This 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.
London 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.
After 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.
Words by ClaireB
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