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"Your love will remain here forever": Space Ibiza closes in style

We partied for 19 hours. Here's what happened

  • Words: Funster | Image: Kevin Lake
  • 4 October 2016
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And so it has come to this. The last ever set in the Discoteca and it is Carl Cox playing alongside his regular b2b partner Nic Fanciulli. They play from 6am to 12pm and it is a highly-charged, emotional and powerful six hours. It's a set experienced with a heavy heart. While it seems like a long time to dance, every hour evaporates quicker than it has done all evening. The minutes slip away and we know that this is it.

It's a monumental session from the pair, as well. House, tech-house and techno of the absolute highest degree is played. Anyone who saw Coxy close his Music Is Revolution night knows the sort of levels that would be brought but tonight is the last night, period.

'Love Story' by Layo & Bushwacka appears in various different forms. There's 'Yeke Yeke' by Mory Kante, which we've already heard four times in other rooms in the club at this point. There's also ´Finally´by CeCe Peniston, woven in between huge, pacey tracks with the 128bpm mark being the speed we're kept at.

Another star of the set is the bellowing ice cannons that propel into the crowd during several big moments. The combination of a whole Discoteca sit-down and ice blast (when everyone stands), all with ´Two Months Off´ by Underworld hammering in the background is a potent mix. It's a slice of Space at its absolute best.

What's most notable about the last set is not necessarily the amazing music or the beautiful way it's mixed, or even the fact that Carl Cox is stood in front of us for the last time on this stage. It is the talking on the microphone from Coxy and Space owner Pepe Rosello. Hearing the famous ´Good Morning Space´ from the king at several points is enough to give us goosebumps and stomach sickness in equal measure.

When Pepe speaks before the last track is played, it sums up how everyone in the room is feeling.

"Thank you very much, your emotions and love will remain here forever."

And with that Coxy fires up a chant of "Pepe, Pepe, Pepe" to which everyone in the room obliges.

The final song, as you can imagine, is a tear-jerker. People stand swaying, hands on head in disbelief and breathing in the last few seconds of what will be remembered as one of the greatest clubs in the world.

And that's it. Space Ibiza is no more but as far as farewell parties go, this will be remembered forever. It has provided the benchmark for how to be a successful, important and landscape-shaping club. Long may its legacy continue and long may it continue to inspire.

Funster danced for 18 hours straight, setting a new personal record. Follow him on Twitter here

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