Another year, another DJ awards ceremony. Another awards ceremony, another wardrobe crisis. Another wardrobe crisis, another reason to hit the sales… But oops, I digress! Back to the business of the DJ awards…
As with previous years, tonight’s proceedings began with a cocktail party for nominees and press at Ocean Drive Hotel, where the mojitos were free-flowing and the music came from a quirky DJ set-up in a funky little Red Bull-mobile. Then was time to hotfoot it down the road – just a hop, skip and a shimmy down the red carpet – to the hallowed halls of Pacha, where the ceremony itself took place.There were two hours of schmoozing, air kissing and indulging in delicious canapés on the main room dance floor before the main event began, and when it did, the awards were coming thick and fast – no room for lengthy acceptance speeches here!
The first award off the bat was the award for best Progressive House DJ, and when Sander Kleinenberg – who wasn’t even a nominee – was called to the stage, you could see jaws dropping around the room and hear whispers of ‘it’s fixed’ coming from the audience, as rumours have always surrounded the legitimacy of the awards and their allegiance to Pacha. However tonight, Sander jokingly passed the baton to his very good friend Sasha – unfortunately though, Miss W thinks half of the audience probably missed the joke! You win some, you lose some… quite literally!
In between awards, dance music diva Barbara Tucker provided a live performance, proving she’s still got it, meanwhile one poor Pacha dancer actually whacked her head on the giant screens behind her as she was dancing along – oops!
Other highlights included Sven Vath – dressed in Cocoon attire of course – accepting the award for best techno DJ and swooning about Ibiza, Ibiza, Ibiza fulfilling his dreams, best newcomer Joris Voorn looking completely stoked to have won and the fact that best set went to Luciano and Sven at Ushuaia, meaning the all-new day venue has really made a mark for itself this year as these awards are voted for by the public.
Other award winners included David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Sander Van Doorn, Marco V, Guy Gerber, Milton Jackson, Rob Da Bank, Tomas Hedberg, Michel Cleis and of course, F*** Me I’m Famous – a pretty good indication as to where the public’s heart lies. The award for Outstanding dedication to the industry went to Jose Pascual, the founder of the DJ awards and for Outstanding Contribution, The International Music Summit – fair play indeed. But in the category of best media, Miss W couldn’t help but think that perhaps next year, there’s a certain website which may be eligible for nomination as it comes into its third year on the island… just a thought, of course!!
THE GOOD: Don’t you think the Pacha dancers display extreme stamina and longevity? Night in, night out they are walking about town, posturing on the podiums and tonight was no exception (though I did notice they were standing on swiveling discs, making their movements even more fluid) clad in gorgeous hot pink couture creations and thigh high Barbie-esque patent leather boots and using bottles of champagne as props. Oh – and that was Pacha champagne darlings!
THE BAD: Hmmm… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! The quality of sound carrying the presenter and winner’s voices was definitely not up to Pacha’s usual standards. It seemed the accompanying DJ, didn’t lower his music’s volume enough for those on the stage, meaning muffled speeches all round – Miss W struggled to hear a lot of what was being said, though thankfully she managed to catch this next little snippet…
THE GOSSIP: As he took to the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Contribution for the International Music Summit, Pete Tong – who last year was notably absent from the winner’s list – quipped, ‘it’s nice to be back in a posh club’ call, prompting rumours aplenty about the future of Wonderland at Eden next year. Oooh, I love a good bit of winter gossip – let’s see how this one winds up!