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The Hepatitis C Trust offers a MEGA Trip to Ibiza

April 14th, 2014

The Hepatitis C Trust is making its 6th trip to the International Music Summit (IMS) and to celebrate they have collaborated with all our favourite people here in Ibiza to offer a lucky person the chance an amazing 5 day Trip to Ibiza for two.

2 x British Airway City Flyer tickets
2 x passes to International Music Summit
2 x Tickets to the Legends dinner with Nile Rodgers
2 x Tickets to Space Opening Party
Accommodation for two at Boutique Hostal Salinas

To win click go to The Trust’s appeal page make a donation and answer a simple question about hepatitis C.

Competition closes on the 12th May. The winner will be announced on the 12th May.

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Superyachts, Supercars and Powerboats – Ibiza Gears Up for Summer of Excess

March 31st, 2014

With the Gumball 3000 Rally, Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and an eight million euro overhaul of the Port of Ibiza planned for summer 2014, Ibiza is in for a spell under the luxury spotlight.

First to cruise into town is Gumball 3000’s 16th annual car rally.  Starting in Miami on 4 June and concluding one week later in Ibiza on 11 June, the adrenalin-fuelled road trip will cross five countries in two continents enjoying parties, concerts and VIP hospitality along the way.  Created by ex-racing driver, designer and entrepreneur, Maximillion Cooper, the Gumball 3000 now attracts live crowds of over a million people.  Previous petrol head participants have included Dannii Minogue, Jodie Kidd, Danny Dyer, Rachel Hunter, Caprice and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay.  Ibiza is an obvious choice for the perfect hedonistic closing party.

Next up is a switch from the open road to the high seas and the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship which was established back in 1964.  Ibiza is a new and exciting venue for this sport, joining Bulgaria, Italy and the UAE for the 2014 season, and will host its three-day Grand Prix weekend from 5 to 7 September.  Regarded as the pinnacle of international offshore powerboat racing, a premium sporting brand to match its Moto GP and Formula 1 cousins, the twin-engined raceboats of Class 1 can reach speeds in excess of 250km/h and the ‘travelling circus’ will certainly make its presence felt when it comes into town towards the end of the summer.

Just one week after the powerboats leave the island, work will begin on the Port of Ibiza’s eight million euro facelift.  The project will demolish the old disused ferry terminal and in its place create a large 5,000m² public square, a 400m² building housing storage, changing rooms, offices, a tourist office and public bathrooms, plus a 200m² street-level terrace.  Road traffic and parking spaces will be restricted to the essential minimum and a cycle path will connect the Port to the City.  Work will commence on 15 September and finish in May 2015, ready for the next summer season.  Chairman of the Balearic Port Authority, Alberto Pons, said that once the upgrade was complete, this superyacht haven would be amongst “the best in the Mediterranean, if not the best”.

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Ibiza International Music Summit 2014 moves to new Hard Rock Hotel

January 23rd, 2014

IMS at Atzaro 2008It’s been quite a journey from those early days of the IMS back in 2008 when it was held at Atzaro in the North. In the meantime it’s gone through a couple of venue changes, Palladium in Santa Eulalia and the past few years at the Gran Hotel in Ibiza Town.

This year they are moving base to the new Hard Rock Hotel which opens May 18th 2014 in Playa den Bossa, next to Ushuaia Towers.

It may seem a surprising move given the name of the new hotel but with the background alliance between  Ushuaia, Hard Rock Hotel and the Palladium Hotel group it shouldnt actually be that surprising – indeed it makes absolutely complete sense to have a music conference in what is billed to be a “music hotel”.

International Music Summit, one of the world’s most important and influential music industry gatherings, is moving to a new home for its seventh annual conference and taking electronic music delegates and industry executives to Ibiza’s hotly anticipated newcomer, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

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hard rock hotel ibizaThe summit, which has earned a reputation as ‘the TED of music conferences’, will bring together the genre’s most important and influential decision makers. Leading thinkers, futurists, trailblazers, artists, global brands and technology pioneers will debate, announce and explain new initiatives and strategies.

Alongside the deep thinking seminars, the most creative minds in music will unveil new music, strategies, apps and even create the summit’s own anthem while some of the newest breakthrough artists will be showcased. The event will also host the IMS Legends Dinner, in honour of a leading artist who has shaped the genre continually.


IMS partner Ben Turner states:

hard rock hotel ibizaIMS was created so people can debate and be inspired about the future of a technology-driven genre of music, so inevitably our host venue needs to move with the times also.

This is a major opportunity for us to create a new home as we expand with the genre and with the ambitions of our delegates. We are impressed with the work of the Hard Rock group and feel we are in good hands. The irony of the history and name of the hotel is not lost on us – this is a true reflection of how our music is seeping into mainstream culture worldwide and continuing to break down barriers of entry.

Corporate Director of sales and marketing at Palladium Hotel Group, behind Hard Rock Hotel, Juan Jose Calvo says:

We are delighted that the International Music Summit Ibiza has decided to celebrate its annual event at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

With music being one of the most important aspects of our new hotel, there is a natural compatibility between IMS and Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

The new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will comprise of two buildings joined by a completely re-modelled lobby and a multifunctional space that will include a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Staying true to its musical heritage, the hotel will also feature live music performances by internationally renowned groups, complementing the Ibiza scene, a place of pilgrimage for international artists.

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Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Pinktober campaign

October 12th, 2013

The world-famous Hard Rock brand is going PINK in support of its 14th Annual PINKTOBERT campaign, which provides guests with a variety of ways to show their support for the cause! Proceeds from the campaign will support research and awareness-driving efforts for breast cancer charities worldwide, and Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza could not be more proud to participate in it.

Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza launched its PINKTOBER campaign this past 26th of September with a magnificent concert of 2 great artists: Dover and Macaco, where the volunteers of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer – the AECC of Ibiza – came to help in the bar during the concert. At the end of the concert, Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza donated 847,14€ to this local group.

Also, to support the PINKTOBER campaign, both artists agreed to sing a pink Fender guitar which will be raffled off at the end of this month. The tickets for the raffle are only 2€ and are available all month at Hard Rock Cafe. All of the money collected will be donated directly to the AECC of Ibiza. The winner will be announced the 30th of October on the Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Facebook page. (

PINKTOBER also brings the possibility to collaborate with special edition merchandise, including Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER T- shirt, which is currently available at Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza. Part of the total sales of this product will be donated to the local association to directly help those on the island who are most affected with this illness.

Continuing with the agenda of activities, on Thursday 24th of October, Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza will offer a unique concert inside the cafe where 3 local bands – of different generations – “Epsilon”, “Jetlag” and “Uncle Sal” – will also assist with the fundraising by sharing their talent and show for free. This concert will be free entrance, with a suggested donation, and everybody is welcome from 20:00 hrs.

The end of the campaign will be a charity dinner on Saturday 26th of October where Hard Rock will raffle exclusive prizes, all with the objective to collect the most money possible for Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER campaign. Tickets for the dinner are available at Hard Rock Cafe and also from the AECC of Ibiza (

If you would like to join and help with the PINKTOBER campaign with a contribution or idea, please contact:

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Veteran Record Exec Jerry Greenberg & The Aristofreeks launch new Pacific Electronic Music label

September 30th, 2013


Veteran Record Executive Jerry Greenberg has formed a new worldwide music company, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM) with Ibiza based electronic producing and DJ duo, The Aristofreeks. PEM’s first signing is Kathy Sledge, lead singer of Sister Sledge. The company will have headquarters both in Beverly Hills and Ibiza and will focus on releasing electronic dance music with global appeal. It will be distributed globally by Kobalt Music’s AWAL distribution arm.


PEM launched the label at the 16th Annual DJ Awards in Ibiza, September 25, 2013, with a live showcase of The Aristofreeks and Kathy Sledge performing “We Are Family”. The Ibiza DJ Awards presented Jerry Greenberg with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of hands-on shaping the music of generations. Furthermore, the organization also awarded Kathy Sledge the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award for her work both inside and outside the music industry.

Greenberg who at 32, became the youngest ever major label president when he was elevated at Atlantic Records will serve as Chairman of PEM. At Atlantic Greenberg signed classic rock acts Genesis, Foreigner, and Whitesnake, among others. He oversaw the massive success of both The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, to name a few. In addition to his successes in the rock genre, forming this new company marks a return to Sledge and his dance music roots. Greenberg not only signed Sister Sledge to Atlantic but also engineered their massive success with disco classics like “We Are Family” and “The Greatest Dancer.” Read the rest of this entry »

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16th DJ Awards, Ibiza, 25/9/2013

September 26th, 2013

dj awardsNow in its 16th year, the DJ Awards were held last night in Pacha. The evening’s proceedings kicked off with a press party beforehand at the sumptuous Ocean Drive Hotel, where the world’s media jostled for photos and interviews with the nominated DJs and producers who were present.

The award ceremony then took place at Pacha, with Ibiza and Pacha resident DJ Graham Sahara spinning the tunes before and after the ceremony proper. Hosted efficiently by Des Paul and DJ Lora, each award and the nominees were announced, and the winners took to the stage to collect their DJ Awards Trophy, made from green kryptonite. Part way through, we were treated to a live PA by Francesco Rossi, who performed ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ which won the award for ‘Track of the season’.

kathy sledgeBut the highlight of the night for me was the PA by Kathy Sledge (the youngest of the infamous Sister Sledge sisters) who in recognition of her ‘Outstanding contribution award’ performed to Aristofreek’s remix of ‘We are family’. Kathy has just signed to the newly launched Pacific Electronic Music label, so there’ll be plenty of new music and remixes coming from her soon.

The Lifetime achievement award was presented to Jerry L Greenberg, who at 32, was the youngest president of any major record company in the recording industry as President of Atlantic Records in 1974.

aristofreeks & jerry greenbergJerry was responsible for breaking artists in the US such as Chic, The Trammps, Shannon, Abba and rock acts The Rolling Stones, Genesis and Led Zeppelin amongst others. Jerry announced that he has formed a new worldwide music company, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM) with Ibiza-based electronic producing and DJ duo, The Aristofreeks, aka Lenny Ibizarre and Max Martire.

At the end all the winners appeared together on the stage proudly holding their awards for photographs – a nice touch.

It was actually a great night. I expected it to be a long and drawn out affair, but it wasn’t, and it was great to witness a live performance from Kathy Sledge, in what has seen the resurgence of disco in Ibiza this summer, thanks to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ getting a lot of airing on the island and Chic playing live at Ibiza Rocks earlier in the month.

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Ibiza Music Video Festival, 11th October 2013

September 24th, 2013

Music video award winners to be announced at first music video festival in Ibiza
International filmmakers lead jury for music video awards

The submission process opened this month for the new music video awards being launched at the inaugural Ibiza Music Festival taking place next month on 11 October.

Music video filmmakers and producers can submit their work for the awards to be considered by a jury of leading international filmmakers and creatives including:

  • Andy Gulliman – Broadcast Director for the Saatchi & Saatchi group of companies and behind multi-award winning campaigns such as Levi’s Twist and Xbox Champagne;
  • Ben Sullivan – producer of TV commercials and music videos and Grammy award winner for the Best Music Video as produced of Rhianna’s ‘We Found Love’;
  • John Perez – the director of photography for Rihanna’s ‘Te amo’, Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’, and Beyonce and Lady Gaga’s ‘Video Phone’;
  • Lisa Gunning – film editor who made her directing debut with the promo for Goldfrapp’s ‘Drew’, the first of five series of films to accompany the ‘Tales of Us’ album;
  • Nick Powell – Director of the internationally renowned National Film and Television School which produces many of the world’s leading filmmakers and formerly behind setting up some of the most progressive British film production companies such as Palace Pictures and Scala Films, and Virgin Records with Richard Branson;
  • Ron Wisener – the legendary music producer who has worked with Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight and The Pips, and programmes including the 25th anniversary of BET, The Soul Train: The Dance Years, Michael Jackson Tribute and most recently Chaka Khan’s Legends of Fame at the Apollo Theatre.
  • Ross Anderson – a former video commissioner, now CEO of his own production company Nice & Polite, and behind the award-winning music videos by Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs and Take That, as well as many others; and
  • Tareq Kubaisi – a director at Nice Shirt Films and award-winning production company Hammer & Tongs whose creative experience encompasses films such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambo and music videos for Oasis, Madonna, Radiohead and Coldplay. He is also the owner of the post-production house, Raised by Wolves.

Other industry professionals involved in the event include music video and film directors Alma Har’el, Huse Monfaradi and Jay Smith (MTV).
Rupert Bryan, co-director of the Ibiza Music Video Festival and the Awards says, “The music video industry has long produced some of the most exciting creative work both visually and technically that reaches audiences worldwide. As well as creating a valuable part of an artist’s repertoire, many music videos directors and key creatives on their crews go on to work in the commercials, documentary and feature film industries.

“Ibiza will be a wonderful launch-pad for the first music video festival and the awards as it offers great production facilities and locations for making music videos as well as being renowned as the dance capital of the world. The enthusiasm and ideas for this one-day inaugural festival has been overwhelming and we are already considering building in more days for the next one.”

Elizabeth Fear, co-director adds, “In addition to public screenings, we are also hosting industry-only events for music video producers and production executives which will include discussions, Q&As and the demo screenings. The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony followed by a party.”

The festival is open to emerging and established music video talent with the sole objective being to showcase the best of music video talent. Entrants are invited to go to ‘to upload their video, nominating themselves for a maximum of three categories ranging from best director and best production design, to best styling, colouring or VFX.

The festival is open to all music video professionals to attend, not just those who are submitting music videos for the festival or the awards.

The industry programme includes presentations with experts such as Ross Anderson, a former video commissioner and now owner of his own production company, Nice & Polite, who will share his experience on how to win a commission as well as sessions on storyboarding and treatment writing. Attendees can also look forward to practical kit demonstrations from Manfrotto.

To register to attend the festival go to wish4ticket

To submit a music video for the awards go to

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White Island Music Festival, Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, 07/09/13

September 12th, 2013

The second White Isle Music Festival took place in Ibiza on Saturday 7th September. This year it moved to the spectacular setting of Bastion St. Pere in Dalt Vila. With a line-up of up-and-coming bands from the UK and musicians living in Ibiza, it promised to be a great little festival, and it was. Only the forecasted rain threatened to spoil the proceedings, but in the end it didn’t!

We arrived just as the sun had set behind the hills in the distance leaving a pinky glow lighting up the sky from behind, providing a great vista from the site. The stage was in front of the huge walls of Dalt Vila – an amazing backdrop for the performances.

Opening the festival were Lost Podenco, which saw Ibizan resident Phil Dobie playing live for the first time with a backing band. Phil’s melodic tunes really came alive with a band and they soon had the growing crowd down the front of the stage to watch them. The heavens started to open during the last song, but they managed to get through to the end of it, with the help of someone sheltering Phil under an umbrella. Fortunately that was the worst of the weather for the night.

In between the bands DJ Spider played some tunes and kept us entertained. Next up onstage were Hot Ice, who funked it up a bit with their fusion of soul, jazz, spanish, rock and african music.

Plum aka Scottish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Shona Maguire took it down a notch, accompanied by a bassist and a bank of electronic samples. She recently won “Best Electronic Act” at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (2013). Her soaring vocals over the electro beats were very atmospheric, especially against the backdrop of the now floodlit Dalt Vila walls. She experienced a few technical problems throughout when some of the samples didn’t want to play, but it didn’t spoil what was a great and moving set.

Switching musical genres again to something much more rock ‘n’ roll, next were 4-piece band Burning Beaches, who announced that they were from London, England. Wielding their guitars across the stage, they upped the pace and got the crowd moving.

Whilst the stage was prepared for the next band we were treated to an unscheduled acoustic performance from local Rick Bargiel, in place of Pixie Ramsey who unfortunately couldn’t make it. Rick played a couple of blinding songs he had written the other day and got a great reception for them.

Last but by no means least were The Black Tambourines, a 4-piece band from Cornwall. Their bio said that they “lace grunge-ridden garage rock with surf pop sensibilities” and that’s exactly what they did. And apparently they’ve been tipped as “ones to watch” by The NME, so keep an eye out for them playing near you soon.

All in all, it was a really enjoyable festival, with a diverse range of live performers, who all played great sets in a fantastic setting. Roll on next September, to the White Isle Festival number 3.

Afterwards many of us went on to Grial for an impromptu after party and carried on partying into the early hours of the morning, courtesy of the great music played by DJs Colin Peters, Stephan Weidner and

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Words & Photos by ClaireB

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2nd White Island Music Festival, Dalt Vila, Sep 7th 2013

August 19th, 2013

The second of Ibiza’s very own ROCK FESTIVAL The White Island Music Festival will take place on 7th September 2013 in a new location this year in Ibiza Town, and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

For its second year, the festival takes place in the wonderful location of Baluarte de Sant Pere in Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed in 1555 the Bastion of Sant Pere is perched within the defensive walls of the old city, and offers wonderful views looking down on the city and the hills beyond.
Ibiza is renowned for its electronic and house music scene but this festival wants the white isle to be remembered for its contribution to rock and alternative music as well.

This year’s lineup again brings together up-and-coming musicians and bands who are independent from major labels and driven by a pure rock and roll spirit to create original music.

HOT ICE (Ibiza resident)
LOST PODENCO (Ibiza resident from Liverpool, UK)
PIXIE RAMSEY (Ibiza resident from Glastonbury, UK)
PLUM (Scotland, UK)

Plum Lost Podenco Pixie Ramsey
Burning Beaches The Black Tamborines

Tickets: 10€ in advance or on the door (priority will be given to those who have purchased tickets in advance)
Tickets can be purchased from Casa Marti?, Calle Joan Fuster (esquina Avda. Ignasi Wallis), Ibiza. Tel: 971315451

Doors open 7.15 pm – 12.30 am



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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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