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Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we feel we’ve been picked up by a tornado and dumped in a land alternately beautiful and terrifying. The last party in Space in 2003 captured thousands of willing victims and threw them into the clutches of wicked bitches and horny widgets in the north, sound, east and west of Ibiza.

Some people still aren’t home yet, and it’s Thursday. We’re still collecting photos, eye witness accounts and staff members, but most attendees who can talk again describe the experience as “epic”.

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Friends for life have been made and also enemies to the death - intensity causes disaster as easily as it creates desire. All sorts of fucked up shit has gone down in the past four days - obsessive fans have finally flipped, the cops have been everywhere and flights missed with frightening regularity. It's not an easy island to leave and it haunts the dreams of those who are gone.

Not spooked but rather excitable was regular site contributer Lisa Loco, a lovely lady from Leeds who now holds the Space-Ibiza.com record for most exclamation marks in a review.

Can you beat her? Scrawl your thoughts in the open forum at the bottom of this page.

Lisa Loco:

The Space Closing Party was the one at which to get especially twisted! Space Ibiza is world famous for its (official and unofficial) afterhours parties as well as its twenty two-hour long marathon Sunday excursions. It opens in the morning and continues until late afternoon, or sometimes until the next morning! Checking the ample ignition fuel on this particular outing, Space 'ground control' presented us with such a high calibre dj line up it was a musical mission impossible to decide where to spend your time dancing! Like a traditional English Sunday lunch, going to Space on Sunday is the done thing while you're on this isle. Warm, roasted clubbers, well done served with hand picked, tasty djs all selected by the selective Space team - delicious! Akin to visiting a church, it's just unbelievable to see every Sunday's spiritual sermon attended religiously by clubbers... Now infamous, Space closing parties always attract a massive and mixed up crowd including a fair fix of industry heads. This year again, the Space car park was transformed into a second terrace (in conjunction with DJ Magazine) meaning more space in the place for all the extra clubbers to go mental in the sunny open-air as planes flew overhead.







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Saeed & Palash (photo: Lisa Loco)

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(MS)[/center]Arriving at around 11am the queue wasn't that bad, later it took friends around two hours to get inside as huge crowds quickly gathered at the gate! A 'fair's fair' scheme of allowing the paying guests in just as quickly as the free VIPs (if not faster!) ensures a level playing field for all in attendance. Inside the perimeter there was in excess of three thousand smiling, crazy people going Balearic to the sweet sound of so many djs.
Inside Space (the Discoteca) it was vast and dark with a dance floor filled already to the sexy, seasoned sounds of top-notch Dutch export Sander Kleinenberg. Dry ice and glitter balls, podium dancers, djs and their dramatised beats - This is Sunday afternoon in Space!














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(LL)[/center]Dancing in the darkness is just fine but being up there on the legendary terrace with the sun, smiles and sweat is better (in the afternoon anyway!) Up on the terrace it was packed already shoulder-to-shoulder, with DJ Sin Plomo warming up the crowd with safe, well-known tunes alongside more daring obscure numbers. A wander out to the DJ Magazine arena (car park) tuned us into the sounds of Scottish DJ Stuart Hirst, the competition winner who had won the gig of his lifetime. He played a little obvious but was very popular on the dance floor with hitters from Elton - We were ready for love!
Armand's 'Professional Widow' proved it still works as did the Eurhythmics' 'Sweet Dreams' and then DJ Villeneuve continued the groove with a tribal tinged set. A quick stroll inside the Discoteca revealed the rougher edged sound of A.J. Crypt who was followed up by talented Space resident Steff Navarro playing tribal tracks mixed superbly.

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Dj Demi & Beara (LL)[/center]Meanwhile out on the Terrace, movement was getting difficult and those who had reserved dancing space were grateful; Tania Vulcano was kicking ass most firmly with a tech house extravaganza... Returning back out into the DJ Magazine area I could hear some sublime percussive productions being played and so jostled my way over to the booth in time to see Saeed & Palash doing their addictive beats thing! I was so entranced that I remained here until the very end of their set, unable to leave the floor, their relentless percussion had me trapped; I knew then why they are so addictive! The dynamic duo carried on with their attack of killer chunky beats and then spun in a broken beat oddball, to which the entire crowd simply sat down on the floor - seemingly flummoxed! When the beat broke and gyrating groove kicked back in they all quickly rose to their feet and continued to dance some more! What a vibe, the atmosphere unsurpassed Saeed & Palash know how to take you on a journey full of distinctive sound and beats! Truly global their two hour epic set was inspired and individual, playing many of their own productions as well as material I had never heard before - very refreshing indeed!
The dynamic duo were followed by Ibiza's own DJ Oliver, the Amnesia (La Troya Asesina) resident and Barcelona born Spanish selector with a progressive blend of soulful, garage house, Latin and tougher 'Stealth' style productions.

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(MS)[/center]A walkabout Space now proved tiresome with the club at capacity, David Guetta was spinning his feisty French funk out on the Terrace to a packed crowd who could only bob vertically on the spot, whilst inside Ibiza resident and Space World Tour DJ David Moreno took his twisted funk to another level. Legs unable but spirit really wanting to dance I returned once more to the DJ Magazine outside stage where the space was more forgiving of jelly legged dancers! John Digweed was playing a diverse set of breaks, electro and house. His performance was tight and inspired as usual, bad for you if you missed it, that was A moment!! Carl Cox played an amazing set with Sharam Jey's superb 'Day After' and Wally Lopez's 'Tribute To Acid House' included as well as loads of new tough techy stuff! hardly contributing once again to the succes of the legendary Space Closing.
Special mention to Carl & John, performing two times the same night.

The DJ that rocked my Spaced world though had to be Jose de Divina, (another Space resident!) He really blew my mind with his deep programming and well crafted selection of styles from solid underground cuts to deep soulful house! With his new record label 'Stomp' Jose shows he is more than ready to rock the world with his truly Balearic sound. His mastery of the rhythm throughout his sets is raw and tribal but also sweet and melodic - check him out if you haven't heard him already!

It was almost 6am when I left Space, due to physical exhaustion. Even the massage chairs couldn't revive this flaccid frame! The club was still thumping and the finest blend of international music loving clubbers were still smiling as I departed content. With a great venue, fantastic resident (and guest) djs as well as quality 'good time' clubbers, Space still is the place!




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Piada Peks, 27.09.03 - Ironic? who knows... And we gave them an award too.


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