Every summer Ibiza Rocks serves an unstoppable volley of block rocking gigs and one-off music extravaganzas and 2014 is no exception. If you’re heading to Ibiza this summer, here are four nights you won’t want to miss.
Nas’ Illmatic 20th Anniversary Show
Wednesday 9th July
While many of the Nineties hip-hopperatti seem to have come and gone in a blaze of bling and boom, NYC’s rap legend Nas has been around the block and then some, and still comes out fighting two decades on. Hot on the heels of a thunderous appearance at Coachella, the Queens’ star will be performing his groundbreaking 1994 album Illmatic in full, with a live show that is so likely to raise the roof they should probably issue everyone with a hard hat on entry. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness one of rap’s true poetic masters holding court on the White Island.
W.A.R! With Mark Ronson & Zane Lowe / Cyril Hahn / Doorly
Friday 11th July
WAR stands for We Are Rockstars, putting the world’s toppermost turntablists centre stage, with an eclectic mix of DJ-led electronica that should give the gnarliest guitar god a good run for their money. They don’t come much bigger than suave superstar remixer and producer Mark Ronson, who’s had everyone in the back of his black velveteen-trimmed cab, from Amy Winehouse to the Kaiser Chiefs.
Jockeying for pole position in the booth at Ibiza Rocks 2014 is Radio 1 tastemaker in residence and all-round trailblazer of new music, Zane Lowe, with back up courtesy of Doorly and the Swiss bliss of Cyril Hahn, whose strangely ethereal reboots of Beyonce and other RnB classics have been making waves of late.
Bastille with Rag ‘n Bone Man
Wednesday 6th August
With four Brit Awards tucked under their baggies, festival faves Bastille lived up to their barricade storming name last year as Britain’s biggest selling new act. Their rousing singles include the huge hit Pompeii, with an irresistible sing-along chorus with more than enough ‘eh-ohing’ to keep even the loudest Telly Tubby on its toes. This summer sees their return to Ibiza Rocks, ably assisted by the unholy harmonies and underground soul blues hip hop fusion of Brighton’s Rag N Bone Man.
Ibiza Rocks the Boat Closing Party with Bombay Bicycle Club
Wednesday 17th September
The original (and quite possibly only) bi-weekly indie disco on the high seas of the Balearics drops anchor for one last sea shanty, with London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club at the helm. They’ve pedalled a long way since their humble beginnings in the nu-folk scene, returning in 2014 with their album So Long, See You Tomorrow, which showcases a more turbocharged, beat and loop-orientated sound, bordering at times into modern psychedelia, but with a sharp ear for a tune still very much at its core. The gig ticket also bags you exclusive access to San Antonio’s top venue, Es Paradis, for the Ibiza Rocks 2014 After Party, for those of you who fancy cresting the wave into the wee small hours.
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