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Space’s 25th Anniversary – Space, Ibiza

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After spending three hours celebrating Bora Bora Sundays topping up our tans and making the most of our “pre-drinks” from the local Playa D’En Bossa supermarkets, it was now time to cross the road to celebrate 25 years of one of the most illustrious clubs in the world – Space. Having opened in 1989, this Ibiza favourite is still going strong to this very day, this year more than ever perhaps. With such nights as We Love on Sundays, Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution on Tuesdays and ENTER on Thursdays, the average tourist are more than likely to spend half of their holiday week inside the five large rooms under the roof of Space.

We arrived at four times awarded “Best Global Club” right at the beginning of Irish legend and Radio 1 regular, Annie Mac’s highly anticipated set in the Space car park, recognised more as the Flight Area. At this time, the sun was still out blazing as ever, my ear drums were in tact and there wasn’t one ounce of sweat trickling through my clothes. Ideally, I would’ve liked to have remained in this condition but with the hype surrounding this event, that was never an option.

Anyway, enough about me complaining about the heat conditions and let’s say “Hello” again to headliner Annie Mac. The Ibiza veteran burst onto the Space scene dropping a thunderous remix of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody. She continued to impress the thousands in attendance with wonderful follow ups including Help Me Lose My Mind by London Grammar and an incredible bass line ushered in by Hope I’m Wrong by Jonas Rathsman. As streams exploded out into the crowd, Annie brought down her set with some of the biggest records of 2014. Amongst these tracks were Walking With Elephants by Ten Walls, a popular choice amongst crowd members.

With so much talent to have the pleasure of viewing over the six rooms, I certainly wasn’t stuck for choice with who I wanted to see. Therefore, I decided to stay around in the Flight Area like a teenage girl awaiting One Direction for the upcoming set of Erick Morillo. This house icon knew it was always going to be a difficult task following up the set of Annie Mac however the Colombian-American DJ matched the bar set by Annie in terms of performance from the offset. Laying down house classic after house classic throughout his first set, Morillo began procedures with a vocal sample of “In the beginning, there was Jack.” Always passionate about his music, Morillo two thirds of the famous “blood, sweat and tears” saying minus the blood, that would’ve been a bit concerning. With such energy being produced from behind the decks, you could tell his heart and soul went into this performance as Chuck Roberts screamed the words “Let there be House!” 

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Carl Craig then exchanged positions in the Flight Area with Erick Morillo one hour prior to midnight and shut down the Space car park in emphatic fashion as he prepared clubbing addicts for the night ahead. I then pondered off inside to check out some of the other talent advertised. I went straight for the Sunset Terrace to catch the end of an inspiring DJ Elias performance before David Moreno took over the decks ensuring a positive and upbeat atmosphere remained at one of the biggest venues in Ibiza.

I then returned to the Flight Area. Craig dropped some impressive house mixes as he blared out such admired hits as Good Life by Inner City and entering much heavier beats towards the conclusion of his set. Space purists flooded indoors much earlier than anticipated however as they missed out on a Space birthday surprise sing-a-long with club owner Pepe Rosello who hand picked the final three records of Carl Craig’s set. I then followed the avalanche of humanity bombarding the Space entrance doors like a sheep would follow a lone wolf, all in the name of birthday celebrations of course.

Prior to embracing the beauty created by the Discoteca room, my next port of call was El Salon for a quick stop and go drink pit stop as I caught some of the best beats dropped by opening DJ Marco Loco. I then indulged into a deep techno romance as Nina Kraviz began her much talked about set for the evening. The Russian revolution allowed electronic and techno purists to get lost in the moment as she mouthed the vocals of her track, Desire. Blue lights highlighted the highly attractive electronic phenomenon so much to the fact that Kraviz’s loyal followers stared at her in a hypnotic gaze. After an hour or so of Nina Kraviz’s mind blowing set, I wondered off into the terrace where I slowly but surely made my way through a rammed yet hyperactive modern house crowd as Tensnake entertained a sea of revellers with such classics as Coma Cat.

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Following 45 minutes of what can be described as nothing short of house excellence from Germany’s Tensnake, the Terrace was treated to an absolute gem of a back to back performance from Skream and Route 94. This provided a different blend to the majority of the other acts on show on the night as Skream’s famous dubstep style, having helped progress the growth of popularity in dubstep over the years, was meshed in with Route 94’s elegant yet addictive house style as the two genres complimented each other. A major highlight of this back to back set was My Love, Route 94 really made my night by dropping this song – one of my favourite tracks of the entire summer.

Fat Boy Slim then graced the stage with his presence in the Discoteca room to a jam packed audience. Like I mentioned at the start of this review, the odds of my ear drums and clothes remaining in the condition they started off as were next to nothing and I wasn’t far wrong. As soon as Fat Boy Slim commenced with Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat my ears felt like they were going to explode. With an overcrowded capacity in attendance, there was no denying the amount of sweat dripping through my clothes as Ibiza addicts in their thousands fist pumped away to the beat.

Discoteca was shut down in fashion by final act R3HAB. Real name Fadil El Ghoul, the Dutchman from Breda made his mark on the final ravers left standing after this near 15 hour spectacle. With his dark style of modern Dutch house, he wowed the audience with his diverse ability behind the decks. He was extremely reminiscent of early gabber and psytrance compositions which I admired as it makes him different from every other Dutch house artist. He featured some of his latest tracks including Flashlight featuring Deorro, Androids and Unstoppable featuring Eva Simons.

All in all, the 25th birthday of the global phenomenon known as Space was a success. The night reminded party capital lovers of Space’s past, present and future. The Discoteca and Terrace were all about the Space of today and the modern music that is now featured at the club. An enjoyable experience for all who witnessed the proceedings. The crowd were reminded of the Space of old in El Salon, Premiere Etage and the Sunset Terrace. The fact that the night continued beyond 7am just shows how nights in Ibiza have progressed over the seasons and what the future holds which simply put is, the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer.

Happy birthday Space and thank you for this one of a kind experience.

Words: Matty Adams

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