Carl Cox On Why He's Leaving Space

The Ibizan mainstay has spoken out about why he's leaving his legendary residency at Space.

Ibiza may never be the same again

Techno heavyweight, Ibizan icon and celebrated British DJ, Carl Cox has announced that 2016 will be his last summer residency at Space in an interview with inthemix. After 14 years of hosting one of the most talked about nights on the White Isle, Coxy has decided to call time on his relationship with the balearic super club.

While expressing sadness that he was drawing a line under such an important chapter of his life, the superstar DJ was surprisingly candid about his reasons for departing. Space has been under lease from the Ushuaïa Group for a number of years and that lease is due to run out in 2017. There has been wide speculation about what exactly that will mean for Space, but Cox seems convinced that whatever happens, it's not going to be for him.

But Cox fans needn't fear as there's still another full season of Carl Cox at Space lined up for 2016 and even after that the 53 year old is showing no signs of slowing down, as he's currently planning on setting up his own techno festival, Pure, in Sydney and Melbourne.

You can read Cox's full statement below:

“Me and Space have been like a married couple and we haven’t even really had that many arguments, it’s just been fantastic. There’s going to be a lot of tears ending it. This is it. This is where it actually finally does end.”

“It’s not that I’m walking away from the club, because Pepe [Rosello], the owner of Space, his contract is up at the club. He’s going to be 80 years old and will officially be out. It gets handed over to Ushuaïa Group across the road and its manager Jan will be given the keys to run Space. And once that happens, everything changes. So I have no desire to stay in that club for any reason.”

“They want me to stay from a business point of view – it makes sense for them, but it’s not what I want in my heart, and if I was going to stay, I’ll tell you now, it’d only be because they were giving me one million euros to DJ. I’d be like 'Wooo!' every night, I’d get up for 90 minutes to mix and pocket €1 million playing all the records from Beatport, and there would be as many VIP tables as possible. I’d be smiling all the way to the bank."

“But my heart tells me I will not ever do that – because if Pepe’s not there, I am not there. We grew up together, we’ve been all the way through this together, and we’re going to finish together. And I’m quite happy about that, because it means we leave the legacy of a club that made a difference. We can walk away with that – the legendary status of what used to happen at Space when we were there – because no one else can emulate that, it’s not possible.”

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Written by Matthew Francey

28 Oct 2015