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

June 12th, 2014 - 4:14 pm Posted in ibiza rocks | Comments (0)

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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