CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

DJ’s Danny and Ilona Rampling and their Sussex life

PUBLISHED: 10:13 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:13 28 June 2016

Danny and Ilona Rampling

Danny and Ilona Rampling


Legendary house music DJ Danny Rampling and his wife, fellow DJ Ilona, live a jet-set professional life but spend their downtime relaxing at home in Hastings, finds Nione Meakin

IT isn’t hard to spot superstar DJ Danny Rampling and his wife Ilona when they are out in the pubs of Hastings – just look for the couple monopolising the jukebox.

Even when taking time off from playing to international club crowds in Bali, Thailand, Australia and Dubai, the couple – who perform together as Mr and Mrs Rampling – can’t resist laying on the tunes. “We’ll often pop in to The Anchor Inn, on George Street, for Sunday lunch and end up staying for a few drinks which inevitably leads us to the jukebox,” laughs Danny, 54. “Last time I think I put The Sex Pistols on. But everyone enjoyed it – they were dancing at the bar!”

Danny moved to Sussex some six years ago and since his 2013 marriage to 35-year-old IIona, an equally fun-loving American DJ, the pair have spent most of their downtime in and around Hastings, with occasional soujourns to Brighton for the shops – including vintage specialists Hope & Harlequin where IIona found her 1930s silk wedding gown – and sushi favourite Moshimo, formerly Moshi Moshi. “The pace of life is different in Hastings and people are friendly which just makes such a difference.”

If they are not in The Anchor, the couple can often be found wolfing oysters at the shellfish bar opposite the town’s Jerwood Gallery or perusing dinner options at the fish stalls of Rock-a-Nore. “I love to cook light, healthy meals and I try to buy local where possible,” says Danny. “A perfect Saturday for us is a run or a swim in the morning, then off to the great fish shops to pick up something for dinner, maybe go to a bar, then head home to listen to music, watch films and cook.”

The abundance of delicious, fresh produce on their doorstep is one of the major draws of Sussex for the Ramplings. In the autumn, they will forage for mushrooms under the guidance of Hastings-based foraging expert Geoff Dann – “We like to eat them on toast with garlic,” enthuses IIona – while in September they help to bring in the grape harvest at the Kingscote Estate Vineyard in East Grinstead. “We’ve been friends for years with owners Alison and Christian Monge, who sadly passed away last year, and we’ve seen them develop the estate into one of the foremost English wine producers so we never miss helping out and enjoying the wine where we can.”

The Sussex landscape also provides Danny with the perfect training ground for the charity endurance challenges he regularly undertakes. “I did nine miles with 25 lbs on my back the other day. I must be barmy. But it was great. It was a sunny day and I walked along the coastline, enjoying the scenery and clearing my head. You can’t do that in London!”

More Sussex people…

Sussex celebrities and personalities share what they love most about the county - Some of Sussex’s best known personalities have revealed in the magazine what they most love about the county. Here, we compile their stories, favourite restaurants, pubs, shops, views and places to visit


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Most Read

Latest from the Sussex Life