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.
There 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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