60 Seconds with Mark Broadbent – Ibiza Promoter

    60 Seconds with Mark Broadbent – Ibiza Promoter

    Mark Broadbent is part of the team that brings you We Love at Space
    every Sunday throughout the season. The festival within a club takes a
    great deal of planning and orginaization, we wanted to find out how We
    Love deliver year on year…

    Did your 2011 launch party live up to your expectations?

    It did that! We were over the moon with the opening party this year,
    more people than last year and a great looking crowd that totally got
    all the swerve balls we threw at them. Greg Wilson on the sunset terrace
    was a particular highlight.

    How much planning goes into a season?

    Shit loads. It’s a full time job for four people over a six month

    Do you ever feel during the process that you’ll never be ready in time
    for the opening?

    No. This will be our 13 season at space and before that we have been
    putting on big parties since 1992, we also put on big festivals in the
    UK for eight years so we are now a very well oiled machine with a great
    team of workers who I’m glad to say get on board to help us out every

    We Love always have talent-heavy line ups, is there any reason in
    particular that you choose to have so many DJs playing for each event?

    As mentioned in the above question we have had a lot of experience in
    festivals and this is what we decided to try and do at space on a weekly
    basis, a festival in a nightclub!

    What do you look for in the DJs that you book for We Love?

    Simple. They have to be the best at what they do and have a genuine
    passion for it. It helps if they are also nice people to deal with.

    You always have a strong base of residents, how important is the role
    that they play?

    The resident’s role is very important; they set the stage for the party
    and hopefully will go on to better things thus helping to promote what
    we do here around the globe. James Zabiela is an excellent example of
    this. This year will be his tenth year playing for us as resident.

    Who are you most looking forward to seeing play for We Love this summer?

    I look forward to seeing everybody we book but end up seeing hardly any
    of them for their full sets due to having to sort out stupid bits and
    pieces on the night. However I’d really like to hope I get chance to see
    the Caribou show and Carl Craig and Francesco Tristano will also be
    awesome on the September 18, but to be honest it’s all good at We Love!

    What makes Space Ibiza the perfect venue for your party?

    Our history with the venue speaks for itself and the six rooms at Space
    really help us to showcase what we want to do better than any other
    venue in the world right now.

    What is it about Ibiza that makes her so special?

    An open mindedness from the locals and the people who come to celebrate
    the summer here every year.

    How important is Ibiza to the building of a global club brand?

    Ibiza is the global trade show for electronic music during the summer
    months so I’d have to say it is very important.

    Describe your first Ibiza experience?

    Handing out flyers and sticking up posters for cream in 1997. I had the
    most amazing time and met many friends that I’m still good friends with

    Away from the club how do you relax on the island?

    I love the beach and make sure to spend one day on it every week, I also
    own a house in the old town that is a fantastic hideaway from the stress
    of the summer. Play music, cook good food and smoke lots of spliffs!

    What is your favourite beach?

    Not telling. Made this mistake a long time ago by telling too many
    people about Benirras and now look at that beach, such a shame.

    What are you listening too chilling on the beach?

    The waves splashing against the shore.

    You’ve got a night off, where do you head for food?

    It all depends on who I’m with but left to my own devices I’d eat the
    same thing every day and I’d go to Tied Up on the port, I’m pretty
    boring that way but it is an absolutely fantastic little restaurant and
    over the last few years they have nailed it with their menu.

    Name three essential items needed to survive your Ibiza trip?

    Money, a strong mind and more money !

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen/experienced on the island?

    The west end of San Antonio circa 1997/8, absolute chaos!