People often say that the Ibiza summer dance season begins when Space opens its doors, which isn’t strictly true, but most educated clubbers understand the deeper meaning behind the much used quotation. It’s more of a commentary on an event that is as musically and culturally important as any other on the island, and perhaps as significant as any electronic dance music event staged anywhere in the world.
Sunday’s 2012 Opening Fiesta, which once again felt more like a festival than a club night, was another gargantuan sized event. Carl Cox, Sasha, Steve Lawler, Dubfire, Mark Knight, Roger Sanchez and Nic Fanciulli were just a few of the apex DJs booked to perform across five rooms and one outdoor arena. But regardless of who was playing, it’s the full-on and completely infectious party vibe and atmosphere of the Opening Fiesta that always makes the event one of the most venerated on the global clubbing calendar.
On Sunday, as usual, there were no warm-up sets. Wally Lopez appeared on the outdoor stage at 4:30pm and started smashing it right away; and a few hours later Steve Lawler was booming out industrial tech-house to a heaving alfresco crowd. The tribal romp ceased for a few hours so that Orbital could bosh out a few live and legendary melodies, before Dubfire and then finally Carl Cox finished things off on the outdoor stage.
After midnight, Lawler took hold of the Main Room and continued where he had left off on the outdoor stage, while 2manydjs had a hard time trying to convince anyone on the Terraza that the vibe needed mashing-up.
If you are thinking of making the pilgrimage to Space for next season's opening celebrations, you should start preparing right away. Because, ultimately, there are no stoppages and no places to hide at the Space Opening Fiesta – you simply have to keep stomping and hope that you come through the test with all your nuts still bolted. Mixmag’s Balearic team survived the test…but only just.