Archive for September, 2007

Initial photos from tonights DJ Awards at Pacha, Ibiza

September 28th, 2007

UPDATE: All the photos are now in the photo gallery and theres a review in the Nightlife News section of our main website here

The initial photos from tonights DJ Awards:

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dj awards A good night, cheers to Lenny and everyone

 

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So much for China’s openess in Ibiza

September 26th, 2007

We all know that a number of countries block their citizens access to the web. We thought it would be interesting to see what china’s position would be on a number of ibiza websites – given they’ve just spent 2 days here promoting their hosting of the 2008 olympic games.. (If you’re Chinese or an ibiza official look away now….)

Santa Eulalias website (who just happen to have hosted their contingent for the last 2 days) is blocked… as is ours, and most of western europe.
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we tested a bunch of websites and they all seemed to be blocked so we thought its maybe just a naff website that doesnt work – so went we went to google and tried to find websites that were not blocked and put them through the test – sure enough we found them
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(as an aside we put their performers names this morning through search engines and came up with absolutely nothing)

so… the chinese come to the island but they dont want their own people to know about it..
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Live music in Ibiza – clubbing????

September 26th, 2007

p9253802.jpgTonight the Chinese promotional tour went on the road with a gig in the open air outside the local town hall.

This option is one of the first things that amazed me about living in Ibiza. During my first winter, both a Pink Floyd and a Rolling Stones tribute band performed in a huge marquee on a stage erected on the front door step of the town’s municipal headquarters. And both were excellent. Politicians here have mastered the art of keeping their voters happy – by throwing free, high profile parties for the population on a regular basis.

p9253803.jpgTonight’s event was to be a little more balanced, in a cultural context, than last night’s exhibition of Chinese excellence in the artistic arena. The local Ibicencos were clearly inspired and played a fabulous first half, delving into their unique traditional dance routines, to the accompaniment of male driven maracas, where the female, replete with 17 petticoats, trots in tiny steps to avoid the mock blows of her male suitor.

Overtly sexist, yet sexual in its subtle suggestion of the way things were. ‘Baile’ was the only time when adolescent girls and boys had the opportunity to court, apart from the pleasantries outside church after Mass.

p9253812.jpgThese excuses to dress up and dance for most of the day only arose on fiesta days, which broke up the back breaking monotony of eking survival from the sun baked fields, and goes some way to explaining why Spain has so many…

Today, however, is not an official fiesta. We all went to work, but the dance and romance of an evening out before winter cuts in is still an option – and it’s being taken with both hands tonight…
The second half began with a sceptical, but packed, town square full of your ordinary Ibicencos, who wouldn’t be seen dead ‘hob-nobbing’ it with the local dignitaries at the opening of the new community centre.

After all the town hall square has served the town since it was a tiny village? “What’s all the fuss about a new building that’s not even finished yet – and it’s halfway to Es Canar?”
Those thoughts didn’t last long though as, once again, the stunningly costumed and exquisitely accomplished Chinese ballerinas and gymnasts captivated their audience, while the applause rained down in ever increasing volumes as one act followed another.

p9253822.jpgTheir afternoon spent on the sound check had clearly paid dividends. The sound and lighting crew were clearly far happier with the familiar setting in front of town hall. Last night was excellent, tonight’s superlative we’re still seeking…
The setting was perfect, it didn’t rain, and by the time the town square had cleared, so had the contents of the stalls selling original Chinese trinkets – from paintings to miniature kites, to a variety of tiny decorative bottles impossibly painted on the inside by somebody wielding a feather?

We’re going to miss our Chinese visitors, who have taken over the town this last few days – and, I suspect, generated more interest in their spectacular 5,000 year old culture than any of us could have expected…

Let’s hope that they enjoyed their tiny dose of our culture as much as we enjoyed theirs…

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China’s trip out to Ibiza – Olympics 2008

September 25th, 2007

Tonight saw the opening of the new conference centre in Santa Eulalia, with a show provided by the Chinese delegation currently touring the globe promoting next year’s 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

An honour indeed for tiny Santa Eulalia and, in fact, the most important night in local cultural history – full stop. The venue’s not completely finished yet. They’d laid out a red carpet up the impressive entrance ramp, but it was obvious that beneath that lay planks for the first half.

Similarly, it was clear that they’ve not yet made their mind up about the interior wall covering. We had to settle for painted concrete with ready-prepared holes for the facing boards. Unfortunately, even booking eighty hotel rooms for their eminent visitors had been overlooked in the organizational rush to get the conference centre ready in time for this prestigious gig.

However, the impressive auditorium had been finished. The problem was gaining access to it. We were a few minutes late, we’d never been there before – this was the opening night! – OK?

The place was mobbed and nobody else was getting in, so they pointed us in the direction of a huge projector screen in the outside exhibition area. This had been erected for the overflow, who now numbered 200 or so.

We finally got in after doing the “we’re press”… just in time to catch the introductory exchange of pleasantries and presents (in Mandarin and Spanish), accompanied by long diatribes about the attributes and accolades deserved for each other’s countries, by the newly elected mayor of Santa Eulalia and the head of the Chinese delegation.
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Then the show began and it soon became obvious that we were watching the finest examples of Chinese musical achievement and performance art, as they transported us into the finer side of modern Chinese culture.

An initial group of spectacular dancers, followed by a trio playing traditional Chinese instruments – that could only vaguely be compared to the violin or cello and a guitar, albeit an oversized slide version, and we were off…

The majority of the audience were transfixed and confused. Our image of China was being transformed as we enjoyed and absorbed this glimpse into their culture.

A beautiful young opera singer and some traditional Chinese instruments dispensing remarkable sounds, interspersed with beautiful contortionists of ballerinas and extraordinarily gymnastic dancing warriors and we were captivated.

I imagine our visitors eyes have been opened a bit too, as they scoured the town for a room and read in the local papers that hotel occupancy rates are at record levels for this time of the year.

They’ll never forget Ibiza… but next time they come we’ll have the hang of the new P.A. system?

Consequently, we’ll shortly be releasing a publication entitled ‘Teach yourself Mandarin’ and booking flights to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and a bit more of their culture.

See you there?

As ever, click on any of the images for larger versions:

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Above; Zhao Hanyang, Zhan Yuanchun, Yue Yangding
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Charity Butterfly Ball moves to Es Vive Hotel, Ibiza

September 24th, 2007

The charity ball and auction has had to move to Es Vive Hotel in Ibiza Town and is now on Tuesday the 9th October. The auction will take place after a champagne reception, followed by dinner and then live dj’s till the early hours.

A reminder:

Signed David Beckham shirt
A pair of Pete Tong branded reeboks and signed by the man himself – only 2 exist (one is up for grabs) and a host of other PT signed stuff
Jade Jagger Clothing
Stevie Gerrard signed footie shirt
Kaiser Chiefs signed tour shirt
Maximo Park signed official shirt
Framed signed Afrika Bambaataa message

So far with a few weeks away there is also stuff from We Are Scientists, Roger Sanchez, Jesidi and Hed kandi artist Jason Brooks, also a signed ibiza rocks bag from Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe & Fatboy Slim. Local artists Jesus de Miguel and Alicia Bond have kindly donated pieces of their work, as has nationally renowned local pop-artist marcos torres

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Ian Brown and Ibiza over reacting ?

September 23rd, 2007

We’ve always been big fans of ian brown and especially the roses so when the new album turned up.. and when we found out sinead o’conner had done a track with him we listened

This has nothing to do with ibiza but this, as we’ve said before, is a blog about our life in ibiza – we like this

Today the diario said that they (the consell) were going to stop all the “after hours” clubs next year. That’ll be space and DC10 knackered then…. One has to wonder exactly what the islands strategy is – do they have one? The problem is that there doesnt seem to be a consistent policy – we all know how it works here – we think it would be nice if we (and everyone else here) knew what it was the island was trying to do…

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Ibiza Rocks teaser video from last night

September 21st, 2007

Though we dont get to see UK TV the Ibiza Rocks team have put up a teaser. Hopefully the UK Channel 4 lot will realise there’s an audience outside the UK who would love to see the programme. Not sure how’ll they’ll do it (copyright, rights etc) but it would be a shame that they filmed all that stuff and only UK audiences who are willing to stay up until midnight will see it…..

hello: internet ???

(btw pauses between cuts of the video are beyond our control)

since we’re talking about “indie” we love the new ian brown album – contrary to popular opinon not everyone on this island is obsessed by “dance music”

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Check your flights to ibiza!

September 21st, 2007

We came across this blog posted this evening and just had to share it – we won’t link to it unless they want us to because, quite frankly if it had been us we would’ve kept it to ourselves…. you’ll see why….

“…… i was in charge of the hotel booking and my friend was in charge of the flight bookings…..we board the plane and fly out to where we think is Ibiza…..arrive 11am all gone smooth so far yeah.

we get our bags and go to the airport carpark to find the car hire place (we had a mate getting a car and we were putting down some money) well after 2hrs of trying to find this car hire place somebody pointed out that the paper we had said Ibiza town and we were not there…..
so my friend thinks that our other friend has got it wrong so then we decide to get a taxi to the hotel and sort it out lata.
we then get in a taxi (man spoke no english) showed him the name of the hotel…… but he cant find it on the sat nav and then starts talking bout benidorm….. with this i said screw this lets get bak in the airport and work out what’s gone on……..
back in the airport i see the departures board and there is a flight leaving for ibiza in an hour………. so if there was a flight leaving for ibiza in an hour where the hell were we…………….Alicante!!!!!!!
yes my mate clicked on the wrong thing on the jet2 site and thought alicante must av been the name of the airport!!!!
and then we had to figure out where alicante was so we signed up for some timeshare thingys so they gave just these maps (to embarrassed to ask anybody where we actually were)
so we then got a flight to ibiza finally getting to the hotel by t time

worse thing is this all happened on the way there and sober!!!!!!!”

so here’s a lesson – make sure you know where you are going and check your flight tickets…..

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Manumission Closing party at Amnesia, Ibiza this friday

September 19th, 2007

Manumission will have it’s closing party this friday at Amnesia. Hosting not only the terrace but the whole club.

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Pete Tong to present 10th Anniversary DJ Awards at Pacha, Ibiza

September 19th, 2007

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pete tongInternational DJ legend Pete Tong will be hosting this very special event on the 27th September, with a gathering of the world’s top DJ’s. His co-host will be Gabriella Paina, presenter of Fashion TV.

The man behind Pure Pacha, and award winning radio presenter Pete Tong has had a long relationship with the DJ Awards, having been a recipient of no less than two awards himself, in 1999 (Radio DJ) and 2002 (Outstanding Contribution), In the following two years Pure Pacha also won Best Art Design for their groundbreaking artwork. So who better to be at the helm of the ceremony, than Pete Tong for their 10th Anniversary year.

There are 10 different “Music” genre categories, of which there are two new categories – Electro and Best International Festival, these are voted for by the public, there are also 7 other “Special” awards.

All the information regarding the last 9 years of the DJ Awards is available at www.djawards.com

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