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Theme Park, Two Door Cinema Club Ibiza Rocks 2012 Closing Review and Photos

September 21st, 2012

This was the closing party for the Ibiza Rocks summer season of 2012, the culmination of 16 weeks of live music at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

DJ Colin Peters kicked off the evening’s proceedings with some great tunes.

theme parkSupport band Theme Park came onstage at 9.25, and the area in front of the stage was already filled. This was the second time they’ve played here this summer. They supported The Maccabees back in June, but their set was cut short due to some sound gremlins, so it was great to see them back again as I really enjoyed them last time.

In the three months that have passed since then, they’ve played at a lot of festivals, and they’ve released another single ‘Jamaica’, which will be on their debut album to be released soon. As a result, they have more confidence in their performance, and singer Miles belts out his high pitched, soulful vocals, over their funky, poppy, jangly guitar-laden music. I said it last time and I’ll say it again – they’re young, they’re a great band and they should have an exciting future ahead of them.

Video of Theme Park performing ‘Milk’ youtube

Setlist:
Ghosts
Holland
Jamaica
Milk
Tonight
Wax
Two Hours

two door cinema clubWhen headliner’s Two Door Cinema came onstage, nearly everyone had their hands in the air and their phones out to record their entrance. Singer Alex told the packed venue that this is their first time in Ibiza, and it’s exciting to be here. They played an 80-minute set to rapturous applause, combining singles and tracks from their debut album ‘Tourist History’ and the recently released second album ‘Beacon’.

Throughout, the audience is a swaying, hand waving mass, when they’re not jumping up and down. Alex thanked the audience for being so beautiful. But when they end with their single ‘What You Know’, everyone goes mad. Inevitably they came back to perform another 3 songs for the encore. It was a great performance, and the audience loved them, and Ibiza Rocks certainly rocked for the last live gig of 2012. What a great summer season it’s been.

Afterwards, DJ Colin Peters returned to the decks, and played Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, which brought a little tear to my eye with the realisation that it’s all over for this year. Bring on summer 2013!

Videos of Two Door Cinema Club:
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Setlist:

Next Year
Undercover Martyn
Do You Want It All?
This Is The Life
Wake U
You’re Not Stubborn
Sleep Alone
Sun
Something Good Can Work
Beacon
Settle
Handshake
Eat That Up It’s Good For You
What You Know
Someday
Come Back Home
I Can Talk

Words by ClaireB

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New Order and The Whip, Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

September 17th, 2012

New Order and The Whip, Ibiza Rocks, September 12, 2012 – Words by ClaireB

new orderThis was one of the gigs of the summer that I’d been looking forward to most. I lived in Manchester during the closing months of the 70s and throughout the 80s, and so saw Joy Division play several times, and was as grateful as every other Mancunian for the opening of The Hacienda and its injection of some glamour into grey, post-industrial Manchester. Not that Manchester needed more clubs or live music venues – it didn’t, but the Haci was a special place, and I’ve always been grateful to Tony Wilson and New Order for their vision in making it happen. So New Order have a special significance in my life as well as making a lot of music that I really like.

But I was also approaching this gig with some apprehension. Whilst the band is currently gigging with the full original lineup with the addition of Phil Cunningham who joined them in 2001, they are missing Peter Hook the bassist, who for me was an integral part of the band’s sound. Will they be the same without him? Will I miss his iconic stance at the side of the stage, swaggering with his bass slung so low that he can only just reach it? Plus from reading reviews of recent gigs I know that they’ve started to play some Joy Division numbers. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I wasn’t sure about Peter Hook’s band The Light playing Joy Division either, but when I saw them playing Unknown Pleasures in its entirety, I was pleasantly surprised. They pulled it off. But how will ‘Love will tear us apart’ sound when sung by Bernard, which they’ve played at other gigs recently?

Surprisingly it’s also the first time that New Order had ever played live in Ibiza, so an historic night was in store for us. The gig was reportedly sold out, and most people I knew were talking about it with anticipation in the days beforehand.

DJ Doorly kicked off the proceedings in fine style playing some great old skool dance tunes from Xpansions, Beats International and Primal Scream amongst others, and quite rightly the growing crowd started to dance.

the whipSupport came from The Whip who are no strangers to Ibiza Rocks or supporting New Order – they have done both before. When they came onstage at 9.15 the area in front of the stage was already full. The Whip are a three-piece band, who also hail from Manchester: a singer/guitarist/keyboard player, a bassist and a female drummer who was practically dancing as she was rhythmically thrashing her drumkit. Their set is fast paced, with dominating heavy driving bass and drums, with vocals and some guitar over the top. They have an original sound. The intro to the third number was quite trancey and had the crowd with their hands in the air. By the end of their set most of the crowd were dancing around in the limited space that was available for them to dance in. The Whip gave a great live performance and were a great warm-up for New Order.

After another brief DJ interlude whilst the stage was prepared, New Order came onto the stage and launched into instrumental ‘Elegia’. Almost instantly half the audience held up their phones to record the moment. Next was a guitar laden, rocky rendition of ‘Crystal’, one of my personal favourites from their later material. They sounded great. The noticeable thing in the first few numbers was that there was much more guitar in their live performance, even moreso on ‘Ceremony’ when Gillian swapped her keyboards for a guitar. The venue was so packed that there was not enough space to dance, but people were dancing in the best way they could, and there was much head nodding going on.

new orderThen they played Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’, which was a great updated interpretation of the original, combining guitars and synths. And they were sounding and looking great. They were accompanied visually by a brilliant light show with spotlights throwing straight beams of light up from the front of the stage, and at times diagonally across it from the sides. And video projections behind them changed for each song, adding to the musical and visual feast.

On numbers such as ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ when singer Bernard Sumner put down his guitar, the synths became more dominant than the guitars, and Bernard was happily dancing around the stage. ‘Perfect Kiss’ and ‘True Faith’ sounded brilliant, but when the opening beats of ‘Blue Monday’ were played, everyone in the entire venue went mad. There was an amazing, simultaneous and unprovoked response from the audience, who just responded to the music en masse. It was a magnificent sight, looking down at the scene below from the balcony. Next was Temptation, after which they left the stage to massive cheers. There was only one thing to do – shout and scream to get them back onto the stage.

new orderAnd it worked. They came back onto the stage, and as soon as the opening haunting bass intro of Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ kicked in, we knew we were in for a treat. It was fast, it was furious, and it sounded wonderful to hear it being played live again. Finishing off with ‘Love will tear us apart’, everyone went mad and was singing along in the chorus. We were treated to an amazing encore of two of Joy Division’s finest tunes.

And my verdict? They were brilliant. They sounded great – all the recent gigs and festival appearances over the summer have helped them to perfect a tight performance, which combines a lot of rock guitar with their trademark synths. There’s more energy in their live performance at the moment, Bernard’s voice is stronger and bassist Tom Chapman provided some youthful energy on the stage. He had difficult shoes to fill, but he filled them more than adequately. And what’s more, they looked like they were enjoying themselves, especially Bernard, as he was dancing around the stage.

It was a fantastic atmosphere, and a fantastic performance. Ibiza was lucky to have waited for them for so long, as musically they have perfected their live show in 2012. It was definitely one of the highlights of the summer.

Setlist and videos:
Elegia (Video of Elegia and Crystal) youtube
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Regret
Ceremony
Age of Consent (Video by Pedro García) youtube
Isolation (Video by Pedro García) youtube
Here to Stay
Round and Round youtube
Bizarre Love Triangle
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The Perfect Kiss
True Faith
Blue Monday (Video by Saydi Beard) youtube
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Transmission youtube
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Alt J Interview at Ibiza Rocks, 05-09-12

September 16th, 2012

When Alt-J played Ibiza Rocks the other week we were lucky enough to have a short interview with them before they supported Bloc Party that night. The interview was done for Bethan Elfan’s amazing radio sunday show and aired today.

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Bloc Party and Alt-J Ibiza Rocks 2012, Review and Photos

September 11th, 2012

alt-jAlt-J released their first album ‘An Awesome Wave’ in the UK in May this year to great acclaim, and there’s a lot of excitement surrounding them at the moment. So it’s with great anticipation that they’ve got a support slot at Ibiza Rocks. They come onstage at 8.45pm just as it’s getting dark.

It’s a little early in the evening’s proceedings, but they’ve got a large and interested crowd. They’re a four-piece band: singer/guitarist, keyboard player (who provides additional vocals), bassist and drummer. From the outset as they make their appearance onstage, they get on with the job in hand.

There’s little audience interaction in between the songs, but the crowd watches intently, and there’s clearly a large number who are familiar with their material, which is particularly evident when they play the latest single ‘Tessellate’.

Their sound is original and genre-defying, moving between tuneful vocals, heavy keyboards, hypnotic basslines and searing guitar riffs. In a rare introduction before the last song ‘Taro’, Joe the singer says “thank you so much, this has been one of our best gigs”. They’re talented musicians and played a great set, and received a massive and well-deserved appreciative cheer at the end from the audience.

bloc partyBloc Party storm onto the stage after a dramatic build up, following on from a DJ set from Zane Lowe. Opening with their latest single ‘Octopus’ from their recent fourth album ‘Four’, the large crowd is instantly cheering and jumping up and down. Playing for well over an hour, and mixing songs from the last album with earlier singles and album tracks, their live delivery is much more raw and has a rockier edge than their recorded output, particularly when singer Kele Okereke joins in on guitar.

When Kele isn’t restrained by his guitar playing, he’s working the crowd, or singing lying down on the stage. And the crowd love it, especially during the hit single ‘One More Chance’, when the toilet rolls start descending from the balconies around the stage into the crowd below.

As Kele introduces the last song, he gives out some safe sex advice (he’s not the first singer to have done this at Ibiza Rocks this year, the first being Ricky Kaiser Chief) and the crowd go mad. But they come back for an encore. At the end of ‘Helicopter’ Kele throws his guitar onto the floor, and the four of them come to the front of the stage with their arms around each other to face the crowd. A nice end to a brilliant performance, which leaves the audience very happy indeed.

Short video clip of Bloc Party: youtube

Bloc Party played:
Octopus – YouTube video: youtube
Mercury
Hunting for Witches
Positive Tension
Kettling
Waiting for the 7:18
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Day Four
Team A
One More Chance
This Modern Love – youtube
The Prayer – youtube
Truth
Ares
Flux
Helicopter

Words by ClaireB

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Reverend and the Makers and Happy Mondays, Ibiza Rocks, August 22nd 2012

August 27th, 2012

So this was one of the gigs I was looking forward to this summer, two bands that I like from Northern England (one of my old stomping grounds). Old Mancunian stalwarts Happy Mondays who have reformed (again) and Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers, who for reasons unknown, I hadn’t got round to seeing before. The night starts off well – every record that DJ Colin Peters plays I know (which makes a change). And it gets better, as I hear ‘Groove is in the Heart’ by Dee Lite emanating from the speakers, which always makes me want to dance. I predict a lot of dancing tonight!

Reverend and the Makers take to the stage at 9.15pm with ‘Bassline’, which sets the tone for the rest of the set nicely. There’s a reasonable sized crowd dispersed around the venue, but John McClure does a great job to get everyone to move forward to the stage, saying, “Who’s up for it? Who’s up for it?” – I like his ‘direct’ Northern style.

At the end of the song he borrows our very own @blogibiza’s camera to take photo of the audience, getting everyone to move in closer still. The photo here of the audience is the one that John took.

In between the bassy, funky, guitar-laden tunes, we get more banter and sarcastic comments from John, who also finds out that there are a lot of Northerners in the crowd, from Sheffield, Nottingham and especially Manchester (no surprise there).

For me ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ is the song of the night, not that it’s necessarily better than any of the others, but I just love it, and it’s made even more dramatic with the accompanying light show. It’s a great anthemic song, and is great to hear live. They end with ‘Silence is Talking’, which includes a riff from War’s ‘Low Rider’ played on a trumpet by John’s wife Laura. I like that a lot, and decide that I really must get some more of their music.

Video of ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World': http://youtu.be/DspbXctH1yE

Reverend and the Makers played:
Bassline
Bandits
Open Your Window
Warts ‘n’ All
State of Things
Noisy Neighbour
Shine a Light
Heavyweight Champion of the World
Wrestler
Miss Brown
Armchair Detective
Out of the Shadows
He Said He Loved Me
Silence is Talking

Thanks to Reverend and the Makers and DJ Simon Guirao we’re all ready to dance by the time Happy Mondays take to the stage with the reformed, original lineup of the band.

Bez appears onstage introduces the band, saying that it’s exactly 22 years to the day that they played in Ibiza at the Ku Club. He then leaves the stage to the band and Rowetta launching into ‘Loose Fit’, with frontman Shaun Ryder joining them later on through the song. Next is ‘Kinky Afro’, and Bez joins them onstage to dance manically at the front in his imitable style, but promptly disappears again at the end of the song.

When Bez isn’t onstage, Rowetta keeps the dancing going at the front when she’s not singing at the mic. She informs us that it’s Sean’s 50th birthday tomorrow, and leads us all into singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, who seems a little non-plussed about it all. The set is a little short if anything, and is missing a few favourite tunes. Rowetta comes and goes, leaving Shaun alone to sing, and a somewhat empty hole on the stage. Bez returns to the stage for ‘Step On’, which turns out to be the last in the set.

I’m down among the crowd dancing along for most of the gig, but I found the whole performance a bit lack-luster, only lifted by Rowetta’s presence and stunning vocals, and the rare treat of Bez doing his thing. But it was a great double bill, and Ibiza Rocks saw a lot more dancing (as opposed to jumping) than it has in recent weeks.

After the gig we went off to the private after-party at Pikes Hotel. One of our favourite places on the island. It ended up as usual being a long night but we had a great time having long chats with our good friend Jon McClure from the revs and also Bez and Rowetta turned up and happily chatted and have photos taken.

Video clip of Kinky Afro: http://youtu.be/77FQ_RCLUjI

Happy Mondays played:
Loose Fit
Kinky Afro
Dennis and Lois
Donovan
Hallelujah
Cowboy Dave
24 Hour Party People
Holiday
Bob’s Yer Uncle
W.F.L.
Step On

By ClaireB

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Paolo Nutini and Alex Clare, Ibiza Rocks 2012

August 13th, 2012

alex clareFirst up is South London singer songwriter Alex Clare. Alex and his band (drums, bass and synth) come onstage at 9.15, to an already assembled large crowd.

Onstage, he looks like an unassuming character, bearded and flat capped. But his charisma and powerful voice shines through, as he paces around the stage. Electronic producers Diplo and Switch worked on his debut album, and there’s a dub-step and drum and bass influence on the delivery of the songs tonight, which fuse this with some soul, blues and jungle. The sound is powerful. They’re definitely songs but with a full backing band they have more power, especially in the often noisy setting of Ibiza Rocks. And the crowd is transfixed to the stage.

A couple of songs into the set he casts off his sandals, preferring to perform barefoot. A little further on, and we treated to a great cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’.

When he launches into hit single ‘Too Close’ (used in a Microsoft Internet Explorer ad) there are screams from the crowd and the camera phones come out. This proves to be the last song. He walks off stage, picking up his sandals and the crowd roars. I think they’d like more, but it’s not usual for support bands at Ibiza Rocks to get an encore, which is a shame when the crowd would really like one.

Video clips of Alex Clare:
http://youtu.be/8nVg1yEOVOI – playing ‘Too Close’
http://youtu.be/IqLXJ7EnbNo

paolo nutiniPaolo Nutini’s band make their entrance onto the stage at 10.30. There’s a full band with brass section of sax, trombone and trumpet. Then Paolo bounds on, to a massive roar from the even larger crowd that has assembled now in front of the stage. There’s a lot of love in the house for him tonight, and a large proportion of ladies.

It’s a far more animated performance than I expected. Paolo paces around and commands the stage, and has the crowd in the palms of his hands. It’s an impressive performance and it’s refreshing to have a change of musical genre from the last few weeks, and nice to have a brass section on stage for a change.

Video of Paolo Nutini taking to the stage: http://youtu.be/8wjJGkcS8Yk

By ClaireB

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Dot Rotton, Chase & Status Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

August 6th, 2012

Dot Rotten comes onstage at 9.30 following a DJ set from Doorly. It makes much more sense to put a DJ on before the support act. It doesn’t start to get dark in Ibiza in the height of summer until about then. South London rapper Dot Rotten does a good job of warming up the crowd following on from Doorly. By the time he leaves the stage the place is really busy.

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Chase & Status take to the stage just after 10.30, performing a live set with the addition of drummer Andy Gangadeen sitting behind an impressive-looking drum kit and MC Rage presiding at the front. As the band arrives onstage they’re greeted with a sea of mobile phones in the air, as they launch into “No Problem”. The venue is filled with people with their hands in the air, jumping up and down.

They put on an impressive show, musically and visually. The stage set, visuals and lightshow is stunning, complementing the pacey, energised music emanating from the speakers and bouncing off the walls of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Periodically Saul Milton (Chase) leaves his station to play guitar stage left, giving the tunes a more rocky edge.

Playing all their hits mixed in with tunes from their two albums, they’re joined onstage by Mali to sing ‘Let You Go’. Towards the end of the set, a spontaneous mosh circle breaks out in the midst of the crowd.

But the best was yet to come! During the inevitable encore they do a storming version of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name’. And Ibiza is rocking!

Look at the photos and watch the video clips to get a sense of what it was like to be there.

By ClaireB

Video clips:
http://youtu.be/17_ya1Mjplg
http://youtu.be/LVOYjjzsfzc
http://youtu.be/mEYoK1Zh7q4

Chase & Status played:

No Problem
Eastern Jam
Fire In Your Eyes
Hypest Hype
Flashing Lights
Brixton Briefcase
End Credits
Smash To Pieces
Let You Go
Streetlife
Time
Big Man
Blind Faith
Killing In The Name
Fool Yourself

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Plan B Ibiza Rocks 2012 Photos

July 27th, 2012

Another packed night at Ibiza Rocks this week with Pepper, Zane Lowe and Plan B headlining.

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Professor Green and DJ Fresh Live Ibiza Rocks 2012 Review and Photos

July 20th, 2012

When I arrive at Ibiza Rocks just before 9pm, the venue is already really busy, and there’s a crowd waiting in front of the stage for the action to begin.

dj freshFirst up is DJ Fresh/Live, a live show that consists of DJ Fresh (Daniel Stein) complete with a full band, put together so that he can perform live versions of his studio-produced hits. DJ Fresh is centre stage behind an impressive bank of keyboards, surrounded by a guitarist and drummer, with a male MC and female vocalist commanding the front of stage. The MC is getting the crowd warned up nicely. They’re jumping and putting their hands in the air as requested. And it’s nice to see a female vocalist on the stage at Ibiza Rocks.

We’re treated to a long set, which includes both the recent number one singles ‘Hot Right Now’ and ‘Louder’. During ‘Louder’ the crowd is urged to get out their lighters and mobile phones, which they dutifully do – it’s a great sight. The MC keeps telling the crowd he can’t hear them, which is not true – there’s a big crowd and they’re making lots of noise! But it does the trick, they’re shouting louder and louder.

For the last one, we’re given a new tune ‘Feeling’, which is going to be the next single. And judging by the en-masse dancing and jumping and the applause at the end, the crowd like it.

Video clip: http://youtu.be/YGnEfUBoIh0
Video clip ‘Hot Right Now': http://youtu.be/3lYKQqbDB3w

DJ Fresh/Live played:
Gold Dust
Talkbox
Lassitude
Hypercaine
The Power
Hip Hop
Paradise
The Edge
Skyhiatrist
Hot Right Now
Louder
Feeling

By the time Professor Green takes to the stage, the venue is rammed. It’s a full house again. This week there’s no press room, which is a shame as the view from the balcony provides the perfect space from which to observe the gig and see the audience’s reaction.

professor greenThe band and the male and female backing singers appear first, followed closely by the Professor who bounds onto the stage, and works his magic with the crowd, who thanks to DJ Fresh and his crew, have been warmed up nicely. He plays a long 75 minute set, which includes songs from the 2nd album, and all his crowd-pleasing hits, and is joined onstage at various points by friends to share the vocals, such as Dream McLean.

I couldn’t find a good vantage point to see the gig from, so the photos will have to speak for themselves. Usually I like to move around the venue, to take in the gig from different perspectives, such as from the balconies, and different points within the crowd, but on nights like this, which are crammed to rafters, it’s impossible to move about and do this.

Professor Green played:
At Your Inconvenience
City of Gold
Oh My God
D.P.M.O.
I Need You Tonight
Just be Good to Green
Remedy
Astronaut
Forever Falling
How Many Moons
Monster
Into the Ground
Jungle
Avalon
Read All About It

Words and photos by ClaireB

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Kasabian, Zane Lowe, Toy, Ibiza Rocks 2012 7th Birthday Review and Photos

July 12th, 2012

Tonight’s gig is going to be one of the biggest of the year, as it’s Ibiza Rocks 7th birthday, and Kasabian are headlining. These days Kasabian only usually play stadiums and headline big festivals, so it’s quite a coup to have them return to Ibiza Rocks, after they last performed there in 2007. Also on the bill are London up-and-coming band Toy, and Ibiza Rocks/W.A.R. regular, Zane Lowe.

toyToy come on at 8pm which is a little early for a rock band in the middle of the summer, as it hasn’t even started to get dark, and any attempt to light the stage for them is futile. Nonetheless, they belt out their brand of loud pounding rock music. They were The Guardian’s ‘New Band of the Day’ back in March, and musically were described as “Motorik – that hypnotic rhythm designed to replicate the experience of motorway driving”, combined with “shoegazing, phychedelia, post-rock, goth and postpunk”. And between the 5 of them, singer/guitarist, guitarist, bass player, drummer and female keyboard player, they cumulatively had the most hair we’ve seen on the stage at Ibiza Rocks this year. And much hair was tossed around in the air during their set, which brought a different style of rock to Ibiza Rocks.

I couldn’t help feeling however, that their performance would have been a little more atmospheric if they had been on stage after dark. At the end of the last song in the set, Tom the singer propped his guitar up against the monitor at the front of the stage to create feedback. He left it there when they walked offstage, and there it stayed for about a minute or so until someone turned it off. This for me is one of the best ways to leave the stage. All in all, a very enjoyable set, and a band to watch out for.
See video clip: http://youtu.be/DcvARGT4who

Next we had Zane Lowe DJing to keep the audience entertained before Kasabian, who exercised his inimitable style of whooping up the crowd into a jumping frenzy. By the end of Zane’s set, it’s dark, the place is packed, and everyone is waiting for Kasabian.

kasabianKasabian take to the stage at 10.30. Sergio goes to the front of the stage to greet the audience, and is followed by singer Tom, sporting a pair of red sunglasses. The crowd erupts. They launch into ‘Days are Forgotten’. I’m in the pit taking photographs, so I’m more aware of the energy coming from the stage than the audience that is behind me for the first three songs. ‘Days are Forgotten’ goes into ‘Shoot the Runner’, then ‘Velociraptor!’.
Leaving the pit, I witness several girls being pulled from the front over the barriers, and am now aware of the full force of the crowd in front of the band. This is the most frenzied and packed I’ve ever seen the venue, and it takes some doing to get away from the stage area through the masses.

Back up on the balcony there’s a better view of the proceedings. There are 2 searchlights positioned on balconies, which are periodically shone onto the stage and around onto the audience. There’s a group of lads going crazy in the middle of the crowd, moshing and crowd surfing. Even though throwing drinks is banned at Ibiza Rocks, everything and anything is being thrown around in the direction of the stage: drinks, shoes, T shirts and the occasional toilet roll from the balconies, which Tom throws back into the crowd as they land on the stage.

kasabianThe band masterfully takes us through tracks and hit singles from each of their four albums, as the crowd jumps, sings, chants and enjoys every moment. They end the set with Club Foot. Tom announces that it’s the keyboard player’s birthday, and asks the audience to join him in singing ‘Happy Birthday’, which they dutifully do. When the stage is empty, the crowd carries on singing the chorus of ‘Club Foot’, and making enough noise to tempt them back for an encore. I think we all know they’ll be back, as they haven’t played their anthemic ‘Fire’ yet.

A few minutes later, and they’re back onstage. We’re treated to ‘Switchblade Smiles’, ‘Vlad The Impaler’ and finally ‘Fire’. The atmosphere is electric. At the end they throw out the set lists, drumsticks and a tambourine into the crowd. The others leave but Tom goes back to the stage to give a solo burst of the Beatles ‘She loves you’. And that’s it, the end of a great Ibiza Rocks 7th birthday.

Kasabian played:

Days are Forgotten
Shoot the Runner
Velociraptor!
Underdog
Where Did All the Love Go
Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To
Processed Beats
I.D.
Take Aim / Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime
Club Foot
Re-Wired
Stuntman
Man of Simple Pleasures
L.S.F.

Encore:
Switchblade Smiles
Vlad The Impaler
Fire

Words and photos by ClaireB

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