you see the adoring fans and the response they give him.
Mo’ Funk takes over responsibility in the sunset terrace for the rest of the evening but by this time we have already taken our positions in the main room. The plan is to catch a bit of Tini, head to the terrace and catch some of Yousef come back for Carl Cox in the main room, pop back through for DJ Sneak and then finish off with Loco Dice and Carl Cox. The talent running throughout the venue is something special, Daryl Stay, Jon Rundell and Trevor Rockliffe are delivering something a bit deeper in the Red Box while Pukka up bring their unique party to El Salon, the Premier Etage hosts Eoin Smith, Marlon Gordon and Dax Heddon but by this point it is virtually impossible to negotiate the crowd to move from room to room.
Executive decision time and we have to reluctantly give up on the covered terrace and the talent of Yousef and DJ Sneak in order to ensure we catch Carl Cox and Loco Dice and Tini, who is rocking the main room before Carl takes control. The rest of the night is a blur, what I can tell you is that if they were taking conscripts for next years Revolution at the door on the way out, we would have been the first to sign up. We lost Simon and Jean Claude, our competition winners; they went off to do their own thing at the start of the night and the odds of finding them again in the crowd that had invaded Space were long to say the least. When we eventually caught up with them today we got Simon’s impressions of his first Ibiza party…
What was your first impression of Space?
I had heard about the size of it but I was genuinely surprised by how big it was, probably the biggest club I’ve ever been in. All the rooms were busy and there were superstar DJs in every room.
What was the highlight of the night?
For me, Carl Cox, that was the first time I had seen him live after buying numerous of his mixes over the years and he didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t believe how busy it was but we still managed to get a space to dance. One of the best clubbing nights of my life.
Did you make it to the end?
Yes, right until the lights went up, we could have been the last ones out the club. It took me far too long to experience Ibiza for the first time; I will definitely be back soon. I can’t thank Essentialibiza and Carl Cox enough for giving me this opportunity.
If you can’t wait until next summer for more Carl Cox, and want to see your hero play the tunes that got him started, checkout Sands, Playa D’en Bossa, Friday September 23 for the Soul, Funk and House Sessions but be warned, you have to wear a wig! Carl Cox has called on all wig lovers to don their fluffy barnets and hit the beach and if you thought he was kidding, check this out…