The review below was first published on Essential Ibiza
Words: Lena Kochetkova
Images: Nic J.
The twelfth season of Carl Cox’s Revolution residency at Space came to an end. The grandiose closing party took place on September 24, which is a week later than the previous year – but it shouldn’t be forgotten that Carl began this season a week later, responding to the current Ibiza trend of a slow start and an underground-wise triumphant September. The line-up of two bigger dancefloors was exactly the same as a year ago: tINI, Loco Dice and Carl Cox in Discoteca, DJ Sneak, Yousef and Jon Rundell on the Terrace, while the smaller rooms were occupied by Future Disco. It would be unfair to say that Carl was simply repeating his previous success story, this season saw him unite the parties, inviting some of the other successful Ibiza party hosts to join him in the Space booth – let’s just have a quick look on how these artists built up their reputation in Ibiza during the last 12 months.
Loco Dice debuted as one of the most successful party hosts of the island with his brand new Used + Abused Thursdays at Ushuaia Club. tINI grew into one of the most booked DJs all over Ibiza, and her tINI & the Gang Wednesday gatherings at Sirocco became arguably the most coveted beach parties on Playa d’en Bossa. DJ Sneak as well became an Ibiza omnipresent and stood behind the decks overseeing many dancefloors across the island, with his b2b2b sets with Mark Farina and Derrick Carter being the highlights of Insane Fridays at Pacha. Yousef brought his own Circus night to the new Booom club. Jon Rundell was the key figure at Pure Intec night that took place at Space one week before Carl Cox’s Revolution opening. That said, the line-up of the closing 2013 served as more proof of the fact that Carl is a most sharp-sighted talent-spotter who supports the most promising, the most gifted and the most ambitious artists indeed.
The club got packed predictably early, so it took us a while to make our way through the crowd in the Discoteca. When we arrived, Loco Dice was setting the room on fire, before he was replaced by Carl Cox, and finally the two titans joined forces for a formidable back-to-back set. Carl’s name is associated first and foremost with techno, but in fact the sound of Tuesdays at Space is more playful and bouncy if compared to other prominent techno nights of Ibiza. The typical sound of Cox is pumping, vigorous and optimistic, it has little to do with the callous machine clanking, and that’s probably why it is perceived so well by thousands of punters year in year out. As for Loco Dice, his residency at Ushuaia has had a definite impact on his take on techno and house, which went slightly off the trademark Desolat track. What we are witnessing now might be the first phase of a really exciting sonic development, but let’s wait to see which path Loco Dice will take in 2014.
With such an almighty tandem in the Discoteca any DJ who played on the Terrace entered an extremely tough competition – but Ibiza closings have never been a game for the faint-hearted. A seasoned member of the Carl Cox team, Yousef opted for a finer, more intricate intonation that made a decent alternative for the straightforward, persistent sound of the Main Room. The honour of closing the Terrace was given to DJ Sneak, who enjoyed exactly the same duty at the opening at Space back in July – and indeed, few artists can engage the crowd at such intense time as efficiently as the uncompromising House Gangster. After the lights went on in the Terrace, the party concentrated in the Discoteca for its craziest and most precious final hours.
It’s been an especially meaningful and unusual Ibiza summer for Carl Cox – in addition to playing at his own “Revolution: The Party Unites” Tuesdays at Space he performed at some biggest and brightest events of the island, such as Circoloco at DC10, Music On at Amnesia, Le Grand Bazaar and Used + Abused at Ushuaia, not to mention the funky and disco beach sets at his co-owned restaurant Sands and his upcoming annual gig at Space closing. The great Carl is an iconic figure for Ibiza: he is an outstandingly skilful DJ, a host of a most successful club night, a tastemaker, and one of the living symbols of the White Isle’s nightlife. We are looking forward to seeing him back at Space in 2014 and, of course, will by no means miss his traditional annual set at the club’s closing on October 6.