20 odd years ago Wham did a video here … You may remember it…
But tonight was the first part of the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ that is the climax of the year of Ibiza Rocks – allegedly the finest invention since sliced bread…
It began with coaches outside their traditional home of Bar M on the beach of San Antonio and ended a couple of kilometres away at Pike’s Hotel, which,ironically, is both the first of the incredibly successful country hotels and, indisputably, the first magnet to drag in global superstars with names like Grace Jones, Freddy Mercury and Wham…
So exactly where does Pikes Hotel fit into the scheme of internationally famous venues on the European festival circuit? Well the answer tonight would appear to be ‘pretty well’. We’re on a tennis court, the stage is bigger than at Bar M so the lighting rig is more impressive and tonight’s main event, We Are Scientists, are from America and they’re brilliant.
They’re not Devo, from the early days of punk, nor the Ramones from more establishment times, but they’ve got a sense of humour and attitude that explains the name.
We cant wait to see the remake of the Club Tropicana video they filmed yesterday afternoon – complete with Tony on maracas…
There aren’t many more gigs left this summer on the Ibiza Rocks road show, but don’t miss any of them – they just get better and better…
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"That" pool in the Club Tropicana video
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It’s Tuesday night in San Antonio, so that’ll be Ibiza Rocks then at Bar M on the beach? But in the light of the ‘goings on’ of the last few weeks nobody’s quite sure what’s going to happen tonight. Could be mounted riot police if some of the more extreme gossip is to be
To test the water ‘Good Shoes’, from the London borough of Merton, were sent on and did a sterling job opening with the observation ‘when I say something just say ‘I do…’, alright?’ Thereafter they didn’t say much but delivered a tight set letting their lyrics do the rest of the chat.
It must be tough supporting a headline like the Kaiser Chiefs, but somebody’s got to do it and they made a good fist of it…
As the excitement built the roadies brought out the set lists and secured them in front of each musician’s microphone with a couple of bottles of beer. Meantime it was getting crowded as everyone and his mate turned up in numbers…
The show saw lift-off as the Kaiser Chiefs took to the stage, making a mockery of the Diario de Ibiza’s claim that the Ibiza Rocks party was over!
Tonight saw a storming gig to a packed house, including some apparently recently converted rock fans. Judge Jules, Pete Tong and Goldie were amongst a host of other ‘industry curious people’, out to see whether the baton police would be deployed, or perhaps an outbreak of common sense is in the pipeline, whereby the powerful DJ mates of the club owners point out that they’re in danger of driving everyone back into the hills again? Nobody can more accurately predict a forthcoming change of tide in the musical landscape than those whose profession it is.
Ibiza Rocks has put on some seriously kicking bands this summer and, in between times, some seriously interesting ‘indie rock’ DJ’s. So I suppose it’s only reasonable to expect the local DJ’s to cast an observatory eye over the proceedings…
A top gig and fun tomorrow – we can’t say where it will be, we would love to but we promised we wouldnt – and although we want to make certain references – we cant…
Panayiotou is the nearest we’ll go.
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Some people swear its the most insane time of the year…. Other than the blood moon, its probably the one full moon everyone here knows:
So here’s this years at 11.30pm…
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Hot off the press – Manumissions night at Amnesia, following their move from Privilege sees Fatboy Slim, The Arctic Monkeys as well as Zane Lowe, Mark Ronson and Steve Lawler all dj’ing…. not one to miss we think:
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Our sunday morning habit is to take a stroll from the apartment along the promenade, get the morning papers and have a leisurely coffee and a canya at the Cosmi bar.
This morning we were delighted to spot our favourite simpson, Homer, chilling out on the beach…
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There was a report in this mornings Diario de Ibiza about the ending of Ibiza Rocks gigs. They stated that “Manumission have announced that thay have ended the Ibiza Rocks gigs and that the last gig was supposed to have been Dirty Pretty Things on Tuesday so the Arctic Monkeys which was to take place on the 1st September won’t happen.”
The Diario also said that the Dirty Pretty Things gig on Tuesday night was cancelled – since we were actually at that gig alarms bells started to ring and so a call was made to Manumissions office to clarify what was going on. Manumission tell us that this is not the case – so perhaps it’s wishful thinking by the authorities, but then again, they’ve been perfectly happy with live gigs at Bar M for the last two years?
One wonders why after quite a bit of good coverage by the Diario of the Ibiza Rocks gigs so far they would go this route. In hindsight an article over last weekend probably hinted at their direction when they said that the DPT gig would be at Bar M and the final gig would be the Arctic Monkeys on the 1st of Sep – both facts they (alledgedly) knew weren’t true. A conspiracy theorist would have a field day – manumission move to amnesia – ibiza rocks gets shut down…
Strange goings-on and mysterious influences at work, but we have it from the head honcho’s mouth that all gigs will go ahead as planned – you’ll just have to get to Bar M for 7 pm and catch a coach for your mystery tour…
For the Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys and The Fratellis, we wouldn’t miss it, how about you?
A clue to the future, certainly for the west of the island, was given in a recent interview with the Diario de Ibiza by the newly appointed Councillor for the Interior and Tourism of Sant Antoni, Josep Ramon Serra. Previously in charge of “Maintenance and Cleaning” for the town, he confirmed that his spare time was spent cultivating his fields and following ancient Ibicenco traditions.
He summarized the early days of his new responsibility by congratulating his legal department on having closed four entertainment establishments and sealing the musical equipment at five more. He went on to point out that their flouting of license restrictions was unfair on those other businesses around them who were obediently obeying their own license restrictions.
Admirable sentiments one would have to agree, but with a serious clampdown going on in Sant Antoni and a rush for the door to neighbouring municipalities by major players in the attraction of tourists to the island, one can only hope that our man in charge is fully acquainted with all of the potential risks involved in changing the Mediterranean party capital of San Antoni too quickly. Closing a west-end bar that does all you can drink for 15 euros is one thing – hampering high end restaurants and venues that don’t attract those very same people is another.
The views of his “friends” and neighbours could rapidly change if the views of the observing outside world are not factored into his decisions.
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All change at Ibiza Rocks tonight as this week’s two gigs were rolled into one, with The Twang
and Dirty Pretty Things sharing headline at the new venue enforced by the last minute antics of the San Antonio authorities.
We’ve been relocated to an ex-zoo a few kilometres away in the hills at the back of nearby Ses Paisses. Because it’s a little hard to find Ibiza Rocks have laid on free coaches from their traditional home, at Bar M on the beach of San Antonio, but the message is equally traditional – the party will go on…
The local police turned up at 10:30 (maybe they got lost ?), by which time the gig was well underway, and imposed a fine on the promoter, Ibiza Rocks, but decided against trying to stop the show and invoking the wrath of the hundreds who had turned up to watch these two major indie bands of the
moment who, after all, had taken the trouble to come from the UK to entertain us all and brought an army of new tourists (their fans) with them.
Head honcho, Andy McKay, confirmed that all of the remaining Ibiza Rocks gigs for the remainder of the summer would go ahead, but several will be at other outdoor venues in other parts of the island. Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys will be at the same venue (not sure if we can say where yet).
All of those wishing, or already booked, to attend need only go to Bar M before the gig. From there they will be bused to the ‘secret’ venues.
It would appear that the loser in this crazy scenario will be San Antonio – the winner will be live music in the open air.
It’s almost a breath of the sort of fresh air that we used to breathe at the hill parties not so many years ago…
One has to wonder what San Antonio are thinking…
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We couldn’t not put this pic up of our favourite bunch of guys, the Hungover Stuntmen at Ibiza rocks last night….
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It was a little surreal from outset.
Our instructions were to head for Es Vedra, hook up with a ‘Smirnoff ambassador’ at Cala d’Hort beach and be transported to a secret venue where we would “experience a sunset as you’ve never seen it or heard it before, with a legendary live guest set.”
Sounds like a bit of a tall order, but it’d be a shame if they pulled it off and we weren’t there…
So we found our ambassador and followed the people carrier off into the surrounding countryside, got lost twice, then arrived at the secret spot.
We’re on top of a cliff overlooking Es Vedra, which is decorated by a circle of white sofas. Around the Sabina bush that forms the centre of the circle are numerous bars, each serving different cocktails with names like ‘Ginger and Raspberry Mule’ and ‘G-Fresh with Cranberry Juice’.
At the cliff end of the circle are some decks and a computer alongside healthy speakers. Behind these are “Nightmares on Wax” performing with Es Vedra as a backdrop, to complement the sunset.
As the cocktails go to work we wonder if we’ve been snatched away to paradise. A UFO overflies Es Vedra, but nobody else notices.
Was it a dream … Wish you could have been there too
(Put a note in your diary to come to Ibiza next summer, and befriend a Smirnoff Ambassador – you know it makes sense)
A full review will follow of the brilliant night
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The world and his/her wife(husband) turned up to Es Vive tonight for some pre-clubbing entertainment and they weren’t disappointed. Balloon man managed to get inside a… er balloon and emerge at the end as Elvis – fitting since it was Elvis celebration this week, the juggler, er juggled loads, the hoola hoop woman managed to keep untold hoola hoops going and the human beatbox did a very impressive version of a turntable. We tried to figure out who we liked best but we couldnt – they were all really impressive. (ed: human beatbox wins)….
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You couldn’t make it up…
After the rumours the past few days, Ibiza Rocks on Tuesday with The Twang and Dirty Pretty Things will be held at the old Zoo just outside San Antonio. The venue for the remaining dates have yet to be confirmed.
There will be free buses from Bar M.
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