So 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.
Carl Barat, The Libertines
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.
OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS
|01/07||JUNGLE | SHURA|
|22/07||10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES|
|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.