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Pete Tong in Swansea review: The legendary DJ and The Heritage Orchestra turned up the heat with Ibiza Classics set; He kicked off another weekend of music at Singleton Park.

Byline: Nino Williams

When it comes to having it large it doesn't come much bigger than Ibiza anthems being belted out by 65 piece orchestra.

The idea of mixing floor fillers with classical instruments may sound a bit "Pete Tong" - but then the legendary DJ is a man who knows his stuff.

The Ibiza Classics show was developed after a successful BBC Proms show at the Royal Albert Hall three years ago, and Pete Tong's collaboration with the Heritage Orchestra went on to play arenas around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, two sold out nights at the O2.

It also spawned the album Classic House - which sold over 200,000 copies and reached number one in the UK - and the follow-up Pete Tong Ibiza Classics which has so far amassed over 120,000 sales.

DJ Big Al, a former favourite of nightclub Escape, provided the opening, and some wistful memories of former Swansea institution Escape in the Park.

And he was followed by the main man and his visual spectacle, aimed at ravers and party animals, some now a little older and wider, but determined to be transported, in their minds at least, back to treasured sunny evenings on the famous Balearic island.

So it was little surprise, that more than 10,000 people crammed into Singleton Park to see whether this schitzophonic idea would work or not?

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Any doubts were booted out of the park the moment Fatboy Slim's Right Here, Right Now was let out of the blocks.

Strings to melt your heart and beats to make you bounce. The orchestra and Tong went better together than cheese and onion.

A setlist of some of the biggest dance anthems, with the sun and perhaps a little wine, combined to get the party proper bouncing as the sun went down over Swansea Bay.

Underworld's Born Slippy was lapped up by the crowd and dance diva Robin S's 1993 classic Show Me Love also made an appearance too.

Bizarrely, a power cut mid set silenced the orchestra and made for a tense and also silent 10 minutes before normal service resumed.

You've Got The Love brought the party vibes back before The Prodigy's Out of Space sent the crowd into ecstasy.

The 12,000 strong crowd danced like they don't have to get up in the morning, while the man on the stage was visibly enjoying himself.

So yeah, dance music and an orchestra? You betcha it was Pete Tong - but in the greatest of ways.


Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra performing his Ibiza Classics set in Swansea's Singleton Park.

Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra in action

Oi oi! Singleton Park was packed out

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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 27, 2019
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