End Of An Era For Space Ibiza

Posted on October 4, 2016

Words: Elle LoFaro

Images: La Skimal

Twenty-seven years into the game and Space hasn’t skipped a beat but rather continued to amaze visitors from around the world, winning prizes and hearts year after year. The final closing fiesta was testament to what the club has always done best: create a space for electronic music where everything is possible. With killer lineups that included close to every Ibiza DJ past and present with mostly half an hour to 1.5-hour sets, Space Ibiza’s final closing fiesta explored the universe of electronic music in twenty or so hours of musical bliss. The party of the decade was everything it promised to be and more—way, way more—leaving a mark in everybody’s heart forever.

All ages, shapes and nationalities came to say goodbye, all united by a common love for electronic music, dance and the mecca of subculture. A queue snaking its way around the legendary club long before opening time showed how much sway the club has always had, with people waiting outside all throughout the final night. Larger and better than ever, Space went all out for its final hurrah. In its six dance areas, it traveled the cosmos of electronic music styles and beyond. With too many to list, we made our way into music heaven welcomed by an already bustling crowd just as Bushwacka!’s percussion heavy electronica warmed up the growing multitude in an expanded Flight Area by Ultra, with Los Suruba up next and their cheerful tech-house. The Spanish duo got it going on, ending with Silicone’s Soul ‘Right On’ before handing over to the UNER and Coyu, whose b2b brought out the dance moves with a cheerful tech-house blend. With the Terrazza and the Premier Etage open by 5pm and the Sunset Terrace and the Discoteca by 6pm, there was plenty to enjoy from the start. Difficult as it was to leave the open air space, we managed, venturing around for a look at the other five areas.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal

The Sunset Terrace kept the house beats rolling, with Stefano Noferini taking to the decks just after 7, with some tribal remixes of all time favourite classics such as ‘Push It’, pumping energy into the joyful terrace. Bursting with power, the good vibes were overflowing throughout the entire club, while Christoph brought a psychedelic feel to the Terrace. With so much talent and commotion, the main room was also bursting with energy early on, as Andhim followed by the Isreaeli Shlomi Aber rocked the decks, capturing with pure techno that was continued by Edu Imbernon who took over to a nicely full Discoteca, even with the tempting open-air dancing going on outside. As the split screens surrounding the DJ booth created surreal ambiances, the energy of the music and people all coming together as one to celebrate the 27 years of dancing was tangible. Practically full by 9pm, instead of being sad, every room was beaming with joy.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal

Yet something about dancing outside made the Flight Area irresistible, and as it kept pumping, planes flying overhead also seemed to be saying goodbye. Javi Bora’s b2b with Jose Divina gave way to Darius Syrossian, as the excitement flew off the charts, increasingly so as Steve Lawler took to the decks, bringing a lively beat combining house, techno and electronica in a smashing cocktail that had the makeshift dancefloor take off. As stilt dancers handed out red roses to the reveling crowd, Tale Of Us was up next. No one seemed upset. Only euphoria and joy reigned supreme as the season closing fiesta unfolded one last time. While Eli & Fur rocked the Terrace, Anja had the Discoteca down, at one with the music James Zabiela took over for a powerful half hour of melodic techno, with Technasia up next with just as much energy.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal

Outside, Carl Cox came on at midnight on the most smashing Ultra stage to date, with a terrific set that had everyone losing it. A reworking of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ created a hands-in-the-air moment, as Pepe Rosello appeared on the stage inducing emotion throughout the capacity crowd, but the energy was still too high to think of the imposing end. As a virtual representation of Carl’s laughing face crumbled in the screen behind him, Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey, Hey’, ‘Hungry for The Power’ and ‘Doing Ya Thing’ had everyone sing-along. Carl Cox concluded his first two-hour set with Pepe and co. joining him once again on the stage as ‘Imagine’ came on with the lyrics on the mega screen and everyone taking part, this time with a few tears. The Gospel Group then took to the stage in UV reflective gowns before a handwritten message from Pepe appeared on the mega screen and read ‘27 years have been brief, to remember and dream about them is forever. Being with all of you has meant everything!! Thank you’, before Alfredo took over with ‘Drop the Pressure’ lightening the mood for the rest of the night.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal

While the Sunset Terrace saw a brilliant Erick Morillo bringing a killer set, with swirling rises and mega drops, the Discoteca, which by now was going crazy, had Josh Wink working it out, starting with ‘Don’t Laugh’ by Winx, to a capacity nightclub, followed by a Santé b2b with Sidney Charles. Sasha was next up, one of the true masters, driving the beat even further underground and through techno history with samples of ‘Open Your Mind’ for a massive techno ride until Erick Morillo’s second set of the night, starting with a trippy version of ‘Music Is the Answer’, wound up and stretched into one fabulous unraveling after another. With Erick, Josh, and Coxy all hanging in the booth, taking selfies and doing shots with the gang, Carl Cox took to the decks once again at 6am, bringing on a much harder techno, smoke machines filling the dancefloor as he twisted sound and took the floor on a musical journey it would never forget. Nic Fanciulli joined him slater and together they dropped some bouncy techno and 90s samples, as well as the odd Space classic.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal

When Pepe Rosello came back onstage around noon with one final message, ‘Your emotions and our love will remain here forever’, more than a wave of emotion flooded the Discoteca. As Carl Cox concluded with the emotional Angie Stone ‘I Wish I Didn’t Miss You’, the final curtain fell on the stage, with endless applause and even more love marking not only the end of Space Ibiza, one of the best clubs in the world, but also the end of an era. The famous club has witnessed a monumental shift in clubbing during its tenure, it has seen superstar DJs rise, seminal parties offer generations of clubbers an underground beat that became an integral part of their life. As the final beats disappeared and the applause eventually died away, the stark realization that it was over fell across the masses.

Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal
Space closing by la skimal