Now in it’s 8th year, Ibiza Rocks had its opening party on June 4th, with Haim headlining. At the Blog we’ve been eagerly awaiting this moment since the venue closed its doors last September, so we can get our weekly fix of live music again. And we weren’t disappointed!
First up were South London’s Art-Rock band, Breton, who released their first album ‘War Room Stories’ earlier this year. The 5-piece band’s synth-laden, very danceable, tunes provided the perfect soundtrack as a warm Ibizan day drew to a close and turned into night. Ending with a frenetic strobe-lit finale, it was a memorable climax to a great performance, which warmed up the appreciative audience for what was to follow.
Spinning the tunes in between the bands, DJ Nicola Bear played ‘Pipeline’ just before Haim took to the stage, a nod to the girl’s home in California. California girls they may be, but all stereotype notions were banished immediately. From the moment they entered the stage until they left it, the three Haim sisters put on a stunning show, with their rock-chick chic style, flawless singing, accomplished musicianship, dancing (or as Este called it arse shaking) and headbanging. They were joined onstage by a drummer and a keyboard player.
On record they are much more melodic, fusing pop with soft rock and R&B influences, which belies the band’s live delivery, which is pure, energetic, rock and roll, as the videos below testify.
The sisters have a great rapport together onstage, happily sharing the singing and other instruments as the song demands – there’s no sign of sibling rivalry in their performance. During the set, each of them played drums or percussion at some point. They’re a fantastic live band: they sound good, they look good, they put everything into their performance and there’s always something going on to keep your attention.
The third number in the set saw them ‘jamming’ – something they said they like to do. Rocking up even more than they had done already, for me, this was one of the (many) highlights of the night (see the video).
Their backdrop throughout the gig was a static image of the three garden chairs they were photographed sitting in on the front cover of their number 1 selling album ‘Days are gone’. They obviously want the performance to speak for itself, and don’t see the need for additional visual props.
The show ended with them all pounding on the drums (drummer included) – presumably a nod to their drum-playing father – another great climax to a fantastic performance.
What a way to start the summer season of live bands, on now every Wednesday until September 17th. That gig will surely go down in the Ibiza Rocks history books as being one of the greatest, and one that people will talk about for years to come. It has set the bar really high for the rest of the summer – it’s going to be a tough one to follow! But what a way to open.
Afterwards we popped next door to ‘Wok On’ for a beer and a chat with lovely hosts Andy and Katie, before getting the ‘Rock and Ride’ minibus service over to The Ibiza Rocks House for the Rock Nights after party, which continued into the early hours of the morning. All in all, it added up to a great opening night!
The finale of Breton’s set:
Haim take to the stage with ‘Falling’:
Words & video by ClaireB
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