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!
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!
Beady 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
Words by ClaireB
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