Tonight 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.
After 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.
Depth Over Distance
Keep Your Head Up
Under the Same Sun
Words, photos and videos by ClaireB
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