BBC Radio 2 is packing its bags and heading to Ibiza
For the first time in history BBC Radio 2 is packing its bags and heading to Ibiza to celebrate the explosion of dance music that has come from the island over the last 30 years.
BBC Radio 2 presenters Zoe Ball and Gary Davies will be heading to the White Isle to broadcast from 30th June to 1st July, a selection of live performances, gigs, interviews and of course playing 80’s hits accompanied by 80’s legends such as Scissor Sister, Ana Matronic, Pete Tong, Spandau Ballet, Bucks Fizz and Faithless who have already confirmed their attendance.
Head of BBC Radio 2 Lewis Carnie said “Ibiza has been a favourite holiday destination for our listeners for years, so I’m delighted that Radio 2 will be heading there for the first time, to present a range of special programmes from the island this June.
Many of our presenters have been a key part of Ibiza’s dance history so it’s great that we can take them back and remind our listeners of the island’s great cultural heritage in music.”
So what’s can you expect from BBC Radio 2 In Ibiza?
Friday 29th June 8pm-midnight – Sound of the 80s Live, at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
Radio 2 takes over the Hard Rock Hotel for a Sounds Of The 80s special. Legendary DJ and new Sounds Of host Gary Davies presents a line-up of 80s floor-fillers, featuring performances from The Fizz, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Hadley (formerly of Spandau Ballet), Carol Decker of T’Pau and more. Get tickets for this event here
Saturday 30th June 3pm-6pm Zoe Ball will broadcast her Saturday afternoon show live from the Terrace of Pikes Hotel, where Wham! famously filmed their Club Tropicana video.
Expect timeless dancefloor classics and feelgood tunes, straight from Zoe’s collection. She’ll be joined by guests including Groove Armada, Morcheeba, Faithless and many more.
Zoe Ball said “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’ll 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.”
Please note Zoe’s show is not a ticketed event.
Sunday 1st July midnight-2am Disco Devotion with Scissor Sister’s Ana Matronic live from Freddie’s Bar at Pikes.
“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,'” said Matronic. “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.”
50 pairs of tickets are available to the public for Ana Matronic’s DJ set at Freddies Bar.
If successful you can head down to Pikes from 9pm on Saturday 30th June. Ana’s live broadcast starts at the stroke of midnight, Sunday 1st July.
Ticket registration for Ana Matronic’s Disco Devotion opens Monday 21st May – Sunday 27th May 23:59 Apply for tickets here.
So as BBC Radio 2 is packing its bags and heading to Ibiza it is a timely reminder of the progress that dance music has had over the last 30 years and what a way to celebrate.