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Ibiza Spotlight’s Guide to the BBC Radio 1 Weekend

There’s excitement in the air in Ibiza this week as BBC Radio 1 conquers the island with a legion of A-list DJs.

Marking the high point of the season, BBC Radio 1 are dominating two gigantic nights on Friday 1st of August and Saturday 2nd of August. Read on for the low-down on the biggest raving weekender of the summer including how to get involved if you've not got a ticket and a very special treat from the Radio 1 bigwigs!


The take-over begins at Ibiza's lavish outdoor venue Ushuaïa as the BBC army gear up for a one-off FREE event. On the bill this year are a dozen international chart toppers including Monsieur David Guetta, Duke Dumont and MK. Walking with Elephants has been one of this summer's soundtracks so it's no surprise Radio 1 exclusively welcome Ten Walls to the amphitheatre, their only slot all season. Going head to head in the Beach Hotel arena are Pete Tong and Hot Since 82 as well as B-Traits and Monki who will be treating the revellers to back to back DJ sets.

On Friday 25th July it was announced that tickets were only available online this year, unlike last summer's on-island wristband system. With a turn-out expected to hit the 7000 mark, the event sold-out rapidly. But before you cry in to your beach towels, don't worry; Nick Grimshaw is hosting the official warm-up party from 6pm GMT. Nice one, Grimmy! Broadcasting live on Radio 1 from a secret beach location, he's sure to get listeners eagerly anticipating the main fiesta which starts at 7pm GMT.

Time Check

6:30 – 10:00 GMT/ 7:30 – 11:00 (Ibiza time)
- The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw live from Ibiza
18:00 – 19:00 GMT/ 19:00 – 20:00 (Ibiza time)
- Nick Grimshaw live from BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza
19:00 – 23:00 GMT/ 20:00 – Midnight (Ibiza time)
- BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza live from Ushuaïa Beach Hotel

How To Get Involved

If you aren't one of the lucky ones to get your paws on a ticket, tune in to the live stream on BBC Radio 1 throughout the day.

VIDEO | BBC Radio 1 film from the 2013 edition of their weekender, this time from Ushuaïa.


Cream is bringing its Radio 1 comrades to 'The World's Biggest Club', Privilege, to host the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. With a capacity of many, many thousands it's the perfect venue for one of the biggest shindigs of the season as it's famous for fusing great music with lighting, acrobats, pyrotechnics and fantastic stage production, promising the clubber a very special experience. It will also be broadcast live on the UK-based station to thousands upon thousands of music fans.
Party-goers will be spoilt rotten with a whopping five hour set from dance royalty like Steve Angello and Above & Beyond, Radio 1 favourites Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, MistaJam and Toddla T and House talents Huxley and Second City.

Time Check

16:00 – 19:00 GMT/ 17:00 – 20:00 (Ibiza Time)
- Radio 1′s Dance Anthems with Danny Howard live from Radio 1 in Ibiza
19:00 – 21:00 GMT/ 20:00 – 22:00 (Ibiza time)
- MistaJam live from BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza (broadcast both on Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra)
Midnight - 5am GMT/ 1:00 – 6:00 (Ibiza time)
- Radio 1's Essential Mix live from Cream at Privilege

How To Get Involved

Grab a ticket from Ibiza Spotlight for 60 euros, but act fast because this event will sell out.
If you're in the UK, set those alarms for midnight and tune in; you do not want to be missing out on the musical goodness of Cream at Privilege.

VIDEO | The big one back in 2013, in association with Cream at Privilge.

And that's not all folks…

After a raving weekend of merriment, mayhem and mischief Radio 1's Annie Mac is helping us wind down (and nurse those Sunday blues) with a special evening show to be broadcast from the island.

Can't wait until the kick-off on Friday? You don't have to! The nice guys at BBC Radio 1 have launched an online stream dedicated to dance music in the run up to the event. You can find R1 Dance Radio on the Radio 1 homepage so follow this link here: running 24 hours a day, they've been giving the people what they want from Annie Mac's show last Friday (25th July) and will continue to do so until 6pm GMT on Friday 1 August. If you've been paying attention, you'll know that's when Radio 1 crosses live to Nick Grimshaw broadcasting from the beach. (Flip-flops optional.)

On the R1 Dance Radio Menu there's the cream of Essential Mixes and another chance to hear Radio 1 in Ibiza in 2013. They are also roping in pals of the station to star in some brand spanking new live shows, hooray! And with friends like Defected Records, Resident Advisor, Food Music, Hospital Records and a series of dance DJs who have BBC Introducing to thank for their success, its guaranteed to be more than just music to your ears.

Full schedules can be found here -

New to the island? We've a guide to getting around the island on a budget coming tomorrow (30th July).

WORDS | Francesca Evans

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