A right royal rave: Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom

Dance music has certainly come of age culturally when the superstar DJs have MBEs (Pete Tong was awarded his in 2014), and it moves from the dark nightclub floor to filling the gilded dome of the Royal Albert Hall. With superb live vocals provided by Sam WhiteBrendan ReillyVula Malinga, and Olivia Safe, and live performances from Ella Eyre and John Newman, this was an exhilarating evening, stylishly delivered. The Ibiza Prom showed just how much dance music is very much “real” music, each song translating naturally to live performance by The Heritage Orchestra, yet also getting the entire audience dancing and screaming with delight. Tong produced a Prom which was at once accessible and authentic, uncompromising in its commitment to the art of dance, rightly unapologetic and unabashed by its unfamiliar surroundings.

Click here to read my full review on Bachtrack.

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