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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

Miles Kan at Ibiza Rocks Bar 2013

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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Back2Live showcase at Hard Rock Hotel, May 20th 2015

May 1st, 2015

backtoliveWe love live music so when this popped up as part of the International Music Summit this year we could hardly not mention it.

After the Back2Live panel on Wednesday 20th May there will be a FREE  live showcase event, featuring a host of brand new talent, representing the spectrum of artists currently breaking ground on the live stage.

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
GIBSON BRANDS
APRIL TOWERS // HARLEY MAXWELL // POWER DRESS // THE WOLF // THIS IS A RECORDING // UNER // ANDY BAXTER
WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY 2015
HARD ROCK HOTEL, IBIZA
20:00 – 00:00

IMS partner Danny Whittle had this to say about the showcase:

This year IMS want to embrace and showcase the live potential of electronic music. We all know there are super talented DJs in our scene but there are also super talented bands and artists. So for the first time ever IMS will be presenting along, with Gibson Guitars, a full live extravaganza on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday 20th May, following the BACK2LIVE panel on Wednesday afternoon where we will be discussing live music in general. Entry to this event will be free to everyone not just IMS delegates to come and enjoy these amazing artists.

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Rudimental, Spandau Ballet, Shura & Slaves added to Ibiza Rocks 2015

April 15th, 2015

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Rudimental, Spandau Ballet, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Shura, Slaves,
Krept & Konan, Karen Harding & Sam Sure added.

catfish & the bottlemenNew bands announced include Rudimental, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Spandau Ballet who will return to play Ibiza for the first time since 1981 when they pioneered an electronic music revolution.  Supports come from  Shura, Slaves, Krept & Konan, Blonde, Karen Harding and Sam Sure.
Rudimental said:

We can’t wait to come back. Ibiza Rocks is a lovely story for us, we saw Dizzee Rascal at Ibiza Rocks when on holiday there and then a year later Feel The Love happened and we DJ’d with Disclosure and Zane Lowe and then played live last year which was one of the best nights of our summer. There’s such history there for us. It’s always such a good vibe and the idea to do a party in a hotel is just brilliant. As soon as we finish a gig at Ibiza Rocks, we just want to get in the crowd and party with everyone. We’re part of that culture so we want to rave as well. Ibiza Rocks, we love you. Rudimental are coming for you!!

Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet said:

Back in 1981 Spandau were playing one off events at the hottest clubs across the world from New York to St Tropez to the Beat Route in London and The Ku Club had a reputation for being pretty outrageous, in fact the night before we played we went to the club and someone released a bull onto the dancefloor which ended up in the swimming pool. We took over some of our London friends, before us no British people went to these clubs and that was when the conversation between the two nightlife’s began and Ibiza club culture was born. We’re really looking forward to going back and playing Ibiza Rocks.

Shane Murray, Brand Director said:

The energy created by a live band playing under the stars in Ibiza is unique and to celebrate 10 years of Ibiza Rocks with some of the best acts in the world is truly special. The significance of Spandau Ballets 1981 gig at Ku probably hasn’t been recognised and we’re hugely proud to be bringing them back to the island for the first time in almost 35 years. They allowed for the meeting of two cultures, which is something we did with Rocks again almost 25 years later. We have mass appreciation for the greats and huge passion for new talent. We booked Rudimental for their first ever Ibiza show and have watched them soar. We’ve got the hottest guitar band of the moment in Catfish & the Bottlemen coming back as headliners. Then of course there’s the gig that everyone is already talking about, The Libertines. This summer will be a proud one. 10 Years of Rocks… it’s only just the beginning.

17/06

OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS | BLONDE

24/06 SIGMA (LIVE) | KREPT & KONAN
01/07 JUNGLE | SHURA
15/07 CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
22/07 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES
29/07 RUDIMENTAL | SAM SURE
05/08 CLEAN BANDIT \ KAREN HARDING
19/08 SPANDAU BALLET
02/09 FATBOY SLIM PRESENTS SMILE HIGH CLUB
16/09 CLOSING PARTY WITH THE COURTEENERS



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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The Libertines to headline Ibiza Rocks 10th Birthday 2015

February 17th, 2015

ibiza rockspete doherty - ibiza rocks barSo the long awaited news is finally here – We’ve been proud to have been championing Ibiza Rocks from their start at Bar M back in 2007. It was a complete first to have live bands out in the open air and was such a breath of fresh air and something completely new. We’ve seen how Ibiza Rocks have developed from the little Music Box room at Privilege to consistently putting on THE best live gigs here in Ibiza.

Opening the start of the 14 week series of gigs will be BRIT nominees Years & Years on 17th June, drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma on the 24th June and one of our current faves Jungle & Shura on 1st July.

The biggy though is The Libertines returning to play the headline 10th Birthday show on the 22nd July. Then follows returning Clean Bandit on the 5th August and party expert Fatboy Slim on the 2nd September and closing the season will be festi stalwarts The Courteeners on the 16th September.

Andy McKay, Founder & CEO, Ibiza Rocks Group

The ultimate defining moment of Rocks was when we discovered that our future lay outdoors and that was the night Babyshambles played Bar M. It was the moment we found our time slot before midnight and the moment we discovered the energy created by a live band playing under the stars. It all clicked. It was that realisation that changing the soundtrack changed absolutely everything. By doing something that radical we skewed the whole direction of the future of Ibiza. To be celebrating 10 years on with a headline show from The Libertines, a truly iconic rock band reunited, is going to be one hell of a seminal moment for Ibiza Rocks. Roll on the next 10 years.

ibiza rocks - dirty pretty thingsCarl Barat, The Libertines

Ibiza Rocks is one of the greatest gigs there is. The strange and debauched energy of the place never fails to provide the perfect backdrop for bacchanalian reverie of the highest order. Everyone there is gonna be ‘mad for it’, I can’t wait. One of those nights actually worth the bastard hangover. Bring it.

Once again MTV will be documenting the series of gigs as their exclusive broadcast sponsor:

The network plans to broadcast a number of exclusive artist interviews, live performances and all the highlights from the 14-week long series from the Ibiza Rocks Hotel this summer hosted by Laura Whitmore.

17/06

OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS

24/06 SIGMA (LIVE)
01/07 JUNGLE | SHURA
22/07 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES
05/08 CLEAN BANDIT
02/09 FATBOY SLIM
16/09 CLOSING PARTY WITH THE COURTEENERS

 


 

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. Click on images for larger lightbox versions.

 

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New Ibiza Bus iphone app update

November 16th, 2014

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Get the Ibiza Bus in the app store

We’ve been hard at work the past month or so updating the Ibiza Bus iphone app.

  • New bus stops added, slight route changes & new placement of stops in Ibiza Town
  • Updated timetables
  • Beaches map added
  • Ibiza Weather added
  • offline maps for the routes
  • bug fixes
  • general improvements

You can download app here from itunes:

Final testing of the android version is being done right now and will be available shortly

Ibiza Bus is your island guide to all the timetables, routes, stops, maps, disco bus & ferries. All of the information apart from the maps is available offline so you don’t need wifi or need to use data roaming.

It also features your nearest bus stops, nearest points of interest and takes into account fiesta days (holidays).

You can save your favourite routes for easy access.

The beaches section has details of every beach on the island (all 80 odd) and the nearest bus stop.

Specific route listings for the Airport, Hospital, Beach only routes and a search function.

The Disco Bus section also enables you to see which clubs are on which route, and details of each of the clubs.

A local weather page with todays weather, the 3 hourly forecast and a 5 day forecast.


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Gumball 3000 Rally arrives in Ibiza

June 12th, 2014

The Gumball 3000 Rally arrived in Ibiza yesterday and so we wandered down to the port in San Antonio to see all 125 cars arrive on the ferry from Denia. It was suitably noisy and lots of very nice and obviously very expensive cars.



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Eihi Records launch party at Delanos

June 7th, 2014

Eihi Records had a launch party at Delanos on the beach in Playa D’en Bossa on Friday June 6th. Starting at 5pm on what was the hottest day of the year so far, being on the beach was a perfect setting to catch the last of the day’s sun, whilst sipping a cold beer and listening to some great house music.

The party was presented by label owner, Edu Garris, and starred special guest DJ Justin Harris, with live performances from Nestor Morales on percussion and Guaybo! Sax on saxophone.

Ibiza based record label Eihi Records, created by DJ and producer Edu Garris, is a place for musicians and artists with long and consistent musical careers within the electronic music scene and big producers of quality House music. Artists on the label include Eddies Matos, Brett Johnson, Jay Tripwire, Justin Harris, Jamie Anderson, Denmarkus Lewis and Deephope – all of whom have worked hard to take House music to where it is today.

The label is named in homage to the god Ihi, whom according to Egyptian mythology is the child god of the joy of music – mirroring the ethos of Eihi Records. The brand philosophy of Eihi Records is simple and honest and its values are transparent – to produce high quality and creative music with an excellent sound.

Founder of the label, Edu Garris, has a gift for blending many musical styles with an excellent technique, refined after more than 15 years of experience and full of good taste – all inspired by quality musicians and producers.

Working only with vinyl, the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music, EiHi Records carefully select each individual record release, with a heavy emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Thus, Eihi Records represent refinement, elegance, maturity and independence, with each vinyl record release packaged in artwork conceptually designed with the music it contains in mind.

Edu Garris says:

EIHI Recordings’ philosophy is our brand, which is simple and honest. It was created as a ‘place’ for big producers of House music. These are people that have worked hard to take House where it is today. EIHI’s values are transparent and include quality, musicality, artistic creativity and of course, an excellent sound. EIHI’s recordings will only work with vinyl, like the old times, since it is the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music. EIHI carefully selects each record release focusing on quality rather than quantity, so it represents refinement, transparency and independence. This is a brand for those that enjoy all the varieties of House music, because House itself is a feeling, a world of its own making. Each vinyl record is conceptually designed with music contained in it.

The first two releases are:

  • BEYOND THE DEEP, by Denmarkus Lewis.
    BEYOND THE DEEP, comes from the house icon Denmarkus Lewis and features two awesome tracks ‘Stokin The Vine’ and ‘Sliding In Deep’. American dance producer, Denmark Lewis, has released over 100 singles and countless remixes over the last 12 years. It is a well-known fact that he has the ability to change sound to fit within a multitude of genres from the deepest of deep house to the most electrifying sounds of Techno.
  • DEEPHOPE, by David Garcia a.k.a. Deephope.
    DEEPHOPE features two breathtaking tracks ´Love Loft´ and ´Day Nursery´. Deephope is a Music Producer and DJ who has always been faithful to the Deep House scene, producing music that is rich in warm sound, whilst deep and full of feelings.

Eihi Records have also confirmed 3 additional party dates this year at Delanos, on 11th July, 13th August and 5th September, all featuring special guests. More information will follow on the website in due course.

For more info see the website: http://eihirecordings.com

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1960’s Fender Stratocaster signed by Nile Rodgers, George Clinton & Simon Le Bon for auction

June 4th, 2014

The highlight of The International Music Summit (IMS) 2014 was the impromptu performance of four musical giants, at the IMS Legend’s Dinner in honour of Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile was joined on stage by Nona Hendryx best known for her collaboration with Patti LaBelle, Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, and Bootsy Collins. Also on stage Funkadelic and Parliament of Funks George Clinton was asked to take lead but the biggest surprise of the night was Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon flying out that night making an appearance, much to Nile’s shock and surprise. These 4 colossuses played renditions of Sister Sledge’s We are Family and Le Freak by Chic.

The sonic blue 1960’s Fender Stratocaster played by Nile on Stage was then donated to the IMS’s official charity The Hepatitis C Trust. The guitar was then signed by Nile, Simon Le Bon and George Clinton making it one of the most unique Fender Stratocaster’s in musical history.

The Hepatitis C Trust is particularly close to Nile Rogers heart as both his parents had the disease so he knows first-hand the harm caused by the disease. The guitar will be sold online on eBay. Click here for the link to the auction, which will be available to fans to bid on all over the world.

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Ibiza Music Video Festival 2014

June 4th, 2014

Ibiza’s very own music video festival will be back for its second year. Submissions are now open at http://talenthouse.com/

Artists are now invited to submit a music video they have worked on in the  past year. These will then be judged in time for the festival’s opening and all winners rewarded at an award’s ceremony. In association with  Talenthouse (the online submissions platform) this competition works as  an essential call-to-action pre-narrative to the festival, creates buzz and  further promotes attendance.

Two-Day Festival:

  • A three-part Academy, with guest speakers, focusing on Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.
  • Q&A session
  • Interactive workshops/stations showing hands on techniques such as prosthetic makeup, editing software, digital hub, business monetising strategy and a ‘career surgery’
  • Award Ceremony
  • 36-hour content creation competition

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Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza confirms Chic and Nile rodgers for official grand opening

April 25th, 2014

hard rock hotel ibizaEurope’s first Hard Rock Hotel, the highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, has revealed plans for its official Grand Opening on 13th June 2014. Guests, celebrities and VIPs will be part of the debut event to celebrate the property’s launch, which will feature an exclusive performance by legendary disco band Chic, alongside its co-founder and guitarist Nile Rodgers, most recently noted for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s smash hit, Get Lucky. The Grand Opening will kick off at 6pm and finish at midnight.

The opening event leads the way for a series of concerts throughout the summer that will take place every Friday at the new hotel’s outdoor concert terrace. The stellar line-up of international artists includes R&B singer/songwriter Robin Thicke whose song Blurred Lines rose to the top of the charts garnering three Grammy nominations and will take centre stage on 4th July, 2014. International long-time rapper Snoop Dogg, who has sold more than 30 million albums, gained 26 prestigious music awards and has been nominated for 16 Grammy awards will continue the line-up by performing on 15th August, 2014.

Located on the stunning shores of Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s most famous party beach boasting a plethora of leisure offerings, the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will bring the iconic brand’s signature vibe, unmatched service and unparalleled entertainment to an island already celebrated for its preeminent music culture.

We’re thrilled to introduce Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza as the ultimate holiday hot spot presenting electrifying headlining entertainment and lavish amenities to fans and guests worldwide,” says Abel Matutes Prats, CEO at Palladium Hotel Group. “With the buzz surrounding the property as the first of its kind in Europe and home to this year’s International Music Summit, we’re certain Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will exceed expectations and continue to intrigue the music world.”
“Ibiza has long proven itself as one of the most dynamic and sought-after destinations for music lovers,” states Josh Littman, EMEA director of development, Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos. “The distinct beauty and rich history of the area, combined with Hard Rock’s undeniable passion for music will surely attract fans worldwide as offering guests authentic unforgettable experiences is paramount to the Hard Rock brand.

Elevating the area’s already vibrant lifestyle, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is a transformation of two former Palladium Hotel Group properties on Playa d’en Bossa. Abel Matutes Prats explains

The island has a long tradition of attracting legendary artists from around the world. In fact, Bob Marley stayed in the old hotel during his 1978 concert visit to Ibiza, and we will be carrying on this musical legacy with world-class live music and DJ performances for our guests.

hard rock hotel ibizaHard Rock Hotel Ibiza is the newest five-star property to open on an island that is quickly developing a reputation for gourmet dining and the highest level of luxury.

The hotel will feature iconic music memorabilia, contemporary décor and signature amenities such as the Rock Spa®, Body Rock® workout area, extraordinary dining and an open-air poolside stage. It will create an idealistic setting for music lovers seeking rock star luxury along with a high-energy, immersive and authentic rock music experience in a chic Mediterranean setting.

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