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Jake Bugg and The Kooks added to Ibiza Rocks 2014

April 1st, 2014

Another 2 bands have been added to this years Ibiza Rocks 2014 lineup. Returning to the Ibiza Rocks stage are Jake Bugg and the Kooks.

The Kooks said:

We’re well excited to be dropping into the magic islands of Ibiza and Mallorca this summer – definitely rocks.

Jake Bugg said:

Looking forward to playing Ibiza Rocks for the third year running. It’s always a good crowd and a great atmosphere.

Jake Bugg and The Kooks add to a line up that also includes Haim, The 1975, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Bastille, Skrillex, Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Lily Allen, Madness, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wolf Alice, Breton, Chloe Howl, Ella Eyre, Dan Croll and Krept and Konan, with even more to come.
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4/06

OPENING PARTY WITH HAIM | BRETON

11/06

THE 1975 | WOLF ALICE

18/06

JOHN NEWMAN | CHLOE HOWL

25/06

LILY ALLEN

02/07

TINIE TEMPAH | KREPT & KONAN

16/07

JAKE BUGG

23/07

9th BIRTHDAY WITH ED SHEERAN

30/07

RUDIMENTAL (LIVE)

07/08

BASTILLE

07/08

MADNESS

27/08

CLEAN BANDIT | ELLA EYRE

10/09

THE KOOKS

17/09

CLOSING PARTY – BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB | DAN CROLL

Tickets www.ibizarocks.com

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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.

Words, photos & videos by ClaireB

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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!

Words by ClaireB

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Dizzee Rascal, Ibiza Rocks 28/08/13 – Photos

September 2nd, 2013

Another great night at Ibiza Rocks with Dizzee Rascal – it may have rained but it didn’t dampen the crowd …

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Idris Elba at W.A.R., Ibiza Rocks, 23/8/2013

August 24th, 2013

Friday saw the last appearance of Idris Elba and his summer DJ residency at Ibiza Rocks. Idris was back to back with Ibiza Rocks regular DJ Doorly, and trying to outdo each other, they played some great tunes, and with the other DJs who were on that night, provided a great warm-up to Example who was headlining the night.

ibiza-rocks-2013-idris-elbaWe were there on the first night of Idris’s residency, and he’s definitely adapted his set over the recent weeks. There was a greater range of music in the first week, drawing on tunes from the 80s and 90s from Madonna, Human League and Oasis amongst others.

This week he played music more akin to Example and DJ Wire who were following him. That was until the last 20 minutes or so, when it started to get more interesting, and they played tracks that I knew. Kicking off with Candi Staton and a mix of ‘You Got the Love’, followed by ‘Roxanne’ by The Police, everyone was singing along and having a great time.

Next up was Black Betty’s ‘Ram Jam’, which I haven’t heard played anywhere for ages, which segued into Artic Monkey’s ‘I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor’ ending with Beastie Boys ‘Intergalactic’. What a great way to end a DJ set and what has been a great residency for Idris, who clearly loved spinning the tunes and commanding the stage at Ibiza Rocks, as the photos show.

Aftwards we headed of to Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes for the private Idris Elba “Wallace” series – a fantastic night as usual with Andy Carroll rocking the Chez Fez room till the sun came up.

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Idris Elba, We Are Rockstars & Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes 12/07/13

July 14th, 2013

Friday July 12th saw one of the hottest actors around at the moment DJing in Ibiza at ‘W.A.R.’ at Ibiza Rocks and then at ‘7 Wallace’ at Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes Hotel. Idris has recently had starring roles in The Wire and Luther. Fresh from the red carpet in LA for the premier of his latest film Pacific Rim, I couldn’t wait to find out what he was going to play at each of the very different venues. Ibiza Rocks holds about 2500 people and he was DJing back to back with Doorly, followed by DJ Wire and Example. The venue at Ibiza Rocks House (Pikes) is a much smaller, more intimate affair, for maybe a few hundred people.

I had seen London-born Idris interviewed by Pete Tong at the recent International Music Summit held in Ibiza in May, and so I know about his background as a DJ. He was a DJ before he became an actor, and used his income from DJ gigs to survive whilst he worked at his acting. Now he’s in a privileged position to be able to play the odd high profile DJ gig in between his acting commitments. It was a fascinating and candid interview. The full 30 minute video of the interview can be seen below and it’s well worth watching, as Idris talks about how he started as a DJ and actor.

I was also able to experience a DJ set from him at one of the IMS Dalt Vila parties and he didn’t disappoint. So I was really looking forward to a double dose of Idris DJing and to see how he treated the two different settings/audiences.

ibiza-rocks-idris-elbaFirst up was the Friday regular night ‘We Are Rockstars (W.A.R.)’ at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, where Idris was DJing back to back with W.A.R. resident DJ Doorly, before headliners DJ Wire and Example. Appearing on the main stage at 21.40, the venue was packed. He had already done a DJ set earlier on in the evening at Ushuaia at Pete Tong’s ‘Le Grand Bazaar’ party, and was clearly fired up.

For the hour that Idris and Doorly were onstage for, we were treated to a great mix of tunes, including ‘Don’t you want me’ by the Human League, ‘Holiday’ by Madonna, ‘Never too much’ by Luther Vandross, ‘Kiss’ by Prince, ‘Thinking of you’ by Sister Sledge and ‘Pass the dutchie’ by Musical Youth which I hadn’t heard for years. The visuals and light show put on by the Ibiza Rock’s crew were a stunning complement to the great music that was being played, and the crowd loved it.

It was clear that Idris really enjoyed himself, dancing behind the decks and waving his arms in the air, and by the time he had finished his set he had worked up quite a sweat. One of the highlights of the set for me was when he dropped ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. Everyone started singing along – it was a great choice of record to play for the crowd and quite something to witness. See the video below.

Aibiza-rocks-idris-elbafterwards, we took advantage of the new ‘Rock and Ride’ free shuttle bus service which runs between the Ibiza Rocks House (Pikes) and the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Not only was it free, but it much more fun than getting a taxi. Nice one Ibiza Rocks!

When we arrived at Ibiza Rocks House, the party had already started in Freddie’s, and we were treated to some great funky tunes which got people dancing around (and on) Freddie’s bed (the place where most of the dancing takes place). Idris made his entrance in the DJ booth in a change of outfit after about an hour.

The tunes he played were more funky and soulful than his set at W.A.R., kicking off with ‘All this love (that I’m giving)’ by Gwen McCrae and followed by a bit of Michael Jackson. The room around the DJ booth was quickly heaving with dancing partygoers wanting to dance and catch a glimpse of Idris, and remained so for most of the night. I don’t remember what else he played, because I forgot to take notes and I was too busy enjoying myself!

There were also DJs playing outside in the courtyard throughout the night. Idris returned to the decks later on, and the party finally ended at about 6.00 am in the morning. Idris is doing another 6 nights of 7 Wallace on Friday nights over the summer months, and I can’t wait to go to another one.

Idris IMS interview

1st Idris videos:

Holiday

Wonderwall

Words & photos by ClaireB

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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 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

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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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Rizzle Kicks & Amplify Dot, Ibiza Rocks 2013 12/06/13

June 13th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-amplify-dotLast night was the second Ibiza Rocks gig of the season with Rizzle Kicks and Amplify Dot, and I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of either of the acts before then, apart from in name. However, encouraged by the fact that I saw on Twitter in the afternoon that support act Amplify Dot was Guardian Music’s ‘Band of the day’ (http://m.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/12/amplify-dot-new-band?CMP=twt_fd) and looking at a couple of videos from English hip-hop act Rizzle Kicks, I went with an open mind, hopeful of another evening of good live music.

Proceedings started with DJ Colin Peters playing some great tunes as ever, with DJ Doorly taking over on the main stage just as it was getting dark, getting the audience warmed up and encouraging them to get closer to the stage. Whilst waiting for the support act to take to the stage it was noticeable that the night’s audience was predominantly female, and a little younger than usual, presumably a reflection of the fanbase of Rizzle Kicks (they’ve sold over a million singles in the UK).

amplify dotFemale rapper Amplify Dot (Ashley Charles) from South London bounded onto the stage about 9.45 to a large applause. Backed by a DJ behind the decks and another guy who just seemed to just take videos of the crowd throughout the whole of the show. She prowled around the stage, and did a great job of winning over the crowd, even if she did use the age-old trick of asking where they were from – but it did the trick.

She was a good choice for a support act, and the Rizzle Kicks fans loved her, waving their arms in the air when they weren’t taking shots with their mobile phones.

The set ended with the new upcoming single ‘I’m Good’ which features Busta Rhymes, and was a fitting choice to end on because she looked like she was good, and the audience was too. The video tells the story.

Amplifly Dot performing the new single ‘I’m Good’

rizzle kicksBy the time Rizzle Kicks, namely Brighton duo Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Kicks” Alexander-Sule took to the stage, the audience was truly warmed up and ready for them. Aided by a full backing band of a trumpeter, drummer, guitarist and bassist, they bounced and jumped around the stage, to the sounds of screams whenever one of them stood on top of one the platforms at the side of the stage. Jordan kept the crowd and the rapping going, whilst Harley occasionally played guitar on some songs. The rapport between them onstage was clearly visible – they were clearly enjoying themselves and fed off each other, in true double-act style. This rubbed off on their backing band, who grinned and danced their way through the set. The energy and atmosphere coming from the stage was infectious, especially when they threw in a few humorous covers, starting with the James Bond theme tune.

Jordan pretended to use the microphone as a gun and proceeded to do somersaults on the floor, which had me grinning (quite distracting when you’re trying to take videos). Mixing in covers of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ and then Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’ with their own numbers, it was a powerful, fast-paced set, with great lighting to match. Look at the videos to see what I mean. Something else that made me smile were 4 people in front of me, who occasionally held up their iPads in unison to take videos – not the most gig-friendly of devices – see if you can spot them in the videos.

It was another great Ibiza Rocks gig – two acts that complemented each other well and gave great performances to an ecstatic crowd.

Rizzle Kicks take on the James Bond theme tune

Rizzle Kicks performing their own versions of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ and Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’

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