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:
DJ Chris McCormack
Words by ClaireB
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