Ibiza Rocks 2015 Opening Party, Years & Years and Blonde, June 17th 2015

June 19th, 2015 5:40 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks, ibiza rocks 2015 | Comments (0)

This wednesday saw the opening gig of Ibiza Rocks, in what is its 10th birthday year, with Years & Years and Blonde on the line-up. I arrived at the venue at about 8.45 to find a massive queue extending up the hill outside the venue – a promising sight and a sign that it was going to be a busy night. Bristol duo Blonde were first to take to the stage, complete with full band and two singers, who did a sterling job at working the crowd, which was beginning to fill the space in the front of the stage.

ibizarocks170615-yearsandyearsBoth acts on the bill currently have singles in the top 30 of the Official Singles Chart in the UK and the crowd clearly knew and loved them, as the screams, dancing and arms waving in the air testified. They ended their set with a rendition of Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’, which got everybody dancing and singing along and they left the stage on a high.

Headliners Years & Years won the ‘BBC Sound of 2015′ award, their last single, ‘King’ reached number one in the UK charts and their first album ‘Communion’ is being released next month, so they’re a hot ticket at the moment.

The trio from London complete with drummer came onstage just before 11pm, with much screaming from the crowd as singer Olly entered the stage. The screaming continued for much of their performance, especially when Olly took off his sweatshirt before the second song. They wowed the now packed venue with their synthy, poppy, dancey tunes and the crowd loved every minute of it.

There have been a few changes made to the venue for this year, with a new and larger VIP area to the right of the stage, which opens up more of the balcony area on the left, giving great views of the stage from above and creating an area where the press, friends and locals can congregate.

All in all it was a great start to the season and Ibiza is rocking again!

Words by ClaireB

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Back2Live showcase at Hard Rock Hotel, May 20th 2015

May 1st, 2015 2:02 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza, ims | Comments (0)

backtoliveWe love live music so when this popped up as part of the International Music Summit this year we could hardly not mention it.

After the Back2Live panel on Wednesday 20th May there will be a FREE  live showcase event, featuring a host of brand new talent, representing the spectrum of artists currently breaking ground on the live stage.

BACK2LIVE
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
GIBSON BRANDS
APRIL TOWERS // HARLEY MAXWELL // POWER DRESS // THE WOLF // THIS IS A RECORDING // UNER // ANDY BAXTER
WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY 2015
HARD ROCK HOTEL, IBIZA
20:00 – 00:00

IMS partner Danny Whittle had this to say about the showcase:

This year IMS want to embrace and showcase the live potential of electronic music. We all know there are super talented DJs in our scene but there are also super talented bands and artists. So for the first time ever IMS will be presenting along, with Gibson Guitars, a full live extravaganza on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday 20th May, following the BACK2LIVE panel on Wednesday afternoon where we will be discussing live music in general. Entry to this event will be free to everyone not just IMS delegates to come and enjoy these amazing artists.

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Rudimental, Spandau Ballet, Shura & Slaves added to Ibiza Rocks 2015

April 15th, 2015 9:01 am Posted by: admin in ibiza, ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

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Rudimental, Spandau Ballet, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Shura, Slaves,
Krept & Konan, Karen Harding & Sam Sure added.

catfish & the bottlemenNew bands announced include Rudimental, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Spandau Ballet who will return to play Ibiza for the first time since 1981 when they pioneered an electronic music revolution.  Supports come from  Shura, Slaves, Krept & Konan, Blonde, Karen Harding and Sam Sure.
Rudimental said:

We can’t wait to come back. Ibiza Rocks is a lovely story for us, we saw Dizzee Rascal at Ibiza Rocks when on holiday there and then a year later Feel The Love happened and we DJ’d with Disclosure and Zane Lowe and then played live last year which was one of the best nights of our summer. There’s such history there for us. It’s always such a good vibe and the idea to do a party in a hotel is just brilliant. As soon as we finish a gig at Ibiza Rocks, we just want to get in the crowd and party with everyone. We’re part of that culture so we want to rave as well. Ibiza Rocks, we love you. Rudimental are coming for you!!

Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet said:

Back in 1981 Spandau were playing one off events at the hottest clubs across the world from New York to St Tropez to the Beat Route in London and The Ku Club had a reputation for being pretty outrageous, in fact the night before we played we went to the club and someone released a bull onto the dancefloor which ended up in the swimming pool. We took over some of our London friends, before us no British people went to these clubs and that was when the conversation between the two nightlife’s began and Ibiza club culture was born. We’re really looking forward to going back and playing Ibiza Rocks.

Shane Murray, Brand Director said:

The energy created by a live band playing under the stars in Ibiza is unique and to celebrate 10 years of Ibiza Rocks with some of the best acts in the world is truly special. The significance of Spandau Ballets 1981 gig at Ku probably hasn’t been recognised and we’re hugely proud to be bringing them back to the island for the first time in almost 35 years. They allowed for the meeting of two cultures, which is something we did with Rocks again almost 25 years later. We have mass appreciation for the greats and huge passion for new talent. We booked Rudimental for their first ever Ibiza show and have watched them soar. We’ve got the hottest guitar band of the moment in Catfish & the Bottlemen coming back as headliners. Then of course there’s the gig that everyone is already talking about, The Libertines. This summer will be a proud one. 10 Years of Rocks… it’s only just the beginning.

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OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS | BLONDE

24/06 SIGMA (LIVE) | KREPT & KONAN
01/07 JUNGLE | SHURA
15/07 CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
22/07 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES
29/07 RUDIMENTAL | SAM SURE
05/08 CLEAN BANDIT \ KAREN HARDING
19/08 SPANDAU BALLET
02/09 FATBOY SLIM PRESENTS SMILE HIGH CLUB
16/09 CLOSING PARTY WITH THE COURTEENERS



Some of my favourite personal photos of the past 8 years – they aren’t my best ones, they are the ones I remember best about those gigs

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The Libertines to headline Ibiza Rocks 10th Birthday 2015

February 17th, 2015 11:01 am Posted by: admin in ibiza, ibiza rocks, live music | Comments (0)

ibiza rockspete doherty - ibiza rocks barSo the long awaited news is finally here – We’ve been proud to have been championing Ibiza Rocks from their start at Bar M back in 2007. It was a complete first to have live bands out in the open air and was such a breath of fresh air and something completely new. We’ve seen how Ibiza Rocks have developed from the little Music Box room at Privilege to consistently putting on THE best live gigs here in Ibiza.

Opening the start of the 14 week series of gigs will be BRIT nominees Years & Years on 17th June, drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma on the 24th June and one of our current faves Jungle & Shura on 1st July.

The biggy though is The Libertines returning to play the headline 10th Birthday show on the 22nd July. Then follows returning Clean Bandit on the 5th August and party expert Fatboy Slim on the 2nd September and closing the season will be festi stalwarts The Courteeners on the 16th September.

Andy McKay, Founder & CEO, Ibiza Rocks Group

The ultimate defining moment of Rocks was when we discovered that our future lay outdoors and that was the night Babyshambles played Bar M. It was the moment we found our time slot before midnight and the moment we discovered the energy created by a live band playing under the stars. It all clicked. It was that realisation that changing the soundtrack changed absolutely everything. By doing something that radical we skewed the whole direction of the future of Ibiza. To be celebrating 10 years on with a headline show from The Libertines, a truly iconic rock band reunited, is going to be one hell of a seminal moment for Ibiza Rocks. Roll on the next 10 years.

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Ibiza Rocks is one of the greatest gigs there is. The strange and debauched energy of the place never fails to provide the perfect backdrop for bacchanalian reverie of the highest order. Everyone there is gonna be ‘mad for it’, I can’t wait. One of those nights actually worth the bastard hangover. Bring it.

Once again MTV will be documenting the series of gigs as their exclusive broadcast sponsor:

The network plans to broadcast a number of exclusive artist interviews, live performances and all the highlights from the 14-week long series from the Ibiza Rocks Hotel this summer hosted by Laura Whitmore.

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OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS

24/06 SIGMA (LIVE)
01/07 JUNGLE | SHURA
22/07 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES
05/08 CLEAN BANDIT
02/09 FATBOY SLIM
16/09 CLOSING PARTY WITH THE COURTEENERS

 


 

Some of my favourite personal photos of the past 8 years – they aren’t my best ones, they are the ones I remember best about those gigs. Click on images for larger lightbox versions.

 

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New Ibiza Bus iphone app update

November 16th, 2014 5:57 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza | Comments (0)

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Get the Ibiza Bus in the app store

We’ve been hard at work the past month or so updating the Ibiza Bus iphone app.

  • New bus stops added, slight route changes & new placement of stops in Ibiza Town
  • Updated timetables
  • Beaches map added
  • Ibiza Weather added
  • offline maps for the routes
  • bug fixes
  • general improvements

You can download app here from itunes:

Final testing of the android version is being done right now and will be available shortly

Ibiza Bus is your island guide to all the timetables, routes, stops, maps, disco bus & ferries. All of the information apart from the maps is available offline so you don’t need wifi or need to use data roaming.

It also features your nearest bus stops, nearest points of interest and takes into account fiesta days (holidays).

You can save your favourite routes for easy access.

The beaches section has details of every beach on the island (all 80 odd) and the nearest bus stop.

Specific route listings for the Airport, Hospital, Beach only routes and a search function.

The Disco Bus section also enables you to see which clubs are on which route, and details of each of the clubs.

A local weather page with todays weather, the 3 hourly forecast and a 5 day forecast.


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Ibiza Rocks 2015 wishlist

September 17th, 2014 5:26 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

amazingradiologoibizarocks_bluehaim-rocks-wishAt the closing party of Ibiza Rocks the lovely Isabel who is the Ibiza Rocks house photographer goes round with a small whiteboard and asks everyone to write down their fave band of the season and also who they want to see next year. My last years wishlist for 2014 I chose Haim – and was rewarded with them headlining the opening party this year.

On the basis that there is no way I will be able to fit all my wishlist on a small whiteboard tonight, I’ve done my annual wishlist playlist of all the bands I’ve heard this year that I’d love to see live next year at Ibiza Rocks.

As an aside, every single support band this year and most of last year have been played first on my fave radio station amazingradio.

(Click play on any track and the rest play automatically after – and they are in no particular order – apart from the first 4…)


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Amazing Radio vs Ibiza Rocks

September 15th, 2014 6:57 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

amazingradiologoibizarocks_blueWith the closing party of Ibiza Rocks 2014 on Wednesday and the nifty wordpress plugin that my mate at amazingradio & amazingtunes has just built here’s a playlist of all the Amazing Radio bands that have played Ibiza Rocks this year and over the past few years.

(Click play on any track and the rest play automatically after)


All the music on Amazing Radio comes from amazingtunes.com, the ethical website where artists get 100% of the download revenues. Since 2006 we’ve been gathering fresh music from new and emerging artists. There’s now more than 100,000 songs, all of them new, all of them from new and emerging bands.

 

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Kaiser Chiefs and Peace, Ibiza Rocks, September 3rd 2014

September 5th, 2014 1:06 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

This week saw the triumphant return of The Kaiser Chiefs to the island, their 4th time of playing at Ibiza Rocks. Their last gig in 2012 was the performance of the year for me, so I had high expectations of this gig and what would be the third time I had seen them live.

ibizarocks030914-peaceSupport was from 4-piece Worcester band Peace. Playing songs from their first album ‘In Love’ released in 2013 and new songs from their second album due out soon, they got a great reaction from the crowd as the venue filled up. There was not much showmanship on offer but they made up for this in their delivery of their music. Their indie pop/rock songs veered between the layered soaring guitar on ‘Money’ to the more poppy tunes like ‘Lovesick’, the jangly guitar and funky bass on last song ‘Bloodshake’, which was a great end to the set. As they walked off the stage they chucked over the mic stands and left us with feedback – always a good exit in my book. I liked them and I liked their catchy, poppy, dancey tunes.

With five albums under their belt now, Kaiser Chiefs have a vast repertoire of material to draw from, and a number of anthemic, sing-a-long crowd-pleasers, but they also have a new album ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ to air. However, they expertly mixed in tracks from their latest album with the old favourites that the crowd inevitably wanted to hear. They kicked off with ‘Every Day I Love You Less and Less’, followed by ‘Everything is Average Nowadays’, and it wasn’t long before singer Ricky Wilson left the stage and leered over the crowd from the top of the barrier.

Back on the stage he jumped around, singing from on top of a drum at the back and on top of a monitor at the front, confirming that their performance so far was anything but average. Sneaking in ‘Ruffians on Parade’ from their latest album they then went back to crowd-pleasing classics ‘Never Miss a Beat’ and ‘Na, Na, Na, Na, Naa’, one of the easiest tracks to sing along too. Ricky finally took his jacket off (it was a hot night) to screams from the girls down at the front, as they went into another couple of tracks from the latest album ‘Meanwhile Up in Heaven’ and last single ‘Coming Home’.

ibizarocks030914-kaiserchiefsBy now there were a couple of blow-up guitars being passed around in the crowd and arms were being waved in the air in time to the music. Ricky was on fine form, jumping around the stage whilst belting out the songs, and entertaining the crowd with banter in between. Single ‘This is the Modern Way’ gave way to the next single from the new album to be released at the end of the month, ‘My Life’, which sees Andrew the guitarist and Simon the bassist grooving away on the stage behind Ricky, clearly enjoying themselves.

Then they up the pace for their only number one single ‘Ruby’, which sees everyone singing the chorus and putting their arms up in the air, and when the opening bars of ‘I Predict a Riot’ ring out around the venue everybody goes crazy and there’s a barrage of energy coming simultaneously from the stage and the crowd as everybody jumps up and down and sings along in the chorus. ‘The Angry Mob’ sees Ricky leaving the stage again and orchestrating the crowd around him to sit down, telling them to stop recording everything on their phones and enjoy the moment (see the link to the video at the end of the article). It was an excellent display of crowd control, and with that, they left the stage.

But it wasn’t long before they were back for an encore, launching into new song ‘Misery Company’, and Ricky demonstrating the command he has over the audience by engaging them in his own version of ‘Simon says’, where he raises his arms in the air and everyone copies him. It’s both powerful and humorous and the song ends with Ricky lying on the floor with his feet resting on a monitor. When vertical again, he announces “we were sent here to entertain you, it’s our only purpose in life – if we felt we disappointed you we would end it tomorrow”.

There was no doubt that we were anything other than entertained, as the gig reached another crescendo with ‘Oh My God’ which had the crowd shouting back the lyrics to the chorus and jumping up and down with their arms in the air, me included. Ricky held the microphone stand over the crowd to pick up their chants, and raised the decibel levels in the venue a few notches. A perfect climax to the set.

Kaiser Chiefs are a great live act. They’re a tight band and their catchy pop/rock songs are great to sing along to and frontman Ricky always puts on a good show. You never know quite what he’s going to do, but you know he’s going to do something and he’s highly likely to leave the stage at some point during the show. The set is delivered with humour and they all look like they’re having the time of their lives. Above all, Kaiser Chiefs’ gigs are fun, and this one was no exception.

Kaiser Chiefs played:
Every Day I Love You Less and Less
Everything is Average Nowadays
Ruffians on Parade
Never Miss a Beat
Na, Na, Na, Na, Naa
Meanwhile Up in Heaven
Coming Home
This is the Modern Way
My Life
Ruby
I Predict a Riot
The Angry Mob

Encore:
Misery Company
Oh My God

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Kaiser Chiefs ‘Ruby':

Words & video by ClaireB, photos by Living Photography

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Clean Bandit and Ella Eyre, Ibiza Rocks, August 27th 2014

August 31st, 2014 1:29 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

Clean Bandit returned to Ibiza Rocks last week, after their support slot last year with Ellie Goulding. Since they played last August, they’ve become hugely successful, with their single ‘Rather Be’ featuring singer Jess Glynne (who appeared at Ibiza Rocks a few weeks ago before Rudimental) reaching number one in the UK last January. Their debut album ‘New Eyes’ was released in the UK in May, and reached number three. I enjoyed their performance last year and so was looking forward to seeing them again.

ibizarocks270814-elleeyreFirst onstage was Ella Eyre with a full backing band and two female singers. She’s only 20, but recently sang the lead vocals on Rudimental’s number one hit ‘Waiting All Night’ and has been touring with the band over the summer, and it shows. With her mane of long curls she looked the part, as she energetically commanded the stage and belted out her songs, with her strong, striking vocals coming though loud and clear. She did a cover of Rudimental’s ‘Right Now’, which got the crowd bouncing up and down as well as singing the other singles she has under her belt.

In great rock and roll tradition she left the stage after throwing down the mic stand on the stage – always a good exit in my book. It was a full-on, energetic set, and a great way to start the night.

After that performance, Clean Bandit had a tough task on their hands to follow her. The band’s four members were joined onstage by two guest female singers, which is the way the band choose to record and play live. They write and produce the music and bring in guest lead vocalists for their fusion sound, which combines classical elements with electronic music and some deep-house elements. They met as students at Cambridge University, where two of the band, Grace the cellist and Milan the violinist were playing together in a string quartet.

ibizarocks270814-cleanbanditThe noticeable difference onstage this year was that Grace had traded in her traditional bulky cello for a sleeker electronic version, which in my opinion had less visual impact on the stage. But I’m sure it made it easier for her to switch between playing it, singing and dancing, which is how a Clean Bandit performance takes shape – they all take their turns at singing, there is intermittent playing from Grace and Milan and much dancing in between. The crowd loved them and joined in dancing and singing along when they knew the words.

A highlight was their cover of the house classic from Robin S, ‘Show Me Love’, which everyone went mad for, but overall after Ella’s energetic performance, they just left me wanting a bit more of something. My patience paid off, as the two songs that they played in the encore, pushed the pace up a notch or two, and the high point of their set for me was ending on their number one hit ‘Rather Be’, which was magical as the entire crowd sang back to the chorus to them.

The night ended on a high, much as it began, as everyone left the venue to go on to wherever they were going – for us it just had to be Rock Nights at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes, for another dose of hedonistic fun.

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Miles Kane and Childhood, Ibiza Rocks, August 20th, 2014

August 22nd, 2014 3:54 pm Posted by: admin in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

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.

childhoodFirst 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.

mileskaneMiles 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

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