Archive for August, 2009

Burn The Negative at Ibiza Rocks next Week

August 28th, 2009

We don’t normally do this, in fact never before, but we are really looking forward to Burn the Negative supporting Soulwax next week at Ibiza rocks so decided to share some of their stuff before hand:

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The Floating Worlds at Grial, Ibiza tonight

August 28th, 2009

Their last night of the season at Grial in Ibiza Town ends tonight with Ibiza’s very own B’Fly & Toga (Girlz Skool) and Marcos Olivera on the decks. From midnight till 6am:

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An Afternoon with Ibiza’s Bill Fulljames

August 27th, 2009

Bill Fulljames is one of Ibiza’s well known artists – his sculptures feature everywhere. Our friends Helen and Kevin went to visit him:

It’s not just beach bars, chupitos and dance floors. In this series we aim to show you another side of Ibiza by visiting some of the artists that live and work on the island.

In this episode we spend an afternoon with sculptor and wood engraver, Bill Fulljames, Ibizan resident since 1971, as he shows us around his Santa Gertrudis hideaway.

More information on Bill can be found at: www.mischart.com/billfulljames/index.htm

More videos from KuschtyRye Productions – We’ll be featuring more on the blog.

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MGMT – Ibiza Rocks – “Kids” video from last night

August 26th, 2009

Dear Mr Tour Manager of MGMT, this appeared on youtube at lunchtime – we noticed that there was no “proper” filming of MGMT so your fans will have to make do with this sort of thing :)

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MGMT at Ibiza Rocks tonight – the photos

August 26th, 2009
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Ibiza Rocks – 25th August – MGMT

As predicted, MGMT tonight at Ibiza Rocks was another very busy night – MGMT management though seemed to think they are a world famous band playing a stadium gig at Madison Square Gardens and protecting their “image” (rather reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys doing a similar thing at Ibiza Rocks a couple of years ago) – it was a bit of a farce restricting the regular photographers when you had upwards of 4/500 people taking photos and videos on their iphones, mobiles and little digital cameras ;) We think they forgot they were in Ibiza…

Since most of the regular photographers weren’t allowed into the pit we all decided that we’d get down the front and take photos of MGMT from the audience (which of course meant we could use a flash) until their Tour manager decided to try otherwise. Their tour manager: “I’m not worried about the audience cameras I’m worried about you people” why?… would you rather have 500 dodgy photos of your band on the internet or decent high quality pictures on the net and promote your band in the best possible light ?

Fair play though to the Ibiza Rocks team for sticking up for the 3 of us who decided to flout the “ban” by taking photos from the audience. As one of them (photographers) said – “in 5 years or so time when point and shoot cameras become as good a quality as current digital high-end cameras the point is going to become moot”…

However – both The Virgins and MGMT were great and it was telling that it was almost as busy as Dizzee Rascall the other week – and that was rammed. Spotted upstairs were Jade Jagger, Amber le Bon, Tiesto and Judge Jules. A colleague said it was the best Ibiza Rocks gig so far. MGMT sounded in parts like everyone from Bowie, The Hollies, The Shadows to The Undertones & The Clash and some prog rock – good fun… Lots of loo roll fun at the end as well with Andy wrapping himself up in loo roll.

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Ibiza NOW/ActualIbiza September 09 Magazine cover

August 25th, 2009

We had a great response to the new style ActualIbiza magazine last month as it now features all the articles, news etc in both English and Spanish.

This month continues the Beaches feature, concentrating on the south coast, articles on Clean energy, Precious Stones, Ibiza’s very own Barbary Press, the upcoming DJ Awards, the recent Adlib Fashion show and all the other usual features and island news.

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Barefoot Doctor’s ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection’ Day Retreat at Atzaro, Ibiza

August 24th, 2009

After the recent success of his first ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection’ Day, The Barefoot Doctor returns to Atzaro this Tuesday 25th August from 12 noon til 7pm.

One of the world’s leading Taoist Masters, Barefoot Doctor has published 13 best-selling books and is renowned for his self-development teaching and down-to-earth techniques. Resident in Ibiza for the last year, his name and reputation have already spread across the island and its people, through a combination of his Ibiza Global Radio programmes, his weekly event ‘Dub Spirit’ at Bazaar and his ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection Day Retreats at Atzaro.

As part of the intensive one day retreat, participants are invited to learn the art and mechanics of attaining and maintaining enlightenment as well as how to ‘access and sustain limitless energy, vitality and stamina’. And whilst that may seem a lot to ask for in just one day, Barefoot Doctor’s specialty is doing exactly that – training people in the practice and philosophy of the ancient beliefs of Taoism.

The ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection Day Retreat starts at 12 noon this Tuesday and is priced at 175 euros, which includes more than 4 hours of training and one to one opportunities with Barefoot Doctor, a deluxe energizing lunch, spa access, swimming and chilling at one of the island’s most stunning and luxurious rural hotels, Atzaro.

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Ethical business in Ibiza

August 22nd, 2009

Ibiza in summer is a study in raw capitalism. Price-gouging by clubs, hotels and taxis is a favourite topic of conversation, with everyone moaning about the annual high-season highway robbery. Plus there is island’s famous hedonism – wooing visitors with promises of sleek hotels, fine dining and the most outrageous nightlife on the planet. As a polished European tourist resort it offers plenty of opportunities for selfish indulgence to people looking for a chance to leave reality behind. It is not a place that attracts a notable contingent of tree-huggers, do-gooders or right-on political activists. Nevertheless, there are businesses that look beyond the bottom line and offer locals and visitors an opportunity to spend their money well. Cila Warncke seeks out another side of the island economy and reports on ethical businesses in Ibiza.

Algo Mas – offering something more

algo masThursday evening in the tiny village of Sant Miquel and the plaza below the Iglesia is full of children, music and the scent of home baking. On the corner, door and sky-blue shutters flung open, sits Algo Mas. This small Fairtrade shop has just celebrated its second anniversary and judging by the stream of locals who stop to say hello, it is firmly cemented in the community. Italian expats Valeria Cova and Aurietta Sala run the shop, along with Blanca Llosent. Aurietta and Valeria are Italian, but have each lived in Ibiza for more than 30 years and have fond memories of the days when visiting friends meant half a day’s walk through the countryside and dinner by candlelight. They are not hippie dilettantes, however, or airy fairy idealists. Algo Mas is the product of hard work, common sense and a firm commitment to the principles of Fairtrade.

algo mas, ibizaEverything in Algo Mas from stunning Columbian stoneware crockery, to hand-woven Sri Lankan doormats, to impossibly luxurious Chilean honey, is sourced and certified according to the strict rules of Fairtrade. These include guaranteeing a fair price to the producers, promoting sustainable production and protecting the rights of women and children. None of this comes cheap or easy in a world run by thuggish multi-nationals and greedy governments. The price guarantee means Fairtrade agents buy products such as tea, coffee, sugar and rice at a premium which they rely on shops like Algo Mas so sell. The margins are paper thin. “It is difficult,” Valeria says, “You have to put in your own money because you can’t buy-now-and-pay-later. The producers have already been paid, so what we are doing is trying to recoup that investment so everyone can survive.”

Aurietta, whose creative skills helped transform Algo Mas from a dilapidated casa into a welcoming Tuscan-rustic-meets-Ibicenco-campo shop, believes passionately that everyone can, and should, do their part. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a difference,” she insists. “If you buy a bar of soap for €1.25, it helps.” The small, spice-scented tienda boasts a surprising variety of products including handwoven African textiles, gorgeous crockery from far-flung countries like Vietnam and Venezuala, books, toys and a tasty selection of dry goods. Algo Mas doesn’t stock a huge variety of comestibles because Valeria is sensitive to the livelihoods of the local shops. “I don’t want to compete with our neighbours,” she says simply, but what they do have is superb quality. Thai rice, Mexican coffee, Bolivian chocolate and Ecuadorian sugar perch temptingly on the shelves.

Tonight, as on most market nights, Algo Mas has a makeshift bar in the back garden serving exquisite mojitos made with organic sugar, Fairtrade Cuban rum and fresh garden mint. The result is a spectacular cocktail – proof hedonism and responsibility can coexist.

Carrer de s’esglesia no 1, Sant Miquel, Telephone: +34 971 33 44 41
www.algomas-ibiza.com

Like Ducks to Water

There are as many ways to make a difference in the world as there are people, and ideas. For proof, you only have to turn from Algo Mas to Ducks United. The two businesses bear absolutely no operational, organisational, ideological or historical relationship to each other, yet they both fit neatly under the heading of “ethical business.” Mark Ducks (as he prefers to be known), founder of Ducks United, has clocked barely a year in Ibiza – compared to Algo Mas’ combined decades of Ibicenco experience – but he shares an instinctive appreciation of the possibilities of island life.

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“People here take time for each other,” Mark says, “They are open.” This relaxed attitude attracted Mark after the pressure of owning a recruitment company in Amsterdam and when a friend needed a run-around car for the summer he hatched a plan. A life-long fan of the loveably scruffy 2CV, he bought one and lent it to his friend. He sold up the recruitment business and teamed up with some 2CV enthusiast investors to drive a flock of four Ducks rally-style from Amsterdam to Barcelona, then caught the ferry to Ibiza. Since their suitably watery journey, the Ducks have kept busy on dry land as loan vehicles for members of the Ducks United club.

The mechanics of the club can be a little puzzling at first. It is not, as the flyer on www.ducksunited.com suggests a straight car-hire business. Rather it is a members club where non-owners have the opportunity to borrow Ducks as needed. The €400 lifetime fee entitles members to use of the car for a week, including airport pick-up and a late-night tow service to get the Duck home if its driver has over-indulged, as well as special reserved tables at restaurants like Bambuddha Grove, and various other treats. “I’ve driven 2CVs since I was a student,” Mark says, “I love the feeling of nostalgia, the ultimate vacation feeling. I want to give people that feeling, and give them a fun way to donate to a charity.” To ensure the “ultimate vacation” vibe each loan car comes stocked with sunglasses, sun-cream, an iPod hook-up so you can bring your favourite driving music, and even drinking water.

“Ducks need water,” is Mark’s slogan, which is why he chose to partner with Max – a charity that digs clean water wells in Bangladesh. Founded by an engineering couple who lost their infant son, Max, the organisation works cooperatively in Bangladesh to provide safe drinking water. The local communities pay €100 towards the cost and the rest of the funding to dig the wells comes from donations from partners like Ducks United. Max has dug 500 wells in its five years. “It is amazing to see someone cope with loss in such a positive way,” Mark says, “We want to help them maximise the amount of clean water they can provide.”

In order to do so Ducks United operates on commercial principles, with Mark keen to see the project grow. Right now there are six Ducks; next year he hopes to have 30. “Ideally, we’ll have 24 new owners. If not, I’ll go to a bank and get the money myself,” he says with a grin. “I’m pretty ambitious.” His enthusiasm for the project has already helped rope in celebrity supporters including Real Madrid footballers and DJ Robbie Rivera whose forthcoming video features a Duck. Currently all of the 2CVs are on loan, and with warm local support for the funny-looking little cars these Ducks are off to a flying start.

www.ducksunited.com – +34 689 104 062
Ducks on the road in Ibiza:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_N3cUuQZfI

Max: www.stichtingmax.nl/en/max-foundation/team

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Free gig in San Antonio on Saturday

August 21st, 2009

As part of the Sant Bartomeu celebrations, Ibiza Rocks and San Antonio town hall are putting on a gig on Saturday night. UK indie band The Pangs will play as well as Island favourites Paco Fernandez and his band along with DJ Nicola Bear.

It all kicks off from 9pm at Colegio Cervantes and the best part is that its free….

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Vampire Weekend and Miike Snow at Ibiza Rocks last night

August 19th, 2009
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Ibiza Rocks – 18th August – Vampire Weekend & Miike Snow

Obviously it wasn’t as busy as last weeks Dizzee Rascal gig but it was just as good nonetheless. From our point of view it was great to see guitars back on the Ibiza Rocks Hotel stage.

Watch this space later this afternoon for details of an event taking place at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel on Saturday night…

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