So the summer season had kicked off and was in full swing in Ibiza but I had been so busy working that I had not been able to go out much. Boo hoo! It was definitely time to let off a bit of steam and We Love…at Space on Sunday 17th June promised to be just the tonic I was looking for, with an all star line up that included Heidi, Hot Chip, James Zabiela and Jozif. I had some Canadian compadres out with me who were just starting their first ever season here in Ibiza and I had promised them that a night at Space would blow their head off. However, I felt no pressure at this rather bold statement, because as a seasoned We Lover, I knew it ALWAYS delivered! Full season of We Love line ups here.
We arrived at Space early evening and headed straight onto the sunset terrace where British DJ and prolific producer Mat Playford was working the crowd into a sweat. He threw down a quality mix of tech house and re-edited house classics from artists like Maceo Plex and Paul Woolford alongside some of his own sterling productions. Mat has been a part of the We Love family for some time and last year had the honour of producing their first ever compilation CD comprised of a stack of his own beautiful productions mixed with a fine selection of his personal favourites by other artists. It was easy to see why Mat is considered one of the family, incredibly talented and totally diverse in his musical styles, he’s a great embodiment of the We Love philosophy.
Mat had warmed us up nicely and my friends and I needed a breather. So I decided to show the crew the fabulous Space roof terrace. I am used to the roof terrace being a very relaxed and chilled out affair, but not tonight! We arrived up there to see the room absolutely bouncing to the sound of the house classic ‘Nights of the Black’ by Harry Choo Choo Romero. So no rest for the wicked it was! I made my way to the front to get involved and when I got there I discovered the source of the energy! None other than Ibiza legend Alfredo was behind the decks, mixing back to back with his son as The Heritage Project. It was a really enjoyable set and the crowd up there was very friendly. So much for taking a rest, so I suggested we go to take a drink in El Salon, where some friends from Leeds based record label E.A.R were hosting the room.
Once again the room was already jumping when we arrived. I was blown away to see so many friends from Leeds and beyond out to support the E.A.R crew, I had no idea so many people I knew where on the island and it felt like an old school reunion. Ryan Shaw and Jacob Kelly from E.A.R had the entire room in the palm of their hands all night. Alongside their own cheeky re-edits they played a steady stream of house, disco and soul classics including Soul to Souls ‘Back to Life’, Chic’s timeless groove ‘I want your love’ and Chaka Khan’s almighty ‘Ain’t Nobody’. Before long I was up on the seating with my hands in the air dancing like a lunatic.
The music and the company were just too good to walk away from and we ended up spending a very large proportion of the night in El Salon. I felt a little bit guilty as my Space virgins had only seen a fraction of what the club had to offer so we went off for a wander and caught a slice of Hot Chip in the Terraza. The crowd was lapping it up although for me, having just come from hearing so many soulful classics in El Salon, it wasn’t really pushing my buttons.
Finally to finish off the night our gang went through to the impressive hangar sized space that is the Discoteca where the multi talented Mr. Zabiela was dominating the dancefloor with his usual high-energy dynamism. We caught the end of his set where he was throwing in a bit of drum and bass, to the delight of many who like a bit of diversity and to the confusion of some around the edges who were clearly only moved by a repetitive 4/4 drum beat. A solid round of applause and cries for one more brought on the last tune and before we knew it the night was over.
I had had a brilliant night at We Love and on reflection found that this time, it was the smaller rooms that I had enjoyed the most. The programming all round was excellent and I found that my thirst for a good night out had been quenched, at least for now!
Next up it was off to the after party at the newly opened Plastik on Playa D’en Bossa, but what happened there is another tale for another time….
Review by Lisa Chadderton