“Oh yes, oh yes!!” You know you’ve landed at one of Ibiza’s biggest and best parties when you hear those words come booming out of the Space Ibiza sound system. And on Tuesday night, they meant something extra special, as Carl Cox hyped up the Space Ibiza crowd at Revolution for the last few times in his career.
Since Carl Cox first launched his Revolution residency 15 years ago at Space, Ibiza has undergone dramatic changes, becoming more like “the new Vegas of Spain” with each passing year. And it seems safe to say that Carl hasn’t been a big fan of just how things turned out on the island he’s called home each summer for the better part of two decades.
So when the rumours were finally put to rest late last year that neighboring Ushuaïa would take control of Carl’s longtime home club, it seemed like the perfect time for the King of Space to wrap up his incredible run.
Though Carl’s time at the top was no accident. And the legions of super-fans who made the treck to Ibiza for Tuesday’s final party — some dressed head to toe in Coxy apparel — made that evidently clear. He’s a man who commands your attention each time he performs, but does so with child-like glee and enthusiasm for his job as a DJ. Each selection is performed with all the soul and love he can possibly muster, which bleeds into every other aspect of his party.
The guests are always huge, covering legends from house, techno and even drum and bass over the summer, and the production is always first rate, wowing even the most jaded Ibiza veteran. Carl gives you the bang for your buck that can sometimes feel missing in an increasingly expensive and sterile Ibiza, sucking you into his world, making you feel like part of the show, and Tuesday was no exception.
By 8am, Carl was putting everyone through their paces with punchy house and techno classics like “Play It Loud” by Marco Carola and Dave Clarke’s timeless “Red 3” — mixed in with Loco Dice’s remix of Moby’s “Go” — and Deetron’s “Photon.” Though by 9am, Carl began taking it home with Joe Smooth’s “Promised Land,” signaling to the packed room that the end was actually near.
Watching Carl wipe the sweat and tears away from his beaming face as he thanked all the people who helped made the party such a success, I wondered what kind of a place Ibiza would be without Revolution. It’s an anchor, a beacon of those original Ibiza ideals long since lost on much of the rest of the island, and Carl is its core.
It was just after 9am when the lights slowly came up, and Carl let off another signature “Oh yes, oh yes!” as the crowd sang along to Ce Ce Rogers’ bittersweet classic “Someday.” And although I was almost exhausted from a long night of dancing, it still took my breath away to see Cox play one final tune on Tuesday night at Revolution, wrapping things up perfectly with The Doors’ “The End.”
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