In 2007 after pioneering a series of events across the capital, DJ Jose Luis & the La Bomba promoters were invited to stage their cross-over Latin rave at a large scale venue, starting in what was then the Hammersmith Palais and moving a few months later to Ministry Of Sound. Holding a residency at MOS for 8 years as well as residencies at Pacha (Ibiza and London), The Honey Club and TBC (Brighton), SE One, Scala, Plan B and others venues across Europe, La Bomba enjoyed an unprecedented run and was hailed as the ‘No 1 Latin club night’ at the time. La Bomba helped break the now global phenomenon of Reggaetón in the UK, being the first club night to play and host artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel and Pitbull. Ten years later Reggaetón has established itself as a mainstream force within the music industry, infusing some of 2017s most successful global pop anthems with its hypnotic beat, in part thanks to producers such as Major Lazer and DJ Snake. New Latino artists such as J Balvin, Maluma, Farruko, Gente de Zona and the pioneer Nicky Jam have reached worldwide fame, on the back of this uniquely Latin rhythm. Reggaeton has also had its influence on a new Latin London generation, and the next La Bomba will witness some of of the city’s hottest mix talents jamming the party alongside the original DJ squad.
Get ready to dance your ass off with a friendly dance crowd that appreciate some of the finest latin and urban music that the capital has to offer in an unrestrained party atmosphere.
Jose Luis 10 La Bomba Highlights
1. The first La Bomba at Ministry of Sound with DJ Buddha
It was a roadblock and Ministry weren’t expecting that to happen – they had to chain the doors shut! That was an incredible feeling for me and for everyone involved. It was the first time a Latino party was held at Ministry and everyone turned up. That was the start of many great things for La Bomba.
2. The first La Bomba at Pacha Ibiza with Mucho Muchacho & Jose Luis
We were playing reggaeton in Ibiza 5 years before anyone else and we hosted a residency at Pacha for 2 years on the Saturdays. It was an incredible thing given that hardly anyone in the industry knew what reggaeton was and we smashed it over there. The last gig I did there it was on the same night as Frankie Knuckles playing for Defected and I finished my set and went straight to listen to the Master – pow!!
3. Lucenzo Live at La Bomba Boxing Day Special, Ministry Of Sound
“Danza Kuduro” had been the biggest tune of the year worldwide, outselling everyone and by chance and a little bit of luck we managed to book the creator of that monster hit for our Boxing Day Special. An incredible night and he bought the house down.
4. La Bomba at Glastonbury Festival
We were invited to programme one of the stages in the Dance Village and DJ Zorro and I took over and delivered a bit of La Bomba to ravers there. At the end of the night they didn’t know what hit them and it was an incredibly successful experience.
5. La Bomba at Mach1, Nuremberg (Germany)
Of all the places, Germany took a liking to our thing, especially because there was loads of American army personnel based there. We did quite a few parties there including a couple of sold-out events in Mach1, Nuremberg’s hottest spot at the time, with Rico Sparxx and myself.
6. DJ Kazzanova
The guy is probably one of the best DJs in the world! He can do everything, even hype up the crowd in Spanish and English while scratching the hell out of a record. I can only compare him to DJ EZ, another DJ who I have always admired! The first time we brought Kazz to the UK I was totally amazed and in awe of the guy and he delivered a fantastic set and the vibe he created was just unique!
7. La Chica Bomba Contest
El Moreno and I created this cheeky contest La Chica Bomba to attract a few dancers where the winner would come to Ibiza with us all expenses paid. It turned out to be a super battle of professional dancers, which was truly fantastic! We ended up taking a Cuban girl and a Jamaican girl to Ibiza because they were both so good we just couldn’t decide – they were both winners!
8. The first La Bomba at SEONE Club with reggaeton stars, Plan B
We had some issues with our guests from Puerto Rico and they got held at the airport. They managed to get through but didn’t want to perform and I was not going to pay them an extra fee, so I decided to brave it and tell people the guests weren’t coming. I started my set after that and I was so determined to show people a good time that I probably played my best gig ever, even my wife gave me a compliment..the only time she has done that for a gig!
9. La Bomba at Oxegen, Ireland
I’ve never seen people like the Irish, they party harder than us Latinos! Julian Mr M and I got this gig at Oxegen and there were a few high profile names before and after us and we just smashed the thing up. The guy that came after me got booed and people weren’t happy and started to ask for us to go back on stage. It was pretty mental but the love from the Irish maaan! What a place!
10. La Bomba at Pacha with DJ Tony Touch and then onto El Divino, Ibiza
At one of our Ibizan parties, the legendary singer India turned up with her former Masters At Work partner, Louie Vega – even though they had a gig the day after and India ended up booty-shaking like everybody else. Louie Vega was and still is my favourite DJ ever, so for me this encounter was truly special. The day after we went to their Soul Heaven party at El Divino which also included Barbara Tucker and David Morales, so it was a 48 hours party thing. A great memory that still give some goosebumps today!
Jose Luis headlines La Bomba’s 10th Anniversary alongside Live Guest Jay P & Olimac and DJs Padrino, Saul Maya and DJ Chino Vs London’s new generation of selectors Luigi Sanchez, Pedro Suave, Carlos Ortiz, Kevin Gato, C Fuego and J Andres on Friday March 10th at The O2 Academy Islington between 11pm and 5am.
Tickets are £10 in advance available from https://www.fatsoma.com/LaBomba and all info at www.reggaeton.co.uk