Space Ibiza New York opens Friday, with what they are calling their “Opening Fiesta Part 1.” Space Ibiza New York is a mega club way off to the left and up there at 637 West 50th Street. Now don’t panic, there are no tolls, and passports are not required…except maybe as ID. I went recently to take a peek and took the subway to 50th and 8th. I figured it was a nice pleasant walk on a summer day, but by the time I hit 10th Avenue I needed a canteen and a walking stick. It’s off the beaten pass and hopefully for them not a far cry from the maddening crowds. The location is actually a good thing, as this mega club with a mega sound system and mega lights and sure to be mega crowds is away from most residencies. It’s those pesky residencies that cause joints grief. Few want to live near a club. The location, location, location just might be perfect for what they are doing, doing, doing.
The opening night features DJ / Kompakt label honcho Michael Mayer, DJ / producer Alex Delano, Vanjee, Nadav Vee and that’s a lot of firepower. Saturday, “Opening Fiesta Part 2” has DJs Duke Dumont, Jax Jones, and Camito Franco. The joint is 20,000 square feet of moving parts and state of the art everything. It has a very large room, a really small room, and a fairly small room. At the time of my visit they were talking about putting a DJ in the really small room, which has a really cool bar and the coat check. I didn’t think that would work with doors opening all the time and a big banging system right through those doors, and I told them so, but, hey, I’ve been wrong before on this stuff. I remember that error; it was June 3, 1985 ( I was half asleep and I should have said no). There are bells, whistles, moving lights, dramatically modern disco balls and lazers galore. They have moved mountains, actually giant steel beams, to create a room like an aircraft hanger on mushrooms. Sight lines are fantastic, so I can’t wait to see it awake, alive, and kicking.
That’s the thing…is it really a better mousetrap? Will it take the ball and run with it leaving the others like Pacha, Output, Verbotten, and Webster Hall behind? I think it’s a different thing, and it will find its own market. I have gotten invites from a dozen people who all say it’s the real deal, and so there it is. Will this be the second coming? That all depends on who ends up showing. It has been a long time coming, as I expected this joint to open six months ago. It isn’t easy to open up a place as ambitious as this in a town like this. The owners should be congratulated and hopefully in the end rewarded. Someone said over 12 million has been spent to get this show on the road, and I could see it while I walked around. I will be there for sure. What to wear? The invite I got says, “Dress casual, but neat”. I will.