Anyone with even the vaguest familiarity with the White Isle will shed a tear in September when, after 27 years, Space — the Playa d’en Bossa club that has made daytime partying so popular — will close its doors.
Founded in 1989 by Pepe Rosello, the club became the island’s official after-hours spot when he realised he could circumvent the law which stipulated when clubs must close (6am) — but not when they could open.
“So at 6am we closed and by 8am we had a big queue — the crowd that didn’t want to finish at night and the crowd that wanted to begin the day,” he told the 2016 International Music Summit. The club also pioneered the terrace party scene in the 1990s. Dancing under the flight path of planes landing at the island’s airport, revellers could sometimes be seen pointing and cheering that they had partied for so long — 22 hours non-stop — they’d missed their own flight.
Space currently attracts more than 600,000 visitors each summer who come for its legendary sound system and parties with live acts, dancers and over 650 DJs.
Carl Cox’s Tuesday residency (closing 20 Sept) and Sundays at Space (closing 25 Sept) are two of the biggest. Don’t miss a part of clubbing history before the 80-year-old Rosello calls it a day.
Four still going strong
Now 43 years old, this Ibiza Town club (pictured) still pulls a heaving queue, with five rooms including a chill-out terrace.
Founded in 1975, the San Antonio venue is famed for its ornate white décor, plush gardens and water parties.
With a capacity of 10,000, this bar and open-air pool hosts some of the island’s biggest parties and DJs.
Located on the road between Ibiza Town and San Antonio, Amnesia opened in 1976 and can hold 5,000 on its main dancefloor.
Published in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)