For the final night of our week long Ibiza clubbing experience, we made an eagerly awaited return to the world famous Space nightclub in Playa d'en Bossa.
We'd heard that there was something magical about the club, with it consistently voted the best in the world - never mind just Ibiza, but even we weren't prepared for what awaited us.
On entering the main room the first thing we noticed was the sound. The Funktion One sound system is absolutely perfect for the venue. It sounds amazing no matter where you are in the main arena. You can pick out each of the different frequencies of the music. We've been to a fair number of clubs in our lives but nothing even comes close to this system.
The next thing you notice is the lasers. Four high-powered lasers were being used in the main room, appearing to increase in their range of colours and movement as the night progressed. This was probably the best laser show we saw in our time on the island. We also found that what we thought was a VIP area behind the DJ booth was actually open to everyone. So we could not only get up and close to Paul Woolford and Untold who were playing at the time, but could also look right over the crowd, from the same position as the DJs.
We decided to take a wander before Hot Chip DJs came on, and checked out the other rooms. There are two large outside smoking areas with separate DJs through the night; we would recommend checking these out before midnight as they have to lower the volume after this time, but still have music playing through the night. The small Le Salon room by the doors was playing a funky mix of disco, which was a refreshing change from the pumping house and techno in the main two indoor rooms.
We were keen to see some of Hot Chip DJs' set, so we spent our time divided between them and bandmate Joe Goddard's project The 2 Bears in the terrace. One of our favourite aspects of the night was that the crowds were evenly spread out over the different rooms, and you always had enough space to dance. Another good thing about Space is that it has 10 bars, each with easy access. As a result there are no bottlenecks between the rooms and you can easily go and check out another room as you get a drink.
The 2 Bears were just finishing up. One of the “bears” was walking round the arena with a radio mic, performing the vocals live to their hit single “Bear Hug”. This really took the atmosphere up another notch and coupled with the excitement ahead of 2ManyDJs, the arena was buzzing. We were eagerly anticipating 2manyDJs; probably the biggest name of the night. So we grabbed a couple more drinks and saw a bit of both Smoking Jo and Derek May; both of which we have seen ages ago at venues in the UK but were definitely more impressive at Space!
We managed to find a space on the dancefloor at the back of the buzzing la Terraza. As 2ManyDJs started their set with their own edit of ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, we knew we were in for an audio-visual treat. The Funktion One system had been cranked up a notch and we were treated to two really powerful multi-coloured lasers. It was time to party, using the last of our energy! We spent the entire two and a half hours jumping around and exchanging smiles with those around us. The highlight of this set for us was a remix of ‘Kavinsky's Nightcall’. This is one of our favourite tunes and the remix they played really brought the track to life. We had seen 2manydjs six years ago and enjoyed one of the best sets we have ever heard, and this was again up to their usual standard - mixing classics from the 70’s and 80’s seamlessly with modern house and techno beats. When the lights came on and we began to make our way home, we felt like we had witnessed something incredibly special. This was the second time in a week we had left Space feeling like this; the first being after Carl Cox's epic closing set five days before.
Everyone should go to Ibiza at least once in their life. Everyone should go to Space at least once in their life. Space bills itself as the world's most awarded nightclub; awarded “Best Global Club” at the International Dance Music Awards again this year. It's not hard to see why!
Words: Mark Williams and Sean Bainbridge
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