Next summer heralds the end of an Ibizan era.
Carl Cox will complete his final residency at Space and the people behind Ushuaïa will take charge of the the land the venue is built on.
This is huge news for the island. Space and, in turn, Coxy's residency are synonymous with Ibiza (Space fans fear not: the clubbing brand will continue to operate on an international scale).
The reason for this massive change is that the Space Ibiza club, as we currently know it, is under a lease which expires at the end of 2016. After that, it'll be in the hands of the owners of the land it's built on, the Matutes Group, who currently manage Ushuaïa.
Locals and island regulars have known about this for years but now it's official ( as Coxy loudly revealed earlier today). Nobody knows exactly what will become of Space after next summer, but there are currently a number of plausible rumours doing the rounds on the island... As well as some more imaginative ones. Here they are.
The club's going to be turned into the Space Hotel
Where the harbour area of Ibiza Town is renowned for being chic and exclusive, Space's location – Playa d'en Bossa – has a reputation for being loud, brash and altogether more fun. But all that may change in 2017, with the potential opening of the Space Hotel.
We've heard that the existing venue will be gutted and restyled in the manner of a contemporary boutique hotel, designed specifically for affluent clubbers. To add to the nostalgia, every room will be styled to capture the history of the venue. There will be a minimalistic ENTER. room with sake on tap and plenty of mood lighting, and an elrow wing with Mexican skulls nailed to the walls and clown butlers roaming the hallways.
The club will be replaced with a VIP golf course
According to the rumourmill, a new VIP golf course will be built along the south-eastern tip of the island sometime in the near future. It has even been said that the course will be located on the site where Space is currently located. However, golf courses tend to be pretty big, which is why it's more likely that the Discoteca will be gutted and reopened as a VIP driving range. Or, alternatively, a crazy golf course, with the old Funktion One speaker stacks and discarded elrow ornamentations used to create themed holes. What a horrible thought…
The club will be transformed into Ushuaïa After Dark...
Since Ushuaïa opened its doors in 2011, the venue has been tweaking the balance of its weekly output year on year. Apart from ANTS, EDM sounds now dominate the roster. However, if it actually opens its doors in 2017, Ushuaïa After Dark will offer clubbers a definite sonic counterbalance: expect EDM sounds at the Beach Club throughout the daytime, followed by techno at night inside a totally refurbished and rebranded Space, connected to the rest of the Ushuaïa buildings via a tunnel.