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Ibiza’s very own Harlem Shake this Friday

February 28th, 2013

This has been brewing after an ace idea by friend Jill Canney of fixibiza the other week. This friday her idea comes to fruition in front of the Casino in Ibiza Port between 4-7pm – here’s all the details – we can’t wait.

IBIZA GETS ITS HARLEM SHAKE ON

The island gets ready to represent in the latest dance craze to sweep the planet

The Ibiza Harlem Shuffle takes place this Friday, 1st March on Paseo Maritimo de Ibiza

There’s never a dull moment round here especially when there’s a new dance to be learned and a new viral bandwagon to be jumped on to. So, what better place to get involved with the latest dance craze sweeping the planet, the Harlem Shake, than Ibiza, the world’s centre of all things electronic music & dance related.

FIX Ibiza, organisers of the local version of the wacky online meme, have confirmed Friday 1st March as the date to get on down, literally, to the Paseo Maritimo in Ibiza for a couple of hours of good old fashioned fun with a few close friends and family. At least, that was the original plan. But since FIX boss, Jillian Canney first came up with the idea from the safety of her sofa last Sunday, the Ibiza Harlem Shake has taken on a life of its own, converting into a gathering of an approximate 100+ kindred shakin’ souls, all ready to add their energy and enthusiasm to the video, which is expected to be online within days if not hours of filming.

There is still time for willing volunteers to get involved and considering that the Ibiza Harlem Shake is morphing into a serious production, organisers are hoping to count on the public and the already confirmed Ibiza Shakers to alert and bring along any acrobatic, sword-swallowing, bubble-blowing friends and animated entertainers they might know for added fabulousness to this island shake.

With a starting time of 4pm, the event is expected to last no longer than three hours, 7pm/sunset realistically being the cut-off point for filming purposes. The location for the mini event has been chosen specifically with Dalt Vila as its backdrop, representing Ibiza all the way! This is a totally voluntary effort by the Ibiza Winter People!

Get involved! For more info, contact Jill Canney on tel: 645 90 90 98

The Instructions

  • 4pm, Friday 1st March: Meeting Point en situ, the park opposite the Casino de Ibiza, on the Paseo Maritimo de Ibiza.
  • For the first scene, lets call it ‘The solitary dancer surrounded by the Normal Normans’, we will need around 25 volunteers to be dressed in their civvies.
  • For the second scene, ‘Crowd goes Mental’, we’ll need everybody in the most weird and wonderful get up they can come up with. Also, bring some props. We’ll bring a load too, as well as some extra bits and bobs for dressing up if necessary…
  • We expect to have to do a couple of takes and want to be ready to kick off at 4.30 latest…please help us achieve that and lets have fun above all else. 

*We recommend that you take a look at some of the other Harlem Shakes on Youtube before Friday!

THE IBIZA HARLEM SHAKE

FRIDAY 1ST MARCH, 4PM-7PM

PASEO MARITIMO (IN FRONT OF THE CASINO), IBIZA

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IMS Ibiza 2013, Speakers announced

February 21st, 2013

Themed IMS: Beyond The Boom Boom!, the event, hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, will take a deep look into the international expansion of electronic music and how the business is spilling out of the confines of the dance floor and into mainstream culture. IMS 2013 will lead the discussions about sustainability after the goldrush settles down.

  • Among the artists present this year are techno pioneer Sven Väth, who will be discussing career longevity in the electronic music scene.
  • IMS will also host a keynote from industry analyst and provocateur Bob Lefsetz who will deliver a state-of-the-nation address on the coming of age of the genre. A rare European visit.
  • Iconic actor Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office, Prometheus) will be delivering a keynote as his alter-ego Driis, talking tradecraft and keeping it real as a DJ.
  • Founder and owner of Ultra Records Patrick Moxey will be charting his rise to the top of the Sony tree: all hail Mr President of Electronic Music!
  • Bringing together the overall themes of IMS 2013, Willam Morris Endeavour’s Marc Geiger will give a keynote on the sustainability of electronic music, as the gold rush begins to calm. From the man who has seen it all.
  • Hard-hitting French label boss / venue owner / manager Emmanuel de Buretel tells it like it is in probably one of the most honest interviews you will ever see at an IMS event. Stand by!
  • Infamous promoters Andrea & Antonio will be revealing all about Circoloco @ DC10, from its beginnings in 1999, through the subsequent troubles in 2008/09 to the present day.
  • The original Berlin DJ Paul Van Dyk will give a keynote interview on the importance of social responsibility in electronic music.
  • Amy Thomson of ATM artists (Swedish House Mafia, Groove Armada) will give a keynote interview on empowering fans, or the ‘General Admission’ as she has famously called them, to create devotees.
  • Shelly Finkel of SFX Entertainment will be interviewed about Robert F.X. Sillerman’s $1bn bet on electronic music music acquisitions.
  • Tomorrowland’s Duncan Stutterheim will open up a window on the ideology of ‘electronic music experience’ company ID&T as they expand into North America.
  • DJ-Z’s Seth Goldstein takes a good hard look at the next generation of electronic music fans, as he targets 13-16 year olds.
  • This year’s IMS Anthem will be created live by Groove Armada in front of delegates, with a remix to be done by man of the moment Eats Everything.
  • Ghostdancing focuses on the ghostwriting hitmakers exposed recently by Mixmag’s Ben Gomori. Guests so far include Timo Garcia, Nicky Romero and Glimpse.
  • There will also be an exclusive first ‘work in progress’ screening of Planet Rock & Other Tales Of The 808 – the Arthur Baker produced documentary about the seminal 808 drum machine.
  • The IMS Market Focus panel will be investigating the ins and outs of the German music market.
    Ben Turner, IMS and music lawyer Kurosh Nasseri will present the Association for Electronic Music and explore its potential at the forefront of the genre.

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The mystery of Ibiza’s Playa D’en Bossa turtle

February 18th, 2013

It was Valentine’s Day, but that was inconsequential as I walked up Playa D’en Bossa beach, my usual route to the supermarket. As is also usual, I sat on the wall leading to the boat jetty at the end of the beach in the sun for a few minutes. I was slightly bemused by the number of people that were around there, but thought nothing of it (it’s really quiet on the beach at this time of year, apart from the small number of people walking, jogging or cycling, and there are no boats regularly using the pier). It was only when I continued my journey that I saw that the assembled small crowd was looking at a large turtle (maybe a Loggerhead turtle) at the edge of the water on the sand. I was initially excited, not expecting to see turtles in Ibiza.

I stood there looking at it for a few minutes, and took a photo with my phone (as you do), not sure if it was dead or alive (it wasn’t moving and my limited knowledge of Spanish told me that people were discussing if it was dead or not). Then I went and sat on the wall nearby, whilst I posted on Twitter and Facebook about my sighting (as you do). It was only once I started getting replies from friends in Ibiza who had lived here for longer than I had, that I realised that this wasn’t an everyday occurrence. So I went back to take another look. There was an officious looking man with a clipboard looking at the turtle and making notes, and by now three policemen (with motorbikes) as well as the small crowd of people.

Taking a closer look, I realised that it had a badly injured back flipper, and this probably accounted for the fact that it was on the sand, most likely washed up (we’d had a lot of wind and rough seas in previous days). Being a bit squeamish, I decided not to hang around and see what happened next, continuing my journey to the supermarket, all the time wondering how they were going to move it from its resting place (a couple of feet below the walkway next to the jetty) and whether or not it was alive and going to survive. Of course, on my return about 45 minutes later, it was gone, as had the assembled crowd.

Still curious, I assumed that there would be a piece about it on the website of one the local papers or news sites, as it’s relatively quiet on the island at the moment, and I thought that it was a newsworthy event.

The next day I started looking around on the Internet and on Twitter to try and find a story about it. My searches were fruitless, but I did find out that Loggerhead turtles do indeed live in the Mediterranean, spending most of their lives in the sea, apart from the females, which come ashore to lay their eggs. They are considered to be an endangered species, and incredibly live for 47-67 years. I also discovered that there could in fact be a happy ending.

Only last week in Japan, an injured Loggerhead turtle was given prosthetic flippers and was able to swim again. Whilst this may not have been possible for the Playa D’en Bossa turtle, it is a heartwarming story to accompany my somewhat sad and mysterious tale. I do hope there’s a happy ending, but I fear that I will never know! And I’m still bemused about the lack of a news story about it. It’s a good job I took the photo, otherwise it could be construed as a figment of my imagination!

Words and photo by ClaireB

Link about Yu Chan, the lucky turtle in Japan:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/turtle-prosthetic-flippers-yu-chan_n_2670244.html#slide=2097097?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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Katy B, So Solid Crew to headline W.A.R. at Ibiza Rocks 2013

February 18th, 2013

Having teamed up with the UK’s most forward-thinking station Rinse FM for two phenomenal shows last year, the Rinse family is back to take over W.A.R! for four exclusive events, featuring a hugely anticipated debut show from TNGHT in Ibiza, headline shows from KATY B in Mallorca and Ibiza and a very special show in the Ibiza sunshine with SO SOLID CREW, also featuring SKEPTA andRinse FM’s very own ONEMAN.

First up to headline the W.A.R! x Rinse Takeover at the Ibiza Rocks Hotelon 14th June is TNGHT – this insanely talented duo are helping to redefine the state of new pop, dance music and hip hop in a wholly fresh fusion. Just last year, producers Hudson Mohawke (Glasgow) and Lunice (Canada) teamed up to form TNGHT and debuted live at SXSW to mass critical acclaim. Their self-titled EP swiftly followed featuring huge tracks ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Bugg’n’ and success soared. Kanye West loves them so much he jumped on stage to perform at their Brooklyn gig and signed Mohawke to his own GOOD Music label. Known to shatter glass when they play, fans can expect an extra electric set when TNGHT play poolside on the open-air Rocks stage.

KATY B will be Balearic bound once more to perform a double header of live gigs under the stars – Mallorca Rocks Hotel on 8th August and Ibiza Rocks Hotel on 9th August. Katy B’s debut album ‘On a Mission’ was heralded as a modern dance masterpiece and her follow up EP ‘Danger’ is every bit as epic. Boasting a stellar cast of collaborators including producers Jacques Greene, Diplo, Geeneus and Zinc as well as vocal features from Jessie Ware, Wiley and Iggy Azalea, this is a tantalizing taste of what’s to come from Katy B when she releases her second album in Spring.

SO SOLID CREW are back and will be making their Balearic debut at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel on 6th September. Having first captured the headlines and the airwaves in 2001 with massive tracks ’21 Seconds’ and ‘Oh No’ the UK’s most influential grime collective recently announced a comeback show at London’s IndigO2, which quickly sold out. Back with original members and their biggest hits plus new material, So Solid Crew will bring their unique blend of crossover garage and hip-hop to Ibiza. Partying poolside, under the stars to the sounds of So Solid Crew, on a bill that also includes London grime MC, producer and original member of acclaimed grime collective ‘Boy Better Know’ SKEPTA, plus Rinse FM’s very own ONEMAN – it’s going to be special.

Stay tuned to Rinse FM and www.ibizarocks.com for more line up announcements in the coming weeks.

W.A.R! x RINSE TAKEOVER AT IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL

14/06 TNGHT (Hudson Mohawk x Lunice)

08/08 KATY B

06/09 SO SOLID CREW | SKEPTA | ONEMAN

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Ibiza Carnival, Sunday February 10th, 2013

February 12th, 2013

All the major towns in Ibiza hold their own carnival at this time of year, and on Sunday it was the turn of Ibiza town. Carnival is celebrated in many parts of the world, and is an opportunity for people to have fun and feast before the seriousness and fasting of Lent begins.

carnivalIt started at 11.30 in the port, with a cavalcade of floats passing through the main streets of the town. It was a very colourful and noisy affair, with most of the floats not only having their own carnival theme, but their own sound system as well.

Schools, dance troupes and individuals all took part, providing a great showcase for the island’s creativity, demonstrated by the myriad of imaginative costumes, floats, and dance routines that entertained the crowds as they competed for the cash prizes on offer. And many of the spectators joined in too (both adults and children), dressing up in costume for the event.

Ibizan’s know how to party, and it was a great way of spending a sunny but windy February afternoon.

The video clip and photos below give a snapshot of the riot of colour and creativity that was on display.

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Words by ClaireB

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New Monty Python film part set in Ibiza

February 12th, 2013

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

from IMDB:
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film).

Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’, and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman’s voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests. Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’ is Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge.

Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman ‘a freeloading bastard’. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title the most prolific corpse since Elvis.

You can see part of the film set in Ibiza below:

Thanks to noudiari.es

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Foals for Ibiza Rocks Closing Party

February 6th, 2013

Foals have this morning been announced to headline the Ibiza Rocks Closing Party on Wednesday 18th September.

Yannis Philippakis said: “We’ve always wanted to go to an Ibiza closing party… and now we get to play one. Double bubble.”

Tickets and hotel packages available now at www.ibizarocks.com use the code IBIZABLOG in the SPECIAL REQUEST field on the booking page.

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