Space Opening – A Fiesta of Memoirs

It was an opening gala that signified a harmonious end to a huge part of clubbing history. On 29th May I arrived into the car-park of Space Ibiza for it’s Opening Fiesta – a party that signifies the final season of Space as we know it and 27 years of hosting some of the most iconic parties on the island.

Twice a year Space throws open it’s doors to allow revellers to dance in the sunshine amongst huge speaker stacks in the carpark. On the bill were the likes of Erick Morillo, Dennis Ferrer, Booka Shade plus residents Wally Lopez and David Moreno. Erick has made a surefire comeback and dropping tracks like Oxia’s ‘Domino’ flung you straight back into 2006 like he’s never been away. Aside from the LCD screens and the smoke machines, the carpark had an air of sentimentality to it – it was a reminder of one of the last outdoor parties to operate without noise restrictions. To still hear whoops and cheers as planes fly overhead in the daylight is something I imagine will go down in history.

“Paul Reynolds (Melon Bomb) had everyone in the palm of his hand, swinging the lights and playing some of the best selections of house and disco that I’ve heard in one room.”

Indoors, the Terraza kicked off with Blackhall & Bookless – vinyl connoisseurs that have warmed up that same spot for many seasons in a row. Their deep and synth-led set was perfectly crafted for those who had just set foot indoors. Hector was next to flex his impressive music collection – he followed with some seriously driving beats and classics to boot such as Inland Knights’ ‘Long Time’ and Johnny Corporate’s ‘Sunday Shouting’ which went down well with the heads. One of the island’s finest missionaries Javi Bora was a perfect act to follow – spending the winters in the studio and the summers touring with Space, this year is set to be a sterling one for him. He’s no stranger to creating sets that taylor for each room and a peak set-time meant that old school tracks like Jaydee ‘Plastic Dreams’ worked the dance-floor into a frenzy. Another highlight was dropping a new release on label Politics of Dancing, ‘Caramba’ by Carlos Sanchez and Alex Kaddour, its cosmic melody-lines and solid grooves working a treat.

The legendary Sasha took control of proceedings into the early hours, with epic breakdowns and spine tingling moments a plenty. Another moment I won’t forget too soon is walking up through the main room onto the Premier Etage – a spot that I had the pleasure of playing when I was a resident for Future Disco at Carl Cox the Revolution Unites a few years back. The joy of spinning in that circular DJ booth meant you’re always not too far from the action and a great place to bump heads with the locals and knock back a hierbas or two.

My favourite scenes of the night were in the El Salon – Paul Reynolds had everyone in the palm of his hand, swinging the lights and playing some of the best selections of house and disco that I’ve heard in one room. He also played a personal favourite Lovebirds ‘Want You In My Soul’ that has become somewhat of an anthem on the white isle over the past few years. Paul easily steps up to the credentials of an island hero, with no signs of stepping down – his party Melon Bomb alongside Ben Santiago, Juan Corbi and Scott Gray is exploding across the island.

After knowing the amount of hours, elbow grease, love and hard work that’s gone into the running of the club I’m sure that this summer is going to be an emotional one for many. It’s a saying that rings true that “all good things must come to an end”; but Space Ibiza is one that shall not be forgotten.

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