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Listen to ten classic Essential Mixes from Ibiza

For two decades now, Radio 1’s iconic Essential Mix has travelled to Ibiza every Northern Hemisphere summer to celebrate dance hedonism in its spiritual home.

Last weekend, the annual ‘Radio 1 Ibiza Weekend’ saw the Essential Mix reins handed to Hot Since 82, who delivered an unusually-long three-hour set of deep, hypnotic and jacking house and techno, closing out the Space Terrace for Richie Hawtin’s ENTER party (listen to it here).

But Radio 1’s been looking backward as well as forward, delving into its archives to dig out some classic Essential Mixes recorded over two decades in Ibiza, and over the past week it’s been dropping fifteen classic mixes one by one. So far they’ve collated 10 classic Ibiza Essential Mixes on the iPlayer (over here), but to make things easy for you, we’ve collected streams of them all, which you can listen to below.

It’s a mixed – but epic – bag, covering everything from the very first Essential Mix recorded in Ibiza with Balearic superstar Nicky Holloway to Ibiza chillout legend Jose Padilla’s first Essential Mix, classic old school sessions with Carl Cox, Sasha and Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia’s seminal debut, Deadmau5 getting proggy while Luciano gets tribal and jacking, and an all-time double bill of Underworld and Eric Prydz.

Scroll down to listen to them all and immerse yourself in some serious Ibiza party vibes (and start your planning for the epic Southern Hemisphere summer to come).


#10 Nicky Holloway at Ku, 1995

“The very first Essential Mix recorded in Ibiza, featuring Nicky Holloway at Ku in 1995.”

Nicky Holloway (Manumission, Ku Club, Ibiza) Essential Mix 02/07/1995 by Bbcessentialmix on Mixcloud


#9 Jose Padilla live at Cafe Del Mar, 1995

“Jose Padilla’s first Essential Mix, recorded at Café del Mar on Sunset Strip San Antonio.”


#8 Pete Tong and Sasha at Amnesia, 1996

“The very first fully live Essential Mix.”

Pete Tong and Sasha at Amnesia 1996 – Classic Essential Mix 2015-07-25 R1 Ibiza 20 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud


#7 Carl Cox on the Space Terrace, 1998

“Revisit a historic Sunday session with Carl Cox.”

Essential Mix 1998-08-09 – Carl Cox, Live from Space, Ibiza,Part 1 by Miau! on Mixcloud


#6 Paul Oakenfold at Space, 1999

“The Classic Essential Mix Series continues…”


#5 Laurent Garnier and Erick Morillo at Space, 2005

“From Radio 1’s Decade in Ibiza party at Space.”

Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Laurent Garnier & More (Live from Space, Ibiza) Essential Mix 14/08/2005 by Bbcessentialmix on Mixcloud


#4 Tania Vulcano and Locodice at DC10, 2005

“Recorded live in 2005 at after-hours club DC10.”


#3 Swedish House Mafia at Amnesia, 2007

“Relive Swedish House Mafia’s Radio 1 debut.”

Swedish House Mafia at Amnesia 2007 – Classic Essential Mix 2015-07-25 R1 Ibiza 20 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud


#2 Deadmau5 and Luciano at Eden, 2009

“A classic Ibiza Essential Mix with Deadmau5 and Luciano at Wonderland, Eden.”

Deadmau5 and Luciano (Live from Wonderland, Ibiza) Essential Mix 31/7/2009 by Bbcessentialmix on Mixcloud


#1 Underworld and Eric Prydz at Privilege, 2010 and 2013

“Two epic performances from Underworld in 2010 and Eric Prydz in 2013.”

The Essential Mix With Underworld Live At Privilege Ibiza (2010-08-08) by Boostieboy on Mixcloud