Right up there with one of the best My House at Pacha pre parties of the season, Martin Solveig fielded a talented team of French DJs and producers at Mambo last Wednesday night. In the house we had the revered Parisian producers Cassius, along with ex Daft Punk manager and Ed Banger records boss Busy P and his protege Boston Bun. Cassius member Boom Bass sported a crisp Blue shirt and the music they gave us was pressed in Gallic style.
While all four contributed to the party, it was Philippe Zadar who dictated the pace with a sparkling performance of French flair behind the decks, expertly building and mixing his set with funky House tracks such as the DJ Le Roi´s I Get Deep and Let It Happen by Tame Impala before hitting it out of the ballpark with the unreleased Butch remix of their own production, Go Up, which looks set to be a big Ibiza tune this summer.
It was an Antoine Griezmann performance by Zadar and Les Bleus all seemed to be really enjoying their time behind the decks. The 90 minute set was filled with Michelin starred fare and we were treated to a night of sublime music with Solveig also on top form conducting the proceedings. The French who have influenced the island so much with their music and style down through the decades, left us in no doubt that they are still very much on top of their game.
Armand Van Helden bought his first drum machine at the age of 14 and in 1983 secured his debut DJ gig playing soul and funk at his school disco in Boston. His first residency at The Loft had him playing Deep House in the basement and promoting rave on the first floor. However his true love is House and since those early days he has gone on to produce tracks for such influential artists as New Order, Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, David Guetta and Steve Aoki along with a number of his own distinctive sounding house gems. His remix of Professional Widow by Tori Amos was the soundtrack for the Ibiza summer of 1996, which helped make it a UK #1 soon after and saw Armand dominate the charts in that era. So to say that we were excited to have one of the World's most revered House DJ´s playing the Cafe Mambo DJ booth for the Together preparty at Amnesia, was an understatement.
Before Van Helden had arrived at Mambo, we had a big surprise visit from Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Knows and Salvatore Ganacci, who packed the DJ Booth for an impromptu set and in turn warmed up the decks for the House legend. The large crowd that had gathered were amazed to find the big three names in front of them and were soon dancing to tracks such as Follow Me by Lykke Li and Trouble by Offiah. When Armand entered the energy fuelled DJ Booth he received much respect from Ingrosso, Otto and Ganacci. The four then went on to party together with Ingrosso on the mike whipping up the crowd for an unbelivable 60 minutes at Mambo.
Van Helden whose remix of, Freak Like Me by Lee Walker and DJ Deeon, is receiving plenty of airplay in Ibiza these days, delved into his rich back catalogue of House classics, serving us up Professional Widow, The Funk Phenomenon, My My My and Spin Spin Sugar, before dropping his brand new single, Wings, which samples the late Jim Diamond's classic hit I Won't Let You Down to a big reaction from the crowd and all in the DJ Booth. It seems to be a trend this summer as a number of producers including Claptone and Bob Sinclar are sampling 80’s tracks and it is really good to see the legend back doing what he does best. For the people lucky enough to be here for such a magical Ibiza moment, it was a night that will live long in all our memories.
One of the most influential producers of the electronic era, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim has always had a special bond with Cafe Mambo. Like Mambo, Norman has done his own thing down through the decades, never a slave to an industry that he has enriched so much with his talent and energy. That boundless energy was very much present last night when Fatboy Slim entered the DJ booth bare footed and grounded to the Mambo floor. A huge crowd had turned up to pay homage to an artist and an entertainer of such considerable talent.
It was very much a full on set from the start, with many of Norman's fans in the VIP area wearing “Make Ibiza Great Again” caps. Norman came out into the crowd for an impromptu rendition of Sinner Winner by Felix de Housecat which had everybody “getting down closer to the dancefloor” With the exception of Praise You at the very start of his two hour set, Fatboy did not venture into his back catalogue of tracks, preferring to keep the BPM upbeat for much of the night and dropping his new remix of a classic Ibiza tune Ninetoes by Finder.
The intense energy from his set resonated with much of the crowd and when he departed the booth, we were left on a high with the sublime New Order track, Blue Monday, a fitting end to a memorable night. Norman then took time to meet his fans and take selfies including a few photobombs thrown in for good measure before driving off into the Ibiza night.
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While we knew it was going to be a big one, nothing could have prepared us for the day that arrived. For the Cafe Mambo team, it was foot to the pedal stuff, full on with little or no letup all day - just the way we like it! The lineup was huge with a star studded program featuring names such as Danny Howard, Mistajam, Martin Solveig, The Disciples, Dizzee Rascal, John Newman and Katy B just to mention a few. The crowds started to gather soon after lunch and there was a real buzz of anticipation in the air as the BBC 1 Radio crew put the finishing touches to the stage and completed sound checks to the live broadcast which took over the VIP area of Cafe Mambo.
The hallowed Cafe Mambo DJ booth took pride of place in the center, looking out over the stage and the big crowd that had gathered to bag the best spots along the railing. It was BBC Radio 1 presenter, Danny Howard, who had the honour of opening 21 years of BBC in Ibiza when shortly after 4pm, he broadcast the famous words “We are live from Ibiza at Cafe Mambo”. Danny's effervescent energy soon had the crowd going as he served up the anthems to an audience of over 10 million listeners worldwide. Straight away we knew this was going to be special and for Cafe Mambo, a day to shine in the Mediterranean sun.
As Martin Solveig took to the decks news started to filter through that a very special guest was going to make a surprise appearance. As Solveig took us through the afternoon with his popular mix of French inspired electro, he dropped both Do It Right and Intoxicated which had smiles and hands in the air all round. Next up were the London based Disciples who brought us down low with tracks such as the Format B remix of Panther and the Armand Van Helden mix of Freak Like Me. They left us with their very own track Daylight which finished a polished set for the trio.
The last half hour of Danny Howard's program featured the talented KDA best known for his 2015 hit Rumble which he played early into his set, followed by One More time from Daft Punk which got the crowd moving. Just before Mistajam took over the booth, word that Craig David was going to be the surprise guest was confirmed on his Twitter account. As Mistajam dropped the base beats, Craig David took to the stage a little after 8pm to be followed by another surprise guest UK Rapper, Big Narstie. The mood and energy of the evening took a definite rise, as we were treated to a bouncing performance from Dizzee Rascal who whipped up the crowd with his massive hit Bonkers. Word was out that Mambo was the place to be in Ibiza that evening and soon the sunset strip was packed with people trying to get near the action.
Before we had a chance to draw breath, the diminutive Katy B exploded onto stage. The NME award winner served up a vocal set of dubstep and R&B infused beats which clicked with the crowd before John Newman took to the stage for a special sunset acoustic set which featured Feel the Love. It was one of those special Ibiza moments with everybody joining in on the chorus, as Newman delivered a powerful performance which was a fitting end to the live stage. The rising star that is Monki took over the decks bringing us into the night with a catchy bass inspired set. Then it was the turn of producers George Kwali and Birthday boy Kideko who cranked it up another notch dropping the trendy Cosmic by Lanturn.
The heat was well and truly turned up on the night when Mistajam unleashed a hour of tightly mixed Ibiza classics that brought an amazing live show to an end at 11pm. When the On Air light was finally turned off on the BBC Radio 1 Ibiza 2016 Weekender, it was a surreal feeling, as if we had been dropped from the whirlwind of a musical storm that had lasted seven hours. For the Mambo crew it was an intense ride but a very enjoyable one and such a pleasure to work alongside the BBC Radio 1 Team. We look forward to next year which will celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the BBC Weekender in Ibiza. Now that could be a party with the potential to blow us right out of the water!!
Eric Prydz sets at Mambo are pretty special and as the crowds poured into the famous sunset venue, a sense of anticipation hung in the warm Balearic air as everybody was expecting a night to remember. Cafe Mambo is a place close to the Swedish DJ and producers heart and he often refers to it as his “home” in Ibiza. This was his last set of the 2016 season on the island and like all good artists, he saved us the best for last. It was a classic eric Prydz set, dropping many of his own productions under the Pryda name including M.S.B.O.Y, Mirage, Niton, Genesis and the recently released Rush which went down a bomb with an up for it crowd.
He treated to us to many unreleased tracks all with crisp, reverberating base that was heavy hitting all night. The pace of his set was unrelenting and the first hour included tracks such as the DJ Yoko Remix of The Wrath Of Nia with big build ups including Mirage and Sinless by Marascia and Dusty Kid. The crowd were responding with cheers and hands in the air and as we headed into the last third of his 2 hour set.
The mood then lightened as Prydz mixed in Nina Simone's Feeling Good with the Steve Angello remix of Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics into Freak Out by the Supadelics. The intensity of Prydz´s set was full on throughout the night and only one track could finish it like Ronaldo and that track was Opus. When it was dropped the sunset strip went crazy and as Prydz bowed to his adorning fans crowded three deep around the DJ Booth, we had just witnessed another amazing Prydz set at Cafe Mambo, possibly his best to date.
Cafe Mambo in association with Absolut Vodka are offering an all expenses paid holiday for two people, to the beautiful island of Ibiza. The prize includes three nights accomadation at La Torre, our boutique Hotel perched on a cliff with breathtaking views of sunset and the Ibiza landmark Cap Nono.
The winners will enjoy a memorable sunset dinner at Cafe Mambo, before hitting the world famous Ibiza nightlife to party the night away in style. A relaxing day by the sea, with lunch served under the pine trees at our secluded Chiringito on Cala Gracioneta beach is also included.
Dinner for two at our fine dining restaurant, Villa Mercedes, which overlooks the port of San Antonio, will ensure that the winners experience the best Ibiza has to offer. Flights up to the value of €250 per person along with airport transfers to and from La Torre. The Holiday is valued at €2000 so it is well worth winning.
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The iconic sunset Cafe and music venue has established itself as one of the most popular and loved places in San Antonio. Founded in 1994 by Javier Anadon, Cafe Mambo has played host to many memorable events down through the decades, including the BBC Radio 1 Weekend in August, the In The Mix Charity gathering and pre parties featuring some of the most famous DJ´s and parties in the World such as David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong MBE, Steve Aoki, Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas, Carl Cox, Paris Hilton and many more international stars. Cafe Mambo is open daily from 10am to 2am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails, champagnes and VIP services.
A beautiful old villa that has been lovingly transformed into a luxury restaurant with its own cocktail terrace and chill out area. Live music performances from acts such as Spanish guitar player, Paco Fernandaz, acoustic concerts and food events. Table No 9 at Villa Mercedes, with its privileged views of the harbour, is one of the most requested tables in the port and an ideal location for a special occasion.
An intimate and secluded beach surrounded by pine trees and sand. This charming little beach is located less than 20 minutes walk from the end of the sunset strip promenade and has been popular with local families for decades due to its shallow waters and peaceful environment. El Chiringito restaurant which adjoins the Cala, offers fresh seafood and mediterranean dishes and is a popular wedding venue due to its sea views and quality kitchen.
This small group of islets near Cap Negret, are surrounded by high cliffs and hidden coves. Popular with divers and kayaks, they have impressive natural rock arches which boats and people like to sail and swim under. Underwater galleries and large rock formations provide shelter for Barracudas and other marine life and the water has excellent transparency which offers remarkable light effects.
With a steep decline down to a horseshoe shaped bay, populated with fishermen huts and stone boathouses, Ses Balandres is a wonderful and invigorating experience. The descent down to the rocky cove is made by wooden ladder and rope railings and is not for the faint hearted. The cove is mostly deserted and offers crystal clear emerald waters with splendid views of nearby Ses Margalidas.
Located in the small traditional hamlet of Santa Agnes, with its whitewashed church surrounded by fields of almond trees that blossom so beautifully in the spring, Can Cosmi is a local rustic restaurant famous for its homemade tortilla, made with a mix of vegetables and thinner than the traditional Spanish Tortilla. It has a small grocery shop attached to the bar restaurant and its terrace overlooks the church.
Words fail to describe the real essence of La Torre, one must experience first hand its unique character and magnificent views to understand its true identity. With privileged, natural vistas of the mediterranean sea, sunset and the San Antonio landmark that is Cap Nou Nou, La Torre is a place of simple beauty that reflects the islands Balearic spirit of whitewashed stone walls, blue doors and colonial styled rooms.
As Fridays go in Ibiza, this was one of the better ones, as the aptly named Hot Since 82 headlined a b2b set with the talented Nick Curly. The pair treated us to a quality set of base crunching techno, with many unreleased tracks featured. Ones that we did recognise, were the Martinez Brothers remix of A Better Light by Santos Resiak and the Hot Since 82 remix of Beg by Yousef. Both men treated us to a quality set and the crowd were really warmed up as Manchurians Ben O Connor and John Verde, aka OC & Verde entered the hallowed Mambo DJ booth to make their debut, and what an impression they left us with.
Already in posession of a BBC Radio 1 Essential Tune selection with Maasai, they opened with another of their own productions, Symphony, which dropped smooth and rich onto the sunset strip. It didnt stop there, as we were then treated to the tech house gem Cosmic by Latmun, followed up by How We Do from Raffa FI. The crowd were really getting into a finely tuned and composed set and when the Late Nite Tuff Guy remix of Roland Clarks, I Get Deep was dropped, the Mambo terrace went wild.
Keeping the house beat going, OC and Verde dropped the Riva Starr remix of Thrill Me by Junior Jack, before returning to the techno sound of Voices by Hot Since 82. Such an impresive debut deserved a polished ending and we were treated to just that in Fingerprint by Lane 8, which we are sure to hear a lot more of this summer as we will of OC and Verde, who are connected to the trend setting, Knee Deep in Ibiza party residing at Pacha.
The day started with Martin Solveig and Sleepy Tom, then we got really excited when Marvin Humes decided to join the party, but the roof was blown off Cafe Mambo when both Diplo and Jillionaire of Major Lazor gatecrashed the My House at Pacha pre-party. Word soon spread and the crowds duly arrived with Jillionaire first into the hallowed Mambo DJ booth, soon followed by Diplo for a surprise b2b set. Their sound was base driven dropping tracks like the Julio Bashmore remix of Love is Gonna Lift You Up by Bobby Womack and the huge base house banger from Matroda, Deep Inside.
Martin Solveig was next up opening his set with a track tipped as a summer anthem this season, Trouble by Offaiah. Martin has been featuring this catchy uplifting piano house number in his sets at Pacha and Mambo recently. The Pacha dancers once again upped the energy levels as they filled the DJ booth with smiles and grooves as Martin delivered another polished set featuring a remix from MK called Always, with Alana on vocals. He was then joined for our second b2b session of the night by Sleepy Tom who filled the DJ booth with the Redlight Remix of Wet Dollars from Tazer X Tink. One of our picks of the evening, On The Corner by Moonbotica, had the crowd really moving to its hypnotic deep beat that drops 4 minutes into this fine slice of house.
Rounding off a night to remember was Marvin Humes, who had all the ladies in the crowd up dancing and excited for a DJ who has been a firm favourite at Cafe Mambo this summer. The ex JLS star opened with the classic Treasured Soul from Michael Calfan and continued pumping out the crowd pleasers with a tightly mixed set, droping another Calfan remix of Duke Dumonts Ocean Drive. One of the most popular tracks with the crowd was, Dont Give Up On Love by Blinkie and the Perfecto Dub of the classic house anthem, Where Love Lives, by Alison Limerick. As we file this report the party is still going strong inside Mambo with Humes playing an extended set much to the delight of the crowd. Join us tomorrow night for Glow In The Dark who preparty FMIF with us live from 9pm.
A name we are sure to be hearing a lot more of in the future, is the talented dark folk singer Aurora. The 20 year old rising star from Bergen in Norway has just released her beautiful All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend album and on Friday night, MK dropped his unreleased remix of I Went Too Far. Expect to hear a lot more of this remix this summer. A popular track with MK this season, is his remix of Teach Me by Bakermat which has been well received at Cafe Mambo, especially with the Pacha dancers. Friday was a big night as MK was joined by Claptone who had the crowd in the palm of his gloved hands, delivering a smooth mix of classics and new remixes, none more popular than Claptones unreleased remix of the Seals and Croft Classic, Summer Breeze. This could easily turn into a summer anthem.
Tuesday saw Chris Lorenzo and Techniks preparty Together at Amnesia. The cool base driven party, is one of the most popular nights at Cafe Mambo and we were treated to some classics including Gypsy Woman. The london based Technik was making his debut at Cafe Mambo and the young Gentleman made quite an impression, dropping the Danny Serrano remix of The Nu-Nu sound and the David Jach edit of Alone. Chris Lorenzo was seen to good effect when he treated us to the classic Deep Inside by Hardrive.
Wednesdays are all about Martin Solvieg and this week the Frenchman treated us to a quality set dropping This Girl from Kungs vs Cookin On 3 Burners and also introducing us to Australian musician Flume and his track Never Be Like You. On the same night, Martin was joined by Coco Coles who was another making her debut at Cafe Mambo this week
We could tell that Saturday night with Bob Sinclar was going to be a special one, as the energy and vibe about the place was infectious. Bob brings so much colour and atmosphere to Mambo and all his family were present to preparty Paris By Night for Pacha. With the lovely Pacha dancers in attendance, the DJ booth was crowded both inside and out. Bob dropped two interesting remixes of Crystal Waters Gypsy Woman and That's The way Love is by Ten City. Erik Hagleton has impressed with his slick reworks recently and he played one of his most popular, Jump and Shout by Basement Jaxx, after Bob´s set was finished.
On Sunday we were treated to an ace lineup as Darius Syrossian was joined by Danish producer Kolsch for the Do Not Sleep preparty for Space On Sundays. Kolsch´s nordic style is distinct and a track that reflected this was the Traumprinzs Over To the End remix of Parallaxis by Efdemin. Darius Syrossian is becoming a firm favourite at Mambo and among a raft of unreleased new tracks he dropped the Waze and Odyssey´s I wanna remix of House Season.
On Monday a double header once again with Gotsome and Kydus. Gotsome had a really good set and reminded us how good a track Yin by Wolfgang Gartner and Francis Preve was. He also treated us to the Ghogh remix of Dancing from Eats Everything feat Tiga and Audion.
For the FMIF preparty on Thursday, Taao Kross was pumping out the tunes which featured Faded by LilM and Right Thing by Dennis Ferrer.