The sequel to Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom comes back bigger.
Last summer, in celebration of BBC Radio 1’s 20-year presence in Ibiza, Pete Tong brought a touch of rave to the annual BBC Proms (the world’s largest classical music festival), with Ibiza Classics, a mash-up of dancefloor classics performed by a live orchestra. As the event was a success, (The Telegraph called it “the poshest rave in town”), the dance music icon has announced he’s bringing it back for an encore.
On December 1, Ibiza Classics will touch down at London’s O2 Arena. With a 20,000-person capacity, it’s a significant step up from its original venue, the Royal Albert Hall, which seats less than 2,300. Tong will once again helm the event. Also returning is the 60-piece Heritage Orchestra lead by conductor Jules Buckley. Special guests are soon to be announced.
The 2015 premiere was a 90-minute spectacle that was as laser-filled as it was educational. The orchestra breathed new life into old tracks—including “Your Love” by Frankie Knuckles, Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You,” Eric Prydz’s “Pjanoo” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time”—with the added class and drama of live instrumentation. The show also featured live vocalists including John Newman and Jess Glynne, though it’s not known if they’ll also perform in December.
Watch last year’s Radio 1 Ibiza Prom below. To see it in the flesh, tickets for Ibiza Classics go on sale Friday, March 11, at 9:30am GMT.