This week Miles Kane graced the stage at Ibiza Rocks. It was my fourth time of seeing Miles playing live, so I was expecting a good gig. He played a storming acoustic show last summer at The Ibiza Rocks Bar, but this was his first time playing at Ibiza Rocks.
First up were London band Childhood, who were a late edition to the bill, but turned out to be an excellent choice of support. Fresh from releasing their first album ‘Lacuna’ on August 11, the young 4-piece band from London with the addition of a keyboard player wowed the crowd with their indie cum psychedelic pop tunes. Their last single ‘Falls Away’ was a bit more melodic than the rest of their set, which with two guitar players had a rockier edge.
They deserved to have a larger audience watching them, but those that were there were treated to a great set and it was over all too quickly, as is often the case with the support bands who usually only have a 40-minute slot. They seemed to be just getting into their stride when it was all over, and I could have happily watched them for much longer. Remember their name – check out their album and try and see them live – they’re worth it.
Miles Kane made his entrance at 10.40, and what an entrance it was – one of the best I’ve seen for a while. Nicola Bear dropped ‘Blitzkreig Bop’ by The Ramones, which was followed by Miles’ entrance to Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’. Once onstage the band launched into an energetic performance of ‘Inhaler’ that saw Miles strutting around the stage with his guitar, sporting his new cropped hair cut. I was in the pit taking photos at the beginning and seeing it all up so close was amazing and a fantastic start to what turned out to be a great gig.
With a great lighting show to accompany it, the energy coming from the stage from Miles and his band was infectious, as he posed, jumped, scissor-kicked and prowled his way around the stage. So much so that I felt the need to go down the front, not something that I do very often. Playing songs from his first two albums and his singles, including personal favourites ‘Come Closer’ and ‘Rearrange’, they played for just over an hour and were on fire throughout the set.
I selfishly loved the fact that the venue wasn’t rammed and enjoyed being down the front of the stage without getting crushed. Because of that it was one the gigs that have enjoyed the most this year, as it was a great experience to be up close to the front, and as usual, Miles and his band put on a great show.
Words by ClaireB