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.
First 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.
DJ Fresh/Live played:
Hot Right Now
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.
The 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
I Need You Tonight
Just be Good to Green
How Many Moons
Into the Ground
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Words and photos by ClaireB
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