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Foals and Jagwar Ma, Ibiza Rocks Closing Party, 18/9/2013

September 22nd, 2013

This was the last gig of the Summer 2013 Ibiza Rocks season, with Foals and support from Jagwar Ma, and it promised to be a good one.

Australian’s Jagwar Ma, aka Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma with the addition of recent recruit Jack Freeman on bass guitar released their first album earlier in the year to much critical acclaim. With an intro of the Stone Roses – I am The Ressurection, as soon as they arrived on stage they had everyone dancing to their hypnotic, dancey, guitar-fused, vocal-laden tunes.

There was much dancing from the stage too, always a good sign in my opinion. As is often the case with the support bands, their set was all too short, and before we knew it, they were off. If you haven’t heard them and like guitar-infused dance music, then check them out.

Foals have been getting lots of praise from their festival sets this summer and the five-piece band from Oxford put on a great show for the packed Ibiza Rocks crowd who were all there for the last gig of the year. Frontman Yannis strutted across the stage with his guitar throughout the set, joining the club of several other performers this year who have ventured out onto the exit tunnel roof to play mid song. An impressive light show was also on offer, with spotlights shining out from the stage into the courtyard and lots of white lights and strobing from the back of the stage, which added to the atmosphere and the show emanating from the stage. There was a nice touch at the end of the last song in the encore when two members of Jawar Ma joined Foals onstage to provide drumming and dancing. The up-for-it crowd lapped it all up, and it all added up to another great Ibiza Rocks gig, albeit the last one for 2013. A great end to a great season of live music.


Unusually, just before Foals came onstage, the photographers were informed that they were not allowed into the pit to take photos during the first three songs, which is the norm granted by most performers. Instead they wanted photos taken during the encore. With no briefing of when this might be, we consequently have no photos of Foals performing, just some videos.

Ed: The beauty of taking photos of bands you like is that you do the 1st 3 songs in the pit, take some more photos around the venue etc and then you can go enjoy the gig and come out with a positive attitude of the band to everyone. I’m not sure which is worst, the insistence on deep red or blue back-lighting in 1st 3 songs, the odd last-minute change or just saying no… but I did enjoy it in the end and was a good ending to a good year of live music by all the Ibiza Rocks team. Some great headliners and some brilliant choices of support bands. And of course the closing after-party at Pikes didn’t disappoint…. near enough “last to leave”…

Looking forward to next year already – cheers !

p.s. One special mention to the Wok On team next to the hotel – kept everyone fed and watered with a smile :)

Foals played:

Prelude
Olympic Airways
Balloons
My Number
Providence
Spanish Sahara
Red Sox Pugie
Late Night
Bloom

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Franz Ferdinand, Ibiza Rocks, 11/9/2013

September 13th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-franz-ferdinand-For the penultimate gig of the summer at Ibiza Rocks we had the wonderful Franz Ferdinand. This summer has flown by, but Ibiza Rocks have saved some of the best bands till last this year. I’d never seen them live before, even though I like their music, and I’m really liking what I’ve heard from their recent fourth album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ that was released a couple of weeks ago after a four-year break since the last one. To coincide with the new album they’ve been playing a string of gigs and festivals recently, so have been getting in plenty of practise playing live.

The venue is packed and there’s a much larger Spanish contingent in the crowd than we’re used to seeing at Ibiza Rocks. My expectations are high and I’m pleased to see that the art-rockers have the words ‘Thoughts’, ‘Words’ and ‘Action’ displayed on their amp speakers. We’re all ready for some action.

As soon as they appear onstage, I know that we’re in for a good gig: when you have three guys fronting the stage wielding guitars and wearing black skinny jeans you know you’re in for a proper live band experience. And that’s exactly what we got. Opening with ‘No You Girls’, the songs kept coming thick and fast for the next 80 minutes, mixing old favourites with tracks from the new album, all of them sounding undeniably like Franz Ferdinand classics.

ibiza-rocks-2013-franz-ferdinand-Recent single ‘Right Action’ was followed by ‘Do You Want To’ and the crowd went wild, singing along at the end. Meanwhile onstage, Alex, Nick and Bob are feeding off the crowd’s energy as they strut around the stage and jump in the air. During ‘This Fire’ guitarist Nick goes out onto the roof of the exit tunnel to play, much to the delight of the crowd in front of him, and there’s a great moment during the opening notes of ‘Take Me Out’ where Alex and Nick are jumping up and down in synch next to each other. They are undoubtedly enjoying themselves playing live again.

At the end of the set Alex carefully lays down his guitar on the floor of the stage before he leaves, signalling that they’re coming back for an encore. The crowd cheers and guys at the front wave their shirts in the air, and it’s not long before they’re back, with Alex asking “Ibiza would you like to hear another song”. A silly question, but it gets more cheers.

Appropriately they start with ‘Jacqueline’, which includes the line “It’s always better on holiday” which obviously goes down well. They finish with ‘Outsiders’ with them all congregating around and playing rhythmically on Paul Thomson’s drum kit for about 2 minutes at the end. It doesn’t sound exciting when you try and convey it in words, but it really was when you experienced it live, and it was a great climax to a great gig. After thanking the crowd in Spanish the band go to the front of the stage, hold hands and take a bow. A touching end to a fantastic gig from a great live band, which was without a doubt, one of the highlights of the summer 2013 season.

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Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Ibiza Rocks, 4/9/2013

September 6th, 2013

This was the gig that I had been waiting for all year – Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. I saw them last year in Ibiza at the 123 Festival so I knew what to expect – they really put on a great show, playing hit after hit and getting everybody dancing.

Before they came onstage for an extended set (according to Ibiza Rocks standards) we were treated to a series of disco sets from Ste-V-Something, Colin Peters, Doorly and Skream. We heard tunes from The Gibson Brothers, Three Degrees, Cerrone and Dan Hartman amongst others – I was in disco heaven.

The crowd was noticeably different from recent weeks. Slightly older, more locals and most had dressed up for the occasion. I spotted some natty Hawaiian and patterned shirts on the guys and lots of sequins and sparkly numbers from the girls. Such is the wide-ranging appeal of Chic that two of my friends took their mums along with them!

Just after 10.00 pm we got the announcement that we were waiting for and the band took to the stage, followed by singers Folami and Kimberly and they launched into ‘Everybody Dance’. The Chic ‘family’ as Nile refers to them is a big one. There’s 9 of them on the stage: two keyboard players, drummer, bassist, brass section of trumpet and sax, the two female singers and Nile, who takes centre stage. All the men are dressed head to toe in white, whilst the ladies dazzle either side of Nile in complementary silver Lycra.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chicNile and Chic obviously have the hits to play, but they play them so well. The band has been playing a constant stream of gigs and festivals around the world over recent months, and it shows. They’re tight, professional and they clearly enjoy performing and doing what they’re doing, which comes across and is infectious.

Next up was ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ but no-one needed encouragement – the audience was already a mass of grooving bodies, smiling faces and arms waving in the air. Another request from Nile with ‘I Want Your Love’, but he already had it.

Before launching into a medley of Diana Ross tunes, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Upside Down’ Nile also requested that as well as dancing he’d like us to sing along to the chorus, but we didn’t really need to be asked. Hit after hit followed, which Nile had either written or produced, including some for Sister Sledge, ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Lost in Music’, Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’, Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’, INXS’s ‘Original Sin’ and David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ (sung incidentally by the drummer).

Nile clearly enjoyed being centre stage, leading his band through their vast repertoire of hit songs and revelling in playing frequent guitar solos, whilst Falomi and Kimberly took lead vocals between them for most of the songs and danced their synchronised disco moves, bringing a touch of style and glamour to the Ibiza Rocks stage.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chicNo Chic concert would be complete without ‘Le Freak’, which was accompanied by instructions on the LED screen in the background to “Awwww Freak Out”. No problem!

They ended the set with ‘Good Times’, joined onstage by members of the audience, and brilliantly integrated bits of ‘Rappers Delight’, which famously sampled the bass line of Good Times, and before we knew it we were all responding to the calls from the stage to say “ho” and scream.

The stage clears, ‘Get Lucky’ is played over the PA and the musicians all come to the front of the stage and dance along. For a few seconds they all gloriously dance in synch just like the Motown bands did in the 70s (look at the video clip). Pure magic. The crowd love it and sing along and dance a bit more.

It was a great finale, and visually and aurally the whole show was fantastic. For one night only Ibiza Rocks was one big open-air disco under the stars, and everybody danced. How could you not dance to Chic and have a good time!

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AlunaGeorge and London Grammar, Ibiza Rocks, 7/8/2013

August 8th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-london-grammarThis week is was the turn of AlunaGeorge with support from London Grammar to appear at Ibiza Rocks. Apart from hailing from London, both bands also have something else in common – they both have female lead singers. There haven’t been many females on the stage at Ibiza Rocks this summer, so this was going to be a refreshing change from the testosterone-dominated performances we’ve seen in recent weeks.

AlunaGeorge were new to me, apart from having heard their recent single ‘Attracting Flies’, as were London Grammar, except that a friend of mine had been raving about them and suggesting I listen to their music. Trusting his judgement, as we do share certain musical tastes, I was looking forward to being introduced to some new bands.

DJs Ste-V-Something and Colin Peters warmed up the crowd as they entered the venue with some fine tunes.

ibiza-rocks-2013-london-grammarLondon Grammar came onstage about 9.20pm on what was a really hot and humid Ibizan August evening. A couple of songs into the set and singer Hannah commented that it was the hottest environment she had ever performed a gig in. She has the most amazing voice – her strong, powerful vocals dominated the songs in an almost haunting manner. There are just three of them in the band – Dan Rothman on bass and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major on keyboards and occasional drums.

Some of the songs such as ‘Strong’ were slow and sultry whilst others were much more bassy and rhythmic. They’re not the kind of band you dance to – you watch and listen and become transfixed by their presence, but there was a lot of love from the audience for them, who showed their appreciation vocally at the end of each song.

The last song in their set ‘Metal and Dust’ upped the pace somewhat, as did the accompanying lightshow, and just as we were all revelling in what we were experiencing, they left the stage, and it was all over, apart from the shrieks and cheers from the crowd showing their appreciation.

My friend who had been raving about wanting to see London Grammar live simply said afterwards about their performance that “it was emotional”. And it was. You couldn’t help being captivated by the power of Hannah’s voice and the beauty of their songs and their delivery.

ibiza-rocks-2013-alunageorgeAfter a DJ set from Monki and Slick Don, AlunaGeorge bounced onto the stage just after 11pm. A four-piece band based around vocalist Aluna Francis and George Reid playing keyboards. Their sound is very much 90s R&B mixed up with a bit of soulful pop. They released their first album ‘Body Music’ at the end of July and their set pretty much consisted of songs from that, the highlight for many being their collaboration with Disclosure ‘White Noise’ and their cover of Montell Jordan’s ‘This is How We Do It’. One thing that Aluna got just right was her outfit which was perfect for the hot evening – a swishy fringed bikini top and stylish shorts. Not only bang on trend but suitably cool. She has a distinctive voice, which was strong and clear as she moved across the stage.

Their performance was slick and professional and had the crowd going, but they really weren’t my cup of tea. You win some, you lose some.

My feeling at the end of the gig was that for once the support band and headline act did not work well together and their respective audiences probably didn’t appreciate both acts. I was left thinking that the only thing that they really had in common was that they both had female singers. But it was nice to hear some female vocals and see some feminine style on the stage for a change.

London Grammar

AlunaGeorge

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Chase & Status, Ibiza Rocks, 31/7/2013

August 1st, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-chaseandstatusWhen we arrived at Ibiza Rocks for headliners Chase & Status, the venue was seriously packed and the crowd had been whipped into a frenzy by support Monsta and DJ Doorly. Consequently it didn’t take long for the area in front of the stage to become a huge mosh pit, and bodies were being passed over the barrier very early on into their set. From my position in the pit where I was taking photos, I was aware of the mass of excited punters in front of the stage and could hear the screams from the girls at the front whenever MC Rage got close to them.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chaseandstatusThey put on a great show with Chase and Status playing from their respective ‘C’ and ‘S’ stations at either side of the stage, drummer Andy Gangadeen in the background and MC Rage working the front of the stage and the audience. Saul Milton (Chase) played guitar on some of the songs, moving further to the front of the stage. And all the way through there was an impressive light show and back projections, showing videos of the collaborating singers, with the odd guest taking up the vocals onstage too. They played tracks off their first two albums plus a couple of new tracks and a great cover of ‘Killing in the name, which was the highlight for me’.

The atmosphere could only be described as mental, and to be honest I didn’t enjoy the gig. It’s actually really hard to move around the venue and get a good vantage point to take photos when there’s a large crowd going crazy. But everyone else there looked like they loved it, judging by the way they were moshing, jumping up and down and waving their arms in the air and dancing furiously in any available space. I’ll just put my lack of enjoyment down to it not really being my taste in music and not my style of live performance. Give me a full band playing live any day. But it was the wildest night of Ibiza Rocks so far this year, and you can’t dispute that. Watch the videos and see what I mean.

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Biffy Clyro, The Family Rain, Ibiza Rocks 24/07/13

July 31st, 2013

I was looking forward to this week’s lineup – two bands I hadn’t seen before. Biffy Clyro were headlining, with The Family Rain as support. I was familiar with some of Biffy Clyro’s music but wasn’t particularly a fan and had never seen them live, and this was their third visit to Ibiza Rocks. I had heard good things about their live performance though – my friend who had seen their other two performances in Ibiza thought they were the best live band he had seen there (a high accolade indeed) and in 2010 they exited the stage and jumped straight into the swimming pool – two reasons to make me think that I would enjoy their gig. The Family Rain were new to me, but Ibiza Rocks have a knack of putting on great up-and-coming bands in the support slots, so I usually trust their choices and can rely on a good performance.

The three brothers in The Family Rain take to the stage at 9.15 and immediately show that they mean business. There may be only three of them, but they’re loud. They were The Guardian’s New Band of the Day on May 23rd, who described their music as “high-octane, hip-hop inspired, dirty blues-infused rock’n’roll”. The hip-hop inspired bit doesn’t come through in their live set, but the rest certainly does. I had a brief chat with them at the after party and discovered to my delight that the drummer was inspired by Buzzcocks (my favourite band) along with The Stones and Beatles. If I hadn’t have been won over by their brilliant set, I would have been from that moment on!

Watch the videos to see what their performance was like. The first two start off a bit dark because that’s how the stage lighting was, but the lighting improves as they progress.

The Family Rain videos

By the time Biffy Clyro were due to come on at 10.55, the venue was packed and full of anticipation of what was to come. Biffy Clyro are experienced Ibiza Rockers and appear onstage shirtless, knowing that any shirts are going to quickly become dripping in sweat in the Ibizan July heat (Liam Gallagher take note). Frontman Simon is sporting newly dyed blonde hair and looks the part in his bright red skinny jeans. They launch into Stingin’ Belle and for the next hour we’re treated to barage of numbers from their extensive back catalogue.

ibiza-rocks-2013-biffy-clyroThey had said on Twitter earlier in the day that they had a nightmare trying to squeeze 6 albums worth of tunes into an hour’s set, saying that they wished they could play all night. Changing the pace throughout their set, their live sound is much fuller and their show was as rocky as it can get. The gig was being filmed for MTV and the great visuals in the background were mixed in with live footage of the band throughout. The atmosphere in the venue was electric and the crowd quite rightly went wild, moshing at the front, waving their arms in the air and there was lots of dancing on shoulders.

I’m not sure that I’d go as far as saying that they put on the best performance I’ve ever seen at Ibiza Rocks, but they were damned good and I’d happily go and see them live again. Another great gig from two great rock bands.

Biffy Clyro played:

  • Stingin’ Belle
  • The Captain
  • Sounds Like Balloons
  • Biblical
  • God and Satan
  • The Joke’s on Us
  • Bubbles
  • Spanish Radio
  • Opposite
  • Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
  • Many of Horror
  • That Golden Rule
  • Black Chandelier
  • Mountains

Words by ClaireB

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Beady Eye & Temples, Ibiza Rocks 17/07/13

July 18th, 2013

Last night was the 8th birthday party of Ibiza Rocks, with a big lineup to match the occasion. Headlining was Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye, with support from Temples and a DJ set from Zane Lowe in between.

I was looking forward to seeing Beady Eye for a second time – I’m enjoying the material on their new album much more than their first. The big question was whether Liam would wear his trademark coat in the sweltering Ibizan heat? I was also looking forward to seeing Temples. I really like their latest single Colours to life, which is currently Number 1 in the Amazing Radio chart. Good timing!

ibiza-rocks-2013-templesWe arrived at the venue early as my friend was doing a brief interview with Temples. At 7.15 there were already 7 people at the front of the stage securing their spot.

With a packed lineup Temples took to the stage at 8.40, which was slightly earlier than usual for a support band to go on. The downside to this is that not everyone has arrived yet and it’s still light, so the atmosphere is hampered somewhat without the full impact of the stage lighting. After the first song singer James urged the assembled crowd to move forward towards the stage, which they obligingly did, and the atmosphere improved instantly.

Temples’ musical style is billed as being neo-psychedelic and their swirling guitar-laden tunes have a retro feel with a contemporary twist. For the third song in the set they launched into their single ‘Colours to Life’ for which the keyboard player swapped his keyboards for a guitar. It sounded great live on a warm Ibizan evening as the sun was going down – melodic and haunting. Towards the end of their 40-minute set they played their first single ‘Shelter Song’ which has a real psychedelic feel to it.

I really enjoyed their set – they’re young, talented and a great live band, and they got the party started in style. And singer James wore the best birthday shirt of the night with his lurex gold top, which sparkled in the lights as it got dark.

After Temples and a quick stage changeover there was a DJ set from Zane Lowe, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy, as is his style.

After Zane Lowe, resident DJ Ste-V-Something returned to the decks, and the last tune he played before Beady Eye took to the stage was ‘I am the Resurrection’ by The Stone Roses, a band which hugely influenced the Gallagher brothers to be in a band, and a fitting choice!

ibiza-rocks-2013-beady-eyeBeady Eye took to the stage at 10.55 to a huge applause from the crowd and launched into recent single ‘Flick of the Finger’. Liam seemed to be in good spirits and characteristically prowled around the stage and leered into the microphone to sing with his arms behind his back. And yes, he insisted on wearing a hooded jacket throughout the gig which quickly became sweat-laden in the Ibizan heat, and he spent most of the time clutching onto a towel.

During the hour-long set, they played a mixture of songs from their first two albums, plus 2 Oasis songs, ‘Rock ‘n’ roll star’ and ‘Morning Glory’, which went down very well with the crowd and had them singing along and throwing beer around. Liam’s voice struggled to cope at times, especially during Rock ‘n’ roll star, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind as they sang along with him. To help the party along, giant plectrum-shaped Ibiza Rocks balloons and inflatable guitars floated down from one of the balconies onto the crowd below.

Beady Eye aren’t Oasis, but Liam Gallagher will always be Liam Gallagher and retain his distinctive style, whether you like it or not. But you can’t fault the band, even if you don’t like their material – they are tight, professional and look the part. It’s pure rock and roll. I enjoyed their performance much more than when I saw them at Somerset House in London a couple of years ago, but then London audiences can be a bit cold and have a negative impact on a band, the complete opposite to the audience at Ibiza Rocks last night.

It was a great lineup and a great birthday party. Happy birthday Ibiza Rocks, and here’s to many more successful years!

Beady Eye played:

  • Flick of the Finger
  • Four Letter Word
  • Soul Love
  • Second Bite of the Apple
  • Iz Rite
  • Shine a light
  • Rock ‘n’ roll Star
  • I’m Just Saying
  • Morning Glory
  • The Rroller
  • Start Anew
  • Bring the Light
  • Wigwam

Words by ClaireB

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Tinie Tempah and G-FrSH at Ibiza Rocks, 10/7/2013

July 12th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-tinie-temphahThis week’s gig was the return of Tinie Tempah to Ibiza Rocks – his third headline gig at the venue. For me, this was the third time I had seen him live, and whilst it’s not my chosen genre of music to see live, I knew that he put on a slick show and that it should be a good gig.

Support was from the London rapper G-FrSH, who took to the stage on schedule at 9.20pm, as the sun was setting on another glorious hot day in Ibiza. The area in front of the stage was already packed in anticipation of getting a good view view of Tinie Tempah, and it wasn’t long before he had the crowd with him, as he prowled across the stage, with his DJ behind him. Girls screamed every time he grabbed hold of his crotch! The crowd loved him, and he was a great support act for Tinie.

Video clip of G-FrSH performing @ Ibiza Rocks

By the time Tinie Tempah was due to take to the stage at 10.40, the place was packed. The DJ finished, Tinie’s backing band came onstage, and the crowd went wild, chanting “Tinie, Tinie, Tinie, Tinie …”. I had never witnessed scenes like this before at Ibiza rocks. Normally the crowd is appreciative of the acts, but I’d never seen such vociferous chanting before someone took to the stage. It set the scene for what was to come, and when Tinie appeared onstage with his sidekick DJ Charlesy after what seemed like a minute or two, the crowd went mental.

This year with a full backing band of guitar, keyboards and drummer, the sound was much more powerful, and for me a more interesting live experience. It’s not particularly my favourite genre of music, but you couldn’t fault Tinie, DJ Charlesy and his band’s performance. They were tight, knew exactly what they were doing, and clearly had a lot of fun doing it. Tinie remarked before they kicked into hit single ‘It’s written in the stars’ that he was “feeling the love tonight Ibiza”, and that he couldn’t believe the success that he’s had and tells everyone they can do what they want to and that it’s written in the stars. It sounds a tad contrived, but I believed he meant every word of it. And it was very moving, as the audience sang the first few bars of the song for him.

ibiza-rocks-2013-tinie-temphahAfter ‘Trampoline’ and ‘Earthquake’, they played from ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, saying how they usually change the words in the song from ‘Ibiza’ to ‘Poland’ to suit wherever they are playing, but they don’t need to do that tonight. However, Charlesy suggests they should just sing from ‘Ibiza 2 Ibiza’, which is exactly what they do, and the crowd goes even more crazy, and start throwing beer into the air. For ‘Drinking from the bottle’, G-Frsh comes on with some bottles of champagne (it could have been cava) and he and Charlesy go onto the roof of the exit tunnel to the right of the stage and spray champagne over the crowd. Tinie does the same from the front of the stage. And so another level of mentalness is reached. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of this, as I was busily writing down notes of what I was witnessing and missed the best part of it by the time I got my camera out.

During ‘Pass Out’ they announce that they want to take it up another level, and want everyone to take their tops off, including the girls if they’re wearing another layer, and spin them around their heads like a helicopter, to which of course, most people do. And they really do manage to take it up another level!

The atmosphere was electric – if you could bottle it and let it out for future events you would be onto a winner! So much so, that after Tinie and his band left the stage after Pass Out (there was no encore), lots of people stayed behind to dance to the superb music that was being played. Normally people leave pretty soon after the act finishes, but last night they didn’t want to go home, such was the energy and vibe in the place.

Tinie is definitely on top of his game at the moment, and it was an amazing spectacle to see the crowd going crazy with his every move. Another great Ibiza Rocks gig that will surely go down in the history books.

Words by ClaireB, photos by Liisi Toom and ClaireB

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Tinie videos

Video of Tinie performing Hitz

Video of Tinie performing Earthquake

Video of Tinie performing From Miami 2 Ibiza

Video clip of Tinie performing @ Ibiza Rocks

Video of Tinie performing Pass Out

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Bastille & The Other Tribe, Ibiza Rocks 26/06/13

June 27th, 2013

Another great night of live music with Bastille & The Other Tribe at Ibiza Rocks. Followed by the usual shenanigans at Pikes Hotel at Ibiza Rocks House till the early morning…

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The Other Tribe

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Bastille

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The Vaccines & Palma Violets, Ibiza Rocks 19/06/13

June 21st, 2013

This gig was one of the Ibiza Rocks lineups I was most looking forward to for the 2013 season – The Vaccines with support from Palma Violets. I had seen The Vaccines when they played Ibiza Rocks two years ago and I’m really liking what I’ve heard from Palma Violets so far, and really wanted to see them live.

ibiza-rocks-2013-palma-violetsPalma Violets hit the stage at 9.20 and immediately showed that they meant business. The four youngsters from London, guitarist Samuel, bassist Chilli, keyboard player Peter and drummer William, worked through their energetic set with great enthusiasm and skill, and won the crowd over in no time. Samuel and Chilli shared the vocals, as they played tracks from their first album ‘180’, which was released in February this year. They commanded the front of the stage, working up a sweat in the process. At the end of their set, most of the band jumped off the stage into the crowd to join them for a dance. A great end to a great set. My only complaint was that they didn’t play for long enough, which is often the case with the support bands.

ibiza-rocks-2013-vaccinesThe Vaccines followed at 10.40, after some great tunes from the Ibiza Rocks DJs whilst the stage was being set up. They played for about an hour, getting through a massive 17 song set, achievable because most of their songs are really short. It was a fast-paced set of pure, energetic, power-poppy, indie rock, and the crowd loved it, cranking up a gear for their single ‘If You Wanna’.

 

They also played a new song for us ‘Melody Calling’, with singer Justin taking up an acoustic guitar, and which went down very well with the crowd. Material for the third album? They ended with Norgaard, and left the stage to feedback from Freddie’s guitar – I love it when bands do that! There was no encore, but in my opinion we got the perfect ending to the gig.

I enjoyed them much more than when I saw them two years ago. Back then, they didn’t have many songs and the set was quite short. They’ve also matured onstage, and there was a much rockier edge to their newer material and their performance. It was a great gig – two bands that complimented each other perfectly, and a brilliant night of live rock music. The crowd loved it and it was clear that the bands loved it too – everyone left happy.

Palma Violets Best of Friends

Palma Violets Chicken Dippers

Vaccines videos
Post Break-Up Sex

A Lack of Understanding

Blow It Up

The Vaccines played:
Blow It Up
Teenage Icon
Ghost Town
Tiger Blood
A Lack of Understanding
Wetsuit
Under Your Thumb
Wolfpack
Post Break-Up Sex
All In White
Aftershave Ocean
Melody Calling
Wreckin’ Bar
Bad Mood
If You Wanna
I Always Knew
Norgaard

Words by ClaireB

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Palma Violets

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The Vaccines

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