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Pete Tong Pete Tong | 09:45 UK time, Monday, 9 August 2010

swedishhouse.jpg ...as the BBC Radio 1 Weekend in Ibiza draws to a close.

Planning for the event started months ago but the real action started on Friday as the doors opened to the Ibiza Rocks hotel and the pool area where our stage is located was full by lunchtime! (the first live show wasn't due til 8pm!!)

I spent the afternoon planning the show and working on a mix and some edits. I arrived just before Annie Mac kicked things off with the sun still in the sky and the place went bonkers. It's the first time Annie and I had done this show with her kicking things off and it was nice to be able to walk around meeting the audience and chatting with the acts on the VIP balcony. We definitely missed Vernon Kaye this year. His enthusiasm is very infectious but his Tri-athalon sacrifice is for a great cause.

Got a shock bumping into Mark Ronson who has dyed his hair blond no doubt in homage to Duran Duran who he's been producing!! He had a great live performance with his band to close Annie's set.

I took over from 10 with the moon now rising and the atmosphere electric in expectation for my first guests. The Swedish House Mafia's star has been rising so rapidly this summer that you would have been forgiven for thinking Lady Gaga was about to walk out and sing Show Me Love naked such was the excitement. Some might ask why we didn't put the boys on for closing but such is their crazy schedule they had to catch a private jet to Cannes so we were happy with 10.10pm (local time). I can honestly say I don't think I have seen a bigger reaction in the 15 years of hosting this prestigious event. Utter madness !! Following them was a challenge but the crowd settled themselves down with some essential new tunes and then the guests kept coming, Aeroplane dropped some beautiful future disco, Dirty South and Rudi sung PHAZING with the masses and Afrojack proved that the likes of the David Guetta and SHM might have some competition real soon. He's large in more ways than one!

Just time for a San An pizza and we took most of the gang onto WONDERLAND @ Eden for an amazing party which finished at 7am.... long day!

Saturday and the fun continues. I managed to spend the afternoon at a friends villa in the far north of the island for a beautiful late lunch and then prepare for Privilege and Radio 1's Saturday night extravaganza. I had to start the live Essential Mix broadcast at 1pm local time which is very early for the clubs here. I was also perched on a platform about 40 feet above the dancefloor and stage floating infront of the huge screen. There were probably only 200 people in a venue that easily holds 8000! Respect to those that came and jumped around on the dancefloor from the off. I'm not sure how but then another 6000+ people (lost count !!) arrived inside 90 minutes. Pretty staggering.... After playing some of the seasons cooler house I pressed the crank up button for the final half hour before UNDERWORLD hit the stage.

Underworld are a seminal band for me. Part of the electronic/dance music story for a very long time. They have just made a vital new album that shows they have still got it and it was a real pleasure to have them play for us. Carl Hyde is pure electricity on stage.

Above and Beyond followed with a big reaction and then I confess it was bed for me before Jules wound things up. Room two was a riot with Zane, Annie Mac and Andy and Jaymo.

Another great weekend.

Of course the season continues here until the beginning of October and I'm sure there will be many more great parties to come but the memories of the past few days will resonate for a long time!

Sunday night and I was off to Vagabondos with Luciano to celebrate!

Pete Tong


  • Comment number 1.

    Essential mix sounded great back in the UK. What happened to all the videos this year? Last year you took a web and camera team with you to film the action. For Ibiza 2011 bring back the videos instead of the blog entries.

  • Comment number 2.

    Pete Tong's Friday show was fantastic and so inspiring. (How I wish it was downloadable, but that's another issue.) It was as good as last years broadcast from Ibiza Rocks, which was also outstanding. He sounded a bit tired in his essential mix, something borne out in the blog above, but the show was still great. Bearing in mind Pete has just celebrated his 50th birthday, (sorry maybe I shouldn't mention that!) it's amazing how much energy, dedication and passion he still puts into dance music. I'm just so glad my annual trip to Ibiza is still to come in September.


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