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Miles Kane at The Ibiza Rocks Bar, 27/7/2013

July 31st, 2013

Miles Kane played a free acoustic gig on July 27th as part of the 3rd birthday party celebrations of the Ibiza Rocks Bar in San Antonio.

I arrived at the bar just after 10pm and the party was in full swing. We were entertained by and treated to some great tunes by regular Rocks DJs Ste-V and The Postman (Patrick Nazemi). You can always rely on the DJs in any of the Ibiza Rocks establishments to play great music. There aren’t many places in Ibiza where you will hear New Order followed by The Clash and T. Rex back to back (apart from at my house). And we’d already been treated to tracks by The Stone Roses, Blur and The Stranglers and many other classic tunes.

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He came onto the small stage at about 11.30 and started off with ‘Rearrange’, which sounded great. It’s a true test of a performer and a song if both sound great when played live on just an acoustic guitar. He played a set of songs from his first two albums, plus a cover of The Verve’s ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, which went down very well with the crowd, followed by The Last Shadow Puppet’s ‘Standing Next to Me’. For recent single ‘Give Up’ he took the pace up a notch and the crowd helped him along with the vocals. He finished the set with ‘Come Closer’, getting the audience to sing the chorus as he left the stage. Once they’d stopped singing, they showed their appreciation with loud cheers – they loved him.

Miles said that he’d never played an acoustic gig before, but it was great, and it was a perfect way for the Ibiza Rocks Bar to celebrate its 3rd birthday in style. The bar makes a great intimate venue – it’s a shame they don’t put more gigs like this on there.

Miles played:

Rearrange
First of My Kind
My Fantasy
Taking Over
Out of Control
The Drugs Don’t Work
Standing Next to Me
Quicksand
Give Up
Don’t Forget Who You Are
Come Closer

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Biffy Clyro, The Family Rain, Ibiza Rocks 24/07/13

July 31st, 2013

I was looking forward to this week’s lineup – two bands I hadn’t seen before. Biffy Clyro were headlining, with The Family Rain as support. I was familiar with some of Biffy Clyro’s music but wasn’t particularly a fan and had never seen them live, and this was their third visit to Ibiza Rocks. I had heard good things about their live performance though – my friend who had seen their other two performances in Ibiza thought they were the best live band he had seen there (a high accolade indeed) and in 2010 they exited the stage and jumped straight into the swimming pool – two reasons to make me think that I would enjoy their gig. The Family Rain were new to me, but Ibiza Rocks have a knack of putting on great up-and-coming bands in the support slots, so I usually trust their choices and can rely on a good performance.

The three brothers in The Family Rain take to the stage at 9.15 and immediately show that they mean business. There may be only three of them, but they’re loud. They were The Guardian’s New Band of the Day on May 23rd, who described their music as “high-octane, hip-hop inspired, dirty blues-infused rock’n’roll”. The hip-hop inspired bit doesn’t come through in their live set, but the rest certainly does. I had a brief chat with them at the after party and discovered to my delight that the drummer was inspired by Buzzcocks (my favourite band) along with The Stones and Beatles. If I hadn’t have been won over by their brilliant set, I would have been from that moment on!

Watch the videos to see what their performance was like. The first two start off a bit dark because that’s how the stage lighting was, but the lighting improves as they progress.

The Family Rain videos

By the time Biffy Clyro were due to come on at 10.55, the venue was packed and full of anticipation of what was to come. Biffy Clyro are experienced Ibiza Rockers and appear onstage shirtless, knowing that any shirts are going to quickly become dripping in sweat in the Ibizan July heat (Liam Gallagher take note). Frontman Simon is sporting newly dyed blonde hair and looks the part in his bright red skinny jeans. They launch into Stingin’ Belle and for the next hour we’re treated to barage of numbers from their extensive back catalogue.

ibiza-rocks-2013-biffy-clyroThey had said on Twitter earlier in the day that they had a nightmare trying to squeeze 6 albums worth of tunes into an hour’s set, saying that they wished they could play all night. Changing the pace throughout their set, their live sound is much fuller and their show was as rocky as it can get. The gig was being filmed for MTV and the great visuals in the background were mixed in with live footage of the band throughout. The atmosphere in the venue was electric and the crowd quite rightly went wild, moshing at the front, waving their arms in the air and there was lots of dancing on shoulders.

I’m not sure that I’d go as far as saying that they put on the best performance I’ve ever seen at Ibiza Rocks, but they were damned good and I’d happily go and see them live again. Another great gig from two great rock bands.

Biffy Clyro played:

  • Stingin’ Belle
  • The Captain
  • Sounds Like Balloons
  • Biblical
  • God and Satan
  • The Joke’s on Us
  • Bubbles
  • Spanish Radio
  • Opposite
  • Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
  • Many of Horror
  • That Golden Rule
  • Black Chandelier
  • Mountains

Words by ClaireB

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Beady Eye & Temples, Ibiza Rocks 17/07/13

July 18th, 2013

Last night was the 8th birthday party of Ibiza Rocks, with a big lineup to match the occasion. Headlining was Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye, with support from Temples and a DJ set from Zane Lowe in between.

I was looking forward to seeing Beady Eye for a second time – I’m enjoying the material on their new album much more than their first. The big question was whether Liam would wear his trademark coat in the sweltering Ibizan heat? I was also looking forward to seeing Temples. I really like their latest single Colours to life, which is currently Number 1 in the Amazing Radio chart. Good timing!

ibiza-rocks-2013-templesWe arrived at the venue early as my friend was doing a brief interview with Temples. At 7.15 there were already 7 people at the front of the stage securing their spot.

With a packed lineup Temples took to the stage at 8.40, which was slightly earlier than usual for a support band to go on. The downside to this is that not everyone has arrived yet and it’s still light, so the atmosphere is hampered somewhat without the full impact of the stage lighting. After the first song singer James urged the assembled crowd to move forward towards the stage, which they obligingly did, and the atmosphere improved instantly.

Temples’ musical style is billed as being neo-psychedelic and their swirling guitar-laden tunes have a retro feel with a contemporary twist. For the third song in the set they launched into their single ‘Colours to Life’ for which the keyboard player swapped his keyboards for a guitar. It sounded great live on a warm Ibizan evening as the sun was going down – melodic and haunting. Towards the end of their 40-minute set they played their first single ‘Shelter Song’ which has a real psychedelic feel to it.

I really enjoyed their set – they’re young, talented and a great live band, and they got the party started in style. And singer James wore the best birthday shirt of the night with his lurex gold top, which sparkled in the lights as it got dark.

After Temples and a quick stage changeover there was a DJ set from Zane Lowe, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy, as is his style.

After Zane Lowe, resident DJ Ste-V-Something returned to the decks, and the last tune he played before Beady Eye took to the stage was ‘I am the Resurrection’ by The Stone Roses, a band which hugely influenced the Gallagher brothers to be in a band, and a fitting choice!

ibiza-rocks-2013-beady-eyeBeady Eye took to the stage at 10.55 to a huge applause from the crowd and launched into recent single ‘Flick of the Finger’. Liam seemed to be in good spirits and characteristically prowled around the stage and leered into the microphone to sing with his arms behind his back. And yes, he insisted on wearing a hooded jacket throughout the gig which quickly became sweat-laden in the Ibizan heat, and he spent most of the time clutching onto a towel.

During the hour-long set, they played a mixture of songs from their first two albums, plus 2 Oasis songs, ‘Rock ‘n’ roll star’ and ‘Morning Glory’, which went down very well with the crowd and had them singing along and throwing beer around. Liam’s voice struggled to cope at times, especially during Rock ‘n’ roll star, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind as they sang along with him. To help the party along, giant plectrum-shaped Ibiza Rocks balloons and inflatable guitars floated down from one of the balconies onto the crowd below.

Beady Eye aren’t Oasis, but Liam Gallagher will always be Liam Gallagher and retain his distinctive style, whether you like it or not. But you can’t fault the band, even if you don’t like their material – they are tight, professional and look the part. It’s pure rock and roll. I enjoyed their performance much more than when I saw them at Somerset House in London a couple of years ago, but then London audiences can be a bit cold and have a negative impact on a band, the complete opposite to the audience at Ibiza Rocks last night.

It was a great lineup and a great birthday party. Happy birthday Ibiza Rocks, and here’s to many more successful years!

Beady Eye played:

  • Flick of the Finger
  • Four Letter Word
  • Soul Love
  • Second Bite of the Apple
  • Iz Rite
  • Shine a light
  • Rock ‘n’ roll Star
  • I’m Just Saying
  • Morning Glory
  • The Rroller
  • Start Anew
  • Bring the Light
  • Wigwam

Words by ClaireB

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Nico Tribute 18th July 2013

July 15th, 2013

The 18th of July 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of the untimely death of musician/singer/writer/icon Nico, who died after a bicycle accident here on the island of Ibiza.

To mark the occasion of her anniversary a very special tribute to Nico will take place on Thursday 18th July at 8pm at Sa Punta des Molí in Sant Antoni.

There will be live original music performances from guests James Young (Nico’s former keyboard player and author of Songs They Never Play on the Radio, about his life on tour with her), and from Nico’s dear friend, the German musician Lutz Ulbrich (Lüül). There will also be readings and specially prepared papers from various friends of Nico, as well as an exhibition containing rare or previously unseen photographs, videos and interviews. The exhibition will be open daily from 18th to 27th July, from 6-10pm at Sa Punta des Molí.

Admission to the opening performance on the 18th is free but do come early as they expect the event to be full.

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Idris Elba, We Are Rockstars & Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes 12/07/13

July 14th, 2013

Friday July 12th saw one of the hottest actors around at the moment DJing in Ibiza at ‘W.A.R.’ at Ibiza Rocks and then at ‘7 Wallace’ at Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes Hotel. Idris has recently had starring roles in The Wire and Luther. Fresh from the red carpet in LA for the premier of his latest film Pacific Rim, I couldn’t wait to find out what he was going to play at each of the very different venues. Ibiza Rocks holds about 2500 people and he was DJing back to back with Doorly, followed by DJ Wire and Example. The venue at Ibiza Rocks House (Pikes) is a much smaller, more intimate affair, for maybe a few hundred people.

I had seen London-born Idris interviewed by Pete Tong at the recent International Music Summit held in Ibiza in May, and so I know about his background as a DJ. He was a DJ before he became an actor, and used his income from DJ gigs to survive whilst he worked at his acting. Now he’s in a privileged position to be able to play the odd high profile DJ gig in between his acting commitments. It was a fascinating and candid interview. The full 30 minute video of the interview can be seen below and it’s well worth watching, as Idris talks about how he started as a DJ and actor.

I was also able to experience a DJ set from him at one of the IMS Dalt Vila parties and he didn’t disappoint. So I was really looking forward to a double dose of Idris DJing and to see how he treated the two different settings/audiences.

ibiza-rocks-idris-elbaFirst up was the Friday regular night ‘We Are Rockstars (W.A.R.)’ at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, where Idris was DJing back to back with W.A.R. resident DJ Doorly, before headliners DJ Wire and Example. Appearing on the main stage at 21.40, the venue was packed. He had already done a DJ set earlier on in the evening at Ushuaia at Pete Tong’s ‘Le Grand Bazaar’ party, and was clearly fired up.

For the hour that Idris and Doorly were onstage for, we were treated to a great mix of tunes, including ‘Don’t you want me’ by the Human League, ‘Holiday’ by Madonna, ‘Never too much’ by Luther Vandross, ‘Kiss’ by Prince, ‘Thinking of you’ by Sister Sledge and ‘Pass the dutchie’ by Musical Youth which I hadn’t heard for years. The visuals and light show put on by the Ibiza Rock’s crew were a stunning complement to the great music that was being played, and the crowd loved it.

It was clear that Idris really enjoyed himself, dancing behind the decks and waving his arms in the air, and by the time he had finished his set he had worked up quite a sweat. One of the highlights of the set for me was when he dropped ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. Everyone started singing along – it was a great choice of record to play for the crowd and quite something to witness. See the video below.

Aibiza-rocks-idris-elbafterwards, we took advantage of the new ‘Rock and Ride’ free shuttle bus service which runs between the Ibiza Rocks House (Pikes) and the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Not only was it free, but it much more fun than getting a taxi. Nice one Ibiza Rocks!

When we arrived at Ibiza Rocks House, the party had already started in Freddie’s, and we were treated to some great funky tunes which got people dancing around (and on) Freddie’s bed (the place where most of the dancing takes place). Idris made his entrance in the DJ booth in a change of outfit after about an hour.

The tunes he played were more funky and soulful than his set at W.A.R., kicking off with ‘All this love (that I’m giving)’ by Gwen McCrae and followed by a bit of Michael Jackson. The room around the DJ booth was quickly heaving with dancing partygoers wanting to dance and catch a glimpse of Idris, and remained so for most of the night. I don’t remember what else he played, because I forgot to take notes and I was too busy enjoying myself!

There were also DJs playing outside in the courtyard throughout the night. Idris returned to the decks later on, and the party finally ended at about 6.00 am in the morning. Idris is doing another 6 nights of 7 Wallace on Friday nights over the summer months, and I can’t wait to go to another one.

Idris IMS interview

1st Idris videos:

Holiday

Wonderwall

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Tinie Tempah and G-FrSH at Ibiza Rocks, 10/7/2013

July 12th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-tinie-temphahThis week’s gig was the return of Tinie Tempah to Ibiza Rocks – his third headline gig at the venue. For me, this was the third time I had seen him live, and whilst it’s not my chosen genre of music to see live, I knew that he put on a slick show and that it should be a good gig.

Support was from the London rapper G-FrSH, who took to the stage on schedule at 9.20pm, as the sun was setting on another glorious hot day in Ibiza. The area in front of the stage was already packed in anticipation of getting a good view view of Tinie Tempah, and it wasn’t long before he had the crowd with him, as he prowled across the stage, with his DJ behind him. Girls screamed every time he grabbed hold of his crotch! The crowd loved him, and he was a great support act for Tinie.

Video clip of G-FrSH performing @ Ibiza Rocks

By the time Tinie Tempah was due to take to the stage at 10.40, the place was packed. The DJ finished, Tinie’s backing band came onstage, and the crowd went wild, chanting “Tinie, Tinie, Tinie, Tinie …”. I had never witnessed scenes like this before at Ibiza rocks. Normally the crowd is appreciative of the acts, but I’d never seen such vociferous chanting before someone took to the stage. It set the scene for what was to come, and when Tinie appeared onstage with his sidekick DJ Charlesy after what seemed like a minute or two, the crowd went mental.

This year with a full backing band of guitar, keyboards and drummer, the sound was much more powerful, and for me a more interesting live experience. It’s not particularly my favourite genre of music, but you couldn’t fault Tinie, DJ Charlesy and his band’s performance. They were tight, knew exactly what they were doing, and clearly had a lot of fun doing it. Tinie remarked before they kicked into hit single ‘It’s written in the stars’ that he was “feeling the love tonight Ibiza”, and that he couldn’t believe the success that he’s had and tells everyone they can do what they want to and that it’s written in the stars. It sounds a tad contrived, but I believed he meant every word of it. And it was very moving, as the audience sang the first few bars of the song for him.

ibiza-rocks-2013-tinie-temphahAfter ‘Trampoline’ and ‘Earthquake’, they played from ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, saying how they usually change the words in the song from ‘Ibiza’ to ‘Poland’ to suit wherever they are playing, but they don’t need to do that tonight. However, Charlesy suggests they should just sing from ‘Ibiza 2 Ibiza’, which is exactly what they do, and the crowd goes even more crazy, and start throwing beer into the air. For ‘Drinking from the bottle’, G-Frsh comes on with some bottles of champagne (it could have been cava) and he and Charlesy go onto the roof of the exit tunnel to the right of the stage and spray champagne over the crowd. Tinie does the same from the front of the stage. And so another level of mentalness is reached. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of this, as I was busily writing down notes of what I was witnessing and missed the best part of it by the time I got my camera out.

During ‘Pass Out’ they announce that they want to take it up another level, and want everyone to take their tops off, including the girls if they’re wearing another layer, and spin them around their heads like a helicopter, to which of course, most people do. And they really do manage to take it up another level!

The atmosphere was electric – if you could bottle it and let it out for future events you would be onto a winner! So much so, that after Tinie and his band left the stage after Pass Out (there was no encore), lots of people stayed behind to dance to the superb music that was being played. Normally people leave pretty soon after the act finishes, but last night they didn’t want to go home, such was the energy and vibe in the place.

Tinie is definitely on top of his game at the moment, and it was an amazing spectacle to see the crowd going crazy with his every move. Another great Ibiza Rocks gig that will surely go down in the history books.

Words by ClaireB, photos by Liisi Toom and ClaireB

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Tinie videos

Video of Tinie performing Hitz

Video of Tinie performing Earthquake

Video of Tinie performing From Miami 2 Ibiza

Video clip of Tinie performing @ Ibiza Rocks

Video of Tinie performing Pass Out

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