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“Freddie for a Day” at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel

August 31st, 2012

The second annual Ibiza ‘Freddie for a Day’ Fundraiser for the Mercury Phoenix Trust is confirmed for Sunday 2nd September.

Special guests confirmed include 2Mercury DJs, Mark Jones, Lottie, Andy Carroll, Colin Peters, Stray Kitten and Grayson Shipley plus a VERY SPECIAL GUEST with a special live performance from Wall of Sound’s hotly tipped next best thing, BB and upcoming band, Visitors.

The date of the event coincides with what would have been the Queen front man’s 66th birthday.

Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Freddie for a Day’ charity fundraiser at Ibiza Rocks House, Mark Jones & his Wall of Sound crew are back for more fun and nonsense, all in the best possible taste, and all for a great cause- The Mercury Phoenix Trust- that wonderful legacy left to us by international music icon, Freddie Mercury, not to mention the fellow members of his supergroup- Queen.

pikesSunday, 2nd September is the date confirmed for the event, with the early part of the day set aside for munchin’ and a-minglin’ alongside the traditional Sunday Roast from 2pm. A spot of lunch, a dip in the hotel’s famous pool, a quick snooze and it’s time to get togs on and ‘tashed up for what is set to be yet one more magic moment in the annals of Ibiza Rocks history.

As per last year, organiser Mark Jones, Wall of Sound main man, has put together a line up that really stands out from the Ibiza crowd. As well as DJs including Lottie, Andy Carroll, Colin Peters, Stray Kitten and Grayson Shipley, get set for three headlining guest DJs SO special we are not even allowed to announce it. But hear this, you’d be mental to miss it…

And then there are the live elements of the event. Ibiza Rocks House are pleased to present an exclusive performance from UK band, Visitors, as well as, brought to us by Wall Of Sound, BB. Hotly tipped as the next best thing. BB were formed after a chance meeting at the BBC Introducing Master Class of 2011 at Abbey Road Studios. Singer Billy Wright & drummer Robert Gulston immediately bonded over a passion for pop songs, dance music and exciting live shows. After locking themselves away in a studio in their hometown of Southend, the duo honed their writing formula and emerged in 2012 with a galvanised sound and a live show that combines euphoric samples, thumping drums, explosive guitars and insanely catchy melodies. They are currently adding the final touches to their debut album.

pikesAsked about their upcoming gig at Ibiza Rocks House and BB had this to say: “Freddie was the kind of musician you wanted to be from the first time you picked up a mic or sat down to write a song. There was something magnetic about his performances, he had thousands of people in the palm of his hand…No one has come close since. So when you get asked to go to Ibiza and pay tribute to Freddie, you go!”

Bearing in mind at all times that this is a fundraising event, party goers are asked to seriously get involved! As well as encouraging as many Freddie lookie-likees as possible on the night, organisers stressed that the easiest way to make a contribution to the cause was by purchasing your Freddie Moustache on entrance to Ibiza Rocks House, with all proceeds going directly to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

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Reverend and the Makers and Happy Mondays, Ibiza Rocks, August 22nd 2012

August 27th, 2012

So this was one of the gigs I was looking forward to this summer, two bands that I like from Northern England (one of my old stomping grounds). Old Mancunian stalwarts Happy Mondays who have reformed (again) and Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers, who for reasons unknown, I hadn’t got round to seeing before. The night starts off well – every record that DJ Colin Peters plays I know (which makes a change). And it gets better, as I hear ‘Groove is in the Heart’ by Dee Lite emanating from the speakers, which always makes me want to dance. I predict a lot of dancing tonight!

Reverend and the Makers take to the stage at 9.15pm with ‘Bassline’, which sets the tone for the rest of the set nicely. There’s a reasonable sized crowd dispersed around the venue, but John McClure does a great job to get everyone to move forward to the stage, saying, “Who’s up for it? Who’s up for it?” – I like his ‘direct’ Northern style.

At the end of the song he borrows our very own @blogibiza’s camera to take photo of the audience, getting everyone to move in closer still. The photo here of the audience is the one that John took.

In between the bassy, funky, guitar-laden tunes, we get more banter and sarcastic comments from John, who also finds out that there are a lot of Northerners in the crowd, from Sheffield, Nottingham and especially Manchester (no surprise there).

For me ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ is the song of the night, not that it’s necessarily better than any of the others, but I just love it, and it’s made even more dramatic with the accompanying light show. It’s a great anthemic song, and is great to hear live. They end with ‘Silence is Talking’, which includes a riff from War’s ‘Low Rider’ played on a trumpet by John’s wife Laura. I like that a lot, and decide that I really must get some more of their music.

Video of ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World': http://youtu.be/DspbXctH1yE

Reverend and the Makers played:
Bassline
Bandits
Open Your Window
Warts ‘n’ All
State of Things
Noisy Neighbour
Shine a Light
Heavyweight Champion of the World
Wrestler
Miss Brown
Armchair Detective
Out of the Shadows
He Said He Loved Me
Silence is Talking

Thanks to Reverend and the Makers and DJ Simon Guirao we’re all ready to dance by the time Happy Mondays take to the stage with the reformed, original lineup of the band.

Bez appears onstage introduces the band, saying that it’s exactly 22 years to the day that they played in Ibiza at the Ku Club. He then leaves the stage to the band and Rowetta launching into ‘Loose Fit’, with frontman Shaun Ryder joining them later on through the song. Next is ‘Kinky Afro’, and Bez joins them onstage to dance manically at the front in his imitable style, but promptly disappears again at the end of the song.

When Bez isn’t onstage, Rowetta keeps the dancing going at the front when she’s not singing at the mic. She informs us that it’s Sean’s 50th birthday tomorrow, and leads us all into singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, who seems a little non-plussed about it all. The set is a little short if anything, and is missing a few favourite tunes. Rowetta comes and goes, leaving Shaun alone to sing, and a somewhat empty hole on the stage. Bez returns to the stage for ‘Step On’, which turns out to be the last in the set.

I’m down among the crowd dancing along for most of the gig, but I found the whole performance a bit lack-luster, only lifted by Rowetta’s presence and stunning vocals, and the rare treat of Bez doing his thing. But it was a great double bill, and Ibiza Rocks saw a lot more dancing (as opposed to jumping) than it has in recent weeks.

After the gig we went off to the private after-party at Pikes Hotel. One of our favourite places on the island. It ended up as usual being a long night but we had a great time having long chats with our good friend Jon McClure from the revs and also Bez and Rowetta turned up and happily chatted and have photos taken.

Video clip of Kinky Afro: http://youtu.be/77FQ_RCLUjI

Happy Mondays played:
Loose Fit
Kinky Afro
Dennis and Lois
Donovan
Hallelujah
Cowboy Dave
24 Hour Party People
Holiday
Bob’s Yer Uncle
W.F.L.
Step On

By ClaireB

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Santigold, Hotel Es Vive, Ibiza, August 21st, 2012

August 23rd, 2012

Brooklyn-based Santigold played an intimate gig for 250 people at the gorgeous Art Deco Hotel Es Vive in Ibiza on Tuesday night, and we were lucky to be there.

She played a three song set on the roof terrace for the media just before sundown, which provided a truly beautiful setting for the singer and her two dancers and their somewhat unusual dance routines.

Afterwards, she played a longer set in the courtyard after dark to the full audience in attendance, which was entertaining and quirky. Her dancers accompanied her with a left-field range of props throughout, ranging from sledge hammers to briefcases, nooses and parasols. A great gig in a wonderful setting.

Video clips:
http://youtu.be/0ra3lc_gj_U
http://youtu.be/MnSyC1bLMek

Here’s an interesting recent interview with Santigold in Flavour Magazine, in which she talks about plans for the Ibiza gig:
http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/santigold-master-of-her-music/




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Ibiza Timelapse Video

August 20th, 2012

We came across this video of some timelapse photography here on Ibiza and thought it was too good not to share. Here is what the creator Alejandro Iborra had to say:

After a few years doing timelapse sequences around my island, i finished this video to share with you the best places of the island … Ibiza is more than a party place.

I used a Canon EOS 7D, Mark II and some of them with my new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Dollies are Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly and Pocket Slider. Also a few L lenses (cannot remember all of them) …

Would like to say a big thanks to my friend Jose A.Hervas, always there helping me in anything i needed, impossible to do that without him. You’re the best !

Music by Sigur Ros – Svefn-g-englar

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Tinie Tempah and Modestep, Ibiza Rocks 2012

August 19th, 2012

Tinie Tempah and Modestep, Ibiza Rocks, August 15th, 2012

modestepModestep, a four-piece band centred around London brothers Josh Friend (singer/synth player) and Tony (DJ/guitarist) with the addition of a guitarist and drummer, bounded onto the stage with a vengeance. Their sound was dubstep combined with heavy rock guitar, overlaid with soulful vocals from Josh.

From the off, they rocked it onstage, as they played recent singles such as ‘To the Stars’ and ‘Sunlight’, mixed in with a few covers, including ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against The Machine and ‘Levels’ by Avicii. They were slightly cramped into the space on the stage that wasn’t taken up by Tinie’s stage lighting, but they made the most of the space they had, and their onstage energy was infectious. And the crowd loved it. See the video clips below.

Modestep video clips:
http://youtu.be/2BRzpr997wI
http://youtu.be/h2CYeUZBvFg

tinie tempahThe stage is transformed for Tinie Tempah and his sidekick DJ Charlesy with an impressive bank of lighting towers. Ibiza Rocks is packed, and the crowd is nicely warmed up for the duo, thanks to Modestep’s earlier performance. The venue erupts as Tinie takes to the stage, and continues to do so throughout his set, consisting of all the big ones from his album Disc-Overy and recent collaborations with other artists, such as ‘Written in the Stars’, ‘Earthquake’, ‘Pass Out’, ‘From Miami to Ibiza’, and new ones ‘Drinking from the Bottle’ and ‘Mosh Pit’.

It’s a great performance from Tinie who is joined from behind the decks periodically by DJ Charlesy, aided by some special effects at the front of the stage in the form of smoke and confetti blowers. Ibiza Rocks rocked again!

Tinie Tempah video clips:
http://youtu.be/BJjp98zt4h0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZSQjsFOTE8 By notbe7
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By ClaireB

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Figueretas Fireworks 15-08-12

August 16th, 2012

Some would argue that the fireworks and beach party that follows the week after the main Ibiza Town fireworks are better. It’s subjective of course but we loved it. After the fireworks there was a local band called “Silencio Aparte”. A really good young rock band that even though it was all in Spanish you couldn’t fail to hear they have really good songs.

Silencio Aparte:

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Holiday of Sant Ciriac Fireworks, Ibiza, August 8th, 2012

August 14th, 2012

August 8th is the holiday of Sant Ciriac in Ibiza, and traditionally there is a massive firework display at the end of the day’s festivities. This year, the fireworks are part of the Fiesta de la Tierra, or Earth Festival, which combines and honours two patron saints’ days of Santa María and Sant Ciriac.

August 8th has another significance for the islanders, as it was also on this day in 1235 that the Catalan army overthrew the Moors, bringing Christianity to Ibiza and Formentera.

The fireworks are launched at midnight, just in front of the harbour wall, near the lighthouse. In the correct position, the fireworks would explode in the air above Dalt Vila and the Cathedral, but for most people’s view, they explode over the water of the marina.

Getting into position just before midnight, there’s a huge crowd assembled around the marina and port, waiting to see the spectacle. And we’re not disappointed by the fantastic professional display, which lasts some 10-15 minutes. It’s a beautifully warm and calm evening, and it would be hard to provide a better setting and end to a holiday on such an important day for Ibiza.

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Paolo Nutini and Alex Clare, Ibiza Rocks 2012

August 13th, 2012

alex clareFirst up is South London singer songwriter Alex Clare. Alex and his band (drums, bass and synth) come onstage at 9.15, to an already assembled large crowd.

Onstage, he looks like an unassuming character, bearded and flat capped. But his charisma and powerful voice shines through, as he paces around the stage. Electronic producers Diplo and Switch worked on his debut album, and there’s a dub-step and drum and bass influence on the delivery of the songs tonight, which fuse this with some soul, blues and jungle. The sound is powerful. They’re definitely songs but with a full backing band they have more power, especially in the often noisy setting of Ibiza Rocks. And the crowd is transfixed to the stage.

A couple of songs into the set he casts off his sandals, preferring to perform barefoot. A little further on, and we treated to a great cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’.

When he launches into hit single ‘Too Close’ (used in a Microsoft Internet Explorer ad) there are screams from the crowd and the camera phones come out. This proves to be the last song. He walks off stage, picking up his sandals and the crowd roars. I think they’d like more, but it’s not usual for support bands at Ibiza Rocks to get an encore, which is a shame when the crowd would really like one.

Video clips of Alex Clare:
http://youtu.be/8nVg1yEOVOI – playing ‘Too Close’
http://youtu.be/IqLXJ7EnbNo

paolo nutiniPaolo Nutini’s band make their entrance onto the stage at 10.30. There’s a full band with brass section of sax, trombone and trumpet. Then Paolo bounds on, to a massive roar from the even larger crowd that has assembled now in front of the stage. There’s a lot of love in the house for him tonight, and a large proportion of ladies.

It’s a far more animated performance than I expected. Paolo paces around and commands the stage, and has the crowd in the palms of his hands. It’s an impressive performance and it’s refreshing to have a change of musical genre from the last few weeks, and nice to have a brass section on stage for a change.

Video of Paolo Nutini taking to the stage: http://youtu.be/8wjJGkcS8Yk

By ClaireB

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“Night of Music of the Earth”- Live music at D’alt Vila in Ibiza Town

August 10th, 2012

By ClaireB
 
The ‘Night of Music of the Earth’, was a free concert put on as part of the week-long Fiesta de la Tierra, or Earth Festival, which honours the two patron saints’ days of Santa María and Sant Ciriac. The concert featured 3 rock bands singing in Catalan: Ses Sopris and Rels from Ibiza and Mishima from Barcelona. 

The setting was perfect for an outdoor gig, taking place in the Parque Reina Sofia, which nestles beneath the massive, sturdy, illuminated walls of Dalt Vila. The walls themselves are built onto a curved face of rock and make a wonderful backdrop to the stage. 

Each of the three bands were stylistically different, and put on a good show, with great sound and lighting. As non-Catalan speakers we found some of the songs were somewhat lost in translation, buy hey we’re in Ibiza, so we can’t really complain. 

As is usual with these outdoor events in Ibiza, they’re well organised, with good facilities, importantly an affordable bar selling drinks and snacks, and toilet facilities. The atmosphere was relaxed, and by the time it ended at about 2.00am, there was a large, happy crowd. A great free concert, in a fantastic location, on a warm, balmy August night.


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Dot Rotton, Chase & Status Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

August 6th, 2012

Dot Rotten comes onstage at 9.30 following a DJ set from Doorly. It makes much more sense to put a DJ on before the support act. It doesn’t start to get dark in Ibiza in the height of summer until about then. South London rapper Dot Rotten does a good job of warming up the crowd following on from Doorly. By the time he leaves the stage the place is really busy.

Video clip of Dot Rotten:

Chase & Status take to the stage just after 10.30, performing a live set with the addition of drummer Andy Gangadeen sitting behind an impressive-looking drum kit and MC Rage presiding at the front. As the band arrives onstage they’re greeted with a sea of mobile phones in the air, as they launch into “No Problem”. The venue is filled with people with their hands in the air, jumping up and down.

They put on an impressive show, musically and visually. The stage set, visuals and lightshow is stunning, complementing the pacey, energised music emanating from the speakers and bouncing off the walls of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Periodically Saul Milton (Chase) leaves his station to play guitar stage left, giving the tunes a more rocky edge.

Playing all their hits mixed in with tunes from their two albums, they’re joined onstage by Mali to sing ‘Let You Go’. Towards the end of the set, a spontaneous mosh circle breaks out in the midst of the crowd.

But the best was yet to come! During the inevitable encore they do a storming version of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name’. And Ibiza is rocking!

Look at the photos and watch the video clips to get a sense of what it was like to be there.

By ClaireB

Video clips:
http://youtu.be/17_ya1Mjplg
http://youtu.be/LVOYjjzsfzc
http://youtu.be/mEYoK1Zh7q4

Chase & Status played:

No Problem
Eastern Jam
Fire In Your Eyes
Hypest Hype
Flashing Lights
Brixton Briefcase
End Credits
Smash To Pieces
Let You Go
Streetlife
Time
Big Man
Blind Faith
Killing In The Name
Fool Yourself

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