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Last week we were invited down to London and the hallow ground that is Maida Vale Studios to celebrate the 20 year Radio 1 career of the legend Pete Tong.

Pete Tong has been at the helm of youth dance culture for 2 decades, whether it’s getting you ready for your Friday night, scoring films or his Ibiza Residency – he’s had one hell of a career. And to celebrate Mr Tong handpicked a load of artist’s to help him celebrate this milestone.

Say what you will about Mr Tong, there’s no doubt that you will have captivated you at some point by his Friday night shows, his always-on-the-money track selection and of course the infamous Essential Mix show – which to this day is still seen by many as the pinnacle of their careers.

The recording will be going out on April 8th and trust us when we say it’s a must listen we were treated to a wide variety of acts that had been picked by the man himself.

It all kicked off with the amazing Noisettes who caught our ear with their cover of Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey Hey Hey’ amongst others.

Then after a quick change over Parisian House DJ Martin Solvieg span some records and was accompanied by female vocalist Dragonnette – as they pumped out ‘Hello,’ we were even treated to live PA from Martin himself – the cherry on the top was Solveig dropping Justice’s new track ‘Civilzation’ which he then mixed into man of the moment Siriusmo and his track ‘Mosaik’.

Next up it was one half of Gelometric, Alex Metric, who was accompanied by vocalist Charlie XCX – who made quite an impression – she jumped around the stage so much she showed off her underwear – not that anyone complained – he played some new material including his ‘Open Your Eye’s’ and some new material that sounded like some trashy electro dubstep – all in all it was a great set.

Chase & Status were on hand to take proceedings into the grime and dubstep game and they even dropped his their latest single with again another live PA – we didn’t catch her name – as we’d had quite a few beers – but they raised the roof.

Guy Gerber was nominated to drop some techno and house music, as he unleashed his usual blend of melodic deep house and techno – and managed to get the crowd shuffling to his beat.

Then we were treated to a musical education from uncle Gonzo aka Chilly Gonzales, who pretty much stole the show with an opening of ‘Knight Moves’ and then the catchiest track around at the moment ‘You Can Dance’ with a backing vocals from what he described as an “oestrogen genocide” which just so happened to be three very good looking ladies. Bizarrely he played the piano in his dressing gown. But this just added the magic of his short but sweet comedic rap/stand up set.

And to finish the show we were treated to a mix from DJ duo Groove Armada who actually managed to get the invited crowd dancing. They did this by making a DJ set from tracks that Pete had selected as Essential New Tunes from the last 20 years – to say this was amazing would be a understatement – the best was quite clearly left until last.

You can catch the broadcast of the show, along with a full 12 hour programme schedule on BBC Radio One from 7pm on Friday 8th April. Happy anniversary, Mr Tong!

Photos via Andy Sheppard – www.lowlightphoto.co.uk

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.