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Continuing LessThan3’s week in Ibiza, no trip to the White Isle would be complete without a look at one of, if not the single greatest, club in the world. Space is an Ibiza institution, once a mecca for open-air daytime clubbing, and still an infallible lesson in what a superclub should be.
With such an important and historic venue come some historic nights. One of the biggest on the island, if not one of the biggest in the world, is that of the big man himself–if Space is the Ibiza club, then Carl Cox is the Ibiza DJ. Cox is a vanishingly rare talent in the dance music scene, in that he’s not really a producer, making his name through his solid presence as a DJ over 13 years at Space and the massive names he attracts as a result.
For our visit to his Music Is Revolution night on Sept. 16, Swedish techno legend Adam Beyer joined Cox in the main room, while Umek headed up the equally packed Terraza. All five areas of the club were open, providing perhaps the most unique and diverse clubbing experience in the world, from the massive house vibes of the main room, to the live sax player accompanying the Baleraic beats in the semi-open-air Sunset Terrace.
Our second visit was for Ferry Corsten’s Full On night on Sept. 19, with just the main room and the terrace open, providing a slightly more intimate take on the Space experience. Ferry has flirted with various types of trance across the years, but his headline set, along with the guys backing him, were all about the “full-on” trance for which the brand was created and named. Sied Van Riel and Michael Woods warmed up the crowd, then after his own stellar set, Ferry handed over to John O’Callaghan, but not before some welcome b2b action.
From full-on trance to the full spectrum of house, Space is the definition of just how diverse dance music can be. It’s a venue steeped in history that is truly deserving of the awards naming it the greatest club in the world, but most importantly, it’s a club that manages to cherish what made it big in the first place, without becoming a parody of itself. One thing is for sure, if you haven’t been to Space, you haven’t really experienced Ibiza.