Party Review: Le Grand Bazaar on July 26th

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Ibiza Bazaar Buzz! “More than just another club night“, Pete Tong is eager to point out in the radio spot about his new party “Le Grand Bazaar”. And indeed it is the only event at Ushuaia Ibiza that boasts a beach party, hippie market and radio-show. And great parts of it are free.

Coming early is recommended as the pre-party on the beach in front of Ushuaia is completely free for everyone and starts around lunchtime. Later it is there that you can witness live the recording of Pete Tong’s international radio show. This is probably the sunniest radio studio in the world and makes sure Pete soaks up all the sun for his broadcast.

Finally at around 6pm the party moves ‘inside’ to the Ushuaia stage where Pete is joined by international superstar guests.

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Last Friday Kaskade warmed up the still sunny floor with lots of vocal house audience pleasers which went down well on the early birds. Gentlemanlike, Pete Tong usually lets his guests close the night so expect the host’s set at around 9pm. Like no one else on this island Pete knows how to make mellow, sophisticated deep-house tunes enjoyable for an audience that is probably not well versed in underground stuff.

Impressively balancing the fine line between more commercial tunes and the underground his set centred around Hot Natured’s sexy ‘Reverse Skydiving’ and featured a number of the most rated tracks in deep house at the moment. Closing with last season’s smasher ‘All that matters’ by Kölsch, Tong left the turntables to Calvin Harris at 10.30 pm.

One of the most coveted commercial house producers at the moment and first DJ ever awarded ‘Best Songwriter’ in Britain, Harris played a pumping festival set with nothing but hits. No ups and downs, no change of pace or mood: Here were 90 minutes of non-stop-pumping, high voltage house music fuelled by most of his own hits.

His remixes for Florence and the Machine and especially his track with Rihanna ‘We found love’ prompted loud sing-a-longs from the crowd who apparently knew every line. The concert-like atmosphere was further emphasized by the mind-blowing production on the Ushuaia stage. Laser-storms and LED-walls with colourful and well-adjusted visuals made for a memorable spectacle.

Pete Tong’s “Le Grand Bazaar” at Ushuaia is a lot of things, just not a bazaar. With nothing there to continue the theme visually is just a fancy name. A fancy name for a great party, though, and with August guests like Carl Cox, Afrojack and Luciano definitely worth checking out for yourselves!

Words: Matthias Daniel

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