“We’re very excited to bring back Vagabundos for the summer – this time at Space Ibiza! This party was always one of the highlights of my career on the White Isle, and to have it again in such an amazing club with a bomb sound system is awesome. We have a lot of great artists on the line-up, with a few surprises. We’re also very much looking forward to Luciano & Friends at Destino, one of the most beautiful locations. The idea of bringing back Vagabundos never really left, so as soon as we spoke to Space, we knew right away that was the best option to go.”
– Luciano, 2015
While there was definitely a sense of ruffled feathers when We Love announced that they’d be leaving Space after 17 years of straight partying, Space is very much still on the jetset radar thanks to the arrival of the fashion-fuelled Glitterbox party on Saturdays, and Luciano – former Circo Loco, Cocoon (and let’s not forget Pacha) resident – on Sundays.
Having held down a residency at Ushuaïa for a couple of seasons and returning to Cocoon with his Origins concept in 2014 before quickly exiting again, it’s fair to say that Vagabundos has been moonlighting as much as Bruce Willis did with Cybill Shepherd back in the 80s. But Luciano is a bigger heartthrob in the Balearics than Bruce could ever be (he’s got better hair, for a start) and we’ll wager that Space will be the place he calls his home for a while now, future plans for the club notwithstanding. It feels like the right club at the right time; asked outright about this at Space opening, he agreed wholeheartedly.
There’s always been a sense of soap opera about Luciano and Vagabundos. Born Lucien Nicolet in Switzerland, the 36-year-old’s star ascended thanks to DC10 and a slew of incredible solo productions, including the Yamoré remix of Salif Keita, which still sounds incredible today. Like Loco Dice around the same time, Luciano was one of the first superstars to break through the Circo Loco bubble. At Pacha, the move of Vagabundos to Sundays was one of the most audacious ever seen at the club, and the VIP crowd followed, heading down week after week to see him play alongside Carl Craig, Michel Cleis and Reboot. In truth, Pacha had never had a cooler party up to that point.
So when he left Pacha (around the same time as Danny Whittle, coincidentally), the slot was left wide open for Hamburg house master Solomun to step in. Cue the Sunday- off. Who wouldn’t want to hear Solomun with Dixon or Miss Kittin in a smaller space than, well, Space? Plus, now in their third year, Solomun has added Sven Väth and Pete Tong to his growing number of +1s and the VIP is as packed as ever. The music is deep, melodic and soulful, just like the cream of his DIYnamic imprint. But now he faces competition from Cadenza, who appeals equally to that same deep-pocketed crowd.
With the rest of the season to play for, it’s going to be interesting to see how this one pans out. There’s definitely a sense of back to basics at play for Luciano in 2015, with the vibe veering closer to that first sensational year at Pacha than ever before. The main question, of course, is whether there are enough ballers to go round. Of course, if you’ve seen or heard the Rumors on Sunday night at Beachouse, you’ll have a pretty good idea already…