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Tonights Ibiza Sunset 24-09-12

September 24th, 2012

Living here all year round we always say the best sunsets are always in the winter. Now that the summer is drawing to a close those iconic, gorgeous sunsets are now starting to appear. Here’s a couple a good friend Juliet sent us from this evening.



(c) Juliet Stevenson.
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Theme Park, Two Door Cinema Club Ibiza Rocks 2012 Closing Review and Photos

September 21st, 2012

This was the closing party for the Ibiza Rocks summer season of 2012, the culmination of 16 weeks of live music at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

DJ Colin Peters kicked off the evening’s proceedings with some great tunes.

theme parkSupport band Theme Park came onstage at 9.25, and the area in front of the stage was already filled. This was the second time they’ve played here this summer. They supported The Maccabees back in June, but their set was cut short due to some sound gremlins, so it was great to see them back again as I really enjoyed them last time.

In the three months that have passed since then, they’ve played at a lot of festivals, and they’ve released another single ‘Jamaica’, which will be on their debut album to be released soon. As a result, they have more confidence in their performance, and singer Miles belts out his high pitched, soulful vocals, over their funky, poppy, jangly guitar-laden music. I said it last time and I’ll say it again – they’re young, they’re a great band and they should have an exciting future ahead of them.

Video of Theme Park performing ‘Milk’ youtube

Setlist:
Ghosts
Holland
Jamaica
Milk
Tonight
Wax
Two Hours

two door cinema clubWhen headliner’s Two Door Cinema came onstage, nearly everyone had their hands in the air and their phones out to record their entrance. Singer Alex told the packed venue that this is their first time in Ibiza, and it’s exciting to be here. They played an 80-minute set to rapturous applause, combining singles and tracks from their debut album ‘Tourist History’ and the recently released second album ‘Beacon’.

Throughout, the audience is a swaying, hand waving mass, when they’re not jumping up and down. Alex thanked the audience for being so beautiful. But when they end with their single ‘What You Know’, everyone goes mad. Inevitably they came back to perform another 3 songs for the encore. It was a great performance, and the audience loved them, and Ibiza Rocks certainly rocked for the last live gig of 2012. What a great summer season it’s been.

Afterwards, DJ Colin Peters returned to the decks, and played Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, which brought a little tear to my eye with the realisation that it’s all over for this year. Bring on summer 2013!

Videos of Two Door Cinema Club:
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Setlist:

Next Year
Undercover Martyn
Do You Want It All?
This Is The Life
Wake U
You’re Not Stubborn
Sleep Alone
Sun
Something Good Can Work
Beacon
Settle
Handshake
Eat That Up It’s Good For You
What You Know
Someday
Come Back Home
I Can Talk

Words by ClaireB

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Learn to DJ for free at Es Vive Hotel

September 18th, 2012

On Thursday September 27th Point Blank will be hosting a whole day of FREE DJ Workshops at the glamourous hotel Es Vivé here in Ibiza.

From midday until 6pm they are inviting you to come along and learn the skills of DJing for absolutely nothing. Not only are the workshops free, but you’ll be taught by one of the island’s best DJs… Clara da Costa. Clara is resident DJ for the likes of Sands and Es Vivé and has previously held down a residency at Ibiza super-club Es Paradis.

These one-off workshops will be run in association with their good friends at Pioneer and will feature all of the latest industry standard equipment, so you’ll get the chance to learn on CDJ2000s and a DJM900 mixer.

To book your place on the course just contact Luke on luke AT pointblanklondon.com or call +44 7557 520370 or just drop by Es Vivé on the day. Their website is here www.pointblankonline.net.

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New Order and The Whip, Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

September 17th, 2012

New Order and The Whip, Ibiza Rocks, September 12, 2012 – Words by ClaireB

new orderThis was one of the gigs of the summer that I’d been looking forward to most. I lived in Manchester during the closing months of the 70s and throughout the 80s, and so saw Joy Division play several times, and was as grateful as every other Mancunian for the opening of The Hacienda and its injection of some glamour into grey, post-industrial Manchester. Not that Manchester needed more clubs or live music venues – it didn’t, but the Haci was a special place, and I’ve always been grateful to Tony Wilson and New Order for their vision in making it happen. So New Order have a special significance in my life as well as making a lot of music that I really like.

But I was also approaching this gig with some apprehension. Whilst the band is currently gigging with the full original lineup with the addition of Phil Cunningham who joined them in 2001, they are missing Peter Hook the bassist, who for me was an integral part of the band’s sound. Will they be the same without him? Will I miss his iconic stance at the side of the stage, swaggering with his bass slung so low that he can only just reach it? Plus from reading reviews of recent gigs I know that they’ve started to play some Joy Division numbers. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I wasn’t sure about Peter Hook’s band The Light playing Joy Division either, but when I saw them playing Unknown Pleasures in its entirety, I was pleasantly surprised. They pulled it off. But how will ‘Love will tear us apart’ sound when sung by Bernard, which they’ve played at other gigs recently?

Surprisingly it’s also the first time that New Order had ever played live in Ibiza, so an historic night was in store for us. The gig was reportedly sold out, and most people I knew were talking about it with anticipation in the days beforehand.

DJ Doorly kicked off the proceedings in fine style playing some great old skool dance tunes from Xpansions, Beats International and Primal Scream amongst others, and quite rightly the growing crowd started to dance.

the whipSupport came from The Whip who are no strangers to Ibiza Rocks or supporting New Order – they have done both before. When they came onstage at 9.15 the area in front of the stage was already full. The Whip are a three-piece band, who also hail from Manchester: a singer/guitarist/keyboard player, a bassist and a female drummer who was practically dancing as she was rhythmically thrashing her drumkit. Their set is fast paced, with dominating heavy driving bass and drums, with vocals and some guitar over the top. They have an original sound. The intro to the third number was quite trancey and had the crowd with their hands in the air. By the end of their set most of the crowd were dancing around in the limited space that was available for them to dance in. The Whip gave a great live performance and were a great warm-up for New Order.

After another brief DJ interlude whilst the stage was prepared, New Order came onto the stage and launched into instrumental ‘Elegia’. Almost instantly half the audience held up their phones to record the moment. Next was a guitar laden, rocky rendition of ‘Crystal’, one of my personal favourites from their later material. They sounded great. The noticeable thing in the first few numbers was that there was much more guitar in their live performance, even moreso on ‘Ceremony’ when Gillian swapped her keyboards for a guitar. The venue was so packed that there was not enough space to dance, but people were dancing in the best way they could, and there was much head nodding going on.

new orderThen they played Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’, which was a great updated interpretation of the original, combining guitars and synths. And they were sounding and looking great. They were accompanied visually by a brilliant light show with spotlights throwing straight beams of light up from the front of the stage, and at times diagonally across it from the sides. And video projections behind them changed for each song, adding to the musical and visual feast.

On numbers such as ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ when singer Bernard Sumner put down his guitar, the synths became more dominant than the guitars, and Bernard was happily dancing around the stage. ‘Perfect Kiss’ and ‘True Faith’ sounded brilliant, but when the opening beats of ‘Blue Monday’ were played, everyone in the entire venue went mad. There was an amazing, simultaneous and unprovoked response from the audience, who just responded to the music en masse. It was a magnificent sight, looking down at the scene below from the balcony. Next was Temptation, after which they left the stage to massive cheers. There was only one thing to do – shout and scream to get them back onto the stage.

new orderAnd it worked. They came back onto the stage, and as soon as the opening haunting bass intro of Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ kicked in, we knew we were in for a treat. It was fast, it was furious, and it sounded wonderful to hear it being played live again. Finishing off with ‘Love will tear us apart’, everyone went mad and was singing along in the chorus. We were treated to an amazing encore of two of Joy Division’s finest tunes.

And my verdict? They were brilliant. They sounded great – all the recent gigs and festival appearances over the summer have helped them to perfect a tight performance, which combines a lot of rock guitar with their trademark synths. There’s more energy in their live performance at the moment, Bernard’s voice is stronger and bassist Tom Chapman provided some youthful energy on the stage. He had difficult shoes to fill, but he filled them more than adequately. And what’s more, they looked like they were enjoying themselves, especially Bernard, as he was dancing around the stage.

It was a fantastic atmosphere, and a fantastic performance. Ibiza was lucky to have waited for them for so long, as musically they have perfected their live show in 2012. It was definitely one of the highlights of the summer.

Setlist and videos:
Elegia (Video of Elegia and Crystal) youtube
Crystal youtube
Regret
Ceremony
Age of Consent (Video by Pedro García) youtube
Isolation (Video by Pedro García) youtube
Here to Stay
Round and Round youtube
Bizarre Love Triangle
586
The Perfect Kiss
True Faith
Blue Monday (Video by Saydi Beard) youtube
(Video by IBIZAEXPERIENCE) youtube
Temptation
Transmission youtube
Love Will Tear Us Apart youtube

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Ibiza Sonica Radio wins Best International Radio award

September 17th, 2012

ibiza sonicaCongratulations are in order for Ibiza’s very own Ibiza Sonica Radio station, which has just won the ‘Best International Radio’ award at the International Radio Festival in Zurich.

Sonica presents live broadcasts from events and clubs around Ibiza, and plays great chill out sounds during the day, providing the perfect soundtrack to an Ibizan day.

Tune into Sonica at: www.ibizasonica.com or on 95.2 FM

Check out their FaceBook page for more information

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Alt J Interview at Ibiza Rocks, 05-09-12

September 16th, 2012

When Alt-J played Ibiza Rocks the other week we were lucky enough to have a short interview with them before they supported Bloc Party that night. The interview was done for Bethan Elfan’s amazing radio sunday show and aired today.

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White Island Music Festival, Club Punta Arabi, September 9 2012

September 11th, 2012

Sunday saw the first White Island Music Festival in Ibiza. Held in the well-appointed Club Punta Arabi in Es Cana, which has a large stage by the swimming pool, and all of it just a stone’s throw away from the sea. Starting at 4.30 in the afternoon, it was a perfect September’s day for it. Nice and sunny, but starting to cool down, and a lovely breeze wafting in off the sea.

The lineup consisted of bands from the UK and Ibiza, with DJs playing tunes in between the bands. First up were local band Nowthen who came onstage one by one, culminating in the singer appearing in a full blown Red Indian feather headdress (I’m sure there was a good reason for this). A five-piece band hailing originally from the UK, of singer, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums who played their way through a rocky, poppy, funky set, and got the festival off to a great start.

Local band Ca’n Funk as their name suggests played covers of well-known funk and soul tunes, which sounded great in the Ibizan sunshine.

UK band The Vex took things up a notch, fusing rock n’ roll with a bit of reggae, drawing slight comparisons to The Clash (which in no way is meant to be derogatory). And the DJs kept us entertained in between the bands, playing a great range of tunes that we all knew and loved, from The Artic Monkeys to The Clash and a personal favourite of mine which is rarely played, ‘Crawfish’ by Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin.

As is the Ibizan way, most people didn’t start to arrive until late, even though the festival had been underway for awhile. Ibizan-raised Miles Island and his band thus had a larger audience, and got people dancing to his ‘beach funk’.

Next up was three-piece band The Corderoys, who gave us the most energetic performance of the day by far. See the video below.

Last to perform were London-based MT Live, who had a large crowd dancing to their funky tunes, and who ended their set by jumping into the swimming pool – it had to be done!

All in all, a great festival in a great venue, showcasing a mix of guitar-based bands, and a welcome addition to the Ibizan music calendar – let’s hope it’s the first of many more to come. It’s infinitely more exciting to see fresh and new live music being played onstage than watching a DJ cue tracks from a CD…

More information about all the bands that played is on the festival website, and watch that space for hopefully an announcement of the festival for 2013: www.whiteislandfestival.com. Also check out the White Island Music Festival FaceBook page.

The full lineup:
MT Live
The Corderoys
Miles Island
The Vex
Ca’n Funk
Nowthen
DJ Chris McCormack
DJ Spider

Words by ClaireB

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Bloc Party and Alt-J Ibiza Rocks 2012, Review and Photos

September 11th, 2012

alt-jAlt-J released their first album ‘An Awesome Wave’ in the UK in May this year to great acclaim, and there’s a lot of excitement surrounding them at the moment. So it’s with great anticipation that they’ve got a support slot at Ibiza Rocks. They come onstage at 8.45pm just as it’s getting dark.

It’s a little early in the evening’s proceedings, but they’ve got a large and interested crowd. They’re a four-piece band: singer/guitarist, keyboard player (who provides additional vocals), bassist and drummer. From the outset as they make their appearance onstage, they get on with the job in hand.

There’s little audience interaction in between the songs, but the crowd watches intently, and there’s clearly a large number who are familiar with their material, which is particularly evident when they play the latest single ‘Tessellate’.

Their sound is original and genre-defying, moving between tuneful vocals, heavy keyboards, hypnotic basslines and searing guitar riffs. In a rare introduction before the last song ‘Taro’, Joe the singer says “thank you so much, this has been one of our best gigs”. They’re talented musicians and played a great set, and received a massive and well-deserved appreciative cheer at the end from the audience.

bloc partyBloc Party storm onto the stage after a dramatic build up, following on from a DJ set from Zane Lowe. Opening with their latest single ‘Octopus’ from their recent fourth album ‘Four’, the large crowd is instantly cheering and jumping up and down. Playing for well over an hour, and mixing songs from the last album with earlier singles and album tracks, their live delivery is much more raw and has a rockier edge than their recorded output, particularly when singer Kele Okereke joins in on guitar.

When Kele isn’t restrained by his guitar playing, he’s working the crowd, or singing lying down on the stage. And the crowd love it, especially during the hit single ‘One More Chance’, when the toilet rolls start descending from the balconies around the stage into the crowd below.

As Kele introduces the last song, he gives out some safe sex advice (he’s not the first singer to have done this at Ibiza Rocks this year, the first being Ricky Kaiser Chief) and the crowd go mad. But they come back for an encore. At the end of ‘Helicopter’ Kele throws his guitar onto the floor, and the four of them come to the front of the stage with their arms around each other to face the crowd. A nice end to a brilliant performance, which leaves the audience very happy indeed.

Short video clip of Bloc Party: youtube

Bloc Party played:
Octopus – YouTube video: youtube
Mercury
Hunting for Witches
Positive Tension
Kettling
Waiting for the 7:18
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Day Four
Team A
One More Chance
This Modern Love – youtube
The Prayer – youtube
Truth
Ares
Flux
Helicopter

Words by ClaireB

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Ibiza Red Bull Wings Day 08-09-12 Photos and Video

September 9th, 2012

Yesterday was the Red Bull Wings Day in Ibiza Town port. An estimated 6,000 people were expected – in the end somewhere of the region of 23,000 people turned up to watch 35 competitors try and fly some very frankly non-airworthy contraptions. It was a hugely enjoyable day, won in the end by the Disco Tractor.

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