If you've been to Ibiza, chances are you've been to the award-winning nightclub Space. The venue has been a staple of Ibiza nightlife for over two decades, and now New Yorkers don't need to board a plane to partake of the Balearic island vibes, because Space Ibiza's New York outpost kicks off its two-part opening festivities tonight.
Before you get primped for a night of dancing, take a minute to get familiar with the Space legacy:
The beginning: The Ibiza venue was originally a family restaurant, but when Pepe Roselló acquired the location in 1989, he had his sites firmly set on nightlife. In the early years, the entertainment was a bit of a mixed bag, featuring live bands and flamenco performances.
The evolution: In the mid ’90s the club began booking international DJ talent. Top-tier spinners like Carl Cox, John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Erick Morillo and Sasha all showed up to man the decks over the years. After repeatedly hitting the #1 slot on DJ Mag's "Top 100 Clubs," it was clear that the Platja d’en Bossa mainstay had become an essential stop for globe-trotting dance-music lovers.
Space Ibiza New York: The Hell's Kitchen incarnation marks Space Ibiza's North American debut and spans 20,000 square feet, comprising a multi-level main room, a lounge and a rooftop terrace boasting panoramic views of the West Side skyline.
The opening: The two-part fiesta goes down today and tomorrow, featuring a bevy of talented selectors. Tonight's lineup includes Kompakt label boss Michael Mayer and longtime house and techno producer Alexi Delano; Saturday night's shindig is helmed by the U.K.'s Duke Dumont (the man responsible for the unstoppable bangers "Need U (100%)" and "The Giver").
Head over to the Space Ibiza New York website to buy tickets and then lay down for a disco nap, because it's going to be a long night. As the ever-influential John Digweed put it, "Great to see the legendary Space club from Ibiza spread its wings to the big apple. The city that never sleeps will have to stock up on some more energy drinks now."