Watch the documentary honoring Space Ibiza’s legendary 27 years
T.S. Eliot famously wrote, “This is the way the world ends… Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”
As if to tell its loving patrons that the world isn’t over, Space Ibiza has gone out with a bang. The iconic club closed its doors yesterday, October 3, after operating as one of the world’s most esteemed clubs for 27 years. Unlike Fabric’s untimely demise, Space bid farewell to its patrons with one final night of revelry. Given the ubiquity of Space’s influence throughout the international dance music community, news of its closing did not really seem to be a reality until Carl Cox returned to the hallowed decks where he once held a 15-year residency on September 20 to perform a marathon, exclusively vinyl set. This marked Cox’s first Space appearance since his residency concluded in 2006.
Space Ibiza’s final event operated as a sort of New Orleans-style funeral – a celebration of its storied history. Opening its doors for the last time on Sunday, October 2, the event’s lineup was replete with Space veterans and legends of techno and house. Sasha, Josh Wink, Steve Lawler, and David Morales all held spots on the roster, which was closed out by the only worthy candidate: Mr. Cox himself. Cox selected a house edit of Angie Stone’s “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” as Space Ibiza’s swan song.
To honor their legacy and provide fans with a nostalgic look back, Space released a documentary, recapitulating its vast history. The multilingual film, which spans 48 minutes, shows footage of legendary parties from numerous points across the club’s expansive timeline. A myriad of notable figures with ties to the club from several generations provide commentary throughout the documentary, including Cox, Fatboy Slim, Boy George, and the club’s founder, Pepe Rosello. View the documentary above, and listen to the final song to sweep through Space’s halls below.