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Idris Elba at W.A.R., Ibiza Rocks, 23/8/2013

August 24th, 2013

Friday saw the last appearance of Idris Elba and his summer DJ residency at Ibiza Rocks. Idris was back to back with Ibiza Rocks regular DJ Doorly, and trying to outdo each other, they played some great tunes, and with the other DJs who were on that night, provided a great warm-up to Example who was headlining the night.

ibiza-rocks-2013-idris-elbaWe were there on the first night of Idris’s residency, and he’s definitely adapted his set over the recent weeks. There was a greater range of music in the first week, drawing on tunes from the 80s and 90s from Madonna, Human League and Oasis amongst others.

This week he played music more akin to Example and DJ Wire who were following him. That was until the last 20 minutes or so, when it started to get more interesting, and they played tracks that I knew. Kicking off with Candi Staton and a mix of ‘You Got the Love’, followed by ‘Roxanne’ by The Police, everyone was singing along and having a great time.

Next up was Black Betty’s ‘Ram Jam’, which I haven’t heard played anywhere for ages, which segued into Artic Monkey’s ‘I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor’ ending with Beastie Boys ‘Intergalactic’. What a great way to end a DJ set and what has been a great residency for Idris, who clearly loved spinning the tunes and commanding the stage at Ibiza Rocks, as the photos show.

Aftwards we headed of to Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes for the private Idris Elba “Wallace” series – a fantastic night as usual with Andy Carroll rocking the Chez Fez room till the sun came up.

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Idris Elba at W.A.R.

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2nd White Island Music Festival, Dalt Vila, Sep 7th 2013

August 19th, 2013

The second of Ibiza’s very own ROCK FESTIVAL The White Island Music Festival will take place on 7th September 2013 in a new location this year in Ibiza Town, and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

For its second year, the festival takes place in the wonderful location of Baluarte de Sant Pere in Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed in 1555 the Bastion of Sant Pere is perched within the defensive walls of the old city, and offers wonderful views looking down on the city and the hills beyond.
Ibiza is renowned for its electronic and house music scene but this festival wants the white isle to be remembered for its contribution to rock and alternative music as well.

This year’s lineup again brings together up-and-coming musicians and bands who are independent from major labels and driven by a pure rock and roll spirit to create original music.

BURNING BEACHES (London, UK)
HOT ICE (Ibiza resident)
LOST PODENCO (Ibiza resident from Liverpool, UK)
PIXIE RAMSEY (Ibiza resident from Glastonbury, UK)
PLUM (Scotland, UK)
THE BLACK TAMBOURINES (Cornwall, UK)
DJ SPIDER

Plum Lost Podenco Pixie Ramsey
 
Burning Beaches The Black Tamborines
   

Tickets: 10€ in advance or on the door (priority will be given to those who have purchased tickets in advance)
Tickets can be purchased from Casa Marti?, Calle Joan Fuster (esquina Avda. Ignasi Wallis), Ibiza. Tel: 971315451 www.casamarti.com

Doors open 7.15 pm – 12.30 am

Web: www.whiteislandfestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteIslandMusicFestival

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AlunaGeorge and London Grammar, Ibiza Rocks, 7/8/2013

August 8th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-london-grammarThis week is was the turn of AlunaGeorge with support from London Grammar to appear at Ibiza Rocks. Apart from hailing from London, both bands also have something else in common – they both have female lead singers. There haven’t been many females on the stage at Ibiza Rocks this summer, so this was going to be a refreshing change from the testosterone-dominated performances we’ve seen in recent weeks.

AlunaGeorge were new to me, apart from having heard their recent single ‘Attracting Flies’, as were London Grammar, except that a friend of mine had been raving about them and suggesting I listen to their music. Trusting his judgement, as we do share certain musical tastes, I was looking forward to being introduced to some new bands.

DJs Ste-V-Something and Colin Peters warmed up the crowd as they entered the venue with some fine tunes.

ibiza-rocks-2013-london-grammarLondon Grammar came onstage about 9.20pm on what was a really hot and humid Ibizan August evening. A couple of songs into the set and singer Hannah commented that it was the hottest environment she had ever performed a gig in. She has the most amazing voice – her strong, powerful vocals dominated the songs in an almost haunting manner. There are just three of them in the band – Dan Rothman on bass and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major on keyboards and occasional drums.

Some of the songs such as ‘Strong’ were slow and sultry whilst others were much more bassy and rhythmic. They’re not the kind of band you dance to – you watch and listen and become transfixed by their presence, but there was a lot of love from the audience for them, who showed their appreciation vocally at the end of each song.

The last song in their set ‘Metal and Dust’ upped the pace somewhat, as did the accompanying lightshow, and just as we were all revelling in what we were experiencing, they left the stage, and it was all over, apart from the shrieks and cheers from the crowd showing their appreciation.

My friend who had been raving about wanting to see London Grammar live simply said afterwards about their performance that “it was emotional”. And it was. You couldn’t help being captivated by the power of Hannah’s voice and the beauty of their songs and their delivery.

ibiza-rocks-2013-alunageorgeAfter a DJ set from Monki and Slick Don, AlunaGeorge bounced onto the stage just after 11pm. A four-piece band based around vocalist Aluna Francis and George Reid playing keyboards. Their sound is very much 90s R&B mixed up with a bit of soulful pop. They released their first album ‘Body Music’ at the end of July and their set pretty much consisted of songs from that, the highlight for many being their collaboration with Disclosure ‘White Noise’ and their cover of Montell Jordan’s ‘This is How We Do It’. One thing that Aluna got just right was her outfit which was perfect for the hot evening – a swishy fringed bikini top and stylish shorts. Not only bang on trend but suitably cool. She has a distinctive voice, which was strong and clear as she moved across the stage.

Their performance was slick and professional and had the crowd going, but they really weren’t my cup of tea. You win some, you lose some.

My feeling at the end of the gig was that for once the support band and headline act did not work well together and their respective audiences probably didn’t appreciate both acts. I was left thinking that the only thing that they really had in common was that they both had female singers. But it was nice to hear some female vocals and see some feminine style on the stage for a change.

London Grammar

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AlunaGeorge

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Chase & Status, Ibiza Rocks, 31/7/2013

August 1st, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-chaseandstatusWhen we arrived at Ibiza Rocks for headliners Chase & Status, the venue was seriously packed and the crowd had been whipped into a frenzy by support Monsta and DJ Doorly. Consequently it didn’t take long for the area in front of the stage to become a huge mosh pit, and bodies were being passed over the barrier very early on into their set. From my position in the pit where I was taking photos, I was aware of the mass of excited punters in front of the stage and could hear the screams from the girls at the front whenever MC Rage got close to them.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chaseandstatusThey put on a great show with Chase and Status playing from their respective ‘C’ and ‘S’ stations at either side of the stage, drummer Andy Gangadeen in the background and MC Rage working the front of the stage and the audience. Saul Milton (Chase) played guitar on some of the songs, moving further to the front of the stage. And all the way through there was an impressive light show and back projections, showing videos of the collaborating singers, with the odd guest taking up the vocals onstage too. They played tracks off their first two albums plus a couple of new tracks and a great cover of ‘Killing in the name, which was the highlight for me’.

The atmosphere could only be described as mental, and to be honest I didn’t enjoy the gig. It’s actually really hard to move around the venue and get a good vantage point to take photos when there’s a large crowd going crazy. But everyone else there looked like they loved it, judging by the way they were moshing, jumping up and down and waving their arms in the air and dancing furiously in any available space. I’ll just put my lack of enjoyment down to it not really being my taste in music and not my style of live performance. Give me a full band playing live any day. But it was the wildest night of Ibiza Rocks so far this year, and you can’t dispute that. Watch the videos and see what I mean.

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