Fresh off the back of news that Ibiza legend Carl Cox is ending his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza after the 2016 season, the man himself has confirmed that the club will be controlled by the owners of neighbouring Ushuaia from 2017, and it’s the reason he’s decided to call it a day.
The fact that the Ushuaia Group is set to take over Space is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets on the island. Rumours have been circulating for a few years now, but Cox more or less confirmed the takeover ahead of a keynote speech at the Asia-Pacific Electronic Music Conference (EMC). Speaking to Australian dance music website inthemix, Carl said, “It’s not that I’m walking away from the club, because Pepe (Rosello), the owner of Space, his contract is up at the club. He’s going to be 80 years old and will officially be out. It gets handed over to Ushuaïa Group across the road and its manager Jan will be given the keys to run Space. And once that happens, everything changes. So I have no desire to stay in that club for any reason.”
Carl also confirmed that the Ushuaia owners encouraged him to stay on, but despite a handsome financial incentive, he has decided to follow his heart rather than the money.
“They want me to stay from a business point of view – it makes sense for them, but it’s not what I want in my heart, and if I was going to stay, I’ll tell you now, it’d only be because they were giving me one million Euros to DJ. I’d be like “Wooo!” every night, I’d get up for 90 minutes to mix and pocket €1 million playing all the records from Beatport, and there would be as many VIP tables as possible. I’d be smiling all the way to the bank. But my heart tells me I will not ever do that – because if Pepe’s not there, I am not there. We grew up together, we’ve been all the way through this together, and we’re going to finish together. And I’m quite happy about that, because it means we leave the legacy of a club that made a difference. We can walk away with that – the legendary status of what used to happen at Space when we were there – because no one else can emulate that, it’s not possible.”
For all you Carl Cox fans, he is of course playing one last season at Space in 2016. With no more word as to what he’s got planned next, it’s bound to be a very special summer. Keep your eyes on LessThan3 for more news on dates and lineups in the new year.