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Plan B Ibiza Rocks 2012 Photos

July 27th, 2012

Another packed night at Ibiza Rocks this week with Pepper, Zane Lowe and Plan B headlining.

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Professor Green and DJ Fresh Live Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

July 20th, 2012

When I arrive at Ibiza Rocks just before 9pm, the venue is already really busy, and there’s a crowd waiting in front of the stage for the action to begin.

dj freshFirst up is DJ Fresh/Live, a live show that consists of DJ Fresh (Daniel Stein) complete with a full band, put together so that he can perform live versions of his studio-produced hits. DJ Fresh is centre stage behind an impressive bank of keyboards, surrounded by a guitarist and drummer, with a male MC and female vocalist commanding the front of stage. The MC is getting the crowd warned up nicely. They’re jumping and putting their hands in the air as requested. And it’s nice to see a female vocalist on the stage at Ibiza Rocks.

We’re treated to a long set, which includes both the recent number one singles ‘Hot Right Now’ and ‘Louder’. During ‘Louder’ the crowd is urged to get out their lighters and mobile phones, which they dutifully do – it’s a great sight. The MC keeps telling the crowd he can’t hear them, which is not true – there’s a big crowd and they’re making lots of noise! But it does the trick, they’re shouting louder and louder.

For the last one, we’re given a new tune ‘Feeling’, which is going to be the next single. And judging by the en-masse dancing and jumping and the applause at the end, the crowd like it.

Video clip: http://youtu.be/YGnEfUBoIh0
Video clip ‘Hot Right Now': http://youtu.be/3lYKQqbDB3w

DJ Fresh/Live played:
Gold Dust
Talkbox
Lassitude
Hypercaine
The Power
Hip Hop
Paradise
The Edge
Skyhiatrist
Hot Right Now
Louder
Feeling

By the time Professor Green takes to the stage, the venue is rammed. It’s a full house again. This week there’s no press room, which is a shame as the view from the balcony provides the perfect space from which to observe the gig and see the audience’s reaction.

professor greenThe band and the male and female backing singers appear first, followed closely by the Professor who bounds onto the stage, and works his magic with the crowd, who thanks to DJ Fresh and his crew, have been warmed up nicely. He plays a long 75 minute set, which includes songs from the 2nd album, and all his crowd-pleasing hits, and is joined onstage at various points by friends to share the vocals, such as Dream McLean.

I couldn’t find a good vantage point to see the gig from, so the photos will have to speak for themselves. Usually I like to move around the venue, to take in the gig from different perspectives, such as from the balconies, and different points within the crowd, but on nights like this, which are crammed to rafters, it’s impossible to move about and do this.

Professor Green played:
At Your Inconvenience
City of Gold
Oh My God
D.P.M.O.
I Need You Tonight
Just be Good to Green
Remedy
Astronaut
Forever Falling
How Many Moons
Monster
Into the Ground
Jungle
Avalon
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Kasabian, Zane Lowe, Toy, Ibiza Rocks 2012 7th Birthday Review and Photos

July 12th, 2012

Tonight’s gig is going to be one of the biggest of the year, as it’s Ibiza Rocks 7th birthday, and Kasabian are headlining. These days Kasabian only usually play stadiums and headline big festivals, so it’s quite a coup to have them return to Ibiza Rocks, after they last performed there in 2007. Also on the bill are London up-and-coming band Toy, and Ibiza Rocks/W.A.R. regular, Zane Lowe.

toyToy come on at 8pm which is a little early for a rock band in the middle of the summer, as it hasn’t even started to get dark, and any attempt to light the stage for them is futile. Nonetheless, they belt out their brand of loud pounding rock music. They were The Guardian’s ‘New Band of the Day’ back in March, and musically were described as “Motorik – that hypnotic rhythm designed to replicate the experience of motorway driving”, combined with “shoegazing, phychedelia, post-rock, goth and postpunk”. And between the 5 of them, singer/guitarist, guitarist, bass player, drummer and female keyboard player, they cumulatively had the most hair we’ve seen on the stage at Ibiza Rocks this year. And much hair was tossed around in the air during their set, which brought a different style of rock to Ibiza Rocks.

I couldn’t help feeling however, that their performance would have been a little more atmospheric if they had been on stage after dark. At the end of the last song in the set, Tom the singer propped his guitar up against the monitor at the front of the stage to create feedback. He left it there when they walked offstage, and there it stayed for about a minute or so until someone turned it off. This for me is one of the best ways to leave the stage. All in all, a very enjoyable set, and a band to watch out for.
See video clip: http://youtu.be/DcvARGT4who

Next we had Zane Lowe DJing to keep the audience entertained before Kasabian, who exercised his inimitable style of whooping up the crowd into a jumping frenzy. By the end of Zane’s set, it’s dark, the place is packed, and everyone is waiting for Kasabian.

kasabianKasabian take to the stage at 10.30. Sergio goes to the front of the stage to greet the audience, and is followed by singer Tom, sporting a pair of red sunglasses. The crowd erupts. They launch into ‘Days are Forgotten’. I’m in the pit taking photographs, so I’m more aware of the energy coming from the stage than the audience that is behind me for the first three songs. ‘Days are Forgotten’ goes into ‘Shoot the Runner’, then ‘Velociraptor!’.
Leaving the pit, I witness several girls being pulled from the front over the barriers, and am now aware of the full force of the crowd in front of the band. This is the most frenzied and packed I’ve ever seen the venue, and it takes some doing to get away from the stage area through the masses.

Back up on the balcony there’s a better view of the proceedings. There are 2 searchlights positioned on balconies, which are periodically shone onto the stage and around onto the audience. There’s a group of lads going crazy in the middle of the crowd, moshing and crowd surfing. Even though throwing drinks is banned at Ibiza Rocks, everything and anything is being thrown around in the direction of the stage: drinks, shoes, T shirts and the occasional toilet roll from the balconies, which Tom throws back into the crowd as they land on the stage.

kasabianThe band masterfully takes us through tracks and hit singles from each of their four albums, as the crowd jumps, sings, chants and enjoys every moment. They end the set with Club Foot. Tom announces that it’s the keyboard player’s birthday, and asks the audience to join him in singing ‘Happy Birthday’, which they dutifully do. When the stage is empty, the crowd carries on singing the chorus of ‘Club Foot’, and making enough noise to tempt them back for an encore. I think we all know they’ll be back, as they haven’t played their anthemic ‘Fire’ yet.

A few minutes later, and they’re back onstage. We’re treated to ‘Switchblade Smiles’, ‘Vlad The Impaler’ and finally ‘Fire’. The atmosphere is electric. At the end they throw out the set lists, drumsticks and a tambourine into the crowd. The others leave but Tom goes back to the stage to give a solo burst of the Beatles ‘She loves you’. And that’s it, the end of a great Ibiza Rocks 7th birthday.

Kasabian played:

Days are Forgotten
Shoot the Runner
Velociraptor!
Underdog
Where Did All the Love Go
Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To
Processed Beats
I.D.
Take Aim / Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime
Club Foot
Re-Wired
Stuntman
Man of Simple Pleasures
L.S.F.

Encore:
Switchblade Smiles
Vlad The Impaler
Fire

Words and photos by ClaireB

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Ben Howard Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

July 10th, 2012

Ben Howard Ibiza RocksTonight it’s Ben Howard, with music from DJ Rob Da Bank. There’s also support from upcoming musician Jake Bugg. Unfortunately I didn’t realise that the gig started earlier than usual, so I got there just in time to catch Jake’s last song and take some photos, so I can’t comment on his performance.

Rob Da Bank takes to the stage to DJ barefoot at 9.15pm. People start dancing. It’s a mixed set musically, with some gems from the 90s in there, such as House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and ‘Intergalactic’ by the Beastie Boys. The crowd is warming up nicely in the warm and breezy Ibizan evening.
Video of Rob in action and the Ibiza Rocks setting: http://youtu.be/BUM9V_yUxKA

Then Nicola Bear takes to the decks, and plays some more favourites: Miles Kane ‘Rearrange My Mind’, and then Stone Roses ‘Waterfall’, which unfortunately gets cut short, as it’s time for Ben Howard.

Singer-songwriter Ben Howard comes onstage at 10.30, walking on with a mug in his hand, which he puts down on the floor in front of him. He says, “Hello Ibiza. Thank you for coming.” And with that he starts the first song, ‘Depth Over Distance’. He’s sitting on a stool, plucking at his guitar, which is positioned horizontally across his lap.

Ben Howard Ibiza RocksAfter a few songs in, he says hello to his parents who are watching from up on the balcony. Ben is playing an acoustic guitar, and he is joined onstage by a female percussionist, and then also a drummer and a guitarist after a couple of numbers. The female on the left of the stage plays a variety of instruments along with providing backing vocals throughout the set: percussion, cello and bass.

Ben asks everyone if they’re having a good holiday then launches into ‘Only Love’, his most recent and probably best known single. There’s a sea of waving arms and mobile phones in the air. The crowd is singing along by the end.

Then he introduces a new song ‘Burgh Island’. The backing musicians leave the stage and it’s just Ben with an electric guitar. Part way through, the other musicians return, and the audience starts clapping along. The song goes down well. At the end the audience cheer and show their appreciation.

During ‘The Wolves’, which is faster passed than some of the other songs, everyone is singing and jumping up and down. There’s massive applause at the end. Ben and the other musicians leave the stage, but the audience continues to sing the chorus. There’s much cheering, whistling and foot stamping. They want more. And they’re not disappointed. He walks back on stage to a massive cheer to play another three songs.

Ben played:
Depth Over Distance
Old Pine
Diamonds
Only Love
Burgh Island
Black Flies
Keep Your Head Up
The Wolves

Encore:
Gracious
Under the Same Sun
The Fear

Words, photos and videos by ClaireB

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Ibiza Rocks 7th Birthday – a blog round-up

July 10th, 2012

kasabianIts Ibiza Rocks 7th Birthday tomorrow with Kasabian & Toy so here’s a round up of everything we’ve done on Ibiza Rocks since 2007:-

13/03/12Ibiza Rocks Blogs

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30/11/11Ibiza Rocks 2012
09/01/11Ibiza Rocks 2011
02/09/10Kele at Ibiza Rocks
29/04/10New Ibiza Rocks Bar
02/08/07Ibiza Rocks changes

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