Last 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).
Female 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’
By 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’
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Words by ClaireB
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