The Next Phase Is Complete

Posted on September 23, 2015

Images: Tamara Sini

Words: Jodie DS

Just as it felt like Ibiza was starting to slow down and the season was coming to an end, more planes than I had seen in over a week were flying overhead. It’s my guess they were coming in for the final Music Is Revolution, one of the most popular closings year on year. September 22nd had finally come and it wasn’t a day I was happy about. It was time to say goodbye to Carl Cox’s Music is Revolution – The Next Phase. It has been one of the most popular techno nights on the island for years, with thousands flocking from all over the world to see the man himself destroy the Discoteca. For the closing party he selected some of the best talent Ibiza has seen this summer, including tINI, DJ Sneak and Loca Dice! Doors opened at 8pm taking us from sunset to sunrise one last time.

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Upon entry, I spoke with a group of tourists that had said they had come to see Carl Cox the previous week. The group couldn’t stop raving about how amazing the musical journey he had taken them on was and get this; they enjoyed the night so much that they had missed their flights, just so they could experience the legendary DJ another time. This shows just how much love there is for the Ibiza icon. I offered to take a photo of them all under the huge Music is Revolution sign out the front, before finally making my way in. From 8pm, Igor Marijuan opened the Sunset Terrace hosted by Ibiza Sonica Radio, warming up for Ibiza veteran, Just Be, with DJ Callam taking us through until close. One by one the rooms opened until all five were firing by 1am, as much as I wished I could be in all of them at the same time, there were some tough decisions to be made, El Salon and the Premier Etage had just opened so I decided to go for a wander and decide which DJs I would catch and where. I love El Salon, it’s such an intimate room and the vibe is always amazing. Baly was up first, followed by Harry Luderman, Quini and Smythy. On the Premier Etage, which was hosted by Float Your Boat the official pre-party for the Tuesday night daliance, and saw Aston Kirby go B2B with Jeremey Weeks followed by Claude Foncept, Jason Bye and Clara Da Costa.

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Having made up my mind to stick with the big guns and bounce between La Discoteca and the covered Terrace, it still meant that I was going to have to sacrifice parts of sets from some of my favourite Ibiza DJs as there was just too much quality on the line up – something that has been the trademark of this party throughout its fourteen year stint on Tuesday night in Space. At midnight tINI opened up the main room. She is so amazing to watch, so much energy and passion when she plays; you really can feel it. The room was slowly starting to fill up and the temperature was rising; so many people! I couldn’t leave though it was almost time for Desolat label head Loco Dice to take over. As he came on the crowd went insane.

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However as much as I love Loco Dice, and that is a lot, I had to catch Monika Kruse. I had heard so many things but I hadn’t yet seen her for myself; I wasn’t disappointed either. Before I knew it house gangster DJ Sneak was up to play his unique chunky beats that have terrorised credible dancefloors for as long as I can remember. All I can say is wow! It was killing me though, I knew Carl Cox was dominating the other room and I felt like I was missing out, so I had to make my way in. He played until six and then Loco Dice was up again, ready to go B2B. It was one of the best closing sets I have seen all summer. Other than the amazing talent, the highlight for me was the amazing laser show that Space delivers, it’s out of this world! Carl Cox is a name that basically goes hand in hand with Ibiza. I really don’t know what is better known to be honest. His 14th season in the white isle is over, 12 weeks of the best techno and house you will probably ever hear! The silver lining? He’ll be back next year for his fifteenth – Oh yes, oh yes!

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