This September will see the end of an era for Ibiza techno, as legendary nightclub Space closes its doors for the last time, and with it, veteran UK DJ Carl Cox sees out the 15th and final season of is Music Is Revolution parties.
With ownership being handed over to Ushuaïa Group, Space's future will undoubtedly look very different to its past 27 years, and the forthcoming closure is naturally a sad time for any techno fan. But fear not — BBC Radio 1 are on the case! The station has released a "extra special bonus Essential Mix", recorded live at Space by Coxy himself.
Laidback Luke has taken to social media forum Reddit to bemoan the lack of DJ skills in modern-day dance music.
The Dutch veteran was responding to a question on the state of festivals in 2016 and, in typically outspoken fashion, the DJ and producer didn’t hold back. He said he’s “ashamed of DJ standards nowadays,” and that many big names “don’t have half the skills of a lot of bedroom DJs trying to make it.”
Glastonbury’s Arcadia, the fire-breathing spider that showcases electronic music amongst an immersive apocalyptic environment, has announced its full programme for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June.
On Friday, Alan Fitzpatrick, Carl Cox, Daniel Avery, Eats Everything B2B Ellis Dee, Heidi and Mella Dee line-up, whilst Saturday sees a drum ‘n bass heavy bill including Andy C, Dub Phizix & Strategy and DJ Hype B2B Hazard, who are on deck for a 20-years of Playaz set.
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With even a periphery knowledge of dance music, you'd be strapped to find a keen clubber who'd never heard the name Carl Cox. Adored by loyal fans the globe over, Cox has been a guiding light in the underground for over two decades, headlining Space in Ibiza every year for as long as anyone would care to remember.
But all that's about to change. “Next year will be my last year at Space Ibiza, so please do not miss a single night if you can, very special line-ups for 15 weeks,” he tells us when we talk Top100.
Ibiza gigs aside, Cox has spent much of 2015 running his successful INTEC imprint, alongside fellow techno don Jon Rundell, with releases from Christian Varela, Ramiro Lopez, Joe Brunning, Harvey McKay and many, many more.
“I have been working on collabs and remixes with some great artists,” he promises when we hint at his plans for next year. With new material scheduled for the start of 2016, Carl says: “Watch this space!”
CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS
“I did two Cream after-parties here in 1994. The Chemical Brothers did one, and Pepe [Roselló, the owner of Space] walked up to them after 10 minutes and said ‘You have to go off… now!’ and put David Morales on instead. It took me over 14 years to convince the Chems to come back after that!” So says We Love… Space promoter Darren Hughes, and it’s one of many excellent anecdotes (some printable, some very unprintable), that we’re told over the course of an extended chat with some of the key players behind the world’s greatest nightclub, Space.
When dance music’s beloved don Carl Cox lauds your music, you can rest easy knowing two things: you’ve got real production chops and the burgeoning DJ career you were hoping for will assuredly be a fruitful one.
Nicole Moudaber started out promoting parties in her native Lebanon, before eventually ending up in London. However, after buckling down in her studio with the discipline of a monk, she exploded onto the scene almost immediately in 2009 as techno’s force to be reckoned with.
CARL COX GLOBAL 500, THE REVOLUTION GOES LIVE, GASHOUDER
“This is a one-off. I’ll be celebrating my 500th Global show and will be presenting it live for the first time ever. We have a top line-up, a huge production, and lots of my DJ mates will be dropping by for a chat. We’ll also be going out live to millions of listeners around the world, and there’s no other party at ADE that can claim that.”