Pikes Brings Ibiza To The UK At The Electric Weekender

Posted on April 13, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Iconic White Isle haunt Pikes Hotel is set to bring authentic Balearic party spirit and a heavy dose of hedonism to the UK with its first ever outing to Manchester. Collaborating with The Electric Weekender festival in Manchester, the legendary hotel is programming a night of music and good vibes with the help of renowned DJs Alfredo and Leo Mas over the Bank Holiday weekend taking place from May 26th-28th. Under the theme ‘Summer of Love’, Pikes will be programming the music for a street party outside The Refuge, the Principal Hotel’s ornate drinking establishment which is run by festival organisers The Unabombers, featuring the master mixer credited with starting the Balearic sound and making it world-famous.

With well-known Manchester DJs The Unabombers Luke and Justin’s penchant for mischief and vibrant parties matching that of Pikes Hotel, it seems like the beginning of a wonderful friendship, and the duo is set to travel to Ibiza and visit the musically historical venue in return later in the summer. As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough already, plenty more fun and the opportunity to catch some truly outstanding musical talent await over the course of the three days. The Electric Weekender is a carefully curated free event which will see the 10,000sq foot Refuge space and outside street transform into imaginative and authentic party environments several times over the weekend, including a New York loft style soiree, a proper old pub knees-up with local craft beers, and an all-day Sunday Balearic soiree reminiscent of the original spirit of the White Isle.


Kicking off proceedings will be New York demi-god Francois K, who will be returning to Manchester on Friday 28th May, exactly 20 years after playing at the now defunct Music Box just 300 feet away from the venue (this event is ticketed). From the Loft through to Paradise Garage, FK’s set will provide a rich musical journey through soul, funk, house and disco, playing the tunes that made the era so revered and inspired what happened in clubs and music for the next 40 years. Saturday night will see the hotel’s outside space taken over for a ‘summer of love’ street party hosted by Love International, whose Croatian festival has won the hearts of thousands of people from all over the globe. Alexander Barck, part of the Jazzanova crew of DJs and producers from Germany, will be playing a set fusing many styles, including, acid jazz, soul and broken beat in the stunning Refuge Street.


In a nod to The Unabombers’ love of good food, pop-up food heroes including Robert Owen Brown, one of Manchester’s most respected chefs, will be cooking up a storm throughout the weekend, while the award-winning Laventer will bring some Ibiza-inspired Mediterranean flavours to the table in honour of the Pikes collaboration. Luke Unabomber said, “This weekender is the culmination of a 25-year-journey that has taken us from being DJ’s to bar and restaurant owners and festival organisers. This is so much more than a music festival, it’s about food, drink and good times.“ The weekender kicks off at 4pm on Friday, May 28th, and will finish late on Sunday night with a closing party down in the basement.

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