Alt-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 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.
Bloc Party played:
Octopus – YouTube video:
Hunting for Witches
Waiting for the 7:18
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
One More Chance
This Modern Love –
The Prayer –
Words by ClaireB
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