A review of the huge musical extravaganza that is Space Opening Fiesta can only always be personal and subjective. With about 40 DJs playing six floors over 19 or 20 hours a reviewer like yours truly can never picture the whole event (as much as he would like to) but only give an impression of the music and artists he chose. So take my hand and follow me on my personal tour through the adult playground that is Space.
Follow me to the Flight Park, the open air area that is usually a car park but is transformed into a dancing arena with an impressive stage for opening and closing fiestas. We start at around 7pm when proceedings are in full swing and Felix the Housecat treats the crowd to beloved house classics and well known tunes among some underground sounds. A perfect preparation for Sasha and his decidedly deeper sound, the set built around a seemingly custom made anthem for this floor: ‘IBIZA’ by wAFF.
The distinct ‘tooot’ of the hit still ringing in our ears we head over to the sunset terrace to be blown away by some serious underground tunes played by Spanish shooting star Edu Imbernon. Pushing the typical Imbernon trademark sound through the speakers the crowd goes crazy. With two hands-in-the-air-moments every five minutes we can’t wait for Edu’s residency at Kehakuma this year.
Being aware that some punters had been dancing for hours already in the Flight Park, Pete Tong on the covered terrace chooses a rather deep and relaxed start into his set. Accustomed to talking into a microphone Tong welcomes us to a new season at Space with a charming ‘Good to see ya!’. It is then that we notice we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world right now!
Let’s go out with a bang! The last 30 minutes of Booka Shades set in the main room are a techno revelation. Who would have known the two guys from Germany had so much bouncing techno in them! Ice-cannoned into the the next hour of Space Opening witness the Chemical Brothers producing a sea of hands with pumping techno, interspersed by crowd pleasers like ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl!’.
Though having no energy left for Roger Sanchez and Fanciulli b2b Sasha we leave the club with a smile, knowing fully well that Space is open for business and will not fail to impress this coming 2013, especially as superstars like Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox are due in July.
Words: Matthias Daniel
Photos: Adrian Mager