Went to bed early to save energy for the big party.
Sunday woke up to perfect weather, so the beach clung to us longer than I'd normally allow when in party mode. That way, we only got to Space at about 3 pm. the club was already busy, but not packed. For the opening party they had 6 areas: the old, now enclosed Terraza to the right ("DJ's Terraza"), the new Terraza to the left ("DJ's Sunset Terrace"), the chill out Terraza on the roof ("DJ's Premier Etage"), the Discoteca (main room) inside ("DJ's Dentro"), the small red room above the main room inside ("DJ's Caja Roja") plus a huge open air area behind the building ("DJ Mag Area").
We moved from area to area. Didn't like the DJ Mag Area too much, Eric Prydz at 6pm a big yawn. In the main room Voodoo and Serano weren't bad with some techy trance, but I was more in the mood for the housey Sunset Terrace, where the party was already very intense. Sin Plomo was pretty good, interestingly und unusually for the Terrace becoming more trancey as the set progressed. We left at about 7:30 pm to eat, change and get ready for a night session.
For various reasons we only made it back to the club at 11 pm, which turned out to be a mistake. There was a big line now, but we just lingered at the front of the line to see what was happening. That turned out to be a very smart move. After just a few minutes they put up a large "COMPLETO" sign above the entrance - WTF!?! Nobody was being let in, yet the crowd in the line kept pushing. Through the pushing and people leaving the line we drifted further into and to the front of the line, packed like sardines in a can. No real information was being given, but rumours abounded, some saying no entry for another 2 hours. We kept waiting. After what seemed an eternity, but was in fact just about half an hour, they all of a sudden started to let people in again, so our front-of-the-line place paid off nicely and at 11:45 we were in.
Given our late arrival back at the club we missed Digweed and Cox at the DJ Mag Area, but big deal, they were slated for longer sets inside anyway. Hung out on the Terrace for some time where Tom Novy rocked pretty nicely. From about midnight we were almost only in the main room, where Sasha & Digweed delivered a superb set, especially Diggers rocked it. Not the boring almost chill out prog he usually plays (or I perceive him to play. Well he did the last time I saw him in Germany a few months ago), but dark, heavy, driving. Awesome. Anticipation for Cox grew by the minute - but was bitterly disappointed . Instead of a hard, banging techno set he played a meaningless tech-house set, not going anywhere at all. Not going into hard techno right after S&D would have been understandable, but he kept it that way for the entire 4 hour set. Why didn't he do such a great set as last year at his own party? Not even the closing track was anything outstanding. Very disappointing.
Went to the hotel and slept until 1 pm. Since the jump seats that had been promised for the Tuesday direct flight back to Frankfurt were not confirmed, we went straight to the airport to try our luck with the ostensibly fully booked flights via Barcelona. The IBZ-BCN leg ended up having about a dozen open seats, though, so that was cool. In BCN we were told that the BCN-FRA LH flight was indeed full, and it was. However, we got jump seats, in our case in the cockpit, so I didn't complain Quite a nice finish to the trip to fly in the cockpit, especially for take off and landing that's cool.
All in all not the best party ever, but still a worthwhile trip with sun and party. Just might do the same for next Sunday's opening party of Chris Liebing's own brand new Spinclub at Privilege - My friend is planning to go, so why not.... " />
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