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WHERE Space, Playa d’En Bossa, Ibiza
WHEN Every Tuesday
MUSIC House, techno and disco
Coxy’s return to one of the best clubs in the world is always one of the most anticipated opening parties of the summer. But this year the big man is back with a twist. Tonight the house and techno don kicks off The Revolution Recruits, the aim to showcase rising ‘eclectic, loud, and unforgettable’ talent such as Deetron and Nicole Moudaber alongside the familiar faces of Nic Fanciulli, Sébastien Léger and Uner. Four gifted new DJs will even win a chance to play with him at Space.
Looking at the wondrous scale of Space’s main room tonight, it’s clear what an incredible prize that would be, something that’s illustrated to perfection as Deetron closes his set with Daphni’s ‘Ye Ye’, its intricacies and pulsating bassline channelling 1500 clubbers into a techno groove and setting the pace for the evening.
Nicole Moudaber follows suit, shoulders hunched and wrists crossed as she slams out sleazy house and techno at a volume that’s only matched by her enormous hair. Around her the main room’s production values are just as striking: 2,500-watt robots perform routines straight out of a fight scene from Transformers beneath an enormous white sheet draped over the room as multi-coloured lasers shoot above in flash-gun bursts of light.
Out on the terrace, Sébastien Léger, Uner and Nic Fanciulli take proceedings in another direction, the latter dropping Joris Voorn’s ‘Goodbye Fly’ to an ovation of cheers. But tonight, without doubt, belongs to the curator himself. Coxy’s track selection and supreme knowledge are always enough to deliver the best sets in the techno, but it’s the big man’s sheer presence that has the crowd in the palm of his hand. Come 7.20am the room is still full to the brim until Carl finally relinquishes his grip, signing off with Mark Fanciulli’s ‘Sacrifice’.
Perhaps it’s apt that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been lapping it up in the wings, but when it comes to pitch control in Ibiza, Carl Cox remains the greatest player in Space.