WHERE Ibiza Rocks Hotel, San Antonio, Ibiza
WHEN Bi-weekly until September
MUSIC Anything goes party bangers
For the past seven years, the Ibiza Rocks Hotel has been bringing some of the biggest names in indie music right into the belly of the Balearic beast, pushing aside the sun loungers and serial sunbathers to make way for the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs. But now it looks as though the Ibizan pendulum is swinging both ways as the hotel turns to music of more electronic substance. Tonight is the first of new bi-weekly party We Are Rockstars!, helmed by the double- header of Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe alongside cutting edge dance talent throughout the season.
Despite an unseasonably early kick-off people begin to stream in for Disclosure’s set where their sweet and sultry garage influenced productions provide the perfect early evening soundtrack. ‘Tenderly’ and their remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Running’ feel like instant classics, while Ria Richie adding live vocals to ‘Control’ steps things up a gear.
The aluminium-rimmed stage, flanked on all sides by five storeys of hotel rooms and the signature, plectrum-emblazoned swimming pool then showcases a boisterous warm-up set from Ibiza Rocks resident Doorly before Ronson and Lowe appear for the main event. Long-time pals, their collaborative effort was born out of messy Ibiza Rocks sessions and their affection for the place certainly shows.
A packed-to-the-rafters crowd expresses its appreciation with stadium levels of noise as the pair power through almost every dancefloor classic imaginable. Avicii, The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim are all thrown down in what can only be described as a joyously shameless, anything-goes set. They juxtapose nicely as a double act, the introverted Ronson toiling away while Lowe riles the crowd, taking to the mic between frantic hand-in-the-air motions and CDJ drumming. Coaxing Ronson out from behind the decks, the duo take to the front of the stage and perform a triumphant pomp-rock fist-in-the-air salute. Are DJs the new rock stars? Well, the lines are certainly blurred.