When the initial lockdowns and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, not a soul had imagined we would still be in almost the same situation nearly a year later.
If there was one thing most businesses learnt over the course of the year, it was that we are seemingly in this for the long run and if they don’t adapt with the times, most won’t make it to the other side.
With nightlife and live events becoming glaringly clear to be one of the last things that’ll make it back when things ‘return to normal’, Club Space Miami teamed up with Bar Lab to kick off their open-air venue Space Park in the Magic City Innovation District.
While the capacity of the massive venue is 6000 attendees, as per the current restrictions and precautions being taken the venue can function at a maximum of 25%. Mask wearing and temperature checks are among some of the measures being taken in addition to the social-distancing measures.
The first event was hosted on New Year’s Eve and featured Ukranian duo Artbat alongside Rony Seikaly, followed by Nii Tei and Club Space resident Ms Mada’s back-to-back set.
Speaking about the concept, David Sinopoli, co-owner of Club Space told Miami Times, “The opportunity of doing an open-air venue at a park with our brothers at Bar Lab came to us somewhere in the summertime. It’s a lot about timing, and it’s a lot about opportunity and collaboration.”
Gabe Orta, co-founder of Bar Lab added, “We’re local companies. We’re here because we love our community, we’re friends and coworkers. We want to make sure we do it the right way, and our intentions are coming from a community point of view. For us, it’s going to be as much of a big party. We’re going to try our best to make our community happy.”
As explained by both sides and mutually agreed upon, the ultimate goal is to create a community-centric space that will showcase other local businesses and events of all kinds from big electronic acts to laid-back jazz nights.
Sinopoli summed it up saying, “It is not just going to be an event space, per se. We’re going to grow it and activate other community businesses in there to come in as a micro-concept. It’ll just be a vibe. I just want it to be clear we are leading with big events, but it will also be a community centre where people can come out and chill because it’s going to be really beautiful, and we want Miami to really prosper from it.”