Tonight sees the 10th anniversary of my favourite thing here. If it wasn’t for Ibiza Rocks turning up I honestly doubt I would still be here after 17 years. I always enjoyed being introduced to people by Andy McKay as “this is Ade, he’s our biggest critic and biggest fan”.
It was such a breath of fresh air for me to finally get to see live music in a small venue – and in the open air… It was like a hot summer festival feeling but with only 400 odd people. Kasabian two nights running, Kaisers, CSS, Arctics, Mark Ronson – that summer 2007 changed my whole life here – every week I could go see a live band and it was normal gig hours and not waiting around in a club till 3am balking at the price of the beer…
Ibiza Rocks asked for our favourite gig of the past 10 years at the end of last summer – I can’t remember exactly what I said at that rushed moment but I know I couldn’t say just one but I know my favourite is the same. I can only go from 2007 onwards when they went fully weekly down at Bar M and I had to extend it to a top 3 but it only took a minute to know what they were and the order (though I could easily extend it to a top 20).
|1. London Grammar, 7th August 2013||2. Ian Brown, 15th June 2010||3. Biffy Clyro, 24th July 2013|
Honorary mentions to Kasabian 17th July 2007,
Reverend & The Makers 27th August 2012
|2005 Ibiza Rocks at Manumission, Privilege||Maximo Park signed t-shirt from that first ever gig|