THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

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.

SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST

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!

 

 

THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

As a little treat ahead of our event tomorrow our three residents Ruf Dug and The Brothers Grim have selected a few songs to get you in the mood. The brothers and Ruf Dug will be playing from 13:00 until 18:00 so if these selections tickle your fancy, come on down and enjoy your afternoon at the most balearic of poolside settings.

Ruf Dug Selects – 

Trio- da da da – 1982, I’m 7 years old and back then cala llonga was pretty vibing, especially for a 7 year old. There were 3 beach bars at the back and they all had pretty raucous atmospheres and loads of wasps around the bins, they felt super dangerous. Anyway each year one tune would be the big tune in all the beach bars and in 1982 this was the big hit, everyone was singing da da da for ever. Also u know it’s pretty raw for a number 2 pop song.

Baltimora – Tarzan Boy – A few years later, Cala Llonga is still the number 1 centre of the whole universe for vibes as far as little me is concerned… got a bit older now and moved from the beach bars to the mobile DJ who’s getting round the various bars in the village. This pleases mum & dad no end because this DJ has basically become our de facto babysitter and I fuckin love this guy, first time in my life I’d ever seen 2 turntables or cross fading or 12 inch singles or anything like that and my mind’s blown. This was the tune that really got me, I had to buy the sheet music when I got home to play on my casio….

Bygraves – Set Me Free – Street Soul from the heart of Moss Side in the early 90s, the bad old days; played by Phil Mison at the Cafe. A transmission from one world to another; the manchester-ibiza axis is powerful but this is perhaps the most unlikely connection of them all.

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You – It’s the ultimate ibiza tune isn’t it? I was here the year it broke. It was almost as big as da da da. Total marmite amongst all the cool lot but what-the-fuck-ever, its fuckin stardust, deal with it. make a tune as big as this and then u can have a whinge ok.”

Brother Mark Selects – 

“Inspirations from my recent trip to Croatia. Love International is probably more famous for the huge amount of disco delivered in a week than any other musical genre but if your lucky and in the right place at the right time (usually on the restaurants terrace) you can occasionally hear some DJs dig a little deeper or as in this case play something thats rather obvious but that’s been put together in a nice way. The DJ played two hours of 70’s hits that had me reaching far back into my memory bank, memories of youth clubs, school discos and of course Top Of The Pops. A breathe of fresh air.”

Brother Andrew Selects – 

“Four of the best from the Summer so far. All big pop numbers that go down an absolute treat whenever they get played. I like to play these directly after Brother Mark has played something more sombre so that I get all the glory.”

If that doesn’t get you in the mood then we don’t know what will, perhaps some fantastic photos from last week’s party will do the trick… Catch our residents alongside Messalina Records cohorts Mushrooms Project and Lucci Capri this Sunday from 1pm until 2am. See you by the pool!

 

 

 

SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Last Sunday really was one for the history books! Massive thanks to all the DJs that came and soundtracked our Sunday fun. Midland, Ewan Pearson, Ruf Dug, Declan Lee, Ben Korbel and Mark Broadbent, we love you all!

This Sunday Brother Andrew’s longest serving friend Martyn ‘Tinny’ Sheard celebrates his 30th Birthday with us and to commemorate this special occasion we’ve enlisted some of his favourite DJs to come and bring the heat. Luckily for us Tinny keeps good company and so the music will be of the highest order. Irish chums and label mates Hammer and Big Mac (wink, wink) have managed to sneak a few days from their heavy touring schedules to come and give their housemate Tinny the 30 bumps he deserves. King of the North East and captain of the carpet cutters Ian Murphy is back for his third consecutive Pikes On Sundays appearance having played in 2015 and 2016. Next up we’ve got Carlo Bragagnini who will be serving his own signature dish of Italian classics with just a hint of Lancashire charm thrown in for good measure and Balearic Ben Korbel is back on the island and we simply can’t get enough of him. Having made his Pikes debut last week, he’s back for round two this Sunday playing an extended set with our beloved residents The Brothers Grim. A treat for the ears, the eyes and your hearts we’re sure you’ll agree!

As always Pikes On Sundays is a free event and everyone is welcome at anytime. We start the music at 1pm and run through until the small hours of monday morning, moving from the pool to the inside to finish the night off with a bang. If you want to join us for a roast this week then you’d better act fast. Last word from the restaurant was that there were only a handful of spaces left available. Give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22 to see if you can be accommodated. If you think it’s perhaps a bit too hot for a roast then the bar menu is available all day long and no reservation is required for this.

Gracias amigos, happy birthday Tinny, and see you all by the pool!

 

 

SUNDAY 9TH JULY


We love all the DJs that we book at Pikes On Sundays but this week we’ve got something a bit special on the cards with perhaps our favourite line up of the Summer so far. Ewan Pearson, Ruf Dug, Declan Lee, The Brothers Grim and a very Special Guest all performing at one of Ibiza’s most iconic venues and as always completely free to one and all. There’s no better way to spend your Sunday!

Although we can’t say who our special guest is we can say that he entered our lives and hearts back in our days at We Love Space where he quickly became one of our favourite guests. It was instantly obvious that he was capable of tearing the roof of both of the main rooms with his distinctly recognisable selection of unrecognisable records. To have those rooms going-off in the manner that he did without relying on that season’s biggest hits or Ibiza “anthems” was a clear indicator to us that here we had found a true music lover and a kindred spirit. Whilst the music he plays at Pikes On Sundays is acutely different in sound, the ethos remains the same and the standard as high. He was fantastic last year and we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeves this week!

Next up is another We Love Space comrade and master of his trade Ewan Pearson. Ewan was a firm favourite in the We Love family and his sets and visits were looked forward to with great anticipation each Summer. In a similar fashion to our mystery man, Ewan was very capable of playing both of Space’s main rooms and one of his Terrace sets goes down as one of Brother Andrew’s favourite Space sets of all time. This will be Ewan’s Pikes On Sundays debut performance and we are sure it will be simply spectacular.

And now it’s time to introduce our Ace In The Hole, Ruf Dug. Having delivered one of our favourite records of the year in 2016 we were thrilled when he agreed to play for us last Summer and such was the quality of his set then that this season we invited him back as a resident and we are very happy to say that he said yes! This will be the first of 6 shows with Ruf Dug at Pikes On Sundays and what a way to kick them off! Click here to read Ruf Dug’s Music Masters interview where you will also find a truly fantastic mix from our new resident recorded especially for you with feelings of the Pikes poolside floating through the ariwaves from start to finish.

Completing the selection of guests this week is Declan Lee. Declan was a pivotal cog in We Love’s operations over in Australia and one of our favourite people from the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a very rare thing to get him up this side of the Equator and even rarer to have him in the Balearics so we jumped at the opportunity to lock him down poolside at Pikes to play some of his favourite songs.

We’re sure you’ll agree that is a fine lineup by anyone’s standards. Add to this the usual dash of Yorkshire charm from our beloved residents The Brothers Grim along with the beauty of Pikes, the amazing food and the delicious drinks and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one hell of a Sunday. As always we will be kicking things off at 1pm and running through to Monday morning. Get your table reservations in if you want to join us for lunch and get your head together if you want to join us in Chez Fez after dark 😉

 

 

MUSIC MASTERS – MARK BROADBENT

We’re flipping the fader this week as your favourite residents The Brothers Grim do all the talking for the Music Masters series as Andrew Livesey interviews his brother Mark Broadbent.

ANDREW LIVESEY – Mark is the reason I live in Ibiza, he is the reason I work in music, he is the reason I have the friends that I have and he is the reason I listen to the music that I listen to. All of these influences he has had on my life in some way, shape or form stem from his own life in music and the path his career within music has taken him on. I don’t know anyone with as varied and diverse musical taste as brother Mark, he has introduced me to more interesting sounds than anyone else and now as he enters his third year DJing he’s out there introducing more and more people to the many wonders of the sonic universe. For these reasons and many more he is this week’s Music Master.

AL – Along with our mother and my father you have been the biggest influence on the music that I listen to. Who are the three people who influence you the most when it comes to the music you listen to?

MARK BROADBENT – Really difficult to answer fully as I’ve been so lucky in meeting many musical mentors over the years but I’ll try and keep to the ones that set the tone so to speak.

I suppose the first time that music made it’s mark on me would have been in the long car journeys to Cornwall during the summer holidays with my parents, laid down in the back of an old Ford Escort listening to Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, or Meatloaf’ Bat Out of Hell. Albums anybody my age will probably know inside out.  A life long love affair with music was started right there in the back of that car and although I outgrew my parents tastes they were responsible for the journey’s start.

Simon Haig or Haggis as he was known to me was a guy who used to babysit for me. I must have been about seven or eight years old thinking back to the music he brought round to our house. He was probably the biggest influence on me and shaped my musical landscape for the next ten years, he brought round The Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Cockney Rejects, The Jam, UK Subs, Motorhead, Angelic Upstarts…all the good stuff that a young mind needs to hear in order to find it’s own place in the world. He showed me something incredible with this introduction to independent non chart based music that shaped the way I began to look at life in general. Don’t follow the heard, follow your babysitter and be a Punk Rocker.

Then there was a slight fallow period when I left school and started work, I listened to BBC Radio 1 all day every day in a factory with work colleagues who didn’t give a fuck about music, I started going out with them on a weekend – I was 16 years old at this point – to what were then called ‘fun pubs’ primarily to meet girls. The soundtrack was abysmal. Luckily for me I met Sarah when I was 17 and she had this childhood friend called Dave who was away at Manchester Uni, he used to come home some weekends and we’d go to the pub with him and listen to his stories of going to the Student Uni to watch all these bands i’d never heard of with exotic sounding names. We started going over to Manchester on a Saturday night to stay with him and his mates and he had the most amazing record collection I had ever seen, he introduced me to bands that reminded me of the music I’d listened to as a child / youth. Big Black, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Flipper, Minuit Men, Naked Raygun, Husker Du, Wire, The Fall but also great African stuff like The Bundu Boys or really off the wall music hall and fairground music à la Tom Waits odd and slightly novelty punk like Campervan Beethoven and most importantly Dave introduced me to The Butthole Surfers who remain to this day one of the finest musical discoveries i’ve ever had. Dave now lives in Thailand but continues to influence my musical meanderings via his yearly round-up of whats worth listening to  pretty much the only end of year round up I bother reading in any great depth. 

During the last 40 years radio has been a massive influence, listening to Janice Long, Peel, Annie Nightingale at night as I was growing up showed me that I was not alone in my tastes and that there were other minded people with whom one day I’d be able to communicate and share my love of this music with. I suppose this brings me round to my next major influence. The internet, and more importantly, internet radio or podcasts. The internet made it possible for anybody who had something to say to shout it loud from on high, this is where I have probably discovered the most interesting music in recent years. Bernie Connors show This Is The Sound Of Music, Phil Coopers Nu Northern Soul shows, crazy shit on WFMU coming out from New York, New York, archived late night radio on web only stations playing the most out there sounds from another dimension. Gilles Peterson continues to inform, his is a show I listen to religiously at least twice a week. I can also get lost for days rooting around Bandcamp or Dj History. Makes your body tingle thinking about all the new music still to be discovered.

AL – You only started DJing a few years ago, did you have any inclination to do so at an earlier time in your life? What was the change that made you start doing it and do you enjoy doing it?

MB – I was asked a few times during my time promoting other DJs to get involved but I never liked the idea, I thought that if I were to lay myself naked by playing strangers music that meant something to me personally and they didn’t like it it would just kill me! It took walking away from the job to make me realise that if I was no longer booking people to play the music I wanted to hear whilst I was out on the town enjoying myself there would be nobody to do that and I’d have to listen to badly programmed and inappropriate music everywhere I went. And this was indeed the case for the most part.

After some time of going out and complaining to anybody that would listen about the terrible music being played everywhere a couple of people took pity on me – or simply got fed up with listening to me waffling on about it – and suggested that maybe I should put my money where my mouth was and soundtrack their venues on occasion. Starting out at BHS on a Friday afternoon with you and the occasional other like minded friend was a road to Damascus moment for me, those days playing music to our mates gave me the courage and belief in my own taste in music to be able to share it with a wider audience. I absolutely love doing it now and my confidence grows from week to week. Music’s a very subjective thing but i hope that with careful programming I’m able to introduce people to music they might not have heard before that they then go on to love.

AL – What was the first record you ever bought and what was the last record you bought?

MB – The first record that I bought with my own money was Siouxsie And The Banshees / Hong Kong Garden  from Bradleys in Huddersfield town centre. I was nine years old and I still stand by this being one of the greatest records ever made, sadly I no longer have it and have no idea why. One too many parties with one too many randoms round ours at some point down the line I suspect. People will read this and say “Yeah, thats a rather cool record for the first record you ever owned Mark, are you sure it was that and not The Birdy Song or something by the Muppets ?!?” and the thing is I do have to admit that this is not the first record I owned, simply the first record I bought on my own with my own money. The first record that I owned was the Star Wars soundtrack done by The London Philharmonic that my Gran bought for me one Saturday in 1977 when we were out shopping and I needed to be silenced from going on and on obsessively about Star Wars!

I buy music on a weekly basis so my choices now are not as landmark as they once were to me or to anybody else really, they are generally of a time or for a particular reason. The last thing i bought this week (today) was with this coming Sunday in mind after hearing Jarvis Cocker play it on his wonderful Sunday Service 6 Music show last week. I think it will sound nice placed at the right moment poolside this week. Nancy Sinatra / Bang Bang  it’s rather obvious really but there is certainly something strange about it even though we’ve heard it a thousand times.

AL – We both grew up in Huddersfield but a few generations apart. The music scene that first captured my attention there at an early age was UK Hip Hop which was thriving in the early 2000s; what was the first genre / scene to grab you and how important was Huddersfield’s role in your formative musical years?

MB – PUNK ROCK!  I still fully consider myself a Punk Rocker, it’s not about the clothes you wear or the music you listen to although those were both the entry level aspects for most Punks. Punk Rock and being a Punk Rocker is about being a free thinker, not taking for granted what everybody else is doing or saying as being right, questioning everything and pointing out when you feel that something is wrong. It’s about being an individual. Punk had it’s last stand in Huddersfield and as we were growing up we were surrounded by them, lots of my friends are still Punks whether they know it or not! The first nightclub I ever went to was a Punk club called The Coach House, they used to make you take your Docs off at the door and leave them in the coat check “to avoid any trouble” which was really rather strange as it was the most peaceful fun it was possible to have in Huddersfield town centre during that time period. The Punks used to get attacked on leaving by the beer boys coming out of Johnny’s (classic pickup joint) further down the road. The music was memorable for being an eclectic selection of Rockabilly, old school 70’s Punk, Reggae and the new electro sounds coming from New York… kinda what I play on a Sundays when it gets darker really. It certainly was a major influence on me.

AL – After leaving Huddersfield you stayed up north for a bit and this is where your career in music began. How and where did that happen?

MB – I’d been away in India for a year with my (then) girlfriend Sarah thinking about what we should do and deciding that we’d go home, try make some money to go traveling again, we sent letters home and announced our imminent arrival and found out that Charlotte (Sarah’ sister) had started seeing a guy called Darren Hughes who was running a club night in Liverpool. There was not a lot happening in Huddersfield at this point in time and it proved difficult for me to find any paid work that I really wanted to tie myself down to after experiencing the freedom that travel brings so we decided to go live in Liverpool. Sarah had a previous background in retail so she helped set up the Cream shop on Slater Street next door to the venue and I managed to get myself involved in the flyer and poster distribution for the brand. Working a few days a week dropping stuff off at shops in and around Liverpool, collecting guest lists and generally mooching about the the place making myself useful. Cream at this time was a very big deal, they were literally flying, loads of money about, getting involved is some really interesting things outside of the normal nightclub activities. Sponsoring match balls at both Liverpool and Everton, hosting regular Radio 1 events. This was the peak time era of the Super Club and Cream were leading the charge. We got to know some interesting people, made some money and after six months we’d made enough to enable our return to Asia. This then became a kind of routine, we’d travel for a few months then head back to Europe to work for Cream in Ibiza, get paid and set off traveling again. 

AL – Moving onto Ibiza now; you, Sarah and Darren ran We Love… Space On Sundays for close to 15 years. Which was your favourite year, your favourite booking, your favourite room in the club and who was your favourite resident? Also, you don’t get a mention in Space’s commemorative 25th anniversary book, why do you think that is?

MB – Darren left Cream and started a new venture in London (Home nightclub on Leicester Square), I married Sarah and we moved to Australia to help set up the Home club in Sydney. We stayed in Australia for just over two years during which time the club in the UK had their license rebuked and Darren was once again looking for pastures new. Our time in Australia was coming to an end, home sickness and new management at the club with a tighter grip on the purse strings meant things were not as fun as they once were so we decided to head back to Europe and join Darren in Ibiza.

Arriving back to Ibiza in 2001 after living out of a rucksack for so many years was incredible, we’d found a place we could relax in. Sydney had been a great adventure but it was very hard work towards the end and arriving back to an already established weekly event at Space was inspiring. I’d been feeling a little jaded with the scene in Australia and wondered if we were heading in the right direction but arriving at Space on the first Sunday morning put any doubts I might have had right out of my mind. The first couple of summers at Space were probably the best times in some respects, it was all still fresh to us, we had the energy to fully enjoy what we were doing and you could tell that we were going to have great future there. The music needed some attention as it was – for the most part – incredibly pedestrian handbag house on the terrace and terribly boring prog house on the inside, but this is what the people loved about Space on Sundays so I had to go about changing this very carefully so as to not lose too many of the regular customers that made the Sundays at Space so special. We did this with our choice of resident DJs and we have had so many amazing residents over the years that it’s next to impossible and also unfair on the others to pick one out as a favourite really but if I were forced on pain of death to pick one I’d go with Jason Bye due to his consistency. I know that I can put him into absolutely any situation and know he’d deliver the goods time after time for as long as is needed. 

For me the beauty of Space back when we were really kicking it out the park was the diversity in the programming, it was like going to a mini festival with different styles of music in every room, something for everybody, hidden corners of delight just around the next corner but I would always gravitate towards the darkness of the main room inside. It became my baby, I got to do exactly what I wanted to do in there with the programming and for a time it seemed I could do no wrong, taking the main focus away from the terrace with strange and interesting bookings was for me the highlight of my career with the apex of this being the Grace Jones booking in 2009.

I found it rather strange to not get a mention in the Space book to be honest and at the time it was published I had no idea why they would pointedly do that but thinking about this now I suspect that I never had a very good poker face when dealing with Juan Arenas and he probably knew exactly how I felt about him and what he had done to that once wonderful venue. Fuck em…

AL – There are certain parts of life in Ibiza that both you and I dislike and yet we still continue to live here. For me the good parts of the island far outweigh the bad parts. What are your favourite things about living in Ibiza?

MB – I love the weather here and driving through the countryside, I love the beach life with my wife and I love my old town house. I love sharing food with friends and walking in the winter. I love the fact that everybody seems to take care with how they look but that it does not require pots of cash to look good on Ibiza. I love it when we get the island back from the summer visitors and I love it when they return in Easter signalling the summer ahead… kind of!

AL – What is the best party you have ever been to?

MB – I enjoy parties I’ve put on myself, once you’ve put on a party there’s no going back to other peoples really. I need full access and full control with what’s going on, from the music programming to the drinks tickets. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in some incredible events and have worked with some amazing people over the years who helped make them memorable so it’s very difficult to pick one event out as being the best but I look back at our time in Australia and the events we put on there with very fond memories. The time and place was perfect, the stars were aligned and we were still relatively young. Home Sydney during the lead up to the millennium was off the hook good and probably the best regular club night I’ve ever been to, the energy there on some Saturday nights was the stuff of legend but if I had to pick one party that stands out as being truly amazing i’d have to say Bondi Beach / Millennium Eve. Back To Basics was also incredible and I’ve had some wonderful nights out in Manchester over the years too! Too many parties…

AL – What would you rather do, never listen to music again for the rest of your life or strangle both of your cats?

MB – I would never kill my cats unless they were in terrible distress and this was the only course of action available for me to take Andrew. I’d rather kill a person than kill my cats.

AL – If you could have one person permanently removed from Ibiza who would it be? They get to go live in Huddersfield instead.

MB – I’m not going to be able to truthfully answer this really am I? It would be hurtful to the person involved, all for cheap laughs. It’s also pretty pointless focusing on one individual when there are so many people I’d like to see removed from the island. Sophie Mac used to play the same game. She called it OFF and we played it a few times round hers after Space some Monday mornings when we got to feeling reflective. It was great and raised some interesting points as you had to justify why you wanted this person OFF and then there would be a vote with everybody playing having to have a say either way in defence or against the person suggested. It generally got pretty heated and we had to stop in the end but for a few weeks it was a rather fun distraction. 

Thanks very much to Mark and Andrew for what we’re sure you’ll agree has been a great read. Catch The Brothers and their friends at Pikes On Sundays this week from 1pm – 2am.

SUNDAY 18TH JUNE

What a bunch of Balearic bastards we have in store for your listening pleasure this week! More of our favourites once again. And one guest who has been recommended to us by our Welsh brethren with an introduction to us earlier this summer as “Possibly one of the most important Welsh men ever” well, we’ll be the judge of that Ian! We now know some pretty important Welsh men. Important to us anyway.

We have the return of Bonar Bradberry to the family fold, one half of Yorkshire tag team (and former all in wrestlers) DJ supremos PBR Streetgang. The good one. The about to be a father one. The straight one. The drunken one. The handsome one. Which ever one he is to you you’ll know that he’s a diamond. Also an incredible DJ who was brought to our attention some time back when we were running things at We Love… Space (musically, not in a gangster kind of way) by way of a mix CD craftily handed to us in some back room at Space by a friend of a friend who said “You have to check this out mate, they’re the fucking dogs”. At the time I used to listen to absolutely everything handed to me… some of it anyway! If it started with a kick drum it got thrown out the window but luckily  they had a bit of imagination and the mix started off with a bit of movie dialog or something, probably from the film Apocalypse Now seeing how as this is where their name comes from – look it up – so it stayed on the stereo. To cut a long story short they became a regular feature at We Love playing every room in the venue at some point during our time together, a partnership that cumulated in them being given the task of closing down the last open room at Space at our very final party there. That’s how much we thought about these guys.

Bernie Connor. A man from Liverpool with the most incredible taste in music. His regular online broadcasts have become Religion to those of us who follow him. Everybody we have introduced to his shows says exactly the same thing (apart from Phil Cooper whose experience with Bernie’s radio show you can read more about here). Each show is lovingly interwoven with insightful commentary and carefully chosen beats and pieces from the past and present. No easy task and next to impossible to better time after time but Bernie manages to do this month after month with each new broadcast becoming your favourite ever. From Dollar to Dag Nasty and everywhere in-between Bernie refuses to shy away from pop music. Join us poolside this week for what will undoubtably be an education.

After such a glowing introduction from our friends at Dirty Pop and an awesome all Welsh balearic selection (have a listen below) we are more than excited to finally meet Gareth Potter in person this week. He counts amongst his friends Pete Fowler (fabulous cartoonist) who has very kindly drawn this loverly likeness for us so we know what he looks like when he turns up poolside this week, this and the leek in his lapel will surely be of great help as we have never heard of him! We are told that he’s been greatly influential in the Welsh Language Music scene over the many years he’s been involved, something we’d never heard about until the other week, the Welsh Language music scene ‘ey?!? Anyway joking aside, front and behind, we are very proud to have him in our midst this week.

As always action poolside from 1pm running until the wee hours of monday morning. As always table reservations recommended for sunday lunches. As always the best music you will hear anywhere on the island. Gracias amigos!