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Lily Allen and Bipolar Sunshine, Ibiza Rocks, 25/06/14

June 27th, 2014

Last night saw another great gig at Ibiza Rocks, with Lily Allen topping the bill, supported by Bipolar Sunshine.

ibizarocks250614-bipolarsunshineBipolar Sunshine is the solo project of Manchester-based musician Adio Marchant, formerly from Kid British fame. Live he plays with a full backing band: keyboard player (plus occasional guitar), bassist and drummer. They played what could best be described as sunshine music. Their set was full of original poppy, funky, danceable tunes, which were perfect for a warm, breezy, Ibizan night as the sun went down. When the keyboard player switched to guitar, the pace quickened and they rocked it up a bit.

The biog on Facebook says: “Bipolar Sunshine is based on a surreal world where anything is possible, the stranger the better as long as it’s done with an artistic approach. A Home for the defeated romantic, the passionately curious but in the mist of all still can see the bright side to everything.” I rather like that approach and it was exemplified by the last song in their set, which was entitled ‘Love more worry less’, which was a great sentiment to leave us with.

A lot has happened to Lily Allen since I saw her bounce onto the stage at ‘Get Loaded in the Park’ on Clapham Common in 2006, wearing a hoody and her then signature prom dress and trainers. I enjoyed her performance, which was memorable because as she sang ‘LDN’ and the words “the sun is in the sky”, the stubborn English sun came out for the first time in the day. Since then, she’s grown up. She became a successful recording artist and a celebrity, had a couple of publicly-reported miscarriages, got married, had two children and retired from the music industry. But in 2013 she decided to make a come-back, and come back she did, with her cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and her third album ‘Sheezus’ going to number one in the charts. So I was excited to seeing her perform again, in the relatively intimate setting of Ibiza Rocks.

ibizarocks250614-lilyallenShe didn’t disappoint. Looking resplendent as she came onstage wearing a shimmery green cut-off bustier and a bright orange pencil skirt with full-length zip at the back and killer heels, she launched into ‘LDN’ to great applause from the expectant crowd. Next up was ‘F**K You’ which went down well and everyone started singing along. For recent single ‘Hard Out Here’, Lily was joined onstage by 4 dancers clad in very short denim shorts, who shook their booty’s ferociously to the tongue-in-cheek song. Leaving the stage for a quick costume change whilst the dancers entertained us, she reappeared in another glamorous outfit.

For the rest of the show she happily mixed early singles and songs from her first two albums with songs from the recent album. The dancers appeared intermittently, including for the latter part of ‘Smile’, which veered off into a frenzy of drum and bass. Not long after, she ditched her heels and spent the rest of the gig dancing around barefoot. For some of the slower songs she sat at the front of the stage, which was probably an attempt to rest from the heat of the night but was endearing to watch.

Throughout the gig she voiced concerns about having problems with her earpiece and not being able to hear everything clearly, and despite a change of equipment, this didn’t seem to help. However, it was fine from where we were standing. She put on a great performance: it was slick, entertaining and the crowd loved her.

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Bipolar Sunshine:

Lily Allen, Hard Out Here:

Lily Allen, Smile:

Words & video by ClaireB

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John Newman & Lulu James, Ibiza Rocks, 18/06/14

June 21st, 2014

After the first 2 weeks of rocking out with John Newman & 1975, this week they switched style a bit and we had John Newman with Lulu James supporting. I had heard Lulu James through her songs on amazing radio and really liked the poppy/soul style. A great performance and would like to see her again with a longer set. John Newman I only knew through his song with Disclosure, I had my foot tapping throughout but the songs didn’t really grab me and were somewhat forgettable. To be fair though it was packed and the crowd loved him.

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Gumball 3000 Rally arrives in Ibiza

June 12th, 2014

The Gumball 3000 Rally arrived in Ibiza yesterday and so we wandered down to the port in San Antonio to see all 125 cars arrive on the ferry from Denia. It was suitably noisy and lots of very nice and obviously very expensive cars.



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The 1975 and Swim Deep, Ibiza Rocks, June 12th 2014

June 12th, 2014

ibizarocks110614-1975This week it was the turn of The 1975 and Swim Deep to take to the stage. It’s always exciting when the lineup includes two hotly-tipped bands that you haven’t seen before but anticipate that you’re going to like! Here at the Blog we were slightly disappointed that the original support band Wolf Alice had to pull out, but I was certainly not disappointed by Swim Deep’s performance.

Swim Deep took to the stage about 9.20 on what was an unseasonably hot, but breezy June evening. The four-piece indie-pop band from Birmingham, accompanied by a keyboard player for their live shows, played their rhythmic, danceable tunes to an appreciative crowd. Playing songs from their debut album released in 2013 and the singles taken from it, they also played a cover of Carly Simon’s ‘Why (does your love hurt so much)’, which went down especially well. They ended their set with recent single ‘The Sea’, to much clapping and whistling from the crowd.

ibizarocks110614-1975Billed by Ibiza Rocks as “the biggest British breakthrough band of the year”, the 1975 made a dramatic entrance to the stage: the stage went dark, the intro music sounded out, followed by white flashing lights and strobes, and the appearance of the band. A four-piece band from Manchester, their jangly indie-pop resonated throughout the venue, and frontman Matt Healy swigged from a bottle and puffed away on fags (bands must love playing open air gigs where they can smoke freely) when he wasn’t pacing around the stage,playing guitar or climbing the side rigging etc.

The white flashing lights continued to provide additional drama throughout the gig. The crowd loved them and a sea of phones constantly captured the event. Their music wasn’t really my cup of tea, but you couldn’t fault their energetic performance.

Video of Swim Deep: http://youtu.be/p325LxdPrVE

Video of The 1975 taking to the stage: http://youtu.be/svaedSiZ0SM

Words & video by ClaireB

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Eihi Records launch party at Delanos

June 7th, 2014

Eihi Records had a launch party at Delanos on the beach in Playa D’en Bossa on Friday June 6th. Starting at 5pm on what was the hottest day of the year so far, being on the beach was a perfect setting to catch the last of the day’s sun, whilst sipping a cold beer and listening to some great house music.

The party was presented by label owner, Edu Garris, and starred special guest DJ Justin Harris, with live performances from Nestor Morales on percussion and Guaybo! Sax on saxophone.

Ibiza based record label Eihi Records, created by DJ and producer Edu Garris, is a place for musicians and artists with long and consistent musical careers within the electronic music scene and big producers of quality House music. Artists on the label include Eddies Matos, Brett Johnson, Jay Tripwire, Justin Harris, Jamie Anderson, Denmarkus Lewis and Deephope – all of whom have worked hard to take House music to where it is today.

The label is named in homage to the god Ihi, whom according to Egyptian mythology is the child god of the joy of music – mirroring the ethos of Eihi Records. The brand philosophy of Eihi Records is simple and honest and its values are transparent – to produce high quality and creative music with an excellent sound.

Founder of the label, Edu Garris, has a gift for blending many musical styles with an excellent technique, refined after more than 15 years of experience and full of good taste – all inspired by quality musicians and producers.

Working only with vinyl, the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music, EiHi Records carefully select each individual record release, with a heavy emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Thus, Eihi Records represent refinement, elegance, maturity and independence, with each vinyl record release packaged in artwork conceptually designed with the music it contains in mind.

Edu Garris says:

EIHI Recordings’ philosophy is our brand, which is simple and honest. It was created as a ‘place’ for big producers of House music. These are people that have worked hard to take House where it is today. EIHI’s values are transparent and include quality, musicality, artistic creativity and of course, an excellent sound. EIHI’s recordings will only work with vinyl, like the old times, since it is the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music. EIHI carefully selects each record release focusing on quality rather than quantity, so it represents refinement, transparency and independence. This is a brand for those that enjoy all the varieties of House music, because House itself is a feeling, a world of its own making. Each vinyl record is conceptually designed with music contained in it.

The first two releases are:

  • BEYOND THE DEEP, by Denmarkus Lewis.
    BEYOND THE DEEP, comes from the house icon Denmarkus Lewis and features two awesome tracks ‘Stokin The Vine’ and ‘Sliding In Deep’. American dance producer, Denmark Lewis, has released over 100 singles and countless remixes over the last 12 years. It is a well-known fact that he has the ability to change sound to fit within a multitude of genres from the deepest of deep house to the most electrifying sounds of Techno.
  • DEEPHOPE, by David Garcia a.k.a. Deephope.
    DEEPHOPE features two breathtaking tracks ´Love Loft´ and ´Day Nursery´. Deephope is a Music Producer and DJ who has always been faithful to the Deep House scene, producing music that is rich in warm sound, whilst deep and full of feelings.

Eihi Records have also confirmed 3 additional party dates this year at Delanos, on 11th July, 13th August and 5th September, all featuring special guests. More information will follow on the website in due course.

For more info see the website: http://eihirecordings.com

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Haim and Breton, Ibiza Rocks Opening Party 2014 – 04/06/14

June 6th, 2014

Now in it’s 8th year, Ibiza Rocks had its opening party on June 4th, with Haim headlining. At the Blog we’ve been eagerly awaiting this moment since the venue closed its doors last September, so we can get our weekly fix of live music again. And we weren’t disappointed!

ibizarocks040614-bretonFirst up were South London’s Art-Rock band, Breton, who released their first album ‘War Room Stories’ earlier this year. The 5-piece band’s synth-laden, very danceable, tunes provided the perfect soundtrack as a warm Ibizan day drew to a close and turned into night. Ending with a frenetic strobe-lit finale, it was a memorable climax to a great performance, which warmed up the appreciative audience for what was to follow.

Spinning the tunes in between the bands, DJ Nicola Bear played ‘Pipeline’ just before Haim took to the stage, a nod to the girl’s home in California. California girls they may be, but all stereotype notions were banished immediately. From the moment they entered the stage until they left it, the three Haim sisters put on a stunning show, with their rock-chick chic style, flawless singing, accomplished musicianship, dancing (or as Este called it arse shaking) and headbanging. They were joined onstage by a drummer and a keyboard player.

On record they are much more melodic, fusing pop with soft rock and R&B influences, which belies the band’s live delivery, which is pure, energetic, rock and roll, as the videos below testify.

ibizarocks040614-haimThe sisters have a great rapport together onstage, happily sharing the singing and other instruments as the song demands – there’s no sign of sibling rivalry in their performance. During the set, each of them played drums or percussion at some point. They’re a fantastic live band: they sound good, they look good, they put everything into their performance and there’s always something going on to keep your attention.

The third number in the set saw them ‘jamming’ – something they said they like to do. Rocking up even more than they had done already, for me, this was one of the (many) highlights of the night (see the video).

Their backdrop throughout the gig was a static image of the three garden chairs they were photographed sitting in on the front cover of their number 1 selling album ‘Days are gone’. They obviously want the performance to speak for itself, and don’t see the need for additional visual props.

The show ended with them all pounding on the drums (drummer included) – presumably a nod to their drum-playing father – another great climax to a fantastic performance.

What a way to start the summer season of live bands, on now every Wednesday until September 17th. That gig will surely go down in the Ibiza Rocks history books as being one of the greatest, and one that people will talk about for years to come. It has set the bar really high for the rest of the summer – it’s going to be a tough one to follow! But what a way to open.

Afterwards we popped next door to ‘Wok On’ for a beer and a chat with lovely hosts Andy and Katie, before getting the ‘Rock and Ride’ minibus service over to The Ibiza Rocks House for the Rock Nights after party, which continued into the early hours of the morning. All in all, it added up to a great opening night!

Videos:

The finale of Breton’s set:

Haim take to the stage with ‘Falling’:

Haim jamming:

Haim finale:


Words & video by ClaireB

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1960’s Fender Stratocaster signed by Nile Rodgers, George Clinton & Simon Le Bon for auction

June 4th, 2014

The highlight of The International Music Summit (IMS) 2014 was the impromptu performance of four musical giants, at the IMS Legend’s Dinner in honour of Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile was joined on stage by Nona Hendryx best known for her collaboration with Patti LaBelle, Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, and Bootsy Collins. Also on stage Funkadelic and Parliament of Funks George Clinton was asked to take lead but the biggest surprise of the night was Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon flying out that night making an appearance, much to Nile’s shock and surprise. These 4 colossuses played renditions of Sister Sledge’s We are Family and Le Freak by Chic.

The sonic blue 1960’s Fender Stratocaster played by Nile on Stage was then donated to the IMS’s official charity The Hepatitis C Trust. The guitar was then signed by Nile, Simon Le Bon and George Clinton making it one of the most unique Fender Stratocaster’s in musical history.

The Hepatitis C Trust is particularly close to Nile Rogers heart as both his parents had the disease so he knows first-hand the harm caused by the disease. The guitar will be sold online on eBay. Click here for the link to the auction, which will be available to fans to bid on all over the world.

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Ibiza Music Video Festival 2014

June 4th, 2014

Ibiza’s very own music video festival will be back for its second year. Submissions are now open at http://talenthouse.com/

Artists are now invited to submit a music video they have worked on in the  past year. These will then be judged in time for the festival’s opening and all winners rewarded at an award’s ceremony. In association with  Talenthouse (the online submissions platform) this competition works as  an essential call-to-action pre-narrative to the festival, creates buzz and  further promotes attendance.

Two-Day Festival:

  • A three-part Academy, with guest speakers, focusing on Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.
  • Q&A session
  • Interactive workshops/stations showing hands on techniques such as prosthetic makeup, editing software, digital hub, business monetising strategy and a ‘career surgery’
  • Award Ceremony
  • 36-hour content creation competition

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