The Fratellis at Ibiza Rocks tonight

September 5th, 2007 - 1:22 am Posted in ibiza, ibiza rocks, live music, The Fratellis, the more assured | Comments (1)

So we’re back at the ‘Gala Nights’ venue and the zoo is full, but once again it’s full of pretty little rock chicks rather than caged animals. Maybe they should take a look at this option all over the world where caged animals are ogled by hordes of curious humans. Rock stars definitely look happier with the attention than a cage full of monkeys…

The support band, ‘The More Assured’, put on a spirited display courtesy of the FREEDM organization, then everyone went walkabout around the grounds of the zoo garden trying to work out which of the many scattered bars might offer the swiftest service. In the centre of the complex the smell of hundreds of bangers and burgers attracted large numbers to form a polite queue at a bar beneath a huge plane tree, while they patiently prayed that the sole chef on the plancha would hurry up, so they got fed before the band came on stage.

At ten the band were announced as Andy McKay explained that the gig was sold out and implored people to explore the vagaries of this relatively new venue by moving from the distant hillside down into the pit in front of the stage. With that the band hit the stage, the lighting engineer exhibited his impressive wares and the audience went ballistic.

Throughout the set we were treated to choruses of the singalong section of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ by the expectant audience. This is the anthem that has been picked up and adopted by such diverse players as ‘Safeway’, for an advertising campaign and Celtic, Chelsea and Ipswich Town football clubs whenever they’re lucky enough to score a goal. In fact the list goes on to encompass Rugby matches in Wales and the Ice Hockey League, without paying due respect to the UK’s binge drinkers who all now know it off by heart and can prove it. It only ever reached No. 5 in the UK charts, but that could be an indictment of the latter?

The band made the audience wait, leaving that final treat till the second encore, but in the meantime exhibited the real repertoire that saw them proclaimed ‘the best new band in Britain’ a year ago by the NME and the ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ at the 2007 BRIT Awards on Valentine’s Day this year.

They were excellent and held the audience captivated throughout as shades of many influences, from Dylan to the psychedelic guitars of Floyd, shone through the powerful indie guitar sound – not forgetting the impressive brass section on a couple of choice tracks which added to their sound.

Ibiza Rocks deserves a medal for cramming so much into what turns out to be less than a three hour experience – that you’ll probably remember for the rest of your life…

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