One of the UK's longest-serving promoters bares all.
The name Darren Hughes will mean different things to different people, depending on which era of British dance music you belong to. Older ravers will remember him for Cream in Liverpool, the night he started alongside James Barton in 1992. He split from Barton in 1998 to set up Home, a seven-floor superclub in the heart of London's West End. That bombed—catastrophically—so Hughes switched his focus onto Ibiza, where Home events had been running with some success under the guidance of Hughes' brother-in-law Mark Broadbent and his wife Sarah. Shortly after, Home changed its name to We Love... and so began one of the most iconic periods in the White Isle's history. 22-hours long and open-air, Space's Sunday sessions redefined clubbing in Ibiza, giving everyone from Paul Woolford, Steve Lawler and The Chemical Brothers a foothold in the scene (not to mention Aphex Twin's island debut.) The Broadbents left We Love... in 2013, which played a part in this summer's switch from Space to Sankeys. A couple of weeks into the 2015 season, Carlos Hawthorn sat down with Hughes at Ibiza Sonica HQ to go in-depth on the highs and lows that come with 25 years of putting on parties.