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One For The Weekend: The First Radio 1 Essential Mix From Pete Tong

Marking 20 years of The Essential Mix on Radio 1, we revisit the origins with this spectacular mix from Pete Tong

One For The Weekend - Pete Tong

Tomorrow I shall be heading up to Manchester once again for The Warehouse Project. This particular one is something special, as it will be celebrating 20 years of Radio 1’s Essential Mix, featuring an exceptional line-up.

Pete Tong b2b Eats Everything, Sasha, Booka Shade LIVE, Steve Lawler b2b Hot Since 82, James Zabiela b2b Paul Woolford, Skream b2b Jackmaster, Derrick Carter b2b Krysko, Yousef, Bondax b2b Monki, Gorgon City, Rudimental, Justin Robertson, Greg Wilson, Moxie, Maxxi Soundsystem and Greg Lord….WOW! Never have I seen something that promises a night more spectacular than this.

20 years ago, BBC Radio 1 was simply known as “1FM“. Empowered by the almighty Pete Tong, a two hour weekly show entitled “The Essential Mix” was born, giving DJs free reign to produce a two-hour, continuous mix of what they want.

The Essential Mix soon grew in credibility to become the world’s most recognised weekly mix, and it still remains strong to this very day. With over 500 having been produced and broadcasted, certain standouts include mixes from Daft Punk and Paul Oakenfold. This weeks “One for the Weekend” is however dedicated to the very mix that started it all off.

Broadcast on the 30th October 1993, we present to you, the very first Essential Mix from Pete Tong. What I particularly like about this one, is its authenticity, with a distinct “vinyl sound” and a mix at 1:41 that proves even the man himself isn’t 100% perfect!

Pete Tong – Essential Mix – 1993-10-30 by E_Mix on Mixcloud

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