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Despite the absence of horses, the dust was definitely kicked up again at Sant Rafael’s Hippodrome on Tuesday September 9th, during Ibiza Rocks‘ last gig of the season with Pendulum.
As the “soon to be huge” Iglu & Hartley took to the stage, a feeling of dismay fell upon us as we realized that this would probably be the last chance to enjoy a decent outdoor concert event in Ibiza until next summer.
However, my dismay was soon to be replaced by laughter as the “best friend of the band” confidently informed me that Iglu and Hartley would be the first band to play on the moon. It later became apparent that they weren’t planning to take him with them, because I ended up with the honour of driving my new found mate home.
The second band’s hometown was none other than Manchester, so it wasn’t surprising that the crowd, dominated by Brits, made quite a fuss over them. It has to be said that The Whip’s mixture of electronica and rock was quite unique, if not complete genius. Definitely my personal favourite of the night.
However, the four stars didn’t manage to generate quite as much commotion as the main act of the night, although I did observe a dozen or so grooving grannies raving at their own pace throughout their show.
At this point it was about dinner time (in Spain, of course) and I was disappointed to find that my choice was between a burger, and well, another burger. It was quite a chore to get the six euro chunk of meat down my throat and I was aware of what felt like a rock in my belly for the rest of the night. Thank goodness the “free hierbas chupito girl” spotted me and helped to ease my digestion.
I was quickly distracted from my ailment when the long awaited Pendulum entered the spotlight. As the three original band members (Rob, Paul and Gareth) all aussies, hit the stage, it seemed that just about the entire Hippodrome flooded into the mosh pit.
Like flies to a lightbulb, everyone seemed to have the same goal in life, namely, to be as close to the stage as possible. “Verse”, the bands MC, proved to be quite a crowd motivator.
This is not entirely surprising because their first album, “Hold Your Colour”, is one of the best selling drum and bass albums of all time.
Another interesting fact is that their second single, “Slam”, is the theme song of the playstation 3 game “Motostorm”, which perhaps explained all the pre-pubescent boys running around in the audience. The band are now based in london so we should be hearing a lot more from them.
As the night came to an end and the still raving stampede headed for the coaches which would take them to the legendery “Bar M”, where resident DJ Aoki and Dj Doorly were set to play, I tried to snoop out any fixed dates for next year’s opening party. But as per usual with Ibiza Rocks… no chance!
So, ladies and gentlemen, patience is a virtue – we will keep our ears open no doubt, but until then you can visit www.ibizarocks.com to find out more about this Friday’s Xbox Weekender and the forthcoming Beachbombing event. See you next year!
By Pia Walter