Rock ‘N’ Mola, Ibiza, May 17-19, 2013

May 25th, 2013 - 2:39 pm Posted in ibiza, live music | Comments (0)

The love child of Jill Canney @FixIbiza, Ibiza’s own rock and roll festival took place over three days in venues in and around San Jordi for its third outing. Celebrating rock and roll music and bringing back the glamour of the 50s and 60s, the festival was the antithesis to the dance music and DJ culture normally associated with the while isle.

The festival kicked off on Friday night in Can Jordi, a great little bar on the road to San Josep, where the bar to buy drinks is actually located within the local shop, and the locals collect their post from pigeon holes outside in the verandah. It was in the verandah that we were treated to a great set from local teenager Marlon Lopez. At 15, he hasn’t left school yet, but can sure play a guitar, sing and entertain an audience.

Then we trouped off to HAMC to catch the first of the shows from London band The Caezars, and what a great show it was. A 5-piece band which includes a stand-up double bass player, all sporting a great range of quiffs, they looked the part as they played fast-paced late 50s early 60s style rock and roll and rockabilly. They had the crowd jiving in no time and rocked the roof off the club. Watch the video to see them in action. After an impromptu song from local girl Leanne Chiltern we all continued to enjoy the vibe of the club, drink their nice cold beer and help The Caezar’s keyboard/rhythm guitarist Tim celebrate his 18th birthday.

The main event of Rock ‘N’ Mola took place on Saturday in the square behind the church in San Jordi. In true festival style the square was decked out for the event, with cars provided by The Classic Automovile Club Ibiza and a retro market where you could buy vintage clothes and accessories, have a makeover and be photographed and buy gorgeous cupcakes. And of course there was a bar for liquid refreshments. Throughout the afternoon and evening entertainment was provided by a string of DJs playing rock and roll music in between the live bands and acts, beginning with The Folkin’ Hobos.

Next we were treated to a great performance from The Capricorn Dance School who showed us how to jive. Video of the dance troupe:

One of the highlights of the afternoon for me was an appearance from Elvis impersonator ELV.IS BOB. Elvis was alive and kicking in Ibiza on Saturday, and it was a great, fun performance. Video of ELV.IS BOB performing Jailhouse Rock, with some great jiving from Jill and the Ibiza Colonel Bill:

Local band The Moonshine Band were next to take the stage, playing their own brand of Celtic rock.

The finale was provided by another great set from The Caezars. Spread out over a larger stage than they had on Friday night, the band’s performance was more animated, and they were clearly enjoying themselves. Singer A.J. did a great job of getting the audience to move closer to the stage and engaged everyone in joining in with ‘Hail Caezar’. And Tim got to celebrate his 18th birthday again, and was presented with a birthday cake and a leopard-shaped balloon, which was tied to his guitar for the rest of the show. It was another great set from the band. For a taster, see the video:

Sunday saw the festivities winding down somewhat at the nearby Boutique Hostal Salinas. Billed as ‘La Resaca’ or hangover, it was time to listen to some of the same DJs play more great music, as we chilled out by the pool in the Ibizan sunshine. Some of the stalls were also on hand to provide retro glamour in the form of vintage clothes, makeovers and photos. I stayed for a few hours, but to be honest the last two days of Rock ‘N’ Mola had left me shattered, and I left them to continue rocking.

It was a marathon of a weekend, and a brilliant mix of entertainment: live bands, DJs playing great rock and roll music, fantastic venues and an injection of 50s retro glamour. Hats off to Jill Canney @FixIbiza for all her hard work in putting it together and pulling it off. And if you get chance to see The Caezar’s live anywhere, then go see them!

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