BBC Radio 2 is following in Radio 1’s footsteps by celebrating the dance music of Ibiza this summer.
Zoe Ball, who famoulsy broadcast her breakfast show from the White Isle in the late 90s, will be back there with Radio 2 colleagues Gary Davies and Ana Matronic.
Radio 2 teams up with Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza’s ‘Children of the 80s’ night to kick off the weekend on Friday 29th June, as Gary brings Sounds of the 80s to the hotel from 8pm-midnight. Performances will follow from Tony Hadley, former member of Spandau Ballet, Carol Decker of T’Pau, The Fizz and Bonnie Tyler will no doubt make temperatures rise on the Outdoor Stage. Plus Gary will be bringing listeners his selection of the best 80s dance classics and rarities.
On Saturday 30th June from 3pm-6pm, Zoe will be broadcasting live from the terrace of Pikes Hotel, where Wham! famously filmed the video for Club Tropicana, to celebrate the music that has become synonymous with the island for the past three decades. Maxi Jazz of Faithless will join Zoe for a special performance, plus there’ll be a poolside-mix from Groove Armada as well as a live acoustic set from Morcheeba.
DJ Pete Tong will be sharing his favourite memories of Ibiza and other special guests on the show will be Christian and Alan Anadon, of the famous Ibiza venue, Café Mambo, as well as Ibiza legend and the owner of Pikes Hotel himself, Mr. Tony Pike.
Zoe says: “I can’t believe the BBC is allowing me to host a show in Ibiza again, I can’t wait! It’s been over 20 years since I first went there with Radio 1. We have some amazing guests on the show that I love including Groove Armada, Morcheeba, the legendary Tony Pike and the hilarious Christian and Alan from Café Mambo. We’ll also be playing a lot of Ibiza classics from the past 30 years that I’m sure will bring back a lot of memories for our audience.”
Gary says: “I discovered Ibiza in 1986 and since then I’ve not stopped going. I found my passion for house music there and would regularly bring back music to play on my radio show. It’s a magical island that gives you a feeling of freedom like nowhere else in the world and I can’t wait to bring a taste of Ibiza to BBC Radio 2.”
Scissor Sister Ana Matronic will take over the airwaves from midnight-2am on Sunday 1st July as she takes to the decks from Freddie’s Bar (named after Queen front-man Freddie Mercury) at Pikes Hotel for a live DJ set packed with the biggest dance anthems.
Ana says: “For years Ibiza has been just a legend, an Avalon of natural beauty and off-the-charts fun that friend after friend has said “Ana, you’ve got to go.” Finally, this is the summer I get to not only experience the White Isle magic, but commemorate the Second Summer of Love with a special edition of Dance Devotion live from the legendary Freddie’s at Pike’s! I’ll be bringing you a special show of Balearic-tinged disco, house and pop from me and my very special guests. Come join us round the Club Tropicana pool!”