Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Ibiza Rocks Hotel proves that the Ibiza Island is not all about techno, house and trance. On June 17, Ibiza Rocks Hotel started the season of rock and pop acts with Blonde, and Years & Years headlining. Ibiza Rocks, formerly known as Bar M back in 2005, is located smack in the middle of San Antonio, Ibiza. Throughout the years it has hosted numerous live acts to include Bastille, Nas, Franz Ferdinand, Ellie Goulding and many, many more.
The original plan was to only go to the after party at Pikes Hotel, but earlier that day I spoke with a person that told me how to get into the gig for free. All I needed to do was purchase a shirt with the Ibiza Rocks logo and I could just walk right in, no questions asked.
My partner in crime for the night was my friend and roommate Théa. After I told her about my plan to sneak in, she eagerly asked if she could go with me. We don our new threads and head to the venue with the plan to meet some other friends at the bar if they catch us in the act and deny us entry. Fortunately, they didn’t catch us. Stone faced we walked pass the front doors, pass hotels staff, pass security, and right to the back of the crowd with no one batting an eyelash at us.
We arrived at quarter to eleven so we missed Blonde’s performance, but Years & Years were well into their set. When we got there they were playing “Shine” from their debut studio album Communion. Cellphones up in the air and a jumping crowd matched to the electro pop was a bit of a change from the techno binge I’ve recently enjoyed. The venue is in the center of the hotel where people in their balconies can easily enjoy the show from the comfort of their room. The sound was a bit of electropop with a hint of R&B, not so much R&B really, but since I felt that vocalist Olly Alexander looked like the offspring of Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber and sounded a bit like Chris Brown.
To be honest, I’ve never heard of the band before tonight or any of their music, but Olly was an actor in one of my favorite movies, psychedelic thriller, Enter the Void. However, the crowd was very familiar with their closing song “King,” which had recently reached number one in the UK charts and has reached platinum status with Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Elated by the the fact that we got to see a show for free, Théa and I joined some other friends at the after party where we had originally intended to go, and where I met Olly and the rest of the band. Pikes Hotel has a reputation of uppity, yuppie, well-dressed clones, which is why I stubbornly decided to wear my sweaty Ibiza Rocks shirt as a symbol of the middle finger I wanted to give to the imaginary elite establishment of Ibiza.