Space, what's going on? This was destined to be the big one -the crème de la crème of the closing party circuit, the season end to Carl Cox's summer reign and his ongoing campaign for musical liberty.
The superstar DJ's acclaimed night, The Revolution Continues (which follows his earlier movement: Join Our Revolution), set in Ibiza's Space - possibly the most famous club in the world - has succeeded for nine consecutive years in supplying some radical line-ups to support his unique cause in challenging all he feels is wrong with the music scene.
This year the talent included Layo & Bushwacka!, Monika Kruse, Fatboy Slim, Fedde Le Grand, Dubfire, Pendulum, John Digweed and Nic Fanciulli playing every Tuesday for 12 weeks. The closing party cohorts alone were like a who's who of electronic music with Danny Tenaglia, Loco Dice, Yousef, Elio Riso, Pako S, Jon Rundell, Jim Rivers, tINI, Tom Pooks and Mr Doris manning the decks. So with an outstanding season under its belt, and a stellar closing party line-up alongside Space's spectacular sound and visuals, there really should be no reason to complain. So what went wrong?
Alack, not even the impressive set list could save this party from being just another disappointing night at Space. Firstly, how anyone can enjoy themselves in such ridiculously overcrowded conditions is incomprehensible. Are there no safety standards enforced in these super clubs? Because the shoulder-to-shoulder congestion in the main discotheque must surely have been a hazard when at 3.30am Loco Dice passed the baton to the big man himself and there was barely room to breathe, let alone dance.
The actual crowd only added to the discomfort. Your regular sweaty mix of drunken yobs and Chavtastic gurners, all obviously weighed down by the overbearing heat, contributed to what was already a less than pleasant situation. And that's before you take into account Space's infamous security staff and their prerequisite power-tripping antics.
Danny Tenaglia was on fine form and succeeded in creating an enjoyable vibe in the crowded, yet bearable, terrace, while in the sunset terrace the best music of the night featured one of the summer's remix classics, La Roux's 'In for the Kill'. But if Carl Cox intends to start a revolution by campaigning against all he feels is wrong with the music industry, he should seriously consider the venues in which he plays and what they stand for. Because putting fans' lives at risk by cramming crowds into over-capacity clubs for the sake of a few extra bucks isn't a war worth waging.
|Photo by Abbey Stirling ©|
|Photo by Space Ibiza ©|