King Charles ‘requested Ibiza anthems’ set from DJ Pete Tong for Coronation concert

The monarch specified that he wanted the dance music set that will open the elaborate live show to be Ibiza themed.

Pete Tong backstage at the Coronation Concert held in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Picture date: Sunday May 7, 2023.
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Iconic dance DJ Pete Tong has admitted that King Charles III specifically requested he play a set of Ibiza anthems for his Coronation concert.

The legendary musician has been discussing his role in the star-studded line-up for the celebratory bash at Windsor Castle tonight back stage at the event as he prepares to kick start proceedings at 8pm.

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Tong - known for his show on BBC Radio 1 as well as his live performances to crowds of dance music fans both in the UK and the idyllic Balearic destination.

Speaking behind the scenes Tong revealed his hopes that the set of classic tunes will be a “brilliant” way to start the show.

He told PA news agency: “He wanted Ibiza classics, that was very specific. And then they asked us to suggest a couple of songs so we suggested three or four, and he came back with one of them and that’s the one that’s starting the show, so they very much had an involvement in what they wanted us to perform.”

Tong then elaborated further on the request as he predicted that King Charles III could in fact be a “relapse raver” in light of his playlist specifications.

He explained: “I think they want to put across a big variety of UK talent and touch all different demographics and be relevant to different age groups.

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“I mean, the shows we do we literally get kids up to pensioners. Relapse ravers, we call them - so maybe there’s a few relapsed ravers in the royal household, we don’t know.”

Watch: The Prince and Princess of Wales greet the public in Windsor

The Coronation concert gets underway in a special live broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 8 - 10pm tonight (7 May 2023).

Coverage will see broadcaster Kirsty Young just coverage from a purpose built studio in the grounds of the castle, while Clara Amfo and Jordan Banjo will provide interviews with performers backstage.