Archive for July, 2008

Dizzee Rascal photos from Ibiza Rocks tonight

July 30th, 2008

It was a different gig than normal – but that didn’t make it any less fun – on the contrary…

As usual click on images for larger versions – review to follow…

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Nightmares on Wax – free album launch party in Ibiza

July 29th, 2008

nightmares on waxNightmares on Wax will be launching their forthcoming album “Thought So…” (out on 25th August) with a free launch party down at Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

It’s on Wednesday 20th August from 8.30pm till midnight with the Nightmares on Wax Sound System with MC’s & vocalists .

Its also being broadcast on ibizasonica.com from 8.30pm and locally on 95.2fm from 10pm.

Last year we were lucky enough to go to a smirnoff private party at Cala d’hort, overlooking Es Vedra, where they played a blinding set.

Our blog from last year: Nightmares On Wax secret gig in Ibiza tonight

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Chirincana at Cala Martina, Ibiza

July 29th, 2008

chirincanaAs we went to press for the August edition of Ibiza NOW magazine the latest victim of the recent clampdown on island music venues was Kumharas in the bay of Sant Antoni.

We understand that this latest closure came about because someone was caught smoking cannabis at a licensed ‘Legalise Cannabis’ event some three years ago. Although the heavy fine imposed at the time was duly paid and the local Guardia Civil are housed next door to the venue, this popular family favourite for a fabulous view of the sunset was ordered to close for 2 months.

This seems a little excessive in light of the well publicised deaths caused through the abuse of drugs at other larger venues around the island but, no doubt, the truth of the matter will rise to the surface in the near future.

chirincanaIn the meantime the punters are heading to Chirincana at Cala Martina on the east coast. This alternative to Kumharas is similar and bound to benefit in the face of the latter’s closure.

It has the sunset, which is unusual for an east coast venue and a similar grungy, holistic vibe. If anything the vibe is even more ‘roots’, as the hippies from the old Camping Florida camp site all seem to have returned.

Good luck to them, it was probably more ‘ambient’ than the eponymous event taking place simultaneously at Café del Mar… We got so sucked into the spiritual ambience that we were late for the evening’s gig by Ibizarre at the Atzaro country hotel featuring Eva Pacifico…

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Ibiza Now Magazine for August

July 29th, 2008

ibiza nowSome highlights in August’s edition :

  • Fiestas: August is the main fiesta month on Ibiza and celebrated all over the islands. Eivissa, Ses Figueretas, Platja d’en Bossa, Sant Llorenzo, Cala Llonga, Sant Antoni and Sant Agusti all hold celebrations this month, so expect to see a lot of fireworks…
  • Chiringuitos: A report on half a dozen of the beaches where you’ll find some of the finest of these charming little rustic beach establishments
  • Santa Gertrudis: The village with a new plaza and a different character
  • Yacht Charter: A report on the options and pleasures to be found in this luxurious corner of the nautical world
  • Cocktails: A review of the sangrias along Sant Antoni’s new promenade
  • West Side Stories: A turbulent month for “Old China”, but he takes it in his stride…
  • Figueretas: A suburb of Ibiza going rapidly up market
  • Carl Cox: An exclusive interview with one of the world’s best known DJs
  • Ibiza Rocks: Our report on the gigs in July
  • Exit Festival: Interesting parallels with the way things used to be in Ibiza

Plus all the other regular features, news and articles – now with a 124 pages.

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Upgrading our blog today

July 27th, 2008

We’re upgrading the wordpress system today so if it all goes south – that’s why…

Lot’s of things have to be turned off and on etc and the blog won’t appear at one point so bear with us

Update 4pm: All converted just a few niggly things to sort out like re-adding the categories but it all went smoothly

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Tonights Ibiza Sunset Video – 26-07-08

July 26th, 2008

We haven’t done a video sunset for awhile since the sun has been setting off to our right from the balcony and basically there haven’t been any clouds but as we were playing with a new video programme, some new equipment and the sun is starting to set more and more in view (as we thought) we thought we see how it went. It does need some tinkering…

Anyway, here’s tonights ibiza sunset video:


Music is from Lenny Ibizarre from his new double album called “Selected Sessions” – www.ibizarre.com. This is from the chill cd. You’ll be able to buy all his cd’s online shortly from the www.ishopibiza.com site.

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after-hours *are* happening in ibiza

July 25th, 2008

Last month in Ibiza NOW we reported on the International Music Summit and the eternal strife that seems to exist between the established ‘superclubs’ and the rest of the music and party organisers on the island. Since then DC 10 and
Kumharas have subsequently been shut down, so those in power would appear to have won. But have they…?

Reports are now beginning to filter through of alternative events that some at the conference predicted would occur. Their predictions anticipated a market that will develop over the summer involving 4 x 4 police chases into the depths of the campo.

It would appear that a rethink might be in order…

This report came in recently in response to concern expressed by foreign observers at the conference. They were worried that Ibiza’s previously tolerant and welcoming attitude to foreigners had been crushed. We felt this report worthy of
publication to illustrate the fact that the island’s spirit will not be crushed.

Interestingly, the majority of the participants were residents and almost exclusively Spanish. The party clampdown is not being fought by Italians, or any other organised group of foreigners. These are the legislator’s own children… Is anyone
surprised?

The venue was in Ibiza Town, but to be honest from the outside you would never have guessed it was a club. It was only the two meat-heads standing outside a door that gave it away. We were charged 5 euros to get in and were then led down some stairs through a series of blankets which were doubling up as makeshift soundproofing. Very old-school.

dodgybar.jpgThe club was in a dark, musky basement and was already very busy with a predominantly young Spanish crowd even though it was not long past kicking out time at the big clubs.

The fug of marijuana smoke was as unmistakable as it was overpowering and people were openly taking drugs – well, I’m no chemist, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t sherbet dib-dab they were snorting off the tables that’s for sure. The walls were wet with condensation and a DJ was playing dark minimal house which suited the surroundings perfectly, but it wasn’t quite loud enough to dance to (they obviously didn’t trust the makeshift soundproofing).

There was a bar selling reasonably priced drinks and the crowd in there were smiley and relaxed – very relaxed actually. Basically the whole experience was as far away from the big clubs as you can get. These parties are obviously in their infancy and the low volume of the music did reduce the atmosphere to little more than an after-hours bar than a proper rave. But I could tell kids in there were getting off on the fact it was illegal, they seemed excited just being part of it. I’m sure that eventually they’ll get braver and start turning the sound up which will give it the atmosphere the punters were looking for.

I didn’t stick around for very long – it was just my curiosity that had taken me there in the first place – but I’m sure that more and more of these parties are going to start popping up around the island. And maybe the music might get so loud that the politicians might even start hearing it.

Please don’t ask where this venue is…

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Beachbombing comes to Ibiza

July 25th, 2008

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THE HEDONISTS HOLIDAY CAMP
IN THE SUN

For Party People, Not Posers

*ADANDONED ZOO PARTY * FANCY DRESS POOLSIDE ANTICS
WARM-UP PARTIES IN KANYA & BAR M * BOAT PARTY
SECRET BEACH PARTY * EXCLUSIVE IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL GIGS
BEACHBOMBING ON THE CREAM TERRACE * MANUMISSION CLOSING PARTY*
AND MUSIC FROM:
*KRAFTY KUTS * CUBAN BROTHERS * SINDEN * HERVE * FREESTYLERS
THE WHIP (LIVE) * GREG WILSON * TODD TERJE * STREETLIFE DJS
SOUL OF MAN * RUSS CUBAN * BARRY PETERS * TIRK DJS*

Wednesday 17th – 21st September
www.beachbombing.com / www.myspace.com/beachbombing

The team behind the truly brilliant Snowbombing are something of experts when it comes to creating memorable holidays for clubland’s more discerning road-trippers. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the white isle or thirsty Ibiza virgin let Beachboming be your guide to a whole new Ibiza experience. From secret beach parties to the Amnesia terrace, Zoo parties to A List club entry the BB ticket is the only one you need to make Ibiza 2008 a reality.

Just like you program your ipod before you pack it, this late summer sandy soundtrack AND all the parties and random fun fuelled nonsense to play along with it are all ready to go. The people who bought you a rave in an igloo 3000 feet above sea level have announced an itinerary to satisfy even the most demanding thrill seekers.

IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL WILL BE ROCKING as Beachbombing tune up and plug in to the most happening Hotel anywhere on Ibiza as the base for all bombers: the IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL; a hedonistic hub of sun-drenched pleasures and poolside capery programmed by the folks behind Ibiza Rocks and Manumission.

beachbombing1.jpgAnd so it begins. WEDNESDAY NIGHT will see a momentous Manchester-infused, Mediterranean mosh up which will be headlined by THE WHIP. This show marks the end of a summer of frenzied festival appearances by Danny and his band of Balearic bleepsters, and the action doesn’t just end there: prolific producing person HERVE and DJ remixer par excellence SINDEN will be throwing their sonic spanners into the mix to kick start the first Beachbombing in Ibiza in style.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON will play host to The Abandoned Zoo Party taking you deep into the Benimussa hills to one of Ibiza’s forgotten gems: ‘Apocalypse Now’ meets ‘Animal Magic’ for what is set to be one of Ibiza’s most memorable parties. Relax by the pool or mosh until you drop in the seal pit! Expect open-air music areas, decks around a palm tree lined swimming pool, stacks of shaded seating, a BBQ area not to mention a penguin enclosure to parade your well-rehearsed moves.

SATURDAY will see Beachbombers return to their Ibiza Rocks base once again for the afternoon Fancy Dress Pool Party! Don your most ridiculous comedy costume and head to the poolside for an afternoon of complete and utter nonsense and tomfoolery led by Barry Peters and the Cuban Brothers. Joining in with the spirit of the closing parties expect this to run long into the night.

beachbombing2.jpgFull Steam A Hat… More ‘mad’ than med, a fancy dress boat party cruise will set sail for a day on the Ocean. Heading into the sunset the H-U-G-E glass bottomed catamaran complete with full DJ set up and extra sound equipment will whisk revellers off on unforgettable trip around the island. Wave goodbye to the shore and your sanity as the all day cruise plots an ice cool course around some of the islands most mystical sites: the mysterious mountain isle of Es Vedra, the hidden beach known as ‘Atlantis’, oh and Elle McPherson’s villa if you will. Stopping off at a gorgeous beach, diving for champagne and generally causing a random, surreal, sweet sounding commotion on the ocean, this sun drenched equivalent to the artic disco comes at an little extra cost but is exclusive to Beachbombers and keeps the social spirit within the festival afloat.

To modify your mood in sweet preparation for the beast that is the MANUMISSION CLOSING PARTY (for which each Beachbomber is guaranteed a ticket), Beachbombing will take over BAR M. The sinking of (discounted) drinks and grooving to an exclusive Beachbombing soundtrack should get you in the mood before boarding buses to CREAM at AMNESIA where Beachbombing will be will be hosting the legendary terrace exclusively for Beachbombers. This will be an additional fee but with rare access to your own terrace with all your Beachbombing chums it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

No other package gives clubbers the opportunity to experience the ultimate mix of closing parties, fancy dress fun, poolside frolics, exhilarating day trips and exclusive Ibiza parties – Beachbombing offers you 5 days of unrivalled fun for a price that won’t break the bank.

Flexi-Fly…and save money! By smartly tailoring your flights to arrive or depart a few days before or after the event, you get a few more days to enjoy the Island, may save money on flights AND could catch We Love Sundays @ Space with 2Many DJ’s (which is reason alone to stay an extra night).

You can book Beachbombing Ibiza from £149 – which is more or less the same price as a Corby Trouser Press.

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We Are Scientists at Ibiza Rocks tonight

July 23rd, 2008

this is becoming a recurring theme but it was another great gig tonight

some initial photos from tonights gig

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we are scientists at ibiza rocks

July 22nd, 2008

a quick photo before we leave and get home and do the main photos…

courtesy of our iphone and ibiza rocks hotel free wifi…

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