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Clean Bandit and Ella Eyre, Ibiza Rocks, August 27th 2014

August 31st, 2014

Clean Bandit returned to Ibiza Rocks last week, after their support slot last year with Ellie Goulding. Since they played last August, they’ve become hugely successful, with their single ‘Rather Be’ featuring singer Jess Glynne (who appeared at Ibiza Rocks a few weeks ago before Rudimental) reaching number one in the UK last January. Their debut album ‘New Eyes’ was released in the UK in May, and reached number three. I enjoyed their performance last year and so was looking forward to seeing them again.

ibizarocks270814-elleeyreFirst onstage was Ella Eyre with a full backing band and two female singers. She’s only 20, but recently sang the lead vocals on Rudimental’s number one hit ‘Waiting All Night’ and has been touring with the band over the summer, and it shows. With her mane of long curls she looked the part, as she energetically commanded the stage and belted out her songs, with her strong, striking vocals coming though loud and clear. She did a cover of Rudimental’s ‘Right Now’, which got the crowd bouncing up and down as well as singing the other singles she has under her belt.

In great rock and roll tradition she left the stage after throwing down the mic stand on the stage – always a good exit in my book. It was a full-on, energetic set, and a great way to start the night.

After that performance, Clean Bandit had a tough task on their hands to follow her. The band’s four members were joined onstage by two guest female singers, which is the way the band choose to record and play live. They write and produce the music and bring in guest lead vocalists for their fusion sound, which combines classical elements with electronic music and some deep-house elements. They met as students at Cambridge University, where two of the band, Grace the cellist and Milan the violinist were playing together in a string quartet.

ibizarocks270814-cleanbanditThe noticeable difference onstage this year was that Grace had traded in her traditional bulky cello for a sleeker electronic version, which in my opinion had less visual impact on the stage. But I’m sure it made it easier for her to switch between playing it, singing and dancing, which is how a Clean Bandit performance takes shape – they all take their turns at singing, there is intermittent playing from Grace and Milan and much dancing in between. The crowd loved them and joined in dancing and singing along when they knew the words.

A highlight was their cover of the house classic from Robin S, ‘Show Me Love’, which everyone went mad for, but overall after Ella’s energetic performance, they just left me wanting a bit more of something. My patience paid off, as the two songs that they played in the encore, pushed the pace up a notch or two, and the high point of their set for me was ending on their number one hit ‘Rather Be’, which was magical as the entire crowd sang back to the chorus to them.

The night ended on a high, much as it began, as everyone left the venue to go on to wherever they were going – for us it just had to be Rock Nights at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes, for another dose of hedonistic fun.

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Miles Kane and Childhood, Ibiza Rocks, August 20th, 2014

August 22nd, 2014

This week Miles Kane graced the stage at Ibiza Rocks. It was my fourth time of seeing Miles playing live, so I was expecting a good gig. He played a storming acoustic show last summer at The Ibiza Rocks Bar, but this was his first time playing at Ibiza Rocks.

childhoodFirst up were London band Childhood, who were a late edition to the bill, but turned out to be an excellent choice of support. Fresh from releasing their first album ‘Lacuna’ on August 11, the young 4-piece band from London with the addition of a keyboard player wowed the crowd with their indie cum psychedelic pop tunes. Their last single ‘Falls Away’ was a bit more melodic than the rest of their set, which with two guitar players had a rockier edge.

They deserved to have a larger audience watching them, but those that were there were treated to a great set and it was over all too quickly, as is often the case with the support bands who usually only have a 40-minute slot. They seemed to be just getting into their stride when it was all over, and I could have happily watched them for much longer. Remember their name – check out their album and try and see them live – they’re worth it.

mileskaneMiles Kane made his entrance at 10.40, and what an entrance it was – one of the best I’ve seen for a while. Nicola Bear dropped ‘Blitzkreig Bop’ by The Ramones, which was followed by Miles’ entrance to Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’. Once onstage the band launched into an energetic performance of ‘Inhaler’ that saw Miles strutting around the stage with his guitar, sporting his new cropped hair cut. I was in the pit taking photos at the beginning and seeing it all up so close was amazing and a fantastic start to what turned out to be a great gig.

With a great lighting show to accompany it, the energy coming from the stage from Miles and his band was infectious, as he posed, jumped, scissor-kicked and prowled his way around the stage. So much so that I felt the need to go down the front, not something that I do very often. Playing songs from his first two albums and his singles, including personal favourites ‘Come Closer’ and ‘Rearrange’, they played for just over an hour and were on fire throughout the set.

I selfishly loved the fact that the venue wasn’t rammed and enjoyed being down the front of the stage without getting crushed. Because of that it was one the gigs that have enjoyed the most this year, as it was a great experience to be up close to the front, and as usual, Miles and his band put on a great show.

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Madness and Hollie Cook, Ibiza Rocks, August 13th 2014

August 15th, 2014

This week at Ibiza Rocks was a big one! Every year a classic crowd-pleasing band are booked at the venue, and this year it was the return of Madness who played there back in 2011, with support from Hollie Cook. Everybody likes Madness and I’m no exception, but I’d never seen them play live before, so I was excited at the prospect. Even more exciting for me was the recent announcement that Hollie Cook would be supporting them. At the end of each season, staff and regulars at Ibiza Rocks are invited to be photographed with a ‘wish board’ on which they write who they want to see play next year. In 2012 Hollie was on my wish board. It didn’t happen in 2013 but it did in 2014, so I was obviously pleased with the booking.

ibizarocks130814-holliecookI first encountered Hollie playing keys and singing with the reformed Slits back in 2009 in London, and I was blown away by her amazing voice. Another great Slits gig later and a performance with The Rotten Hill Gang (supporting Big Audio Dynamite), and I was hooked, so when I saw that she’d gone solo, I bought her album and went to see her play at the Barfly in Camden. Since moving to Ibiza in 2012, I haven’t had the opportunity to see her play live since then.

Since I last saw her, she’s supported The Stone Roses at one of their Heaton Park gigs and played countless other gigs and festivals and also recorded and released her second album ‘Twice’. She’s definitely more confident onstage now as a result, and has a great rapport with the General Roots band that have been touring with her over the last few months.

She’s a bundle of talent, and it must be in her genes, being the daughter of The Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook and one of Culture Club’s singers Jeni Cook. She learnt her trade on the road with The Slits and has bags of style and attitude and the sweet voice of an angel. She describes her music as ‘tropical pop’, and that’s what it is, with a vein of reggae running through it.

Opening up with ‘Ari Up’, her tribute to The Slits singer who passed away suddenly from cancer in 2010, she played a mix of songs from her two albums, including singles ‘Body Beat’, ‘Walking In The Sand’, ‘That Very Night’ and the latest single ‘Postman’, which coincidentally was released this week. She also played ‘Cry’ a personal favourite of mine, her song which also appeared on The Slit’s final album ‘Trapped Animal’ as ‘Cry Baby’ (see the link to a video of this at the end of the article).

I was disappointed however that many people didn’t arrive at the venue until later, missing most of her set! She deserved a bigger crowd to play to. But it was their loss – she was brilliant and her music was perfect for a hot, Ibizan August evening.

ibizarocks130814-madnessI missed the first few songs of Madness, as I was chatting to Hollie after her set. By now the venue was packed and it was hard to grab a space to see them. Half the island had come out to see them play: parents, teenagers, Uncle Tom Cobley and all. With 10 albums under their belt, Madness have a vast repertoire of material to draw on, and we were treated to many of their big hits, including ‘My Girl’, ‘House of Fun’ and crowd-pleaser ‘One Step Beyond’, plus some more unknown ska/reggae numbers over the course of the hour or so that they were onstage for.

A highlight for me was the guitarist doing a humorous rendition of The Beastie Boys ‘Fight for your right’, whilst the rest of the band went off for a brief break. The crowd understandably got what they wanted and danced and sang along. A noticeable absence on the stage however was Ibizan resident Chas Smash, and I for one missed his larger-than-life presence – the stage seemed a little empty without him.

They ended with ‘Madness’, followed by a solitary Suggs on the stage singing along to Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ before he disappeared off up the stairs. And another classic gig at Ibiza Rocks came to a close.

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Hollie Cook, ‘Cry’

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Bastille and Rag’N’Bone Man, Ibiza Rocks August 6th 2014

August 8th, 2014

Another great Ibiza Rocks gig this week with returning Bastille and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man as support. “Rory Graham aka Rag ‘N’ Bone man is a soul and blues singer deeply rooted in the annals of the past but positioned firmly in the present.” Starting out as a real bluesy show it morphed into a hybrid of blues and soul with a distinct drum n bass feel but absolutely worked. Midway through he was joined by his brother onstage – great set.

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Rudimental and Jess Glynne, Ibiza Rocks, July 30 2014

August 1st, 2014

ibizarocks300714-rudimentalThis weeks Ibiza Rocks was graced by the presence of a Rudimental ‘live’ show – the four guys from Hackney with a full band and show.

Singer-songwriter Jess Glynne opened for them at 10pm. By then, it was already dark and the venue was packed, with a noticeable high proportion of young girls at the front of the stage. She only sang four songs, including the two that she featured on and went to number one in the charts recently: ‘Rather Be’ with Clean Bandit, ‘My Love’ with Route 94, plus her debut single in her own right ‘Right Here’. Her voice was strong and clear but she was over almost before she had started, but wowed the crowd, who especially loved her performance of ‘Rather Be’.

After a break Rudimental took to the stage just before 11pm to a venue packed with expectant punters. What was immediately noticeable was that the stage was also packed as they launched energetically into their first song. With the core crew in a line at the front of the stage (Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget, Amir Amor, and DJ Locksmith with an array of keyboards, percussion and guitars) they were joined on a raised platform behind them by three singers (two female and one male), drummer, trumpet player and saxophonist – that’s 10 of them on the stage in total. And basically they had a party onstage, with the singers taking it in turn to go to the front of the stage and sing lead vocals, both individually and in pairs, along with the trumpet and sax players to perform their solos.

ibizarocks300714-rudimentalThere was much jumping up and down, frenetic dancing and occasional en-masse dance routines as they belted out their fast-paced hybridised tunes combining drum and bass rhythms with some reggae, funk, jungle, hip hop and a bit of rock plus everything else they have chucked into their musical melting pot. The energy coming from the stage was incredible, magnified by the power of 10, and it reverberated around the venue and caught everyone in its path.

Frontman Kesi told us that the gig was emotional for them because Ibiza Rocks was where it all started for them. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they played their number one single ‘Waiting all Night’ which originally featured Ella Eyre, and whatever energy reserves the crowd were holding back were suddenly released, and everybody went even more crazy.

I don’t think there was a single person in the venue either on the stage or in the audience that didn’t enjoy themselves. If the venue had a roof, it would have been blown off! Before they reluctantly left the stage after they all came to the front en masse to salute the crowd, Kesi said “Ibiza Rocks we f*****g love you” but it was clear that Ibiza Rocks loved them back.

I’ve seen some great, energy-filled performances in Ibiza Rocks and there have been some crackers already this year, but this show was definitely up there with the best of them. I’m still grinning to myself as I’m writing this afterwards – it really was that good! You can’t beat a brilliant live band performance. Thank goodness for Ibiza Rocks and what they bring to the island.

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Words & video by ClaireB, photos by Living Photography

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Jess Glynne

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