Although Space Ibiza opened its doors for the final time back in October, its legacy will live on for quite some time, and the huge bookings lined up for Boxing Day: Space Ibiza Classics in Manchester is certainly testament to that. Taking place at the magnificent Albert Hall, the party will feature Roger Sanchez, David Morales and more as the famous Space spirit is resurrected.
Few clubs were more revered than Space at its peak, and few house producers have been more acclaimed than David Morales, the highly decorated New Yorker who has been part of the superstar DJ club for years. One of the most prolific remixers ever to place hands on a drum machine, Morales has been in charge of edits for Madonna, Kylie, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and, well… pretty much everyone. Awarded with a Grammy in 1998 to recognise him as the ‘Remixer of the Year’, Morales operates in the big leagues and has been responsible for countless club classics. Honing his craft in the 80s as a regular at many of the world’s best clubs, playing out at hometown institutions like the Loft, Paradise Garage and The Sound Factory during their golden years, he is also as accomplished as DJs can be.
Not many artists would top a bill including Morales, but Roger Sanchez is one of the few DJs whose house music credits can compete with those of his New York peer. Four times a winner of DJ Awards’ “Best House DJ”, a Grammy Award winner for his edit of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” and the first recipient of the prized International Dance Music Award for “Best Podcast”, Sanchez has been decorated alongside his friends Erick Morillo, Danny Tenaglia and David Morales, also becoming a famous figure in Europe and particularly Ibiza. Curator of a well-respected annual compilation called Release Yourself and also the founder of Stealth Records, he’s a busy man even in his third decade of professional DJing.
Other artists on the night will include Danny Rampling as well as Gerd & Fitz ft. Abigail Bailey, so the night will be a fitting tribute to a club that never failed to fit in plenty of huge name DJs. Bringing a touch of nostalgia to Boxing Day 2016, Space Ibiza Classics will wash away those post-Christmas blues and transport the Manchester crowd straight back to everyone’s favourite party island.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Roger Sanchez