Radio 1 Café Mambo 2018

Posted on August 4, 2018

Words: Lara Young

Images: La Skimal

BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend kicked with a bang at the iconic Café Mambo to a vast audience of avid music fans many of whom arrived on the island specifically for this highly anticipated annual event. This gig gets bigger every year and now engulfs almost the entirety of the famous San Antonio sunset strip as well as being featured live all around the world. The first of the three-night live broadcasts was an explosion of non-stop appearances from world-class DJ’s and vocal artists topping the UK, European and US charts.

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At 7pm, the live broadcast kicked off with Jax Jones, English DJ and producer best known for “You Don’t Know Me” featuring Raye in 2016, who is no stranger to chart success having worked with the likes of Duke Dumont, MNEK and Rich the Kid. His current collaboration ‘Ring Ring’ with London-based singer, Mabel is rapidly climbing the charts worldwide. With live performance from guests including Raye and Sinead Harnet this blend of house, pop and tropical beats was the perfect opener and an obvious crowd pleaser.

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Radio 1’s dance anthem champion, Danny Howard kept the flow alive, introducing the acts and treating the crowds to a stage set early on, as well as later performing a studio set, live from the Mambo studio. Having won the accolade of “Superstar DJ” in the Radio 1 competition in 2011, he is now firmly established as presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems and is no stranger to San Antonio having played here since 2012 at ‘Judgement Sundays’ and recently at ‘Defected’ at Eden. After taking last summer by storm with the platinum and Grammy nominated ‘Cola’, CamelPhat received a very warm welcome. One of the hottest house music duo’s right now, they treated the fans to deep house beats including their recent remix of Au/Ra’s ‘Panic Room’ who also gave a stunning live vocal performance.

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Amidst the party celebrations, a special mention was made of MK whose appearance coincided with his birthday. The American DJ/ producer and remixer has been behind the scenes of countless blockbusters for a string of artists from Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Jody Watley. Appearing with Becky Hill (semi-finalist of The Voice UK in 2014), they gave an explosive performance of their new single ‘Piece of Me’ predicted to be this year’s summer anthem. As the night went on the star studded duo performances continued with an early set from Annie Mac and Tiga, who later reappeared with Eats Everything, Pete Tong with Patrick Topping, Mella Dee and Dennis Suita, offering a sonic tour through the genres of deep house, garage, techno, jungle and high energy disco beats.

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Reaching the climax of the night, the ladies took charge bringing the stage performances to a close with a triple act of back-to-back sets from B Traits, Cassy and La Fleur. Radio 1’s B Traits, having relocated from Canada to London, has become a respected radio broadcaster with Radio 1’s monthly ‘In DJ’s We Trust’. Ardently championing cutting edge electronic music and the deeper sounds of European house and techno, this talented trio aimed the spotlight at progressive electronic music to the huge appreciation of the receptive audience. With one night down, Ibiza looks forward to two more nights of non-stop music with a live take over from Radio 1Xtra on Saturday and rounding off on Sunday with Annie Mac’s Sunset Chill session, with special guests including Robyn and Mark Ronson.

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