We like to think that here at We Love… we push boundaries. We are intentionally bold, brave and pioneering with our lineups. And this year is absolutely no different.
Over the seventeen Sundays that we hold court over Space, we will be introducing over FORTY new artists who have never played at We Love… before. Big news indeed! The We Love… debut acts are listed below…
Anonym | Benji B | Bleak | Boddika | Dense And Pika | DJ Format | Doorly | Duke Dumont | Featurecast | Floorplan | Jackmaster | Jets | Kolsch | Leon Vynehall | Pleasurekraft | Psycatron | Sophie | Coldcut | Craig Charles | Dusky | Function | Hot Since 82 | Huxley | Jean Cedric | Jimmy Edgar | Joy Orbison | Kraak And Smaak | Little Boots Discoteque Experience | Machinedrum | Marco Bailey | Mathew Jonson | Max Cooper | Norman Jay MBE | Pardon My French | Paul Loraine | Pedestrian| Simon Baker | Special Request | The Advent | Transmision Collective | Villanova
And if that wasn’t enough, this year we are also pairing up some of our finest DJs in a series of back to back sessions, something that our artists and crowds thoroughly enjoy. Here’s a list of the guys who will be coupling up this summer.
Joy Orbison Vs Ben UFO, Midland Vs Paul Woolford, Simon Baker Vs Geddes, Mathew Johnson Vs Minilouge Live, Ben UFO Vs Paul Woolford, Pearson Sound Vs Paul Woolford, Pier Bucci Vs Ian C, Jozif Vs Ryan O Gorman, A1 Bassline Vs Leon Vynehall, Jem Haynes Vs Jason Bye, Ryan O Gorman Vs Luv_Jam, Dan Wild Vs Tom Rio, Jem Haynes Vs Luv_Jam, DJ Callum Vs Jason Bye
We’re seriously looking forward to what is going to be yet another ground-breaking summer for us. See you front and centre…
Promoting a club night on the island of Ibiza for the 4 month season is nothing short of complicated. And We Love… is no different. This year we will book over 150 artists, sort out over 700 flights and reserve over 400 hotel rooms, and all this before anyone even sets foot in the club. Phew!
But less about that. The subject of today’s blog is the flyers. Over half a million flyers will be printed and distributed for We Love… this year alone. They are so commonplace on the streets of Ibiza, that not much thought is given to where they come from.
So let’s lift the lid on the subject. We spoke to the team behind them to find out what really makes our flyers so special…
Hot off the press...
So where does the design process begin? We spoke to Mark Broadbent, our Musical Director, who generally kicks things off.
“I can not take much credit for the actual design of our artwork other than they are my ideas to a certain extent. I am lucky enough to work with two hugely talented artists – Bruce Fisher and David Tazzyman – whom I have over the years developed a relationship with that enables me to voice my ideas for them to make real.
“I explain feelings that I want to realise and colours that I feel will best represent what we are doing that summer within the current market place. This is a process that never stops in my mind, I am continually thinking about the marketing and representation of product via artwork.”
We want to run away and join this circus
David Tazzyman, our illustrator is then handed the brief.
“I enjoy doing the We Love… campaigns more than anything else as I get to be the creative director as well as the illustrator. It’s a massive challenge creating the look of each year’s campaign and I enjoy the freedom I get from the We Love… guys once they’ve given me the initial brief.
“For instance, my brief for the 2011 campaign was an email that just said ‘this year the keyword is CIRCUS‘. I have a massive love of 1960s and 70s Polish circus posters so I brought these influences and my ideas to the design meeting and Mark and Darren just said “brilliant, go for it”!
“This year’s campaign is very different to the previous four. They threw a curve ball at me and said they wanted it stripped right back, simple, punchy and neon! With hardly any illustration like very early acid house flyers. So I went away and took my influences from punk, football and youth culture fanzines of the 70s and 80s like Sniffin’ Glue, The End and Freaky Dancing.
“I wanted the flyers to have that DIY look, like they had been made in someone’s bedroom using a photocopier, a pen, scissors and a pot of glue! Then giving it a slightly modern twist of using neon colours on black.
“I have always loved flyers and have shoe boxes full of them from the old days. I feel privileged to now have my own designs littering the streets of Ibiza every year!”
The design starts to come to life!
It’s then over to Bruce Fisher, our graphic designer to make the illustrations into flyers.
“90% of the work I do is press advertising for rock/pop bands, festivals and outdoor events in local/national newspapers and magazines.
“Newspapers suck up all the ink and the design can can look flat, magazine adverts generally look very good as are printed on a better quality stock of paper.
“However with flyers the fun starts… you have the ability to choose your own paper stock, you’re not limited by inks, as in the case of this years We Love… Space campaign…
“We are using neon fluro pantone inks – glow in the dark!!! These inks work so well with this years ‘punk-meets-80s retro disco old skool flyer style‘ with an added colourful punch in the stomach! Also with flyers as previous years, we can have them die-cut to any shape we envisage, I could go on…?
Click HERE to see more nerdy videos of our flyers being colour checked at the printers.
Cliff Lay from Proactive is our Printing Manager over in the UK. We asked him for more of the geeky statistics…
“This year we are printing 515,000 flyers, which is 3.2 tonnes of paper. Setting up the machines takes a while – especially this year because we’re using fluorescent inks and we want the colours to be as bright and vibrant as possible. Right now we’re printing the first 275,000 flyers. It’ll take around 9 hours to print them all, and then 20 hours to crease them, 4 or 5 hours to cut and another 20 hours to fold and pack them in boxes. Thankfully there’s a machine that does the folding – although putting them in boxes is done by hand – around 130 boxes for this first batch. It’s a lot of work in a short amount of time (less than 48 hours from printing the first sheet to sending them out into the world).”
Suffice to say – we are damn proud of our flyers. Look out for them around the island from June to October..
Now there's a whole lot of flyers. 275,000 to be exact...
After the success of last year’s post-midnight sessions on the Sunset Terrace at We Love… Space, After Dark returns every Sunday for the duration of the 2013 summer season. Expertly curated and hosted by long-term We Love… resident DJ Mr Doris, After Dark boasts a line-up of DJs, artists, audiovisual shows, B-Boys, MCs and live experiences like nothing else the club (let alone the island!) has seen before.
Incredible things seem to happen After Dark...
Expect a summer of beats without borders, from the reggae infused style of Trojan Records’ Earl Gateshead to the intricate sounds of Nickodemus and Nightmares On Wax. Turntablists like DJ Format, Stickybuds, Featurecast and DJ Vadim show us how it’s really done while DJ Yoda and DJ Cheeba bring their groundbreaking audiovisual performances to unfamiliar territory. The affable Craig Charles will also be bringing his BBC6 Funk & Soul Show to the shores of Ibiza for the very first time. Funk-laden breaks enthusiasts Kraak & Smaak make their Ibiza debut while Krafty Kuts and A Skillz hit Space to celebrate 10 years of Trickatechnology. The Ninja Tune & Solid Steel 25th Anniversary Show with Coldcut and Matt Black is set to impress alongside live shows from Rae & Christianand festival heavy-hitters The Correspondents who wowed the crowds last year with their incredibly high octane performance.
After Dark takes place every Sunday from midnight at We Love… Space from 9 June 2013.
Last year, We Love… were proud to be associated with what could be perceived to be a slightly bonkers, yet totally inspiring concept – The Bloop Festival. And this year, we are positively beaming to be working alongside them again.
Bloop 2013 will run from July 14th to August 18th and will be spreading joy in the form of interactive art installations, expositions and music events. Which is where We Love… comes in. We will be providing the soundtrack to a number of the Bloop events over in San Antonio at the old lighthouse, Far Des Coves Blanques, and in true cross-over style, the guys from Bloop will be hosting El Salon on Space’s Birthday Sunday 11th August where you can expect breakdancing, crazy art concepts and a whole lot of Italian fun! Bloop’s very own Digital Genetic Pasta will also be recreating last year’s spectacle in the big old Room of Boom where music meets an interactive robot. This is next level futuristic stuff! You can see how it worked out last year in this video…
You can read more about the phenomenal Space Birthday lineup right HERE.
For more information on the Bloop Festival 2013, check out their website HERE.
It’s that time of year again! The sun’s cracking the flags and the streets and beaches are bursting at the seams with young hopefuls looking for a job to make this summer their most magical ever.
Well, guess what, We Love… are looking for a superb team to help us promote our 15th year as the most unique club night on the island – a night where over 25 artists perform in 6 arenas under one roof in the world famous Space Club every Sunday for 17 weeks. WOW!
Click HERE to apply. (Not available on mobile site or for iPad)
Flying not only the flag, but the smiley face balloons too!
It’s the perfect job for those of you who want to spend the day meeting new people whilst promoting a night that you are truly passionate about.
After two very different but equally as good Alpine festivals in France and Austria, our tour schedule took us to the (supposedly) warmer climes of Amsterdam. After a fantastic show at Air for ADE last winter on Friday, we kicked off a residency at Amsterdam’s oldest venue with headliners Jesse Rose and The Revenge sitting alongside local lad and hotly tipped Cinnaman. Greeted upon arrival by torrential rain but with the promise of spring in the air, our Tour Manager Andrew Livesey has again documented the weekend’s activities through the trusty lens of a mobile phone.
“As is becoming somewhat of a tradition with our toured events, a stop at the Hierbas counter is always the first port of call. Taking the spirit of Ibiza, so to speak, on our merry way.”
“Amazing views leaving Ibiza on a fantastically sunny spring morning. The weather on the other side was wetter to say the least.”
“With a quick break in the clouds we took a chance to explore the city and and see what was going on that evening.”
“Big thanks to The Revenge who played a blinding set. From Disco through house all the way to an acid faction. Great work and well deserving of a drink!”
“Next up Jesse Rose took the club by the horns, a great set of jackin’ house and LA bass. Gracias amigo!”
We Love... Air
“Part of the great team behind Air Amsterdam along with friends of the We Love… family Beezwax and Robert.”
“A pensive Revenge mulls over just how far he can push the kick-on with the weight of an early morning flight resting heavy in the back of his mind.”
Fruity In The Sky
“Feeling a bit worse for wear the following morning an inspired choice to head to the marvelous Sky Lounge leads to an afternoon of cocktails and soft jazz. A great place to hang out on a sunny Saturday.”
“The panoramic views from the Sky Lounge were quite spectacular.”
“With an afternoon of cocktails under our belt and and a night out which for censorship reasons shall remain undocumented here, Sunday was a very delicate day indeed and a boat tour of the canals was about all the action we could handle. A very nice and fitting way to end a great weekend in a fantastic city. We really do love Amsterdam.”
We will be announcing our next parties at Air very soon along with some special news regarding next year’s ADE. Keep your eyes peeled and check the Air Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with what this great venue has coming up.
If anyone knows what’s taking shape over at We Love… HQ, it’s generally Jamie ‘Fatneck’ Low. As a nosey Yorkshireman, he takes pride in being able to uncover some of the deep dark secrets that surround the planning and programming of our summer seasons. Having played for us since time began,he already knows how the mad genius of this well-oiled machine works. And with this in mind, he has had an impressive go at second-guessing some of the artists and labels we have in store for the summer of 2013.
Impressed? We were. This sublime house selection showcases at least seven of our artists and labels that are signing on the dotted line this year. So plug in your speakers, whack the volume up to red and have a go at guessing which of these blinding players are going to be gracing We Love… Space on Sundays 2013.
I:Cube – y.o.u.r.o.c.k.
Dusky – Nobody Else
Omar S – The Shit Baby
Neil Howard – To Be Or Not To Be (edit)
Bantam Lions – No Going Back (Cottam Mix)
Bicep – Stash
Tom Taylor – Twilight (Jack Dixon Mix)
Bicep – Mixmaster 88
Moodyman – Freaki Muthafucker (Catz n Dogz Edit)
Joy Orbison & Bodikka – Dun Dun
Romanthony – Le Me Show You Love (Oliver S Remix)
Crazy P – Heartbreaker (Huxley Remix)
Franck Roger & Mandel Turner – Going Through The Motions
Lee Stevens & Simonlebon – Deep Inside
Jimpster – Dangley Panther
Knee Deep – Darlin
Kiwi Dreams – Y (Tenaglia Dub)
Manuel Tur – Rest Your Senses
Roscoe Sledge – Mis En Scene (Dub)
Little Boots – Whatever Sets You Free
Bill Withers – Who Is He & What Is He To You?
Voices Of Life – The Word is Love
Phreek Plus One – La Spirale (JV’s Loveboat Mix)
Last week we headed off to Snowbombing for our first excursion to the Austrian festival. Now in its 13th year snowbombing has become one of the highlights of the dance music calendar. This year we were blessed with great weather, near perfect snow and skiing conditions and a huge line up of some of our favourite acts. On Wednesday we took over the fantastic Schlussel venue with an all star line up hinting at some of our up coming artists at Space this Summer. Headliner James Zabiela was joined by Paul Woolford, Alex Niggemann and George Fitzgerald and Midland who stepped in to a Scuba-shaped hole playing back to back as last minute stand-ins for the ill Hot Flush capo who was unable to attend. Below is a phone’s eye record of the week away from We Love… tour manager Andrew Livesey.
The Spirit Of Ibiza
“As with all great Alpine expeditions the first step is always the supply run, for us this meant a couple of bottles of Hierbas from the airport.”
In Plane Sight
“A great day for flying and the view coming into Innsbruck was quite spectacular.”
“Having arrived in Mayrhofen in the evening our first port of call was the infamous Manni’s restaurant for a spot of dinner with James Zabiela, Mat Playford and the heads of the festival.”
Into The Valley
“Feeling slightly sorry for ourselves going up the cable-car on our first day after an unexpectedly heavy night out thanks to Crazy P, Deetron and Marc Roberts, our woes soon fell away as we began to explore the fantastic ski resort.”
“Back down the hill after a great first day we stopped for a quick beer on the way home. We Love’s Musical Director Mark Broadbent seemed quite surprised to have made it through the day in one piece.”
Kings Of The Mountain
“Avalanche zones were no match for us. On our second day up the hill we blew the rest of the contenders out of the park taking joint first place in the King Of The Mountains competition. A great achievement by anybody’s standards.”
Smiles All Round
“On Wednesday we took over the Schlussel in full force. Too many musical highlights to mention as all the acts brought their A-game.”
“With everyone in high spirits so to speak the Hierbas didn’t last long”
Simian Mobile Rescue
“Luckily Simian Mobile Disco turned up in the nick of time with a bottle of Tequila to fill the gap.”
“With a very sore head, even the crystal blue skies couldn’t lure me up the hill for a final day on the slopes. It was with a weary but happy head that we set off back to Ibiza.”
We will be continuing our partnership with Snowbombing into the Summer ahead. Watch this space for some very special announcements.
Last week, Team We Love returned from an excellent trip to The Black Weekend in Chamonix where Acid Pauli ripped it up on top of the Grand Montets with a fantastic set of trippy, carnival-esque house music and The Pachanga Boys closed our event and the festival as a whole with one of the best sets we’ve witnessed in a long time at the chic and intimate Hotel Aiglons accompanied by Dream Koala. You can read all about it and check out Andrew’s photo diary on our blog right here.
Next week we travel up some different slopes to Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, a gargantuan festival which takes over the whole town and plays host to live bands and DJ sets designed to please skiers, boarders and the après-ski alike.
As a celebration of all things snowy, we have asked our two of our keen skiers at We Love HQ and brothers in arms, Andrew and Mark, to tell us what inspires them up a hill or in a blizzard…
The Girl Band – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage “This has been going round and round in my inner-space since first hearing it but it’s really when your in a relaxed place that this kinda track really comes into its own. I tried to time it so that the intro part was when I was on the lift and then just as I was about to get off it kicked in (the drop as they say). Kicks the shit out of the amazing original from Blawan. Thats saying something right?!?”
Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It (And Now I’m Going To Hell) “Can’t find the Slayer remix / booty on youtube so you will have to deal with the original which is also fucking ace. Proper Euro Pop Cheese belter that can still be heard on the slopes of any European skiing town (and will be for ever) and just try getting it out of your head once you’ve heard it! EARWORM BE GONE!”
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain “Hurtling through the mogul fields of the Brevent and Flegere range in Chamonix valley at death defying speeds this track was on constant repeat in my brain. It was hard for me to tell in my mind’s eye if I was more like James Bond or Jason Bourne; either way I looked fucking class.”
Dream Koala – We Can’t Be Friends “Dream Koala played live for us at the closing of the Black Weekend festival and really impressed me. His music sits somewhere between balearica and post pop and set the scene perfectly for our intimate closing party. This track sticks in my memory but they are all great.”