An Ibiza saxophone star has told how she has come to view Northern Ireland as a second home.
Ahead of a show in Enniskillen with her DJ husband Ben Santiago, Lovely Laura said our audiences were some of the best in the world.
The musician is renowned for her saxophone sets at legendary Ibiza venues including Cafe Mambo, Ibiza Rocks, and many more.
Lovely As Laura revealed to Sunday Life, she loves performing in Northern Ireland with the Ulster Orchestra and has made many friends along the way.
“I’m particularly looking forward to the show,” said the saxophonist, who frequently performs with the Ulster Orchestra at Lush Classical concerts. Having fun in Ireland is always a pleasure.
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It’s always a blast when Ben and I go out together. It’s always a wonderful time in Ireland, whether you’re in the North or the South.
In fact, we’ve been to this location quite a bit recently. In recent years, my family and I have made regular trips to Enniskillen, which is a new experience for me.
‘Last year, on our first vacation outside of Ibiza following the lifting of the Covid restrictions, I tested positive for the virus when we arrived in Belfast for a festival.
“It was crazy since I didn’t have it at all, but I had to remain in the hotel for 10 days and miss the event as a result.
We were greeted with a calamity when we returned to the stage following the outbreak.
In spite of this, we have a great deal of admiration for Northern Ireland, therefore we’re eager to return this time and see something fresh.
“I adore the audiences; they are fantastic. It’s remarkable how unconcerned they are.
“They are among of the best audiences in the world because they are what a performer wants.” They mean the world to me.
It’s been a long time, but I’ve made a few friends and we try to spend as much time as possible with them when we are here.
On stage, Laura and her husband have racked up millions of streams and are frequent at some of Ibiza’s most exclusive clubs.
She told Sunday Life that a video posted on Facebook by an Irish admirer in 2014 gave her career a boost.
This has been a long, steady climb for me,” she remarked. “I’ve been doing this for well over 20 years.”
‘It was a long, slow process of doing many concerts over a long period of time.’
For us, the Hedkandi club nights were a launching pad for our career. To Ibiza in 2007, when I met Ben, I went on a trip.
The two of us met by chance one evening and immediately clicked. The music came after we fell in love, which was a pleasant surprise.
“Social media took off not long after that, and it drastically altered our situation.
One of my sets at Ocean Beach in 2014 was recorded by an Irish girl, who shared it on Facebook.
In a video of me playing Klingande’s Jubel, “everything just went crazy.
“One of our friends showed us the video and how many streams it had after it became viral.
“We went from a slow climb in popularity to a rapid burst into the public eye, which was fantastic.
“We contacted the girl who had submitted the video about a year or so after it was originally posted.” In gratitude, we took her back to Ibiza and got her into the Ocean nightclub, where she had a great time.
There had an enormous impact on our lives because of this tiny video. ”
You spend all this time and money trying to develop good promotional videos over the years and then it’s just one grainy video on Facebook that does the trick.
As a result, we’re grateful to everyone who tried it and enjoyed it. Things really got going at that point.”
While Laura is originally from Dorset, she and her husband have made Ibiza their home for the past 15 years, and she says she hasn’t grown bored of the island’s nightlife.
Summers and clubs are still amazing, even though we’ve become accustomed to them,” she said.
‘It was a Manumission night at Privilege when I first entered a club here,’ I recall. That’s all I remember seeing when I looked up: a sea of heads.
Since there are so many various types of people that attend clubbing events, “there’s nothing like it,” says the DJ.
“It’s just a lot of fun… I’m never bored when I perform in any of these places since the crowds are always cheery and upbeat. “It’s fantastic.”
Enniskillen Castle will host the Live at the Castle under the Big Top concert on March 19 with the ItaloBrothers and other bands.
Concert tickets are on sale.