Pete Tong and friends take the Essential Selection to Ibiza for Radio 1 weekend romp
Where the White Isle has continued to play host to some of the biggest nights on the European clubbing calendar, BBC Radio 1 has seldom missed a beat. Cue a rare turn for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection duties, which saw the show transported to Ushuaia Ibiza for part-two of their Ibiza broadcast marathon. With the likes of Rudimental and Alesso already having taken the annual event, all eyes were on Pete to deliver a standout session.
The ice was quickly broken courtesy of a rare DJ appearance from Chris Malinchak, whose deep and dreamy sound scope travelled perfectly towards a befitting climax of his own charted calling card ‘So Good To Me.’ Off the back of their EDC London opening duties two weeks before, Australian duo Nervo were next up to bat with their own persuasive festival antics; the set scaled a host of their own releases and primed club anthems alike, finishing with ‘Like Home’ to top another potent set from the fast-ascending sisters. Having buoyantly balanced appearances for Sankeys and his own +1 residency at Pacha throughout the season, Solomun was a more than welcome addition to the line-up.
Rallying cuts from his own Diynamic imprint, his instrumental licks and purebred underground house get-up left little speculation as to his unprecedented status across global club land. The main spectacle tonight however was a rare back-to-back slot from Tong himself and Hotflush favorite George Fitzgerald, whose collective deep stylings made for a show stopping finale for this BBC calendar mark that just keeps getting bigger by the year.
Listen: BBC Radio 1