Archive for June, 2013

Bastille & The Other Tribe, Ibiza Rocks 26/06/13

June 27th, 2013

Another great night of live music with Bastille & The Other Tribe at Ibiza Rocks. Followed by the usual shenanigans at Pikes Hotel at Ibiza Rocks House till the early morning…

Click on images for larger versions

The Other Tribe

ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe
ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe
ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe
ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe ibiza-rocks-2013-the-other-tribe

Bastille

ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille
ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille ibiza-rocks-2013-bastille

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza rocks, ibiza rocks 2013 | Comments (0)

The Vaccines & Palma Violets, Ibiza Rocks 19/06/13

June 21st, 2013

This gig was one of the Ibiza Rocks lineups I was most looking forward to for the 2013 season – The Vaccines with support from Palma Violets. I had seen The Vaccines when they played Ibiza Rocks two years ago and I’m really liking what I’ve heard from Palma Violets so far, and really wanted to see them live.

ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violetsPalma Violets hit the stage at 9.20 and immediately showed that they meant business. The four youngsters from London, guitarist Samuel, bassist Chilli, keyboard player Peter and drummer William, worked through their energetic set with great enthusiasm and skill, and won the crowd over in no time. Samuel and Chilli shared the vocals, as they played tracks from their first album ‘180’, which was released in February this year. They commanded the front of the stage, working up a sweat in the process. At the end of their set, most of the band jumped off the stage into the crowd to join them for a dance. A great end to a great set. My only complaint was that they didn’t play for long enough, which is often the case with the support bands.

ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccinesThe Vaccines followed at 10.40, after some great tunes from the Ibiza Rocks DJs whilst the stage was being set up. They played for about an hour, getting through a massive 17 song set, achievable because most of their songs are really short. It was a fast-paced set of pure, energetic, power-poppy, indie rock, and the crowd loved it, cranking up a gear for their single ‘If You Wanna’.

 

They also played a new song for us ‘Melody Calling’, with singer Justin taking up an acoustic guitar, and which went down very well with the crowd. Material for the third album? They ended with Norgaard, and left the stage to feedback from Freddie’s guitar – I love it when bands do that! There was no encore, but in my opinion we got the perfect ending to the gig.

I enjoyed them much more than when I saw them two years ago. Back then, they didn’t have many songs and the set was quite short. They’ve also matured onstage, and there was a much rockier edge to their newer material and their performance. It was a great gig – two bands that complimented each other perfectly, and a brilliant night of live rock music. The crowd loved it and it was clear that the bands loved it too – everyone left happy.

Palma Violets Best of Friends

Palma Violets Chicken Dippers

Vaccines videos
Post Break-Up Sex

A Lack of Understanding

Blow It Up

The Vaccines played:
Blow It Up
Teenage Icon
Ghost Town
Tiger Blood
A Lack of Understanding
Wetsuit
Under Your Thumb
Wolfpack
Post Break-Up Sex
All In White
Aftershave Ocean
Melody Calling
Wreckin’ Bar
Bad Mood
If You Wanna
I Always Knew
Norgaard

Words by ClaireB

Click on images for larger versions

Palma Violets

ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets
ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets
ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violets

The Vaccines

ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines
ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines
ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines
ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines
ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines
ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccines

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza rocks, ibiza rocks 2013 | Comments (0)

Idris Elba presents 7 Wallace at Ibiza Rocks House

June 17th, 2013

For 7 weeks, every Friday from 12th July – 23rd August, Idris Elba will take the reigns and get behind the decks for a special summer residency at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes.

Idris will set up home in the infamous Freddie’s Suite and do his ‘7 Wallace’ thing – 7 Fridays, 7 weeks with 7 guest DJ’s, where Idris will bring together his love of throwing a great party to bring friends and unannounced names to spin and party alongside him. Expect the unexpected. Anything can happen.

Idris Elba said:

“The 7 Wallace parties are intimate and understated. There’s no huge club, just a really cool house party vibe. Ibiza Rocks House is perfect- unique, charming, full of character and seeped in music history. I’ve never experienced anywhere like it. It’s a hidden gem in the hills, a place where magical moments just happen naturally and interesting people are drawn in. There’s a real fusion between the place, the people and the feeling you get there. Get ready for the ultimate House parties this summer.”

To make a booking or for enquiries call us on +34 971 342 222 or contact eventsATibizarockshouse.com

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

Rizzle Kicks & Amplify Dot, Ibiza Rocks 2013 12/06/13

June 13th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dotLast night was the second Ibiza Rocks gig of the season with Rizzle Kicks and Amplify Dot, and I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of either of the acts before then, apart from in name. However, encouraged by the fact that I saw on Twitter in the afternoon that support act Amplify Dot was Guardian Music’s ‘Band of the day’ (http://m.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/12/amplify-dot-new-band?CMP=twt_fd) and looking at a couple of videos from English hip-hop act Rizzle Kicks, I went with an open mind, hopeful of another evening of good live music.

Proceedings started with DJ Colin Peters playing some great tunes as ever, with DJ Doorly taking over on the main stage just as it was getting dark, getting the audience warmed up and encouraging them to get closer to the stage. Whilst waiting for the support act to take to the stage it was noticeable that the night’s audience was predominantly female, and a little younger than usual, presumably a reflection of the fanbase of Rizzle Kicks (they’ve sold over a million singles in the UK).

amplify dotFemale rapper Amplify Dot (Ashley Charles) from South London bounded onto the stage about 9.45 to a large applause. Backed by a DJ behind the decks and another guy who just seemed to just take videos of the crowd throughout the whole of the show. She prowled around the stage, and did a great job of winning over the crowd, even if she did use the age-old trick of asking where they were from – but it did the trick.

She was a good choice for a support act, and the Rizzle Kicks fans loved her, waving their arms in the air when they weren’t taking shots with their mobile phones.

The set ended with the new upcoming single ‘I’m Good’ which features Busta Rhymes, and was a fitting choice to end on because she looked like she was good, and the audience was too. The video tells the story.

Amplifly Dot performing the new single ‘I’m Good’

rizzle kicksBy the time Rizzle Kicks, namely Brighton duo Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Kicks” Alexander-Sule took to the stage, the audience was truly warmed up and ready for them. Aided by a full backing band of a trumpeter, drummer, guitarist and bassist, they bounced and jumped around the stage, to the sounds of screams whenever one of them stood on top of one the platforms at the side of the stage. Jordan kept the crowd and the rapping going, whilst Harley occasionally played guitar on some songs. The rapport between them onstage was clearly visible – they were clearly enjoying themselves and fed off each other, in true double-act style. This rubbed off on their backing band, who grinned and danced their way through the set. The energy and atmosphere coming from the stage was infectious, especially when they threw in a few humorous covers, starting with the James Bond theme tune.

Jordan pretended to use the microphone as a gun and proceeded to do somersaults on the floor, which had me grinning (quite distracting when you’re trying to take videos). Mixing in covers of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ and then Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’ with their own numbers, it was a powerful, fast-paced set, with great lighting to match. Look at the videos to see what I mean. Something else that made me smile were 4 people in front of me, who occasionally held up their iPads in unison to take videos – not the most gig-friendly of devices – see if you can spot them in the videos.

It was another great Ibiza Rocks gig – two acts that complemented each other well and gave great performances to an ecstatic crowd.

Rizzle Kicks take on the James Bond theme tune

Rizzle Kicks performing their own versions of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ and Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’

Mamma Do the Hump

Words by ClaireB

Click on images for larger versions

Amplify Dot

ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot
ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot
ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot
ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot
ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dot

Rizzle Kicks

ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks
ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks ibiza-rocks-2013-rizzle-kicks

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza rocks, ibiza rocks 2013 | Comments (0)

Jake Bugg & Findlay, Ibiza Rocks 2013 Opening Party

June 6th, 2013

June 5th saw the opening of Ibiza Rocks for the summer season of 2013, its 8th year, and something we had eagerly been waiting for since September when the venue shut its doors for the last time at the end of last summer. Held at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel in San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks provides the island’s weekly live music fix for those of us who prefer our music played live. The gigs are played outdoors in the courtyard of the hotel, next to the pool – it’s a great venue.

findlay - ibiza rocks 2013There were a few changes this year. The stage has been moved to the far end of the courtyard in an effort to curtail the sound within the venue and keep the neighbours happy, and the stage is also higher, which makes it easier to see the band but harder to take photos from the pit unless you’re very tall. Previously the VIP balcony provided a good spot for watching the band and taking footage as it was directly opposite the stage, but now it runs along the side, so much time was spent identifying the best places in the venue to get good vantage points. And there’s also a swish new DJ booth built above the bar on the right hand side, providing a great view of the stage and the venue for regular DJs Ste-V-Something, Colin Peters and Nicola Bear as they spin their great indie tunes.

First on stage was Mancunian born Findlay, who was brilliant. Ibiza Rocks has a knack of booking great up-and-coming bands and artists for the support slots, and this gig was no exception. She’s only small, but commands the front of the stage and has a strong, powerful voice that rises over the edgy, rocky music. The only disappointment was that they only played for 30 minutes – it was too short, I wanted more!

Video clip of Findlay playing recent single ‘Off and on’:

Video clip of Findlay playing @ Ibiza Rocks:

jake bugg - ibiza rocks 2013After some more great records played by DJ Nicola Bear, Jake Bugg took to the stage to huge applause. Jake supported Ben Howard at Ibiza Rocks in 2012, and as a reflection of his huge success since then, has returned to headline the opening night of the 2013 season.

At only 19 years old, the singer-songwriter’s debut album released at the end of last year has taken the UK music scene by storm, reaching number 1 in the UK charts. He’s incredibly talented, and has the audience captivated as he effortlessly switches between playing acoustic and electric guitars, sometimes accompanied by his backing band, sometimes playing solo.

He’s living proof that guitar music is not dead and that there’s an audience out there for it.

Video clip of Jake Bugg @ Ibiza Rocks:

Video clip of Jake Bugg playing recent single ‘Seen it all’:

Afterwards we went on to the Ibiza Rocks House (Pikes Hotel) to carry on partying (you’ve got to do the opening night in style). We were entertained on the decks by DJs Andy Dean and Steve Parkinson who had everyone dancing their socks off to the likes of David Bowie, Blondie, The Clash, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses amongst many more great tunes.

A great way to end the night. Rock and roll is alive and kicking in Ibiza, and long may it do so!

Words by ClaireB

Click on images for larger versions

Findlay

ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay
ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay ibiza-rocks-2013-findlay

Jake Bugg

ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg
ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg
ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg
ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg
ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg
ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg ibiza-rocks-2013-jake-bugg

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza rocks, ibiza rocks 2013 | Comments (0)

Es Vive Sessions Volume One Album Launch Party, Es Vive Friday 7th June 2013

June 5th, 2013

On June 7th Hotel Es Vive is kicking off its summer season with a weekly Friday party, celebrating the return to the music scene with their first compilation release for 2 years produced by Seamless Recordings. Showcasing the best of Hotel Es Vive is Abigail Bailey playing live with Miko Weaver of Prince fame playing an acoustic set along with 2 of the islands finest residents, Martijn ten Velden and Graham Sahara.

Don’t expect the run of the mill DJ sets but a real fresh alternative. The party starts from 8pm and finishes outside at 12am and moves downstairs to the Experience Bar where Tom Crane and friends take control to the early hours of the morning….

Friday’s at Es Vive in collaboration with Fix Ibiza and Seamless Recordings giving you a fresh, live music session, with live elements and not your usual run of the mill music. Sunset to Sunrise

About the album….

After a break from several years of music compilations by Hed Kandi and Fierce Angel, Es Vive have come back with a truly independent mix, not a label catalogue mix like so many other´s these days but 3 CDs of some of the finest chillout, deep house, tech house and house around

A unique concept set in a beautiful building focusing on the very best elements of service, style and hospitality. Not defined by a genre or generation, constantly evolving and driven by passion of ambience, attitude and quality. Hotel Es Vive redefined the hotel scene on the island and spanning 3 decades since conception still remains an iconic emblem of the famed Balearic freedom is will always represent.

This CD is a small sample of the music you will hear at Hotel Es Vive. Elegantly combining the days and nights…..from the relaxed post slumber of the mornings around the pool…easing into the afternoon DJ sets and up on the roof terrace for a sunset cocktail and finally to the highs of the last drinks in the Experience Bar at dawn..this will be the soundtrack to your summer and the amazing stay at Ibiza’s favourite hotel.

CD1 compiled and mixed by T_Mo the chillout moniker of Timo Garcia including his exclusive mix of Sander Kleinenberg´s My Lexicon. Timo Garcia is a hugely respected producer…

CD2 compiled and mixed by Tom Crane, a producer and DJ as well as being a mover and shaker in celebrity circles of Ibiza and London, last year he compiled Blue Marlin Ibiza and promotes and DJs at Es Vive every Friday, and is music director of Ocean Beach Club

CD3 compiled and mixed by Seamless boss Graham Sahara, as well as managing the label, resident at Pacha Ibiza and also the original resident of the hotel some 10 years ago.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

Flower Power opening at Pacha, 4/6/13

June 5th, 2013

flower-power-pachaLast night we went along to the opening of Flower Power, Pacha’s new regular party for Tuesday night. Previous years the party was always held once a month, so this was a big step by Pacha to increase it to a weekly party. Flower Power harks back to the spirit of the 60s. It was one of the original parties when the club opened in 1973, and Pacha co-founder Piti Urgell is still its resident DJ. Flower Power reflects Pacha’s alternative, hippy roots. With a soundtrack spun by Piti that features predominantly rock, soul and disco from the sixties to the eighties.

Outside the club, we were greeted by a large Flower Power sign adorned with flowers, and illuminated hearts, CND signs (the organisation which was behind the ‘ban the bomb’ campaigns in the 60s) and flowers were suspended from the palm trees. There was even a shrine to The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, decorated with an abundance of fresh flowers and burning incense sticks. Something to keep us entertained whilst we were queuing to get in.

Once inside, we were greeted by market stalls giving makeovers and selling accessories (jewellery, bags, flowers and the like), and girls giving out flowers. People are encouraged to dress up, and many girls wore headbands and flowers in their hair, and there were a lot of people wearing colourful and afro-style wigs.

flower-power-pachaPacha had pulled out all the stops with the decorations in the main room. There were large hearts, CND and other signs hanging from the ceiling, and hearts with images projected onto them that changed constantly. Fabric was draped across the ceiling to create a more intimate atmosphere, and there was confetti everywhere, which was periodically sprayed onto the throng of people dancing on the dancefloor. Go-go girls danced in white lacy mini-dresses and white knee-high platform boots in round cages decorated with flowers and fairy lights. And in true Pacha style, outrageously dressed dancers and characters danced and mingled their way around the club through the punters.

Musically, we were treated to a mix of well-known classics including tracks by The Beatles and The Stones, and unusually for a club, people were singing along. People were dancing everywhere – you couldn’t tell where the dancefloor started and ended. I’m sure there were people dancing on the tables too.

We also visited The Funky Room (El Cielo), which indeed was intimate and funky, and in The Global Room with Eva djing, we were treated to live performances from a singer, sax player, keyboardist and guitarist. We left to the sound of Donna Summer’s ‘I feel love’, which was a perfect end to a great night and which summed up the feeling of the party.

What was really refreshing about it, was that it really had a ‘party’ atmosphere – it wasn’t like being in a club, even though you knew you were and it was packed out. You heard lots of music you knew and could dance to, and there wasn’t a dull, monotonous dance record to be heard. If you’re in Ibiza on a Tuesday during the summer, it’s definitely the place to go, especially if you like dressing up and having a bit of fun.

Words & Photos by ClaireB

Click on images for larger versions

flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha
flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha
flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha
flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha
flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha
flower-power-pacha flower-power-pacha

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Tags:
Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)