Archive for August, 2008

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza vs Barcelona ‘B’ this afternoon

August 31st, 2008

Late this afternoon Pena Deportiva (Santa Eulalia) played FC Barcelona’s ‘B’ team in their first game of the season.

The cameraman got his blagging hat on and played the press card and managed to escape paying the 15 euro entry… He was rewarded however at half-time when the sprinklers decided to spray the entire terrace of people milling around in front of the bar, he just managed to turn away in time to protect the camera but got soaked in the process. Then to top it off the bar ran out of beer.

We thought Barca had taken the lead just before half time, however the goal was ruled out for offside. The coach Luis Ezcacho must have given the Deportivo players the ‘hair-dryer’ treatment at half time as the second half they looked much the better side with much more possession and more threatening attacks. We wish we could say who scored the Pena winning goal but we haven’t clue. (ed: after reading the local paper this morning it was the subsitute Tino).

We will definitely be attending more games and it will be all the more interesting as SD Eivissa and Pena Deportiva (Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia) are both in the same division this year.

On a side note there was a great article in the Sunday Times today about Toni Lima who is the Technical Director of SD Eivissa. He also plays in Andorra’s international side – who are up against England in a world cup qialifier on 6th September. At Andorra’s last meeting against England in March 2007 he asked Wayne Rooney if he would sign for SD Eivissa…

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the kids then get interviewd by local TV: IB3 (which was showing it live)
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Half time and the sprinklers come on…
… and we all get soaked…
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“he shoots!”
“he scores” “goooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllll ”
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Game over
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Pikes Breakfast club moves to Es Vive

August 31st, 2008

The Late Breakfast Club is moving to Es Vive Hotel, Ibiza as from next Sunday for the whole of September.

The LIVE show broadcast through Sonica Radio between midday and 4pm will continue with an abundance of celebrity interviews, international guest DJ’s and of course Jonathan Sa Trinxa with his legendary chill out.

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Santa Eulalia vs Barcalona ‘b’ live on TV and the net

August 30th, 2008

Whilst we obviously cannot condone P2P networks that allow the distribution of copyrighted material we were definitely surprised to see tomorrow evenings game of Santa Eulalia vs Barcelona’s B team appear on a P2P tv site. (IB3 is the local free TV station so we think its ok).

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They have the date wrong though – the game is tomorrow.

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Soulwax at Ibiza Rocks – review

August 29th, 2008

Once again Ibiza Rocks delivers contrast. Hot on the heels of the Mike Skinner (The Streets) approach to crowd management, and much to the relief of the local Health & Safety executive, the band charged with bettering that experience were Soulwax – masters of the remix rather than the microphone.

At times the show went so retro that older hacks in the audience could recall the days when dance culture made the decision to worship the DJ hunched over the decks rather than the front man and his axe wielding accomplices. How times change?

Soulwax, in all their guises, are fundamentally two Belgian DJs trying various different formulas wrapped around an apparently weak set of material. For no obvious reason they demoted themselves to second in the line up for the night, making 2 Many DJs (also themselves) the headline act for the night.

So first up were a four piece band with a drummer and electric guitarist doing electronic classics. Interesting we all thought as we admired their flashing light show whilst it slowly dawned on us that there weren’t going to be any vocals, just the odd sample thrown in here and there.

soulwaxThen there was the problem of the white tuxedos and dickie bows, no doubt in deference to the white island but not really practical for the stage on a hot August night.

Nonetheless, there we were listening to a combination of M25 rave breakdowns with drum solos and guitar interchanges at the end of each song to the point where the crowd didn’t know when to start clapping. Or maybe there was some other reason?

soulwaxUnfortunately the E’s aren’t as strong as they used to be and this audience aren’t bothered anyway, so the repetitive beats and the flashing lights were never going to work the way they did twenty years ago. On the other hand, I have to confess to not having been to Belgium for a long time.

The equipment was cleared from the stage and it looked as if that was that, but eventually 2 Many DJs appeared and it soon became apparent that the name was appropriate. Their set consisted of teasers from other people’s anthemic intros whilst two blokes reached across each other to twiddle distant knobs on the mixer as if the audience wasn’t there. The lights flashed and the audience did their bit, but this wasn’t ‘live’ music?

After 20 excruciating minutes two cuties appeared front of stage, where the band’s equipment had earlier filled the void, and the back lighting took our attention away from the two guys arguing behind the decks.

A few more Eurythmics intros swiftly followed by twiddle and squeak and the show was over. Next week should be better…

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Pikes Hotel breakfast club

August 28th, 2008

The cameraman’s brother was out for his 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago so we all went to Pikes Hotel on the sunday. Today he sent us his camera phone video from there.

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Soulwax at Ibiza Rocks last night

August 27th, 2008

A bit of a contrast from last weeks The Streets gig. Soulwax did the usual 10pm headline gig and then their alter-ego 2ManyDJS played the stage from about 11ish – we’d love to say it was great…

Anyway, some photos and review to follow:

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Ibiza club round up for August

August 26th, 2008

clubsAugust in Ibiza means one thing: clubs, clubs, clubs. It’s the month of blazing sunshine, beautiful people and parties that roll into the wee hours of the morning.

It was also, this summer, the month everyone had been banking on to compensate for a rickety start to the season; the make-or-break weeks for the fortunes of everyone who relies on Ibiza’s brief tourist season
to see them through winter. “The rest of the summer you might make just about enough to pay the bills and have a few nights
out, but August is when you stack it up,” as one worker puts it.

Make no mistake, the Ibicenco economy is close-hitched to the success of its clubs. The Diario de Ibiza recently reported on a survey which showed nine out of 10 British tourists come to Ibiza specifically for the nightlife. So, how are we doing?

At Amnesia their highlight events are going strong. Cocoon’s Monday night party is pulling a huge international crowd, its
usual popularity given an extra boost by the closure of DC10. The price of their “friends & family” concession guest-list tickets has shot up from €20 to €30 so it’s a safe bet anyone involved in this techno powerhouse will be laughing all the way to the bank this autumn.

amnesiaThursday night’s ‘Cream’ party is perennially popular with the British market and despite the economic hardships they
are still pulling full houses on the strength of their heavy duty DJs like Paul Van Dyk, Sasha and Ferry Corstan. Also wooing the trance crowd is Armin’s Tuesday night ‘Armada’ with guests like Sharam from Deep Dish and Laidback Luke.

However, another Brit standby, ‘Manumission’ (Fridays) has struggled to cope with heavy competition from Madrileno night ‘SuperMartXe’ which has been filling Privilege to capacity thanks to a canny mix of competitive door-pricing and mind-blowing production.

privilegeIt seems Privilege has realised that its strength lies in making the most of its vast space as the other big night is Tiesto’s ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ party every Monday. Eager kids (mostly British, Dutch and German) are happily shelling out €60 or more for a peek at Tijs’ staggering, rock’n’roll style audio-visual trance extravaganza.

Filling out
the roster of big hitters at Privilege are two nights of techno: ‘Meganite’ and ‘Monza’.

The former has found success with a mix of classic tough techno and live acts, while ‘Monza’ is making a strong showing with its Berlin-orientated line-ups (Magda, M.A.N.D.Y. and Guido Schneider among others).

It’s not all smiles though, as local
favourite ‘La Communidad’ – which moved to Saturdays at the World’s Biggest Club after losing its Friday nights at Space – flopped and was quickly replaced by a new night called ‘Soldiers’.

spaceSpace, having ruthlessly culled its promoter roster after losing half its opening hours to new laws has still sometimes struggled to fill its six rooms. ‘Carl Cox and Friends’ is having another fantastic season, and long-running gay night ‘La Troya’ (Wednesday) is still packing them in despite squabbles with authorities over their colourful parades and artwork.

Danny Tenaglia’s first Ibiza residency, ‘Be’ on Thursdays has wooed fans of classic house but faces tough competition from its glamorous opposite ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’, fronted by Cathy & David Guetta at Pacha. In any case, Space’s undisputed flagship is still ‘We Love Sundays’, which pulled crowds and column inches with the return of the Chemical Brothers to Ibiza for the first time in 14 years (for a reported six-figure fee).

Other island big spenders include Eden, which has been rewarded for splashing the cash on Pete Tong with his muchtalked-
about ‘Wonderland’ party on Fridays. Along with Brit faves like Groove Armada and Rob Marmot the night has brought the
likes of Tania Vulcano and Deadmau5 to San An for the first time.

Tuesday night’s ‘Koolwaters’ party has kept Eden jumping with a mix of breaks and electro. Night-by-night, Eden is probably the most eclectic club on the island with events for garage (Twice As Nice), hard house (Advanced Vs Tidy), house (Garlands Vs The Hacienda) and electronica (Mondo Loco). Though it is still easy to get free or reduced entry to most nights, a sure sign they’re working to pull in the punters, the club has maintained a good atmosphere and Judgement Sundays is still hugely popular with the San An crowd.

Also flying the flag for San An eclecticism, Es Paradis has a mix of classic and new nights. Its flagship ‘Fiesta del Agua’ has expanded to two nights a week (Thursdays and Saturdays) and is the biggest pull with local youngsters. Their ‘Bassline Vs Garage’ night angles to grab some of the urban crowd away from ‘Twice As Nice’ while ‘Clubland’ woos fans of commercial house and trance.

Possibly the most interesting night is Wednesday’s ‘Rogue DJs’ party which brings DJ sets from bands like Utah
Saints, The Subways and The Mystery Jets.

Meanwhile, the glamorous Ibiza Town clubs are still locked in a fierce rivalry. Louie Vega’s ‘Soul Heaven’ night at El Divino has taken the club back to pure house music with lots of live PAs and support from the likes of Erick Morillo (whose Wednesday night ‘Subliminal’ party at Pacha has been a bit quieter than previous seasons), while its busiest night remains Saturday’s ‘Hed Kandi’ party – a firm favourite of the stylish British crowd.

for their cut of the pie are ‘Fashion TV’ & ‘Miss Moneypenny’s’ on the Friday, Tuesday’s ‘Salvacion’ bash, house heavy hitters ‘Kinky Malinki vs Kidology’ (Thursday) and ‘Mn2S’ (Monday).

pure pachaMinutes away is Pacha, which has stuck with a tried and tested line-up for summer 2008, beginning with Roger Sanchez’s ‘Release Yourself’ party on Monday (which started at El Divino, some years back). According to insiders the focus on traditional US house has given the club a long-in-the-tooth feel, with staples like ‘Def Mix’ (Saturday) and ‘Defected’ (Tuesday) relying too heavily on older acts.

Undoubtedly the most exciting night of the week is Friday’s ‘Pure Pacha’ which responded to Tong’s move to Eden by booking some of the biggest names in dance: Sander Kleinenberg, the Swedish House Mafia, Basement Jaxx and Faithless. The new acts have energised the night. “The atmosphere is brilliant and our guest-lists are full till September,” reports press manager Jasmine Elias.

Overall, it seems the club scene has stratified. The biggest, longest-running nights are as packed as ever with loyal fans.
However, less established parties are struggling as clubbers economise by making safe choices rather than exploring new
events. Numbers for the season may look roughly similar, across the board, but the true story is of a handful of big successes and a host of strugglers.

Of course, Ibiza has almost lost one of its most renowned clubs entirely – DC10. For the full story on the rise and fall of this underground institution see DC10 – club closure?.

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dc10 club closure: the end of the the line for the Ibiza underground?

August 25th, 2008

dc10The Spanish authorities have ordered the closure of DC10, Ibiza’s most iconic underground club, for one year and imposed a e 300,000 fine on the club, on the back of a 57 day closure order spanning June to August.

DC10 is Ibiza’s Studio 54, its Paradise Garage. Every Monday beneath the searing blue Mediterranean sky a gaggle of outrageously dressed clubbers, babbling enthusiastically in a dozen languages, strut through the dusty car park and into Circoloco – Ibiza’s last truly eccentric party.

Ten years ago when Italian promoter Andrea Pellino and his business partner founded Circoloco at DC10 it seemed doomed to swift obscurity. The club lies a few hundred metres shy of the airport runway, between a marrow patch and a corral. It was dark and dirty inside. The outdoor terrace was open to the heavens.

The soundsystem was “terrible” according to resident DJ Tania Vulcano (who, in the first year, would go to work in the marina after playing her set, record bag slung over her shoulder.) Most of all, no one believed people would turn out to go clubbing on a Monday morning.

dc10The sceptics were wrong. Party people came in droves and DC10 became an adjective used to describe cutting edge music and fashion. The club is a little more refined these days (though they only upgraded the grubby toilets last year and air conditioning came as a welcome novelty this season) but its gritty, no-frills atmosphere remains a beloved part of its peculiar charm.

There is no fancy decor, no laser shows, no ice cannon, no heavy handed promotion, no podium dancers, no billboards, no extortionate drinks prices, no VIP area. Just four walls, a deafening sound system and music you won’t hear anywhere else.

The party is a Petri dish for underground electronic music culture. Instead of paying huge fees to big-name jocks Circoloco seeks out and cultivates young talent. It has boosted Tania Vulcano, Luciano, Loco Dice and Rhadoo to the DJ A-list and spread the fame of cult heroes like Dan Ghenacia, Guido Schneider, Jamie Jones and Davide Squillace.

Like the punters, the DJs come from all corners of the globe – Germany, Uruguay, Spain, Italy, France, Rumania, the UK and the US – a merry, polyglot muddle drawn together by a mutual passion for music.

On the dancefloor party kids sport satin shorts and boxing boots, tight waistcoats, brightly hued harem pants, bikinis, sunglasses the size of satellite dishes, tattoos that snake up spines or wrap around bronzed arms, studded lips, tongues, noses and nipples. DC10 is part catwalk, part Camden Market, part fetish, part fancy dress – and wholly reminiscent of the wildly colourful heyday of New York’s club scene. (Jade Jagger riding across the dancefloor, naked, on a white horse would hardly raise a murmur.)

dc10DC10 is pure escapism, a playground for grown-ups soundtracked by the hippest DJs on the planet. Yet the Spanish government seems intent on quashing this carnival. After a blinding opening party (the best in years, according to many regulars) and two more happy Mondays the Spanish government ruled (based on a three year-old drugs complaint made by the Guardia Civil) that DC10 would have to shut for the 57 “remaining” days of the 60 day closure ordered at the beginning of summer 2007 – even though the club was shut for 20 days last summer.

Government concern over illegal drugs is perfectly understandable, but this draconian move surprised even the most shock-proof island insiders. After all, DC10 has a strict security staff, often augmented by a team of Guardia Civil performing rigorous searches and the club installed CCTV cameras to better police the interior. Not to mention that drugs can be found in any club in Ibiza – or London, or anywhere – if you go looking hard enough.

In an interview, Circoloco promoter Andrea Pellino voiced his frustration: “I cooperated, I tried to do everything the government asked…. The situation is crazy. Circoloco started a movement in Ibiza. We brought the underground people together. I’ve put 100% of my heart into this club and I’m going to fight for it.” Pellino adds he won’t consider moving the iconic party elsewhere: “Circo Loco was born in DC10 and it’s not going to another club, never, ever. If DC10 is closed Circoloco is closed.”

Just as the club prepared to celebrate its reopening party the Diario de Ibiza published news that the club has been hit with a one year closure order and the maximum legal allowable fine because it is improperly licensed. Apparently, the club’s existing bar license only allows for 68 patrons on the premises.

Clearly, this is a ridiculous number, given the status of the club, but one can only speculate as to why one of Ibiza’s most popular discos doesn’t have a proper license. Would the owner have genuinely
been so reckless as to ignore the licensing laws for nearly a decade? Or is it the case that applications for a proper discotheque license have been refused or simply lost in a beauracratic wasteland?

dc10Speculation about the decision is the hottest topic of island and internet gossip, as can be seen from dozens of angry comments on internet forums. “This is another step towards turning Ibiza into the golf resort concept that the government favours,” is one. Another, “The government is always facing the negative side of the medal. It’s always about drugs… those clubs are a reason for people all over the world to come to the island.” An online petition protesting the ruling is rapidly gathering signatures

Noctambula, in Sa Penya in Ibiza Town, is the spiritual home of the island’s techno loving Italian massive (the DC10 DJs regularly drop by for a few drinks, or to spin some tunes before a night out) and the mood is decidedly downbeat. “A lot of people were waiting for DC10 to reopen,” remarks Steve, Noctambula’s resident cocktail wizard, who normally works the door at DC10 on a Monday.

Clive Henry, resident DJ for Circoloco is pessimistic. “I have loads of friends who cancelled their holidays [to Ibiza] because DC10 was shut. What happens now?”

That is the question on everyone’s lips, and for many the answer is nothing to celebrate. “DC10 is finished,” opines Guy Hornsby, a DJ/producer who’s been visiting DC10 religiously for the last six years. “Once they’ve shut it they’ll keep finding reasons to keep it shut. It’ll never get a license now.”

Only time will tell if Hornsby’s glum prediction is correct, but what is certain is Ibiza – and club land – stands to lose a cherished institution. Resident DJ Luciano is dismayed: “It’s like the f**king politicians are trying to break down one of the last bits of paradise on earth,” he says. Meanwhile, beneath the cobalt blue sky, at the end of a runway, DC10 lies silent, hovering between hope and history.

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Electronic overload: the Japanese Popstars play it loud

August 25th, 2008

They aren’t Japanese and they aren’t, strictly speaking, popstars. Yet so powerfully suggestive is the name I have a mental image of young men with funky haircuts, manbags full of the latest electronic gizmos and hordes of teenage fans in unfeasibly fashion forward attire. Their broad Northern Irish burrs give the game away though: the young men in question are the self-confessed “best thing to come out of Derry since The Undertones” and aspire to the stadium electronica crown once worn by the likes of Underworld and Orbital.

Why the name? “It was Declan’s idea. He’s into Japanese culture and stuff, and he’s the marketing brain. We thought if you can make money anywhere, you make it in Japan,” explains Gary Curran (aka DJ Curntables). Declan is “Decky Hedrock” and “Galo,” real name Gareth Donoghue, rounds out the ambitious trio of noisemakers. A typical track is ‘Face Melter’ – six minutes of distorted synths, grinding basslines and stomach-popping kick drums which comes off as Digitalism reinterpreted by the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Like the rest of their oeuvre, it is a record designed to be played in wide-open spaces, loud.

The Popstars are old friends, all veterans of the Northern Irish music scene, DJing or in bands. “Me and Declan were at Oxegen [festival] one year and decided, ‘we can do this better,'” Gary says. They put their heads together, wrote a few songs, and started looking for gigs. Mind, this was two years ago, when minimal techno still had a firm grip on clubland and stadium electronica was at best a novelty. So why the grandiose plans?

japanese popstar“Anybody can DJ if they put their mind to it,” Gary says with a shrug. “We wanted to take it a step further. We want to be like Daft Punk, Leftfield or the Chemical Brothers. Our tunes happen to be big, and we want to headline festivals.”

This year, their wish has come true with impressive sets at Glastonbury, Oxegen and Wireless. “We had 6000 people dancing at Oxegen, at 2.30PM,” Gary reports proudly. It isn’t going too far to say this has been their summer, their moment. With the likes of Digitalism, Boyz Noise and Justice making an ear-drum punching case for raucous live electro the Japanese Popstars suddenly sound bang on trend. A panting raft of celebrity fans and supporters bears witness to this.

Pete Tong has played their tracks on Radio 1 and gave them their first gig on the island at Wonderland, at Eden. “It was great. Pete Tong bringing you to Ibiza is something you aspire to,” says Gary. Nor is the doyen of Radio 1 the only DJ throwing his weight behind their wall of sound. Zane Lowe, Eddy Temple-Morris, Soulwax and uber-tastemaker Erol Alkan are all enthusiasts, as is every music magazine going. The Guradian, Mixmag, Clash and DJ Mag have all fulsomely praised their debut album, We Just Are (out now on Gung-Ho Recordings) saying things like “these guys will be massive.”

Despite the accolades the lads seem to have their feet fairly firmly planted. They’re home in Northern Ireland, recovering from a gig, and their interview responses are interspersed with much chuckling and consultation. “I’m collecting all the cuttings to give to my mum – everything except the review in Loaded. I can’t give a copy of Loaded to my mother!” Gary guffaws.

Apart from good reviews in bad magazines they simply hope to have more opportunities to take their brain-bashing sound to the world. In particular, they are looking forward to their debut at Fabric, in London, and a return to Ibiza to play Cream at Amnesia. “God bless the Terrace!” Gary exclaims. “It’s massive! We’re in for a great time.”

They are also eagerly anticipating their first trip to Japan this autumn. “We hope they like us, otherwise the name will be a bit of a bad joke.”

Meantime, they’re sticking to what they know: great tunes and simple pleasures (“we don’t have much on our rider, mostly food and vodka”) and looking to spread the message to even more fans. “We’ve been called ‘loud, strident dance music for glowstick veterans’ but I don’t mind. Bring your glowsticks!” laughs Gary. “We want our fans to go hell for leather.” And really, it’s hard to imagine any other response to the Japanese Popstars’ outsized beats.

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Tonights Ibiza Sunset Video (24-08-08)

August 24th, 2008

Now that the days are getting shorter and the sun sets further into view, we’ll be back to our hopefully, regular sunset videos.

Here’s tonights ibiza sunset video:

Music is from Lenny Ibizarre from his new double album called “Selected Sessions” – Which you can buy from our online store here: This is from the chill cd.

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