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Ed Sheeran and Saint Raymond, Ibiza Rocks 23rd July 2014

July 25th, 2014

Another fantastic pair of gigs for Ibiza Rocks 9th Annivery party with Saint Raymond supporting Ed Sheeran. I’ve been going to Ibiza Rocks since 2007 when it was originally at Bar M and never have I heard such a loud crowd of screaming girls, it was amazing. A great gig and then it was off to Pikes afterwards to continue the birthday celebrations till the small hours.

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Jake Bugg and Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ibiza Rocks, July 16 2014

July 21st, 2014

ibizarocks160714-catfishandthebottlemenThis week’s performance at Ibiza Rocks was from Jake Bugg.

Support was from Catfish and the Bottlemen, whose debut album ‘The Balcony’ is being released on September 15. I’d heard their latest single ‘Fallout’ played on BBC6 Music a few times and liked what I’d heard. As soon as I saw them onstage wearing skinny jeans and dressed from head to toe in black, I knew they were going to be good. And they were!

The four-piece band from Llandudno belted out their indie-rock tunes, to the large and appreciative crowd who had gathered to see them. They quickly got everyone dancing and they were the best support band so far this summer, against some stiff competition.

Headliner Jake Bugg came onstage at 10.40, to a barrage of screams from the girls at the front of the stage. This was the third outing for Jake Bugg at Ibiza Rocks. He supported Ben Howard back in 2012 and I was gutted to only catch his last couple of songs as he was on really early.

ibizarocks160714-jakebuggReturning last year to headline at the opening party I was able to catch and enjoy all his set, and this year he is back, with a second album under his belt, and enjoying huge success, both in the UK and internationally.

He’s now reached the grand old age of 20, which is incredibly young when you listen to the maturity of his songs and witness his undeniable talent in the flesh. He switched effortlessly between playing acoustic and electric guitars and performing both solo and with his backing band of drummer and bassist. Playing a mix of songs from both his albums he oozes talent, but he isn’t particularly talkative and doesn’t engage with his audience much, opting just to wow them with his songs.

The pace changed frequently from solo ballads to fast-paced songs such as ‘Slumville Sunrise’, ‘Kingpin’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’. He played for well over an hour, ending with ‘Lightning Bolt’, choosing not to give us an encore. It’s not that we didn’t deserve one – the crowd was behind him all the way and loved every minute. Encores just shouldn’t be taken for granted. Another top gig with two great acts at Ibiza Rocks, and evidence that there’s plenty of demand for guitar bands in Ibiza.

Afterwards it was again off to Pikes for the Rock Nights 9th Anniversary party. A very long but extremely fun night with Colin Peters on the decks, random piano playing and of course Sunny’s karaoke in the bathroom.

Jake played:

Kentucky
There’s a Beast And We All Feed It
Trouble Town
Seen It All
Me And You
Storm Passes Away
Two Fingers
Messed Up Kids
Ballad of Mr Jones
Broken
Simple Pleasures
Green Man
Kingpin
Taste It
Slumville Sunrise
What Doesn’t Kill You
Folsom Prison Blues
Lightning Bolt

Videos:

Catfish and the Bottlemen ‘Pacifier’:


Catfish and the Bottlemen, ‘Fallout’:


Jake Bugg, ‘Seen It All’:


Jake Bugg, ‘Broken’:


Jake Bugg, ‘Simple Pleasures’:


Jake Bugg, ‘Lightning Bolt’:


Jake Bugg guitar solo:

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Catfish & The Bottlemen

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Nas, Ibiza Rocks, July 9th 2014

July 12th, 2014

This week saw hip hop master Nas (aka New Yorker Nasir Jones) performing his album ‘Illmatic’. It’s 20 years since the album was released in 1994 and Nas has been touring and performing it live around the world. There was a big buzz around the island for this gig. For me however, this album and Nas for that matter somehow passed me by! I’m not sure how as in 1994 I was still living in Manchester, listening to lots of music and had been a big fan of hip hop, amongst other genres. But anyway it did.

For my pre-gig research I turned to iTunes, which says: “Illmatic is so frequently saddled with the mantle of ‘greatest Hip-Hop album of all time’ that it can be difficult for the first time listener to approach it without trepidation”. Which is interesting, because that’s exactly how I was feeling about the gig. I’m not fond of gigs in which artists play a complete album, especially if it’s one that you don’t know well. But Ibiza Rocks is a great venue to see any artist in, so off I went with an open mind, hoping that I would enjoy the gig and possibly even hear something that I recognised.

ibizarocks090714-nasAnd I certainly did on both counts! Arriving at the venue just before Nas appeared on stage at 11pm because I was rooting for Netherlands to beat Argentina in the World Cup, he bounded onstage, and immediately showed us he meant business. Starting with ‘N. Y. State of Mind’, he pretty much performed the album in order, deviating slightly towards the end, but then went on to sing lots of other tracks.

Live, the songs really came alive and sounded both raw and fresh. It was one of those nights where I and pretty much everyone else in the venue was dancing. The sound was great and you could hear the lyrics loud and clear over the top of the expert scratching, beats, samples and back-up vocals coming from his sidekick on the decks. Combined with stunning backdrop projections, many featuring images and video footage from New York, of the skyline, people and other stunning images, you could not take your eyes off the stage or keep your feet still.

It was a slick, engaging show, and I was not alone in loving it. It’s just a shame that Netherland’s performance in the World Cup was not the same, as they crashed out of the tournament after a dull game on penalties. To console ourselves we went on to the after party at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes where we were treated to some great tunes from Colin Peters, Jeff Automatic and others until the hours of the morning. It was a great night, but shame about the football!

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Life’s a Bitch:


The World is Yours:


Represent:

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