The sweet relief of September has arrived and as is tradition we kick off our favourite month with an all out Pikes Extravaganza. Over the last few years the Freddie Rocks event has become a highlight of the Ibizan calendar. If you have been before you know the score and if it’s your first time you’re in for a real treat. You can expect all the usual fun of the Pikes On Sundays fair as we open up poolside from 1pm with our trademark magical mix of Yorkshire puddings and the finest music you’ve ever heard in your life. As the night time approaches we kick things up a notch opening the entirety of our beloved hotel for a full blown party until the 6am on Monday morning. Providing the soundtrack across the poolside, Freddies and Chez Fez we have Bushwacka!, Doorly, David Phillips, Andy Carroll, Ben Murphy, The Brothers Grim and some very very special guests along with loads more treats and surprises.
They say a picture tells a thousand words so here are a few choice snaps from last year’s event to get you in the mood!
For more info and to find out how to secure your place on the guest list head over to the event page on the Pikes website here. Gracias amigos and see you on Sunday!
That really was another one for the memory banks, a truly great day with everything we look for from the Pikes On Sundays experience. The music was brilliant all day long; appropriate to the time and setting, interesting and diverse, a mix of old and new and put together in a confident and considered manner. Much love to all our DJs who brought their A-Game and a special shout out to David Phillips who played a brilliant extended set throughout the day and into the small hours of monday morning. We have a recording from the afternoon hours here, it’s mostly dave with some contributions from Buckley, Andrew Livesey and Jon Woodall. Hit play and transport yourself to the Pikes poolside.
The roast on Sunday was also particularly good and the kitchen appears to be firing on all cylinders as we pass the halfway mark of the Summer. We were completely fully booked by Thursday last week meaning well over 200 Yorkshire puddings served and consumed. The sweetcorn and green chilli soup starter was out of this world and hailed by many as “the best soup we’ve ever eaten”. The beef was ‘bloody’ delicious and the veggies tasted as good as we’ve ever had. As we say each week, if you would like to join us for a roast be sure to reserve your table quickly by calling Pikes on 0034 971 34 22 22. We will be sold out soon!
Coming up for your listening pleasure this Sunday we have enlisted the help of some returning friends and family. It’s fairly rare to get Paul T and Stretford Dogs Club in Ibiza, it’s even rarer to get them here at the same time. They both made their Pikes On Sundays debuts last Summer and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them back again this week. Ibiza Sonica’s finest selector and all round good egg Andy Wilson is back again with his usual brand of balearic treats and other worldly beats. Brother Mark is STILL away taking care of business in Croatia so Brother Andrew is back once again keeping things as Grim as possible all day long.
Many thanks to everyone who has been supporting us this Summer, we’ve been really enjoying ourselves and in the process we hope we’ve calved out our own little piece of Balearic goodness. We hope you will continue to share this with us and if it’s your first time we hope you’ll come and give it a whirl! Action as always from 1pm until 2am (ish!). Gracias amigos.
Last Sunday saw a great coming together of nations as our UK based representatives PBR Streetgang bridged the gap between pseudo-balearians Ruf Dug and Andrew Livesey and Italy’s renaissance men Riccio and Lorenzo. Quite the melting pot we’re sure you’ll agree and the ensuing musical melange was simply magical! Many thanks to all involved for their input.
This week we’re celebrating the birthday of one of our longest serving and most trusted regular guests. Having played more Pikes On Sundays parties than anyone, outside of your hosts The Brothers Grim, Jon Woodall knows the score better than most and we are very happy he has chosen to celebrate his birthday with us. We Love you Jon. Come and wish him well if you think he deserves it. We’ve asked a few of Jon’s nearest and dearest to come and add to the mix on the day with man like Buckley representing for the West Yorkshire connect and everyone’s favourite hotelier David Phillips keeping things cool with his distinctive Balearic swagger. Brother Andrew seals the deal on what will be a truly magnificent Sunday selection.
Any last minute reservations for Sunday Roasts need to go to Pikes by calling them on 0034 971 34 22 22. Again please be aware we sell out well before show day so act now if you’re craving some gravy. We’ve got lots more to come on the blog this week with music and interviews from our guests and residents so keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time head over here for 6 hours of the best music you’ve ever heard in your life. Gracias amigos and see you on Sunday!
As it’s friday why not treat your ears to some of the best music they have ever heard. Below are a selection of mixes from our residents The Brothers Grim and Ruf Dug and possibly our favourite ever DJ Bernie Connor. The first mix comes from Ruf Dug and was recorded live from the poolside last Sunday between 11pm and midnight. A party piece of the highest order.
Next up we have another recording direct from the poolside from our guiding star Bernie Connor. Bernie played for us back in June and we were so excited to welcome him to our Balearic home. Our expectations were incredibly high but within the first 3 records he showed us they were not high enough. Bernie knows his onions!
Brother Andrew’s offering comes from a few years back inspired by one of his trips to India. An hour long composition of the music he was listening to on his travels around the Subcontinent along with some field recordings from the very same trip. A mellow affair that sounds somewhat like the start to a Sunday by the pool.
From Brother Mark we’ve got another travel inspired selection. January 2017 saw the Broadbents head off to Central America and Mark recorded this mix whilst nestled somewhere amongst the mangrove swamps. A fairly wide cross section of Mark’s musical tastes covering a lot of the sonic topics we touch on at Pikes On Sundays.
And finally we have a joint effort from Brother Andrew and Brother Mark. Recorded live and broadcast from the Ibiza Sonica studios last year, The Brothers Grim offer an hour of their favourite Cowboy tinged tunes. Sit back, relax, take in 6 hours of beautiful sounds and let us know which is your favourite!
Gracias amigos. Head here to see what we’ve got going on this Sunday.
We had an absolute blast on Sunday! We made some new friends, were reunited with old friends, amazed a few people and annoyed a few more; all in all a fantastic way to round out your weekend! Much love to all our DJs who delivered to the highest order. Our trusty residents The Brothers Grim kicked the day off in fine style before making way for a spectacular, albeit slightly hungover, Neil Diablo who then handed control to Pikes debutants Mr Solid Gold & Rolfie. The first timers did the business leaving Ruf Dug to finish things off by the pool up until Midnight. With what seemed like the entire broadcasting team of Radio 1 in attendance Ruf Dug took control again in Chez Fez culminating in an impromptu Back To Back set with friend of the family Artwork. As one couple of merry attendees put it, Pikes On Sundays delivers “the best music we’ve ever heard”
This Sunday we have another set of sonic treats lined up for you. Up there with our favourite DJs of all time, PBR Streetgang are back on the island for a few gigs at The Zoo Project and Circoloco and so we jumped at the opportunity to fit them in for another Pikes Sessions. The daring duo will be playing the last few hours by the pool and then helping out with the kick on inside in Chez Fez. Resident Ruf Dug is back for his third session of the Summer and will be playing the opening set from 1pm onwards. If your looking for the smoothest of subtle sounds then we recommend this set for you; he’s a true master of the music suitable for this time of day so come on down if you’re into the finer things in life. Our Italian envoy Riccio has enlisted the help of fellow countryman Lorenzo this week and the duo will play a special extended set in the early afternoon. Brother Mark is away in Croatia for the rest of August so Brother Andrew is left to represent all things Grim and will be doing so firmly back off the wagon after a dry start to the month. Check this fantastic mix from Lorenzo to set the tone; it’s a 100% Italian job!
We had a few sad looking campers this week who turned up looking to get their roast fix but without having reserved a table. We are usually fully booked for these by around friday afternoon so act now if you want a yorkshire pudding this weekend. To reserve call Pikes on 0034 971 34 22 22. Luckily our bar menu is spectacular and the burger soon turned a few of those frowns the right way around and the afternoon was saved! The bar menu is available from 12:00 all day long with no reservation required.
Keep your eyes locked to the blog this week for more musical meanderings from our residents and guest selectors and don’t forget to like our Facebook page if you’re into that kind of thing! Gracias amigos and see you all on Sunday!
Our lovely guests have selected a few songs to get you in the mood for the main event this Sunday. Take a minute, sit back, turn the speakers up to a comfortable 6 or 7 and picture yourself poolside at Pikes hotel.
Ruf Dug Selects –
“Sufferer Sound – I A Suffer – Dennis bovell on production, full poolside wonky dub here. Jump in.
Earl Klugh – Soft Stuff – Horizontal fusion. Backstroke grooving.
Michael Heart – Some Girls – Post sunset jam – this groove engineered specifically for outdoor moves.
Flash And The Pan – Midnight Man – Ruf Kutz’ latest fan Francois Kevorkian on the mix here. Future Chez Fez classic.”
Trouble Vision Select –
“Womack & Womack – MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)(Frankie Knuckles Paradise Ballroom Mix) – Something old. Similar in style to his Ain’t Nobody version, this just ticks all the right boxes for Sunday feels.
Donald Dust – Joy July – Something new. Bringing a little bit of Peckham to Pikes, this is the latest release on new South London label No Bad Days. Title track Joy July says it all really… If Sundays looked like an 80’s action film montage.
Barry White – Your Sweetness Is My Weakness – Something borrowed. Borrowed because we first heard Trouble vision resident OK Jones play this at a wedding. Barry. Do we need to say any more.
Talamanca System – My Past Is Your Future – Something blue. This isn’t actually melancholy at all. Quite the opposite actually. What a trio! Gerd Janson, Lauer and White Isle mainstay, Mark Barrott. This just screams poolside daytime vibes to us.”
Neil Diablo Selects –
Many thanks to our DJs for those selections. Come down to hear all these and many more fine songs being played at Pikes on Sunday 6th August from 1pm until 2am. You really won’t regret it!
Is it really August already?! The Summer seems to be flying by and it’s hard to believe we’re already up to week 14! Lots of love to our DJs from last week David Phillips, Jon Woodall, Riccio and Andrew Livesey who all played fantastic sets delivering 12 hours of simply beautiful music. This week we’ve got another standout lineup arranged with all three of our residents Ruf Dug and The Brothers Grim back in full force. They will be joined by long time friend of the family Neil Diablo who returns for his third consecutive season of Pikes On Sundays along with debutants Mr Solid Gold and Rolfie. With all the makings of a truly Balearic Sunday by the pool, we can’t wait to kick this month of with a bang.
Demand for the Sunday Roasts seems to be higher than ever at the moment with the restaurant looking set to be fully booked within the next few days. If you would like to reserve a table please act fast and give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22. Once they’re gone they’re gone! Thankfully for all of us in this hot weather the pool is always open with no reservations required and the ice cold cocktails are served from the get-go. For those with children in tow we have also extended the operating hours of the Kids Klub which is now open from 2pm until 8pm; as always this is free of charge to our Sunday visitors.
Keep your eyes on the blog over the next few days for musical treats coming from our residents and guests. In the mean time if you are looking for some soothing sonics then you can’t do much better than this exquisite mix from our Pikes On Sundays sensei Bernie Connors recorded live and direct from Pikes last month.
Gracias amigos and see you on Sunday!