One of the leading lights on the underground tech scene, Maceo Plex, paid a very welcome visit to Mambo last Tuesday to preparty his brand new night at Pacha, Mosaic. The American born producer and DJ, who hit the headlines at the Amnesia Closing party last season for dropping the Four Tet remix of Opus by Eric Prydz, was making his debut appearance at Cafe Mambo and a cool and trendy crowd turned out in style to greet him.
He was joined in the DJ Booth by fellow countryman, Danny Daze, and the pair treated us to some sublime techno during their extended 2 hour set. The dark atmosphere of Mosaic, with its cool Black branding was evident right from the beginning with Danny Daze introducing us to one or two of his own productions which included a slick unreleased remix of Planet E by Tiga and his recent release Ready To Go. Maceo Plex then joined Danny Daze in the booth and the pair went b2b for the rest of the night, which went on longer than scheduled as Maceo Plex and his crew were clearly enjoying themselves.
Maceo Plex dropped a number of unreleased tracks that had the crowd punching the air in anticipation of the next slice of deep tech house coming their way and we were not disappointed. One track we were able to tag was his own remix of Dive Into The Deepest by Murr. The mood of the evening was kept consistent throughout, one of the traits of a Maceo Plex set, that also included his distinctive deep bass sound and effects. It was a night that could have gone on for much longer had both DJ´s not had to leave for their sets at Pacha.
It was a noteworthy F**K Me Im Famous preparty last Thursday, as the month long Robin Schulz takeover at Pacha landed at Mambo amid much excitement. Making his debut appearance at Mambo, the German DJ and producer, with a string of #1 hits behind his name, attracted a large crowd and a sold out terrace and VIP area. He was joined by Show Me Love producer Sam Feldt and fellow Dutch DJ´s Deepend whose recent release Intoxicated has been doing quite well for itself in the charts. There was a real buzz of anticipation in the air as Deepend were the first to get the Pacha pre party underway a little after sunset at 8.30pm.
The talented Dutch duo treated us to some smooth deep house and dropped a cool remake of the Bill Withers classic, Who Is He by Alaia & Gallo, before they were joined in the DJ Booth by Sam Feldt introducing us to Runaway the brand new single from Feldt and Deepend. The crowd were nicely warmed up at this stage and were ready for his big smash hit Show Me Love which was followed by a remix of Turn Around by Phats and Small. He finished his set with a number of house classics tightly mixed before leaving us with Firestorm by the Norwegian producer Kygo.
Feldts high energy set was a perfect introduction for Robin Schulz ,who expertly delayed his first track to ensure a break between the two sets. He stared deep with a number of unreleased tunes before we were treated to a surprise live performance by vocalist Richard Judge of Schulz´s big hit Show Me Love. It was a special Ibiza moment at Mambo and the crowd really responded to the song, singing along and clapping the performance.
He then played his 2015 anthem Sugar along with the brand new track from Nervo, People Grinnin. It was a memorable and enjoyable night and one of the best FMFI Pacha pre parties we have had in a long time. After his set many of the crowd remained to try and catch a moment with Robin Schulz, who spent time talking to fans and posing for the all important selfie before departing to Pacha where he was beginning his September residency at the club, taking over from David Guetta
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.