Nico Rosberg – Master of The Road, And His Mind – NDTVSports.com


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retired on Friday, will be remembered in Formula One as the cool, calm and collected driver who doggedly overcame a brilliant teammate to win a world title.

Rosberg‘s shock decision to swap driving in the fast lane for helping in his wife’s ice cream parlour in Ibiza came only five days after he claimed his maiden drivers crown.

His skill behind the wheel of the all-conquering Mercedes Silver Arrow was undoubted.

But he also went to a Japanese Zen master in Kyoto to hone his powers of meditation.

“In simple terms, the idea was to work on the full consciousness,” Rosberg disclosed to German daily Der Spiegel on Friday making his stunning retirement public.

“You take the time to relax and to concentrate on your feelings. You learn to accept your emotions, including negative emotions like anger and worry.”

There’s been plenty of that over the past few seasons as his teenage friendship with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton degenerated into all out war.

Yet such is the respect the pair hold for each other — albeit well masked at times — Rosberg revealed he had personally broken the news of his retirement to Hamilton.

“I think that’s right and proper,” he told German F1 website Formel1.de.

“We had such great battles so I wanted him to know it from me.

“I wanted to inform the team as quickly as possible. I sent Lewis a message,” said Rosberg.


The duo’s rivalry gave F1 a much needed shot of adrenalin at a time when Mercedes’ domination threatened to send fans to sleep.

Whilst relations were often tense with Hamilton, they were also fraught with another former teammate,legendary seven-world world champion Michael Schumacher.

“When I arrived (at Mercedes) he was, in inverted commas, bigger than God,” Rosberg told Bild.

Despite losing to Hamilton in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, his overall triumph against the Briton reflected his refusal to give up, a relentless competitiveness and a cerebral attention to detail.

It also enabled Rosberg to exorcise the demons that appeared to overshadow his intense competition with Hamilton, a relationship which dates back to teenage karting days as team-mates, room-mates and rivals. It has exploded with collisions and off-track acrimony in the last four years.

In many ways, Rosberg’s success — and his identity as a champion — has been defined by his relationship, and differences, with Hamilton.

Born to his Finnish father and German mother Sina in Wiesbaden, Germany, on June 27, 1985, Rosberg has raced for both Finland, briefly in his early career, and Germany. Yet, if anything, he is Monegasque and cosmopolitan.

He speaks five languages yet he does not speak Finnish thanks to his father’s decision to bring him up without it.

And, far from having an easy life due to inherited wealth and privilege, he has, like Hamilton, always had a sense that he has much to prove.

Nicknamed ‘Britney’

“My mum grew up after the war in Germany and she used to take cigarettes from the floor and smoke the last bit left by American soldiers. They had nothing. She grew up like that.”

Rosberg began karting aged six. He and Hamilton met as rivals in 1997 and became team-mates in 2000.

In 2002, he moved to the German Formula BMW championship and won the title.

His rise was a season ahead of Hamilton’s parallel ascent of motor racing’s ladder. As teenage rivals, both dreamt and laughed at the prospect of racing for the F1 world title.

Rosberg arrived in F1, with Williams, his father’s team. For his son, however, blessed with flaxen hair and an easy charm, it was a harsh school for top-level competition.

He was partnered with Australian Mark Webber, who dubbed him Britney, after the pop singer Britney Spears. It was a soubriquet that branded Rosberg, only 20, with an image that took time to shake off.

He claimed his first podium at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

In 2010, he moved to the rebranded Mercedes team, alongside Schumacher before the arrival, in 2013, of Hamilton.

While Hamilton remains single and has a playboy image, Rosberg in 2014 married his childhood sweetheart Vivian Sibold with whom he has a daughter, Alaia, born in August last year.

Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics, review: Bringing gravitas to a … – Evening Standard

With Clean Bandit taking cello to the top of the charts and two separate orchestral house albums coming out in the past few weeks, dance and classical music are having an unlikely bromance.

DJ Pete Tong’s project, debuted at a Prom last year and now seen on a larger scale than the Hacienda Classical event that comes to the Albert Hall next May, employed conductor Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra to bring gravitas to a barrage of arms-aloft Ibiza anthems. 

Hits such as Fatboy Slim’s Right Here Right Now and Robert Miles’s Children had strings in their original form anyway. On others such as Daft Punk’s One More Time, the rock dynamics of the core band overpowered even this huge number of musicians.

Tong urged on the packed crowd from the back, while Buckley’s conducting flourishes weren’t a million miles away from the thrown shapes of the committed raver. 

Guest singers included Jessie Ware, passionate in her first appearance since having a baby, plus Ella Eyre and John Newman, whose hits with Rudimental have been granted Ibiza classic status rather quickly. The biggest cheers were reserved for Candi Staton, now 76, who still had soul on 30-year-old You Got the Love. 

This could have been a toothless taming of clubland favourites, designed for people who now spend more money on babysitters than glowsticks. As it turned out, the energy remained and a surplus of violinists was a preferable kind of excess to the current dance scene’s laser overload.

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Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics, review: Bringing gravitas to a barrage of arms-aloft Ibiza anthems – Evening Standard

With Clean Bandit taking cello to the top of the charts and two separate orchestral house albums coming out in the past few weeks, dance and classical music are having an unlikely bromance.

DJ Pete Tong’s project, debuted at a Prom last year and now seen on a larger scale than the Hacienda Classical event that comes to the Albert Hall next May, employed conductor Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra to bring gravitas to a barrage of arms-aloft Ibiza anthems. 

Hits such as Fatboy Slim’s Right Here Right Now and Robert Miles’s Children had strings in their original form anyway. On others such as Daft Punk’s One More Time, the rock dynamics of the core band overpowered even this huge number of musicians.

Tong urged on the packed crowd from the back, while Buckley’s conducting flourishes weren’t a million miles away from the thrown shapes of the committed raver. 

Guest singers included Jessie Ware, passionate in her first appearance since having a baby, plus Ella Eyre and John Newman, whose hits with Rudimental have been granted Ibiza classic status rather quickly. The biggest cheers were reserved for Candi Staton, now 76, who still had soul on 30-year-old You Got the Love. 

This could have been a toothless taming of clubland favourites, designed for people who now spend more money on babysitters than glowsticks. As it turned out, the energy remained and a surplus of violinists was a preferable kind of excess to the current dance scene’s laser overload.

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Pete Tong Ibiza Classics at Manchester Arena – stage times and support acts – Manchester Evening News

Fusing house and classical music together may not sound like a match made in heaven, but Pete Tong made it work.

On the back of the success of BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, Pete has teamed up with conductor Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra to bring his new show – Ibiza Classics – to Manchester.

The Manchester Arena date on December 2 was announced following phenomenal demand for tickets to what was originally a one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena.

Fans can expect an energetic brand of club music reworked by the 60-piece orchestra, singers, and synths – the ultimate dance party.

Candi Staton, Jessie Ware and Ella Eyre have been confirmed for the Manchester show.

Jessie Ware on the main stage at Parklife 2015
(Photo: Joel Goodman)

What time will Pete Tong be on stage?

Doors: 6.30pm

First act: 7.30pm

Pete Tong: 9.15pm (approx)

Global DJ icon Pete’s choice to work with Jules is an inspired one, with the Heritage Orchestra’s artistic director specialising in hip contemporary orchestral projects

His recent highlights include collaborations with Gregory Porter, Tori Amos, Laura Mvula, Goldie, Markus Stockhausen, Michael Kiwanuka and UK house music duo Basement Jaxx and two Latin Grammy nominations.

BMAs present new class of breakout stars – Boston Herald

A decade ago, the Boston Music Awards didn’t have an identity. This was the era of undeserved Aerosmith awards and nominations for John Mayer just because he spent a few months at Berklee. The BMAs’ long journey from celebrating corporate rock to championing a diverse group of young, independent artists finishes at the House of Blues Dec. 8 (tickets and details at bostonmusicawards.com).

The BMA class of 2016 represents the depth of this city’s scene. Take a look at the nominees for artist of the year and you’ll find synth pop trio PVRIS, alt rockers Palehound, gothic folk siren Marissa Nadler, indie folk-rock outfit the Ballroom Thieves, and hip-hop sensations Cousin Stizz and Michael Christmas. Every one of these acts has a budding national following and glowing press clippings.

You could say the 2016 artist of the year contenders are so big, they don’t need another local story singing their praises. Actually, I will say it. The Boston Herald, the BMAs and the Massachusetts scene have pushed these nominees beyond our borders, so it’s time to take a look at the some of the tremendous talent on the undercard, the acts who could go national in 2017.

Julie Rhodes

• Nominated for album, new artist, Americana artist and female vocalist of the year: Rhodes’ vocals evoke blues queens and soul shouters, but her debut LP, “Bound to Meet the Devil,” digs deeper into all kinds of rootsy sounds — bluegrass fiddle, folky dirges, classic rock riffs. I fully expect her to wow the crowd at Newport Folk or Austin City Limits in a year or two.

Lady Pills

Nominated for new artist of the year: It’s the rare band that can absolutely clobber you with distortion and woo you with a sweet melody at once. Lady Pills does it over and over again on the band’s debut, “Despite.” Start with “Make Out,” where singer/guitarist Ella Boissonnault coos, “Everyone’s so stupid, I just wanna make out with you” over a huge, rumbling mess of guitar, bass and drums. The trio had an impressive 2016: Berklee’s SXSW showcase, the locals-only stage at Boston Calling. Next year, they’ll top it.

Abbie Barrett

Nominated for female vocalist and singer-songwriter of the year: Yes, Barrett is a woman who sings and writes songs. But she could just as easily have nabbed nominations for album of the year for “That Shame,” or song of the year for the tough, tight rock tune “Take It in Stride.” She also should be a contender for best live act. (Go see her New Year’s Eve at Atwood’s Tavern for proof.)

Party Bois

Nominated for electronic artist of the year: I can’t stop you from listening to St. Lucia or Savoir Adore, but I can tell you to slide Party Bois into the mix. (The hooks are sharper, the production more nuanced.) I’m not sure why this synth pop outfit isn’t playing clubs in Reykjavik and beaches in Ibiza. Maybe it’s because Keith Pierce sounds more like Tom Waits than anyone in Spandau Ballet. I find the growl endearing when packed into a new wave-disco jam.

Matthew Stubbs & the Antiguas

Nominated for blues artist of the year: Stubbs is simply an astounding guitarist. Not just a wicked blues player, the man excels at all sorts of rip-roarin’ rootsy stuff: garage rock, rockabilly twang and ’60s psychedelia. Since January, he and his ace backing band have been holding court at the Plough & Stars with weekly Monday shows. In 2017, Stubbs moves the residence to the Sinclair. It’s time he got the local love he has long deserved.

Guy Gerber Is Ready for Art Basel Redemption This Friday – Miami New Times

Welcome to Basel, Mr. Gerber.

An interview with Guy Gerber isn’t really an interview — more like a casual conversation, a stroll in the park between pals. He was with friends in Los Angeles having a few pre-studio cocktails somewhere on Sunset Boulevard when we tracked him down. His friend yelled from a distance and Gerber shouted back, “I’m doing an interview!”

Shortly into our chat Gerber stops and says, “Oh shit, there was a traffic accident and now the police are coming.”

In a world with publicists, assistants and more assistants — this relaxed approach is refreshing.

Despite his impending trip to Miami, Gerber is loving Los Angeles, and a great transition from Ibiza. “I love the vibe in L.A. It’s good for me to come here and get healthy,” he says. “There are a lot of parties in Ibiza and it’s a lazy life for me. L.A. is healthier and I get to work in a better studio.”

Gerber’s Rumors party is returning to Art Basel for its second consecutive year and, again, set to take place at 1 Hotel South Beach. Last year’s South Pool Deck venue was rained out, but the Rumors team will give it another go this time around. Gerber will be joined by Bill Patrick, Lauren Lane, Acid Mondays, Bas Ibellini, Lou Flores, and Diego Teran.

The good news and bad news: this is a free show, which is nice of Mr. Gerber, but the door will be like Walmart on Black Friday so plan accordingly.

Gerber visits Miami regularly throughout the year and was just in town for a Halloween party at Space, but it’s Basel that tugs at his heartstrings. “Art Basel is my favorite time and it’s important to me. Our Rumors show is important because we bring the Ibiza vibe to each city and Ibiza is translated differently… But now I’m enjoying Basel the most for sure. WMC used to be more important — it’s not the same,” Gerber adds.

Released in September, Gerber’s first EP on his Rumors label included the 10-minute tech house cut, “Secret Encounters,” and the deep house song, “Full Circle.” If played, the two tracks two are certain to have the art aficionados going wild and the crowd of scarves will also love Gerber’s 2015 production “Claire.”

He told us an album is set to release sometime in 2017, but we couldn’t get Gerber to commit to a particular month or even season. The album will come when it comes.

On the way out Gerber looks a bit worried and let’s us in on a secret. “I’m very superstitious and when I did an interview with Miami New Times last year, it rained and we had to move the party indoors. I hope this does not happen again.”

Weather gods, if you’re listening, the Miami New Times has never and will never wish ill will against a pool party. Never.

Guy Gerber. Friday, December 2, at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000; 1hotels.com. Admission is free.

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics, Genting Arena, Birmingham – review … – expressandstar.com

PUBLISHED: December 1, 2016 1:02 pm
LAST UPDATED: December 1, 2016 4:35 pm

Where did it all go wrong for Pete Tong?! Twenty five years of bringing dance music to the masses on Radio One. Devoted fans following him from LA to Ibiza. And even being honoured with a MBE.

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Pete Tong

If you’ve never seen him DJ, chances are you’ve at least used the Cockney rhyming slang.

For his legions of fans Pete Tong has come to symbolise UK dance culture.

A culture that has ebbed and flowed through acid house raves, the rise of the super club to today’s mass market EDM.

But despite these changes, Tong has remained a constant taste-maker.

And it’s not just the DJ booth where he has reigned.

Last year he was invited to take part in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and bring a classical edge to some of dance’s biggest tracks through the decades.

Classic tracks were reworked to look back on 20 years of Radio One’s annual pilgrimage to the White Isle.

And now Tong has returned to work with the Heritage Orchestra led by Jules Buckley again for a tour which arrived at Birmingham’s Genting Arena last night.

It was literally a family experience for those gathered to worship the great man.

pete tong2
The show

Dads talking to their kids of clubbing at Birmingham’s legendary Miss Moneypenny’s nights at Bonds.

Groups of friends leaving work behind to relive their misspent youth.

But also teenagers who still follow the pied piper of dance and love the classics.

Tong appears behind the assembled 60-strong orchestra for the show with visuals captivating the crowd.

And it was always going to be one big nostalgia trip.

An achingly brilliant version of Moby – Porcelain was a highlight alongside new versions of tracks by ATB and Eric Prydz.

The orchestra were ably supported by singers Sam White, Brendan Reilly and Vila Malinda including on a superb Daft Punk edit.

But it wasn’t just a look back. The show was brought bang up-to-date with guest spots by chart stars Jessie Ware and Ella Eyre and a spin for a track championed by Tong by Danish DJ Kolsch called Grey.

The night rose to a crescendo with one of the biggest cheers of the night to Energy 52’s Cafe Del Mar played with a blissful film beaming out showing the blue seas and golden sunset in Ibiza.

Soul diva Candi Staton then joined the orchestra on stage to perform her seminal track You’ve Got The Love before Tong and Buckley were persuaded to go for a second encore of Faithless’ Insomnia.

Club culture may have its detractors including fears for the future of many much-loved venues in the UK but Tong proved its popularity is as strong as ever as raving is a state of mind.

By Andrew Turton

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Pete Tong Ibiza Classics, Genting Arena, Birmingham – review – expressandstar.com

PUBLISHED: December 1, 2016 1:02 pm
LAST UPDATED: December 1, 2016 4:35 pm

Where did it all go wrong for Pete Tong?! Twenty five years of bringing dance music to the masses on Radio One. Devoted fans following him from LA to Ibiza. And even being honoured with a MBE.

pete
Pete Tong

If you’ve never seen him DJ, chances are you’ve at least used the Cockney rhyming slang.

For his legions of fans Pete Tong has come to symbolise UK dance culture.

A culture that has ebbed and flowed through acid house raves, the rise of the super club to today’s mass market EDM.

But despite these changes, Tong has remained a constant taste-maker.

And it’s not just the DJ booth where he has reigned.

Last year he was invited to take part in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and bring a classical edge to some of dance’s biggest tracks through the decades.

Classic tracks were reworked to look back on 20 years of Radio One’s annual pilgrimage to the White Isle.

And now Tong has returned to work with the Heritage Orchestra led by Jules Buckley again for a tour which arrived at Birmingham’s Genting Arena last night.

It was literally a family experience for those gathered to worship the great man.

pete tong2
The show

Dads talking to their kids of clubbing at Birmingham’s legendary Miss Moneypenny’s nights at Bonds.

Groups of friends leaving work behind to relive their misspent youth.

But also teenagers who still follow the pied piper of dance and love the classics.

Tong appears behind the assembled 60-strong orchestra for the show with visuals captivating the crowd.

And it was always going to be one big nostalgia trip.

An achingly brilliant version of Moby – Porcelain was a highlight alongside new versions of tracks by ATB and Eric Prydz.

The orchestra were ably supported by singers Sam White, Brendan Reilly and Vila Malinda including on a superb Daft Punk edit.

But it wasn’t just a look back. The show was brought bang up-to-date with guest spots by chart stars Jessie Ware and Ella Eyre and a spin for a track championed by Tong by Danish DJ Kolsch called Grey.

The night rose to a crescendo with one of the biggest cheers of the night to Energy 52’s Cafe Del Mar played with a blissful film beaming out showing the blue seas and golden sunset in Ibiza.

Soul diva Candi Staton then joined the orchestra on stage to perform her seminal track You’ve Got The Love before Tong and Buckley were persuaded to go for a second encore of Faithless’ Insomnia.

Club culture may have its detractors including fears for the future of many much-loved venues in the UK but Tong proved its popularity is as strong as ever as raving is a state of mind.

By Andrew Turton

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Pete Tong Ibiza Classics Live Streams Tonight From London’s O2 – Deep House Amsterdam (press release) (blog)


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From 21:30 (GMT) TONIGHT, Pete Tong brings his Ibiza Classics show to the UK’s largest music venue – The O2 Arena.

Teaming up with The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, the previously untested fusion of dance and classical music caused a huge stir as BBC Radio 1 Ibiza Prom last summer. The event will also bring the likes of Jessie Ware, John Newman, Ella Eyre and Southern Soul icon Candi Staton, while the 65-piece orchestra will re work a top secret playlist!

Check some of last years highlights below and make sure to catch the live stream via be-at.tv HERE

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