Many people will tell you that due to an increasingly competitive festival market and the rise of destinations like Croatia and Romania, Ibiza's popularity is waning. But the tell a different story. In 2015 Ibiza airport received more flights (64,612) and processed more passengers (6.4 million) than ever before. The White Isle is not on the decline—if anything, it's as important to the clubbing circuit today as it has been at any point in the past 30 years.
Even so, huge shifts are afoot. Space, one of the most iconic and best-loved nightclubs in the world, is closing at the end of the summer. The keys will be handed over to the team behind neighbouring Ushuaïa, so it's anyone's guess what the future holds for the Playa D'en Bossa site. One thing's for sure, though, Carl Cox will not feature in the plans. After 15 years helming Tuesday nights, he's calling time on his residency. It's the end of an era, but there's a silver lining. The next five months are likely to be some of the liveliest in Space and Cox's history, which is saying something. The highlight? It's gotta be the big man's all-night closing set on September 20th.
In other news, the island waits with bated breath to see if Ibiza's governing body follows through with the proposed 6:30 AM closing times for all clubs. If they do, the venue worst affected will be Amnesia, which last year was warned and then fined for repeatedly breaching its licence. Music On and Cocoon, in particular, thrive in these illicit dawn hours, so it's possible the new law will hit them hard. A similar law extends to beach parties, which now must shut by midnight. Given how much they suffered at the hands of the authorities last year, this could put an end to them altogether.
There is, however, plenty to look forward to. Maceo Plex's Mosaic By Maceo is the most high-profile new party, and probably the most intriguing in terms of bookings. Will Pearson Sound, Matrixxman and Lord Of The Isles work at Pacha? One DJ who feels like a sure thing is Luciano, whose Vagabundos clan is back at Pacha for the first time since 2012, as part of Insane. Other notable events for 2016 include Unusual Suspects at Sankeys (Binh, Vera, Petre Inspirescu), Tale Of Us's Afterlife residency at Space (Giegling, Voices From The Lake, Bob Moses), the return of DJ Harvey's Monday all-nighters at Pikes, and Zoo Project, which celebrates its tenth birthday this summer. A special mention should also go to Joseph Capriati, who's left Music On in search of pastures new, namely Solomun +1, Carl Cox, Elrow and Paradise, where he'll play seven dates. All in all, it should be another hot, hectic and happy few months—even if they could signal the end of Ibiza as we know it.
This post first appeared on RESIDENT ADVISOR