"This is not normal, this is really not normal."
The Discoteca erupts in a fashion that anyone who's visited Space's main room will be all too familiar with but this time it's different, this time is the last time, the final goodbye. As Carl Cox addresses the crowd, there's a bittersweet taste in the air: we're experiencing one of the most historic parties in dance music history but we're losing one of its most historic clubs, too.
"We love the music, that's why we're here, nothing more, nothing less"
DJs have seen their careers catapult to new levels through the club and just as many have been on the dancefloor when they realised that's what they wanted to one day become. To put it quite simply, Space is Ibiza and has been for a mammoth 27 years.
The lead up to this year's Space Closing Fiesta couldn't have been more feverish either. Tickets sold out in a heartbeat despite prices of up to €100, which many obviously saw as worth it for the final showdown. Just one look at the queue when we turned up at 5pm was the snapshot we needed to see just how important this night would be. 100s of people sprawled the length of the club and we knew that no one would leave disappointed.
In a nutshell, the 19 hours we spent at Space – yes, 19 hours – were simply unforgettable. Although not for the faint hearted, getting around the club was at times a lengthy expedition and meeting people wasn't easy. The adventuring became part of the experience, part of the charm. Any Ibiza veteran who's visited closing parties before will be able to tell you that they're always an epic and at times testing event but everyone knew the importance of this one.
Dancers of all generations were in attendance: young upstarts right through to the seasoned ravers, drenched in glitter and bright colours, the ones who helped contribute towards everything Ibiza is now. Along with all of them, we danced, laughed and smiled. And we shared a collective lump in the throat when it came to the end.
Here are the tracks that really did it for us at Space's final closing fiesta. Tissues at the ready, this one's emotional.
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