This wednesday saw the opening gig of Ibiza Rocks, in what is its 10th birthday year, with Years & Years and Blonde on the line-up. I arrived at the venue at about 8.45 to find a massive queue extending up the hill outside the venue – a promising sight and a sign that it was going to be a busy night. Bristol duo Blonde were first to take to the stage, complete with full band and two singers, who did a sterling job at working the crowd, which was beginning to fill the space in the front of the stage.
Both acts on the bill currently have singles in the top 30 of the Official Singles Chart in the UK and the crowd clearly knew and loved them, as the screams, dancing and arms waving in the air testified. They ended their set with a rendition of Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’, which got everybody dancing and singing along and they left the stage on a high.
Headliners Years & Years won the ‘BBC Sound of 2015′ award, their last single, ‘King’ reached number one in the UK charts and their first album ‘Communion’ is being released next month, so they’re a hot ticket at the moment.
The trio from London complete with drummer came onstage just before 11pm, with much screaming from the crowd as singer Olly entered the stage. The screaming continued for much of their performance, especially when Olly took off his sweatshirt before the second song. They wowed the now packed venue with their synthy, poppy, dancey tunes and the crowd loved every minute of it.
There have been a few changes made to the venue for this year, with a new and larger VIP area to the right of the stage, which opens up more of the balcony area on the left, giving great views of the stage from above and creating an area where the press, friends and locals can congregate.
All in all it was a great start to the season and Ibiza is rocking again!
Words by ClaireB
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