First 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.
Paolo 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
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