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Spector and Kaiser Chiefs Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

June 28th, 2012

by ClaireB

Tonight’s gig is one of the ones I’ve been looking forward to most of all so far in the 2012 season. I’m a Kaiser Chief’s fan – I like their music and they’re a fantastic live band. It will be great to see them in an intimate venue. Spector the support act are growing on me too. This will be the third time I have seen them live. The first time was when they supported The Kaiser Chiefs at The Forum in London last October, and then with The Drums at The Roundhouse in February. In the space of four months and with a fair amount of radio play and gigging around, they had honed their act, were getting a good fanbase and were looking like they meant serious business. So I’m waiting in the venue, watching it fill up, full of anticipation.

Spector Ibiza RocksSpector appear onstage at 9.20 to a backdrop promoting their forthcoming debut album ‘Enjoy it While it Lasts’ (out in August). Fred the singer is looking dapper in an eye-catching bright blue suit. He’s a great front man – making use of the small amount of space that the band have in front of the Kaiser Chief’s kit, and engaging the crowd in between songs.

At one point he embarks on some matchmaking, trying to fix up a guy on his own on a balcony with a girl on her own a few balconies away. He finds out that most of the crowd is from the UK, and they clearly know the band and their music. They’re doing a great job of warming them up before the Kaiser’s. By the time they play ‘Chevy Thunder’ the crowd has their hands in the air and are dancing along.

Fred proclaims, “Ibiza it’s our first time here and I hope it won’t be our last”. He then announces the last song ‘Never Fade Away’, their first single, and everyone has their hands in the air and is clapping. He goes to the very front of the stage. In the chorus he is jumping up and down and he has the audience doing the same. They leave the stage to rapturous applause. I think the crowd would have liked more but they’re probably on a strict no encore brief so that everything can be set up for The Kaisers. And from where I’m looking, there’s a lot of gear to get on that stage.

Spector did a sterling job warming up the crowd for The Kaisers. DJ Nicola Bear is keeping up the momentum by playing some great tunes and the crowd is jigging around (there’s not enough room to dance now) and singing along.

Eventually the Kaiser Chiefs appear onstage to Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’ starting their set to a rapturous applause from the now packed venue. I start the gig down in the pit at the front of the stage taking photos (my first time). All I want to do is watch, but I have a job to do. It’s an amazing experience being so close to the band. There are plenty of photo opportunities as Ricky moves around and commands the stage, but he’s hard to capture, as he’s darting around all over the place. I’m so close that I can almost feel the energy and adrenalin pouring out of him.

Kaiser Chiefs Ibiza RocksBy the second song he’s broken free from the stage and is standing on the security barrier amidst the crowd. Ricky is on form, and it’s going to be a good show. The rest of the band are used to his off-stage antics (it’s one of the hallmarks of his performance), and just carry on playing in the background. The band is part-way through a run of international festival performances, so they’re playing most days – they’re tight, they’re rehearsed, and they have a great repertoire of anthemic hits to play. And that is exactly what they do, whilst Ricky uses the Ibiza Rocks venue as his playground.

By now I’ve left the pit, and am moving around the venue to get different perspectives from different locations in the venue. They run through ‘Everything is Average Nowadays’, ‘Kinda Girl You Are’, ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’ and ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. Everyone is singing. Then they launch into ‘I Predict a Riot’, and the whole place is jumping – I wouldn’t be surprised if some seismic activity is registered in Ibiza tonight. Ricky scales the lighting rig on the stage, using it as a climbing frame. When it comes to ‘Ruby’, Ricky finally takes off his jacket (it’s a hot night) and tells the crowd that they’re all gonna laid tonight (the crowd that is).

I’m mingling with the crowd now enjoying the gig, near the mixing desk. Clashing with The Kaiser Chiefs is Spain’s clash with Portugal in the semi finals of Euro 2012. I start to hear loud cheers from the back of the venue near the TV screen, and realise that the game has gone to penalties. I go to look at the TV to see what’s happening, but decide the gig is more important to watch. I go back to see that Ricky has run off the stage, and is now singing from the balcony of the press room, left of stage and two floors up! It’s crazy. There’s Ricky singing on the balcony taking swigs from a bottle of Jack Daniels, and Spain scoring penalties at the back of the venue. He makes it back to the stage and wishes everyone a good holiday and imparts some safe sex advice, before the band leave at the end of the set.

But it’s not long before they’re back. Then they launch into ‘Oh My God’. Part way through, Ricky’s making his way through the crowd: he scales the mixing desk rigging up to the VIP balcony, edges his way along the balcony, sings for a while, and then jumps off into the pool. What an exit! What a gig – pure rock n’ roll. This could well be the gig of the summer – it’s certainly going to take some beating! Oh, and Spain got through to the finals of Euro 2012, so there’s a packed venue full of happy people.

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The night of San Juan in Figueretas, Ibiza

June 24th, 2012

June 24th is the Patron Saint’s day of John the Baptist or San Juan. It is widely celebrated all over the world, but in the Balearics and particularly in areas around San Juan near Alicante on the mainland, the night of San Juan (La Noche de San Juan) is celebrated, with bonfires and fireworks at midnight to see in the 24th. As it occurs just a few days after the Summer Solstice (the longest day on June 21st), it is also used as a celebration of the start of the summer.

Traditionally, and this still happens in some places, people jump over the bonfires, or run over hot coals, as a way of purifying the body and soul. Traditions in other places include throwing old things into the bonfire to start anew, for example throwing in shoes signifies a new start in life.

In Figueretas last night, the fiesta (party) took place on the beach, starting at 10.00 with an 80s disco. 80s music can be a bit hit and miss – the good, the bad and the ugly – and that’s exactly what we got.

Some fabulous Human League, Billy Idol, Frankie Goes to Hollywood sandwiched in between the not so great Huey Lewis and the News and the aptly named (in my opinion), Dire Straits. It was refreshing however to hear something different from bland, non-descript dance music, which is all too prevalent in Ibiza.

Just to set the scene, it’s nearly midnight. It’s 20+ degrees warm – a beautiful evening. There are quite a lot of people on the beach, but not too many that you can’t move – enough for a good atmosphere. People are dancing on the sand to the DJ. Some people are swimming or paddling in the sea. There’s a bar, selling reasonably priced draught beer, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and pinchos (kebabs). Dalt Vila (the old town of Ibiza) is illuminated in the background across the bay. The setting is perfect.

So there I am, dancing in the sea on my own to ‘Dancing with Myself’ (how appropriate) at midnight, when the firework display kicks off, a little further down the beach. We’re treated to a fantastic display, lasting for what must have been 10-15 minutes. Then, just beyond where the fireworks were launched from, the bonfire made from a stack of wooden pallets is lit.

The immediate area is cordoned off – they do have some notion of health and safety here! It takes a while for it to get going, almost at one point looking like it might not. After a while, the fire takes hold, and several minutes later, the fire is so hot that everyone is forced to move back. Ade’s iPhone is nearly on meltdown! Some minutes later and the fire brigade (bomberos) are spraying water onto the fire to tame it somewhat.

It’s a great bonfire, not that we need to huddle around it for warmth! Some of the kids near the fire are throwing firecrackers (kids are the same all over the world).

Meanwhile, back up the beach, the music has switched to monotonous dance music, but there’s a crowd dancing. We retire to Father Jacks, where we know we can get a nice cold beer in a glass easily (it was a nightmare trying to get served at the fiesta bar). All in all, a great party. San Juan would be proud!

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Words by ClaireB, videos by Ade Harris

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Theme Park and Maccabees, Ibiza Rocks 2012 – Review and Photos

June 22nd, 2012

I’m looking forward to this gig – two guitar bands. I like The Maccabees – Theme Park are new to me, but it’s always good to be exposed to a new band. And Ibiza Rocks are pretty good at pairing acts, so it’s fair to assume that the band chosen to support The Maccabees will be worth watching.

Macabees Ibiza RocksPrior to Theme Park coming onstage, the venue was quieter than it had been the last two weeks. In my previous posts I haven’t talked about the venue, which is great. It’s outdoors, in the courtyard of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the stage being just to the left of the pool (which is out of bounds on gig nights).

The stage is high, so it’s easy to get a good view of the performer(s) from pretty much anywhere. And the area in front of the stage is wider than it is deep, providing plenty of vantage points. I don’t know what the capacity is, and I can never judge crowd numbers, but it’s large enough to create a good atmosphere, but small enough for it to be an intimate gig. And the sound is always great, even though it’s al fresco! It’s a perfect venue for a gig as far as I’m concerned.

Theme Park make a low key entrance at 9.20. Four guys at the front with guitars, and a drummer at the back. The first song is jangly-guitar, funky pop. Part way through the song a horrible sound emanates through one of the monitors on the stage, and a few minutes later the band is ushered offstage! Technicians are running around and looking at said faulty piece of equipment. Confusion rains! After 10/15 minutes the problem is resolved and the band return to the stage. The singer has a soulful voice, and jangly guitar accompaniment suits the setting perfectly, as the sun goes down over Ibiza Rocks and the lights come up.

The band members swap instruments occasionally, and the singer plays guitar on some tracks. It was very danceable, and just a shame that they didn’t have a bigger audience. They left the stage at 10 pm, presumably having played a shorter set because of the technical problems, which is a shame. They’ve only been together for just over a year, and you can tell they’re perfecting their act, but they look like they’ve got a good future ahead of them.

Macabees Ibiza RocksThe Maccabees have the coolest guitar techs I’ve ever seen, two teddy boys in full drapes and regalia! They look great but it’s not practical attire in Ibiza at the end of June. Unusually, they’ve removed the monitors from the front of the stage.

The stage is set up for four musicians in a line about a third of the way back on the stage: three microphones and an impressive set of foot pedals for each of them. These guys look like they mean business. They know how to party too. Earlier that day a video was put out on Twitter of one of the band jumping into the pool at The Ibiza Rocks Pikes Hotel:

The Maccabees come onstage at 22.45 to screams from the crowd. By this time everyone has emerged from the bar and there’s a good sized crowd in front of the stage. They kick off with William Powers from their second album. There’s lots of melodic guitars over the top of rhythmic bass.

The set combines a mix of tracks and singles from their three albums. The crowd knows them: they’re dancing and they’re singing along. The sound is good and clear and the stage lighting accompanies the band’s performance to good effect. There’s lots of strobe lighting. It’s definitely a rock gig, and the whole show is tight and professional. The band has honed their act. They know how to play, they sound great, they look cool and they can pose. What more do you need from a band?

They end the set with ‘Pelican’, the first single to be released from their last album ‘Given To The Wild’ released in January. But they’re not offstage for long, returning to play an encore. The band were clearly enjoying themselves, and so were the audience. Tonight, The Maccabees put the ‘rock’ back into ‘Ibiza Rocks’.

By ClaireB

Maccabees setlist:

William Powers
Feel to Follow
Wall of Arms
No Kind Words
First Love
Can you Give it
Forever I’ve Known
Toothpaste Kisses
Love you Better
Went Away
Precious Time
Grew up at Midnight

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The Stone Roses, Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona June 9th 2012

June 17th, 2012

This is our blog about living in Ibiza – but on this occasion the other week we went to Barcelona to go see The Stone Roses. (ED: The last time I saw the Roses was at that ill-fated Reading Festival gig back in 1996 so was hugely looking forward to the reunion tour).

By ClaireB:

So The Stone Roses have got back together after a 16-year well-documented split. Now supposedly ‘best of friends’, Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni are reunited onstage. This is the second of two nights at the Sala Razzmatazz in Barcelona, and not counting an invitation-only warm-up gig in Warrington two weeks before, this was the opening venue for the tour. Two very important gigs. And judging from comments made on Twitter and mingling with the pre-gig drinkers in the bar across the road from the venue, half of Manchester had de-camped to Barcelona for the weekend to witness the occasion.

I was a Roses fan in their early days. Living in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in South Manchester, everyone was. Everyone knew someone in the band, or someone who had something to do with the band, or a mate who knew someone in the band. At their infamous gigs at Manchester University and The International, half of Manchester was on the guestlist. Somehow I lost interest in the later years, probably because they started to play larger venues, which I won’t go to. Obviously I’d been following Ian’s solo career and Mani’s with the Primal’s since the Roses’ demise. But when I first heard of the reunion, I wasn’t convinced it was a good idea – you can never recreate the past in my opinion. Times have changed – they’ve got older and I’ve got older, but they made some fantastic music, and that cannot be disputed. But, I always say, if in doubt, and you have the opportunity to witness the occasion, then you should take it, so at least you can make up your own mind about whether or not it should be happening.

So there I was, in Barcelona on the Saturday night. On entering the venue, I did what most people do – go to the bar, get a drink, and then do a reccy of the venue to determine a good vantage point. The venue was perfect. 1800 capacity, large enough for there to be a great atmosphere, but small enough to be intimate. The stage was really high, which meant you could pretty much see from anywhere in the venue, a massive bonus for short people like me. At the back of the venue there were a few steps going up to a small platform, just to give you that little bit of extra height, and there was a balcony to the right of the stage, even if the opening was a bit low to see the stage standing up.

I decided to go quite close to the front of the stage to start the gig – so I could see everything close up. My gig companions chose not to do this. So I get into position, about 5 people back from the front, slightly to the left of centre, and I get a good view of Mani’s toby jug collection on top of his monitors. Not sure what the story is with these (should have done my homework). I’m there, waiting, maybe 20 minutes or more, full of expectation. The venue is hot, packed and everyone is waiting for the same thing.

Eventually, the house lights dim, Stoned Love by The Supremes is pumped out through the PA system. This is it – the wait is nearly over – and it’s been a long one. I’d been watching comments from the first gig on the Friday night as it unfolded on Twitter, so I had a fair idea of what to expect. However, when the lads appeared onstage, and the bass kicked-off with the opening notes of ‘I wanna be adored’, the place went mad. It’s just the perfect opening song, and a stroke of genius for a band to write a song so openly about wanting adoration. As Ian’s words resonated around the venue, pretty much everyone in the room responded with roars, arm waving and singing along – he was indeed adored! And as is usual at gigs these days, there was a sea of cameras and mobile phones being held up to record the event.

The first song went by in a bit of haze – I think I was just caught up in the spectacle of the event I was witnessing, as most of the audience would have been. It was quickly followed by ‘Sally Cinnamon’ and ‘(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister’, both favourites of mine. By now, any doubts that the reunion was not a good idea had passed.

The sound was good and you could hear all the detail. One of the benefits of seeing a band when they are older (providing they’ve been continuing in their trade) is that technically and musically they are usually better, and this is certainly the case with this band. Ian’s voice held out well; John Squire’s guitar playing was fantastic; Mani’s tuneful bass provided the funk; Reni’s manic drum playing set the pace from the back of the stage. I was mesmerised watching Reni at work thrashing around his kit – he makes it look so easy, and is clearly one of the best drummers around. There are no backing tracks – they don’t need them! The only problem sound-wise was because the audience were all singing along to most of the songs, it tended to drown out Ian’s vocals somewhat.

There’s a bit of banter from Ian in between songs, but overall they’re well-rehearsed and work their way through the setlist (see below). Mani and John change their guitars before most of the songs. I was however expecting the band members to look as though they were enjoying themselves more onstage during the first few numbers. Ian worked the stage at the front, but didn’t look ecstatic; John was mainly concentrating on his playing, as was Reni; Mani looked like he was enjoying himself the most, grinning occasionally from ear to ear. I picked up reports from Twitter from the gig the night before that the band kept grinning at each other, but I wasn’t seeing this. Maybe they were nervous, or maybe they were just concentrating hard. Or maybe they were tired from the night before. Anyway, the performance of each individual was amazing, and that’s what is important.

I stay down the front for about the first 5 or 6 songs, then decide I need a drink (the downside of waiting at the front for a gig to start), and that I’d like to experience the gig from a different location. So I get a beer, and go for a wander. Looking at the gig from the back, you got a much better sense of the engagement and euphoria of the crowd – it was an amazing sight, to just see so many people waving their arms in the air and singing along. I go upstairs to look from the balcony, which gives another interesting perspective, of both the activities from the stage, and of the audience. I go back downstairs, just as they start playing ‘Fools Gold’, a personal favourite of mine (I had the 12” on vinyl – still have). Time to start dancing – the room is bouncing! And we’re treated to an extended version, all 11 minutes plus of it. Next up is ‘Something’s Burning’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’ and ‘Made Of Stone’.

After ‘Love Spreads’, the band leave the stage. Now I know two things at this point. One, that the Stone Roses don’t always do encores, and two, that the night before they played ‘I am the Resurrection’ as the encore. And most of the audience will know this too. So at that point, there’s only one thing to do, make as much noise and appreciation as is possible to get them back onstage, in the hope that they’ll play Resurrection for us too. Resurrection is not only one of my favourites, but it’s so fitting for this ‘Roses Resurrection’ tour, and I’d be gutted if they got it the night before and we didn’t!

After a few minutes they’re back on stage. Ian tells us that its only the second time they’ve ever done an encore and invites us all to feel free to sing along. Then we get the confirmation of what we’re waiting for. ‘I am the Resurrection’. The audience goes crazy again. And that’s it – 12 minutes of the ‘Resurrection’. We’re all happy. The band also look happy, and meet in the middle of the stage for a group hug, before leaving. They gave the fans exactly what they wanted – pretty much a set of greatest hits and favourites – all the songs they wanted to hear. No new material (which they are working on) – we’ll look forward to hearing this later on, but not for the reunion gigs! As a gig it was perfect: the band were great, the setlist was great, the venue was great and the audience was great. The second coming, or the resurrection (whatever you want to call it) is nigh, and it is damn good.

There’s a selection of YouTube videos I’ve found which give a sense of what it was like to be at the gig to accompany the setlist below. Some of them have better visuals than others, and on some of them the sound quality is not good, because of the sheer number of people singing along close by. However, all these represent to some extent what it was like to be at the gig. Enjoy!

Setlist and YouTube links:

I Wanna Be Adored

Sally Cinnamon

(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister

Where Angels Play

Shoot You Down


Don’t Stop


Fools Gold

Something’s Burning

She Bangs The Drums

Made Of Stone

Love Spreads


I Am The Resurrection

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Labrinth and Maverick Sabre, Ibiza Rocks 2012 – Review and Photos

June 15th, 2012

For the second gig of the Ibiza Rocks 2012 season, we’re treated to two performers born in Hackney, East London – Maverick Sabre with support from Labrinth – although Maverick spent most of his formative years growing up in Ireland. Neither are Ibiza Rocks virgins, having had support slots in 2011 – Labrinth with Chase and Status and Maverick with Tinie Tampah.

So Doorly the DJ announces Labrinth saying “if you haven’t seen this band before you’re going to be blown away” – I hope he’s right! Watching them from my bird’s-eye view from the balcony before they go onstage, they’re hyper and ready to go.

Labrinth Ibiza RocksLabrinth is joined onstage by a 4-piece band – drummer, keys, bass guitar and someone in the background mixing. Labrinth also occasionally plays guitar and synth as well throughout the set. When he plays guitar, the tracks have a noticeably more rocky edge, which I like.

The second number is a cover of Express Yourself, a soul classic originally recorded by Charlie Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, and more recently covered by N.W.A., which it turns out is the latest single, released at the beginning of May. That gets me dancing! Meanwhile a couple of bats have joined in the party, and are flying around in circles in front of the balcony.

Labrinth’s music is a fusion of soul, funk, drum and bass and rock, and it’s perfect for Ibiza Rocks. The crowd is loving it, and are jumping up and down for most of the set, egged on by Labrinth, although they don’t seem to need much encouragement. A great warm up act – they’ve set the bar high, and I suspect that they are going to be a hard act to follow. They could have headlined and everyone would have been happy!

‘Let the sun shine’ the first solo single (and very apt for Ibiza) went down well, and was the closing number. But they’re soon back onstage to do an encore. The noise in the place is deafening. The crowd by now is whipped into a frenzy. The atmosphere is electric and Ibiza Rocks is truly rocking!

Maverick Sabre Ibiza RocksMaverick Sabre comes onstage just after 23.00. Immediately the music is noticeably much more mellow than Labrinth’s. He’s accompanied onstage by a 4-piece band and a female backing singer. There’s a much more soulful vibe. I know it’s not good to make comparisons to other artists, but from where I am on the balcony his voice sounds a lot like Finley Quaye. The crowd is grooving and watching his every move onstage, but they’re not as ecstatic as they were earlier.

Maverick has an almost unassuming presence on stage, wearing a casual ensemble of baggy shorts, T Shirt and trainers, but he paces around the stage and works his audience to good effect. The backing singer has an amazing voice and a great stage presence. To be honest, I’m watching her more. A few more songs in and Maverick announces it’s her birthday, and leads the crowd in singing happy birthday to her. They play the new single – it has an anthemic quality. The crowd roars in appreciation. And another great night at Ibiza Rocks comes to an end.

By ClaireB

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The Milk and Ed Sheeran Ibiza Rocks Opening party – photos and review

June 7th, 2012

Summer has officially started – Ibiza Rocks opening party with Ed Sheeran – photos.

So it’s here already, 6th May, opening night of the Summer 2012 series of Ibiza Rocks! And this is special for me too, as it’s the first Ibiza Rocks for me since moving to the White Isle just over a month ago. For the next 16 weeks, I’ll get my weekly fix of live music, and there’s a few gems in this year’s schedule.

But back to tonight’s gig – let’s not wish the summer away before it’s even started!

First up were The Milk. I can see why they were hired as the opening band. They did a good job of trying to whip the crowd into a frenzy – “we’re setting the standard for the summer”. As a standard 4-piece lineup of drums, bass, guitar and lead singer/2nd guitar they looked as though they could have had potential, but they failed to do it for me. Stylistically they were all over the place. Should have stayed on the pub and wedding circuit in my opinion! Hopefully this won’t be the standard for the summer. That’s all I’m going to say! Actually, one more thing – before they came onstage I was thinking what a crap name ‘The Milk’ is for a band – nuff said!

Next is Ed Sheeran. Now I’m not really a big fan of Ed and his music – it’s just not really my cup of tea. But he’s won lots of awards in the last year or so (best solo male artist and breakthrough act at The BRIT Awards, and wins at the BT Digital Music, Ivor Novello and Q Awards), so he’s obviously doing something right. Anyway, I try to approach everything with an open mind, so whilst his music might not be to my taste, I’m hoping that in a live situation, and under the Ibizan stars, that I might be pleasantly surprised.

He arrives onstage at 10 pm. By this time the venue is packed. The crowd go wild. He’s wearing a neon black and yellow Ibiza Rocks T Shirt and cut-off khakis, and looks relaxed. He played Mallorca Rocks the night before so he’s probably acclimatised, and got the T Shirt set!

He opens with ‘Give me love’. An extended version in which Ed put down his guitar and paced around the stage to engage with the crowd part way through. The crowd roar at the end. They’re with him.

Next was ‘Drunk’, his fourth single. The bulk of the crowd knew all the words, and were singing along. And looking down on the crowd from a balcony upstairs, there was a sea of mobile phones recording the event. It’s probably all on YouTube by now.

Whilst he undoubtedly had a captive audience, Ed did a grand job of engaging with the crowd mid and in between songs. He’s basically one small bundle of talent and energy. The crowd was soon chanting “Sheeran, Sheeran” in between the songs. To quote @blogibiza on Twitter “whatever you say about ed sheeran i dont think ive ever seen one guy on one guitar on one stage captivate for so long.ish. fair fuckin play”.

Saying that, unfortunately there were times when the background chatter of the audience drowns out Ed’s performance during some of lesser-known songs.

He went offstage after just over an hour, but came back to do an encore. Second song in was ‘A Team’ and everyone got their phones out to record the moment, and the singing re-commenced.

Ed definitely kicked off the season in style, leaving a packed and happy crowd to carry on dancing or disperse into the night to go their next port of call.

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New Propaganda indie night at Sankeys, Ibiza for 2012

June 1st, 2012

  • 08/7 – Propaganda Ibiza Launch Party: Mat Horne (Gavin & Stacey) & DJ Dan
  • 15/7 – Carl Barat (The Libertines) & DJ Dan
  • 22/7 – Mat Horne (Gavin & Stacey) & DJ Dan
  • 29/7 – The Enemy
  • 5/8 – Greg James (Radio 1) & DJ Dan
  • 12/8 – Mat Horne
  • 19/8 – Huw Stephens (Radio 1)
  • 26/8 – Snow Patrol (Gary Lightbody & Tom Simpson) + Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian)
  • 02/9 – Huw Stephens (Radio 1) & DJ Dan
  • 09/9 – Closing Party: Greg James (Radio 1) & DJ Dan

Although no strangers to the island, having first brought the Indie brand to Ibiza Rocks in 2009, this season in 2012 in Ibiza sees Propaganda take up their first island residency, firmly installing themselves for ten weeks in Playa den Bossa’s latest success story- Sankeys Ibiza, and cranking up the Indie Machine for their first event on Sunday 8th July right through to 9th September.

Having well and truly staked their claim on the UK club scene and having pioneered the concept of rockstar as DJ to the nation over the last years, the Indie brand now has a presence in twenty-two cities around Britain with some 25,0000 clubbers getting their indie on, up and down the country, on a weekly basis. That’s not to mention their clubnights in Ireland and Australia…

And now, it’s Spain’s turn. Or rather, Ibiza’s turn. The past few years on the White Island have seen a myriad of musical changes take place, and – thank God – it’s no longer all about electronica. Live music, rock music, Indie music, any music; for the times they are a changin’ – and very welcome changes they are, too…

These changes are something that Propaganda’s founder/Resident DJ Dan knows plenty about, his winning formula to bring the rockstar off the stage and behind the decks putting a whole new slant on the word ‘live’. Propaganda’s line ups are already much applauded for their contemporary Indie musicians but also for the nation’s rising stars of Radio 1, not to mention the World of TV & Culture, presenting each of them in another facet, that of DJ.

This summer then, the Propaganda Team will be bringing a host of bands and DJs over to the White Isle for a summer of upfront tunes and indie classics, bringing a stellar cast to Ibiza every Sunday night. From Carl Barat to Snow Patrol, The Enemy to Gavin & Stacey’s Mat Horne, Radio 1’s Greg James and Huw Stephens, all these and more will be stepping up at Sankeys this summer and helping to really change that tune.

“I am really excited to be taking Propaganda to Ibiza weekly for the first time, not only are we bringing our indie club phenomenon to the Island but we’re also bringing our concept of affordable clubbing to the Island with a big guest DJ each week including Radio 1’s Greg James and Snow Patrol. I’ll also be DJing at a lot of the nights myself and I can not wait to get back to Ibiza as I’ve always loved it”.

Sundays from midnight till 6am
8th July till 9th September
Sankeys Ibiza
Carrer de les Alzines 5
Playa D’en Bossa

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