Carl Cox has spoken out about his return to Ibiza this summer, saying it was never in question he would leave the island for good.

Last year he brought his 15-year residency at Space to a close after the legendary club didn’t get its lease renewed. Opening in May will be new club Hï, run by the Ushuaïa group in the same building as Space.

Cox’s prolonged goodbye as resident on the island had many thinking he wouldn’t return but earlier this year he announced he would be bringing his Pure parties to San Antonio’s Privilege club.

“For me, my spiritual home of the island has gone and I have to find a new spiritual home to continue me being back on the island. It was never a question of me leaving the island, it was always about what do I do next based on what I did myself to create a home for Carl Cox and my music,” Cox said.

“This is a new era now, we’re moving things forward. Ibiza is changing and it’s not changing for the bad, it’s changing for the good. Everyone is cleaning up their act. They want people in their clubs spending money. They want people walking away from Ibiza going 'you know what? This place is still on the map and it still rocks.'"

The legendary DJ will also be making appearances at Hyte with Loco Dice and with Marco Carolla at his Music On night this season. If the Pure parties go well, there could also be a third event in 2017 and more in the future.

Having debuted the events in Australia last year, Cox is promising something far from the world of VIP culture that Ibiza has become known for.

“As soon as people go to any of these clubs, the first thing they want is to be like 'where can we all sit?' What? Where can we all sit? No way, I don’t want anyone sitting down in my club, I want people up and on their toes and basically supporting the music and the scene and what we love.

“I really, really want to get people to understand at the end of the day that you don’t pull your phone out because there’s fireworks going off. You don’t pull your phone out because there are three DJs standing on top of the turntables or the CDJs or even their laptop and telling people to jump. We’re not doing any of that stuff. We’re stripping it down and getting people to hear raw, unadulterated techno and house music. If you’re not into it, I would just say 'don’t come down, don’t bother.'”

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