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High flying Pete hits the decks

PUBLISHED: 17:19 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 August 2010

LONDON - OCTOBER 11:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT)  DJ Pete Tong arrives at the Vodafone Live Music Awards at The Roundhouse on October 11, 2006 in London, England.  The ceremony celebrates the best of live music performance, with fans deciding the winners via online voting.  (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

LONDON - OCTOBER 11: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) DJ Pete Tong arrives at the Vodafone Live Music Awards at The Roundhouse on October 11, 2006 in London, England. The ceremony celebrates the best of live music performance, with fans deciding the winners via online voting. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

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AS the summer clubbing scene kicks of the UK s leading DJ is busy splitting his time between the Balearics and America. Pete Tong, who was born in Hartley, near Gravesend, meteoric rise to fame has seen him become the hottest talent in the Ibiza holiday

AS the summer clubbing scene kicks of the UK's leading DJ is busy splitting his time between the Balearics and America.

Pete Tong, who was born in Hartley, near Gravesend, meteoric rise to fame has seen him become the hottest talent in the Ibiza holiday season clubbing scene.

Earlier this year the Radio 1 DJ hit the headlines when he leaked details of an 18th birthday bash live on air, resulting in 2,000 party gatecrashers trashing a mansion.

Yobs caused about £30,000 damage, ripping doors of hinges, smashing windows and ransacking rooms at the property in Devon.

But this month the clubland DJ, who is now 48-years-old, is ripping up the dance floor at the world's most famous clubbing hotspots. After several seasons headlining Pacha in Ibiza the legend says he will continue to perform on the idyllic island as long as he has fresh, new music.

This month Pete Tong launched the official Ibiza Wonderland season, before jetting out to Vanguard in Los Angeles followed by Rain at the Palms Hotel in Vegas.

He said: "What can I say but thanks to everyone who made the opening night Wonderland Ibiza so special.

"To those on the dancefloor and to those behind the scene, six months of hard graft became reality and it was worth it.

"Grove Armada joined Rob Marmot and myself in hi-octane main room, the energy was incredible and we all said we hadn't seen that type of reaction for a long time in Ibiza.

"The Wonderland family are going to be there for the next 15 weeks. Please come down and check it out. It's San Antonio, it's different and it's certainly fresh."

As a DJ Pete Tong has graced the decks at the world's best clubs and as a producer assembled some of the most memorable movie soundtracks such as The Beach, Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People. He was also the inspiration behind the film It's All Gone Pete Tong and credited with the slang phrase that means 'wrong'.

Speaking about his latest work, he added: "Studio wise I have been very busy. I just completed a remix on Madonna's next single 'Give it to Me' with Dave Spoon and I have also done a club friendly version of the Verve's comeback single Love Is Noise with Paul Rogers."

Michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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