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Rock n Roll at Las Dalias, Ibiza tonight

July 20th, 2009

The brilliant Mariana Pellegrino will be playing live at Las Dalias tonight.

You can check out some of her stuff on her myspace page.

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Vaughan’s 50th Birthday weekend

April 3rd, 2009

Ibiza icon Vaughan, the man behind Pacha’s funky room, is having a monster party weekend for his 50th Birthday. It’s pretty safe to say that the great and not so good of Ibiza will attend at least one of the days – Not for the faint-hearted and don’t expect to contact anyone on Monday:

8pm – 11pm Dinner at Ocho (reservations only), 11pm- 1am Rock Bar, Ibiza, 1am onwards PRIVATE PARTY (invitation only) @ Funky Room Pacha.

8pm onwards – Las Dalias. Set menu and party all night. Live music and entertainment, Kids welcome early.

8pm onwards, Bambuddha Grove dinner, then Aura with Antz and funky room crew

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“Too Much Music”, Ibiza

December 11th, 2008

“Too Much Music” is the name of Ibiza’s latest record label. The brainchild of local flamenco hero Paco Fernandez and Las Dalias entertainment’s livewire Chris Gonzalez, it is based at the studio set up by Paco beneath his home in Can Tomas. Despite its location beneath the house, the studio still has a big picture window with a view over Sant Antoni to the sunsets of Cafe del Mar fame. Inspirational stuff indeed…

The name of the record label is a flippant reference to the village itself, but the partners are serious about their mission, which they describe as the ‘non-commerce driven music created straight from the heart by resident and visiting musicians inspired by the island’.

Paco himself hails from Andalucia, the heartland of gypsy flamenco, and is consequently both passionate about the spontaneous spirit of ‘street folk’ and very adept at performing it. Few island residents can have failed to come across his silky skills on the guitar at a veritable catalogue of island venues. Yes, we’re lucky – he, as many before him, fell in love with the islands’ charms and he’s made it his home for over forty years now.

His passion for the island now comes through in his flamenco: “stormy skies, the smell of pine, of sea, of the silence of dusk, of the peace of the sunrise…”, to borrow his own words. But ‘Too Much Music’ serves as both a breakpoint and an acknowledgement of a more recent relationship with the pre-eminent electronic music of the last two decades.

Uniting his beloved flamenco with this relative newcomer on the block appealed to his curiosity – “then blew me away with the union of their individual textures”. Living and working with DJs and producers went on to open a whole new can of worms. This experience and exploring a more contemporary feel resulted in the new label.

acoustic ibizaThe label’s first release is the first Las Dalias CD, “Acoustic Ibiza“, which features a burnt out mixing desk standing in a rust red field surrounded by pine trees with dawn breaking over the distant bay of Cala San Vicente. The mixing desk came from the now defunct “Studios Mediterraneo” and both are the stuff of legend, having been used by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, New Order, Katrina & the Waves, Judas Priest, the Boomtown Rats and many others.

The label’s ethic, however, aims to go even further back into the annals of musical history. It is grounded in the music of the 70s when a single track could run to ten or twenty minutes depending on where the musicians involved went wandering in their quest to convey the unspeakable. Think Floyd, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream etc.

As you’ll have gathered there are a variety of influences going into the mix, despite an overriding intention to ‘bring it back to the way it used to be’ before dance music became dominant and then inevitably waned with the passage of time. They’re aiming to recover the vibe of forty years ago that originally put the island on the map and attracted a galaxy of musical heroes from then on…

chris gonzales and paco fernandezChris Gonzalez, the voluble human dynamo of Las Dalias fame, is very excited about the new project and points out that news of an Ibiza renaissance in live music and an innovative studio focusing on the original Ibizan musical values is already attracting interest on the Spanish mainland. It appears that numerous musicians have expressed a desire to come over to record on that legendary island called Ibiza following in the footsteps of their many icons of the last four decades.

Could it be that we’re witnessing the emergence of the 21st Century version of “Studios Mediterraneo”, or would we be in danger of compromising the ‘non-commerce driven’ dictat of this embryonic studio? As Paco would say – true music is from the heart, not commercially driven. In the meantime, through their enthusiasm, the future looks rosy with two more album projects already in the pipeline.

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Las Dalias christmas market

December 1st, 2008

Las Dalias’ christmas market is back again this year and is open from the 5th to 23rd December with Father Christmas turning for the kids on the 22nd December.

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Las Dalias – New Acoustic album

July 6th, 2008

lasdalias.jpgFrom Las Dalias’ Myspace page – we echo the sentiments completely…

It’s happening! This week we receive the new album!

Las Dalias is about to take a step in a direction hitherto untravelled on this sunny isle…. “Acoustic Ibiza” will allow itself to swerve away from the ever more decrepit pitfall of electronic swill that has progressively inundated the island since the rise of Clubbing some 20 years back…. Strange to find that “modern” is really “back to the Roots” and viceversa…A full circle has taken us back to the days of musicianship once more….

“Acoustic Ibiza” is the first Ibizan album to hide the mouse and mousepad in the backroom and allow instrumentists to sit in the parlour with the Sunday crockery….The artists involved are real and visible, they all belong to the musical family of Las Dalias. They play live and are bigger than life more often than not… Yep! These are songs folks, not just tracks….

Often the textures of the songs are rough as the rocks at Aguas Blancas, sometimes as colourful as the red earth here in the “hood” in San Carlos, sometimes as poignant as a violet daybreak over the bay of San Vicente….appropriately so, Ibiza is this and much more. Those of us that camp on beyond the last Easyjet of October, have felt the gentle breeze of autumn running chill down our backs as the sun disappears over Benirras.

God what it’s like to love Ibiza….!!

Further info on the album shortly….

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sundays in ibiza

June 28th, 2008

Tonight we’re off to some new sushi place that I can’t remember the name of but tomorrow we’ve got a full on day ahead. It starts with the new Pikes Hotel breakfast thing – we’ll be packing the swimming cossi and towel and then later in the day its the las dalias mini festival that we blogged about before here


and then later:

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Mini Festival at las Dalias, Ibiza

June 17th, 2008

June 29th is the date for a mini festival at Las Dalias organised by local resident Andy Taylor ex of Duran Duran fame.

Underground Heroes at Ibiza Rocks Hotel shop – Photo by Rachel Lines

It all starts at 4pm and runs through till 6am

  • Childrens area with face painting, clowns, X-box etc
  • 2 live stages
  • festival food: hotdogs, burgers etc
  • a new lounge and newly redecorated

Andy Taylor will play on the main stage as well as

  • Andy Taylor Jr’s band The Electic City
  • The Underground Heroes
  • Hungover Stuntmen
  • The Natives
  • The Sneakypeeks
  • Duke

DJ’s include

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Hungover Stuntmen at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
  • Lenny Ibizarre
  • Jon Sa Trincha
  • Dan Williams and Jade Jagger
  • Graham Sahara
  • Willy Graff

It’s a great idea and it promises to be great fun – tickets are 30 euros from Las Dalias – a little bit of glastonbury finally comes to Ibiza.

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Las Dalias and live music in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

September 17th, 2007

We hadn’t been to the Las Dalias Hippy Market on Saturdays for ages – (probably something to do with football…), but since there was an early game and the rain had stopped we thought we outght to.

Unlike the Hippy Market in Es cana on Wednesdays – this doesn’t bring the entire area to standstill. Its far less “touristy” and we love sitting outside at the bar and just watching the world go buy. Afterwards we caught up with a cuple of friends at the San Carlos main meeting point (Anita’s Bar) and then later went to the main square in Santa Eulalia for some live music. An impressive Drummming and Flamenco display finished off with some really good “rock music”.

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Sitting at the garden bar at the Hippy Market, Las Dalias on Saturdays – watching the world go by
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Live music, druming & Flamneco outside the Town Hall on Saturday night


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Las Dalias, Ibiza – 53rd Birthday

August 17th, 2007

Last night Las Dalias celebrated their 53rd birthday. As usual it was a virtual roadblock outside and was packed inside.

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Las Dalias

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Paco Fernandez at Las Dalias, Ibiza

July 1st, 2007

This past few week has seen an amazing contrast music wise. First off we met the Hungover Stuntmen at Andy Taylors studio, Tuesday was Ibiza Rocks, Wednesday we saw young talent at Morna International College and last night the amazingly talented Paco Fernandez in probably his ideal setting…

Las Dalias is a small venue that is arguably the true home of live music in Ibiza – its history is littered with some of the bigest names in rock: (check their myspace site here).

Watching Paco play in any setting is great but when its in the gardens of Las Dalias on a lovely warm summer evening its something special. Latterly accompanied by Jon Michell on guitar and a beautiful spanish dancer, Paco and his small band entranced everyone. If you’re not moved by this then you probably don’t have a pulse.

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