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Ibiza Rocks – 10 years of live music in Ibiza

July 22nd, 2015

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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
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Honorary mentions to Kasabian 17th July 2007,
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2005 Ibiza Rocks at Manumission, Privilege Maximo Park signed t-shirt from that first ever gig
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Some of my favourite personal photos of the past 8 years – they aren’t my best ones, they are the ones I remember best about those gigs
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Ibiza Rocks Mondays

July 8th, 2015

A new edition to Ibiza Rocks this year is “Ibiza Rocks Mondays”. Set in Ibiza Rocks Bar by the beach in San Antonio, this was the original home of “Live Music Under The Stars” at Bar M which hosted gigs by the likes of Kasabian, Arctic Monkys and the Kaiser Chiefs. These gigs will all be free.

Monday Rocks lineup
13/07 The Bulletproof Bomb
20/07 This Feeling presents Young Kato
27/07 Prides
03/08 Karen Harding
10/08 Harley Maxwell
17/08 Fickle Friends
14/09 Boxed In

Kicking off the inaugural Monday Rocks is hotly tipped London five-piece The Bulletproof Bomb – a band Rocks has supported from the start and helped to develop since playing Ibiza Rocks the Snow in 2013. More recently the band played Rocks’ new UK talent event ‘Fresh Out the Box’ in London and this summer they play Croatia Rocks Festival alongside The Vaccines and Clean Bandit. The Bulletproof Bomb are set to kick of Monday Rocks with a bang on 13th July before supporting Catfish & the Bottlemen at Ibiza Rocks on 15th July.

Next up and in collaboration with leading UK club night This Feeling, Monday Rocks will welcome synth-pop six-piece Young Kato to the Ibiza Rocks Bar on 20th July. Their much-hyped debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ was released in April followed by an 18-date headline tour including a sold out show at The Garage, London. With fans including Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe and an ever-growing fan base, Young Kato are making their mark and bringing synths together with sunshine vibes at the Ibiza Rocks Bar.

Fresh from a standout set on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury, Glasgow band Prides are riding high and ready to smash the festival circuit this summer. Since playing the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1 last year, headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, embarking on their first headline tour and now about to release their highly anticipated debut album ‘The Way Back Up’ this Scottish trio are about to go stratospheric. This special gig is a big coup for Monday Rocks on 27th July.

Karen Harding may be a fresh face on the scene but has already scored a Top 10 single with

Miles Kan at Ibiza Rocks Bar 2013

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her MNEK-produced ‘Say Something’ and her stunning vocals feature on Belgian house duo Arches new track ‘New Love’ which is set to be one of the standout soundtracks of summer. Karen Harding plays Monday Rocks on 3rd August before supporting Clean Bandit at Ibiza Rocks on 5th August.

Ibiza resident turned UK hip hop social media sensation Harley Maxwell takes the lead on 10th August to represent the new element of the UK hip hop scene with tracks from his ‘Summer Days’ EP, all written in and inspired by Ibiza. This will be a special, solo homecoming show before Harley supports hip hip icons De La Soul at Ibiza Rocks on 12th August.

Brighton five-piece Fickle Friends are one of the most blogged bands on the planet as well as being one of the most genuinely exciting new talents. They amassed over 750,000 Soundcloud plays from their debut single ‘SWIM’ last year, became HypeMachine’s 25th most blogged artist of 2014, received critical acclaim from Zane Lowe, Billboard & BBC Introducing and are a firm festival favourite. Currently on their first UK headline tour which included a sold out date at London’s Barfly, the band will take a special break to the Balearics for Monday Rocks on 17th August.

Closing the first summer of Monday Rocks is London quartet Boxed In who have received massive support from Radio 1 and 6 Music since releasing their self-titled debut album earlier this year. Between a summer full of UK and US shows and new track ‘Full Circle’ with Berlin based DJ and Producer George Fitzgerald blowing up, the time is now to catch these guys in an intimate venue at Monday Rocks on 14th September.


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