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Space Ibiza to reopen after closure?

Resident DJ Carl Cox says there are plans to open club at different site

By Rhian Jones on 18 Aug 2016


image © Space Ibiza

The soon to be closed Space Ibiza, recently voted as the world’s No.1 nightclub, could reopen in a few years at a different site.

Space resident DJ Carl Cox has said “plans are on the table” for the venue to reopen after closing its doors at the end of the summer in an interview with Ticketmaster ahead of his set at South West Four on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Founded in 1986, Space Ibiza has been a flagship venue of Ibiza’s party scene alongside DC10 and Amnesia. Cox has been DJing there for 25 years, and as a resident for almost 15.

Ushuaia Beach Hotel will take control of the site from 2017 as the contract of the club’s current owner and founder, 80-year-old Pepe Rosello, expires. Its closing party takes place on 2 October.

Cox told Ticketmaster Space could return in two years.

“Plans are on the table for it opening at another site but it won’t happen for at least two years and will it be the same? We don’t know. I don’t know whether I will be involved because there are so many variables,” he said.

“No one is going to want to let go of that club easily, because the thing is it isn’t over, it isn’t broken.”

However, Cox warned over how the increasing commercialisation of the party island will change the club scene for good.

“Space was the place that opened Ibiza and it’s going to be the place that closes it. You won’t have that anymore, some clubs will scramble to get themselves into that position but it won’t have the same heritage,” he explained.

“Pepe enabled people to be transported somewhere else. Most club managers don’t have that vision anymore. They’re like, ‘book David Guetta, put those tables there…charge this on the door, job done.

“Everyone wants to make as much money as possible now and it is a competition to do so. In the early days, it was purely to have a good time.”

 

 

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