I am the luckiest person I know, an Ibicencan of farming stock who has had a blessed life. There have been many moments, but music is the one. Space is physically a bit like I am myself; in many ways it is the image and likeness of how I would like to find myself upon arriving at a place that I did not know, discovering a place that I have heard about and seeing what I find there. The club is the result of the hard work of a human and artistic team that has all come together and kept going over the years. I thank you all.
In the early days we had a party called Fiesta de Torro and at about 7am they let a baby bull loose in the club which charged around trying to butt everybody. My pal Dominic Spreadlove got butted over a wall onto a cacti; fucking hilarious and totally ridiculous. Health and safety? My arse!
You would not believe how different the club looked at the opening party 27 years ago. It looked more like a theatre, but those were the days! I have had an incredible time at Space over the years, from the amazing We Love residency times to the insane Carry On parties where I played with my son Jamie.
I loved it when Sasha was having such a good time he’d jump into the crowd and dance to the music and completely forget he was the DJ. My memories will always be both fond and fuzzy and I won’t ever be moaning saying things just aren’t the same. Pepe has an incredible legacy that will be hard to ever repeat.
My greatest memory of Space is…all of them! One that stands out though was the time I threw all of my records into the crowd one morning as I was playing. At the end of the day everyone was screaming for one more tune, so I asked for a record back, played it and threw it out again. Incredible times.
Layo and I used to love the fact that the guy we used to see cleaning up the glasses around the DJ booth back in the ‘90s was actually Pepe, the owner of the best club in the world! What a great man, still living his life and dancing after all these years! That’s total dedication.
One of my favourite moments was my 35th birthday, celebrating at Space as a punter. I was in a Tina Turner wig and toga and surrounded by naked girls and midgets. Pepe’s vision and how he wanted you to enjoy his club transported you to somewhere else. I’ve never met another club manager with that vision.
The first time I played at Space was for Darren Hughes in 2000 and it was also my Ibiza debut. I’d seen the photos, read the articles and heard that “Space was the place” but nothing prepared me for what I walked into. It was simply out of this world.
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Pepe did me a deal early on: “If you stop jumping over the bar and stealing drinks, I’ll let you in and your friends in for free forever.” I once found one of the worker’s Sunday lunches backstage and tried to give it out to the crowd. Nobody wanted it but one German kid ended up with mashed potato on his head.
Once after I finished my set I ended up getting caught up in a breakdancing battle. It was like something out of ‘Beat Street’ as the crowd gathered round in a circle. I remember a big cheer going up as I was in mid-windmill, but my bubble was quickly burst as I realised it wasn’t for me but actually for the plane overhead…
I thought I liked to party, but then I found another level at the Carry On parties at Space. Johnny Golden was involved, Jon Carter…a moped in the car park. I ended up face down somewhere on the dancefloor and I remember thinking, “I’m playing with the big boys here, I’m out of my league.”
I think the best memories was when I would either spin or visit in the mid 90s and most of the DJs would be playing one of my three big tracks of the time. A great feeling to be in the mighty Space and hear my songs being played multiple times the same night. An amazing club never forgotten.
Pepe created an institution with Space. He invited promoters and DJs from all over to try things at his club with clearly an open mind. I was always too intimated to speak to him though!, It was an eye opening club and I still cannot believe I was able to play there.
It was the mid ‘90s and I’d gone to bed early the night before. I got up, had some breakfast and with huge butterflies in my stomach I walked in as Alfredo was playing at 9am. Absolutely mental. And the time Cassius smashed it on their debut dropping the Roulé classic ‘Together’… wow!
Space attracted people from all walks of life, it didn’t matter where you were from, people just came to party. In the early days there was no VIP so you could be dancing with a prince or a pop star, it really didn’t matter who you were. In Space it truly was all about happy people.
The Discoteca was the maddest place with a freaky crowd of clubbers, models, transvestites. It’s always been a privilege to play Space from solo sets to extended B2B sets with Sasha, it’s always a special room with a powerful energy which just pushes you to play out of your skin.
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