More live music than ever in Ibiza this summer

May 24th, 2011 - 5:25 pm Posted in ibiza, live music | Comments (0)

Could we be on the threshold of another phase in Ibiza’s musical development?

The powerful influence of electronic ‘dance’ music that has dominated the Ibiza club sound for more than two decades, and which made Ibiza a global brand, may finally be waning.

The ripple that the island’s scene spawned has spread around the world, sweeping many successful DJs along with it to play to audiences further afield who still find their offerings fresh. To be fair, you wouldn’t be hanging around in Ibiza if you can earn €20 million a year enjoying the pleasures of your private jet. Just ask Tiesto…

Electronic music has had a remarkable innings as the dominant force in music, yet once again Ibiza may be adapting to the tides of change that tend to emanate from the European heartland of musical taste.

ibiza rocksIbiza Rocks proved to be the island’s game changer with their series of originally renagade live outdoor gigs, with which the authorities fought for some time until they recognised the brand’s generation bridging benefit to island tourism. Recognising the success of this initiative, we are about to be spoilt by the entry of some rather larger players to the concept – you might call it a back-handed compliment to Ibiza Rocks?

The three stand-out new entrants are a famous blast from the past, MTV reinventing themselves, Space and Ushuaia, last summer’s new kid on the block known as Playa d’en Bossa, who contributed to the former eyesore’s new found credibility.

MTV virtually replaced radio as the source of new music in the 90’s by adding the visual dimension to popular music. With a good video and a catchy tune an appearance on MTV could launch your career. Nobody who was there will forget the crowning glory of their last dalliance with the island – their huge live outdoor concert featuring both Faithless and Orbital in a disused quarry near San Antonio. This current initiative could well mark their intent to restore the credibility of their image.

mtv ibizaTheir chosen venue this time is Amnesia, where for ten weeks they’ll be putting on the venue’s Friday night event with a succession of big hitters covering several decades, including a first appearance on the island by 80’s synth-poppers Duran Duran. Others include Primal Scream, Ritchie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson to name but a few. A stellar line-up indeed…

Meanwhile down on Playa d’en Bossa beach Ushuaia has morphed from a beach chiringuito party into an almost over the top beach hotel combining three a la carte restaurants, to serve its 200+ rooms, with a giant outdoor Jacuzzi, a fully equipped gym, an enormous central swimming pool and a ‘lazy river’ swimming pool that runs through the gardens…

ushuaia

Nonetheless the poolside stage will be carrying some serious musical heavyweights this summer with some serious global stars rumoured to be appearing. If the word on the streets is to be believed this could be a spectacular summer for live music on the island, once again…
Over the road from Ushuaia, Space are expanding their live music from last years stunning gigs by Faithless and Leftfield. Faithless are booked again as are Pendulum and a host of others.

Don’t forget, the island does have some serious previous. This month we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley. 33 years ago he performed at the old Bull Ring in Ibiza town.

As you might expect, Ibiza Rocks are not about to let their own live music resurrection overtake them. Their eye-catcher this year is the acquisition of Pike’s Hotel, arguably one of the oldest country hotels on the island, to serve as back-up VIP accommodation to the hotel in San Antonio. (You get to stay with the band too…) This is obviously going to be a low key extension of the Ibiza Rocks project, but word on the streets is that you’d be best advied to keep your diary clear for September 5th – it’s Freddie Mercury’s birthday…

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