Bienvenidos a Miami: Insomniac Events Acquires Ownership Stake in Miami's Club Space

Insomniac Club Space
Adi Adinayev

Matt Teper, David Sinopoli, Pasquale Rotella, Coloma Kaboomsky and Davide Danese.

MIAMI — Miami’s legendary Club Space has partnered with one of the foremost production companies in dance music to secure a strobe light-filled and long-lasting future for the beloved venue.

On Monday (July 29), Insomniac Events -- the company behind myriad national and international electronic festivals including the massive Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas -- announced its acquisition of an ownership stake in Space. The venue will be Insomniac’s first in Miami and joins the company’s Orlando edition of Electric Daisy Carnival and new role in staging Okeechobee Music Festival in its roster of Florida projects. Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac, referred to Space as “one of the most iconic dance music venues in the US if not the world” in a press release revealing the partnership.

Rotella says Club Space co-owners Davide DaneseColoma Kaboomsky and David Sinopoli -- often referred to as the "The Space Invaders" -- will still be "running the show and together we will set the bar for entertainment in Miami."

He continued, "Davide, Coloma and Sinopoli have done an exceptional job revitalizing this venue to be better than it’s ever been. They are passionate people that care about creating experiences, and share the same core values that Insomniac lives by.”

Although Club Space first opened in 2000, the nightlife monolith has undergone a creative renewal since being purchased by Danese, Kaboomsky and Sinopoli in November 2016. Its main rooms on the second floor, the Loft and the Terrace, have hosted everyone from celebrated selectors such as the Black Madonna and Honey Dijon, to world and festival-conquering artists including Rüfüs Du Sol, Dirtybird Records figurehead Claude VonStroke and dance music innovator Green Velvet. 

Since falling under new ownership, Space has also utilized its first floor as the Ground, a semi-autonomous venue dedicated to live acts as well as local and more niche artists. The building also boasts a separate room and venue, Floyd, geared towards crowds seeking a more intimate experience with left-of-center musicians and DJs. For the last few years Floyd has provided a home for Extra Credit, the monthly party series thrown by Miami-based online radio station Klangbox.FM, in addition to bringing artists such as 2manydjs, Holy Ghost!, and Mall Grab to the Magic City.

Sinopoli, who also co-founded and co-owns Miami’s III Points Music and Arts Festival, tells Billboard Dance that Club Space and Insomniac have been speaking with one another about collaborating for approximately a year. The Space Invader notes he formed a relationship with Matt Teper, Insomniac’s Vice President of Business Development, a decade ago when the two of them were organizing events in Gainesville, Florida. Sinopoli says the history between the two, as well as Insomniac and Rotella’s expertise in dance music culture, "helped to solidify the partnership.“

"They have really good organization," Sinopoli says of Insomniac, "they’re really creative, and they’ve very sharp about how to make the experience for their customers safe and peaceful, but at the same time, really over the top."

Sinopoli says it was critical to the partnership that he, Danese, and Kaboomsky be allowed to continue operating Space in the same manner as they have since it came under their ownership.

“We’re going to continue to book and run and operate the club the way it’s been for the last three years,” he says. “Nothing feel or aesthetic-wise will change in the end. The music was something that was non-negotiable, and [Insomniac] loved that.”

Although Sinopoli wasn’t willing to make any formal announcements, he says Insomniac will begin to produce recurring activations at the club.

“Pasquale is the OG; He’s been pushing rave culture to the max for many years, so it’s a big honor for us to be his partner,” he says. “This partnership has the immediate plans of working inside of Club Space and seeing how many things as a team we can do to make this the best nightclub in the world. We have the runway, the momentum, the most amazing city... And now we have the potential to be a part of history.”

Looking ahead, Sinopoli was willing to confirm the collaboration produced a “very secure” long-term lease for Club Space in addition to modifications for its lighting and various sound systems. This will include the placement of a “very elegant” customized chandelier with a disco ball at its center inside of Floyd. Sinopoli adds the new light fixture will be accompanied by a moving lighting system that’ll undulate in sync with the chandelier-cum-disco ball.

The partnership between Club Space and Insomniac is arriving during a period of uncertainty in Miami nightlife. The Electric Pickle, a longtime favorite of international DJs and a fixture of Miami’s underground electronic scene, recently opted not to renew its lease following a decade of operation. Its closure was due partly to rising real-estate and rent prices in Miami, a problem that’s prevented many venues in the city from gaining momentum or even opening up for business.

Sinopoli believes a vibrant nightlife scene is essential in cities such as Miami and acknowledged many of the Magic City’s after-hours hubs have been “taken down by development or mixed interests."

“Club Space has meant a lot to this city for two decades,” he says. “We’re really excited to have this secure company behind us which allows us to continue to curate a vision of nightlife, vision, culture and music in Miami, hopefully, for the next 10 to 15 years.”