"It's an accredited brand.”
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Last year seemed to mark the end of an era in Ibiza nightlife when it was revealed that Space Ibiza would be coming under new ownership, Ushuaïa Group, in 2017. As Resident Advisor reports today (via local publication Periodico de Ibiza), Space will be keeping its name in its newest iteration.
According to a December 21 interview between Ushuaïa owner Abel Matutes Juan and Ibiza television station TEFTV. "It will certainly open as Space this year," Matutes confirmed. "It's an accredited brand, which does not prevent us from adding another name that will link it with our other establishments."
Though the building is keeping its name, big changes are in store for Space. Back in May, Abel Matutes Prats, the CEO of Palladium Hotel Group (which runs Ushuaïa Group), told the press that the venue would remain as a club, but did not offer many details other than that it would cater to an audience similar to Ushuaïa's—an older, wealthier demographic with a penchant for VIP booths, superstar DJs, and big-room beats—in a shift away from Space's more house- and techno-oriented programming. This past summer, longtime resident Carl Cox played his last set there in an all-nighter.
In October, Space held what was reported to be one last party, followed by the release of a mini-documentary chronicling its 27-year reign under former owner Pepe Rosello.