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W.A.R! – Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza

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The first Friday in July saw We Are Rockstars! continue to raise the bar at Ibiza Rocks as headliners Gorgon City tore the house (or hotel depending on which you prefer) down once again in reckless fashion as they set the Ibiza Rocks crowd alight in a similar manner to how they did at the opening party a couple of weeks ago.

As tourists and residents of Ibiza Rocks gathered on the balconies with pre-drinks at the ready, the anticipation and excitement was uncontainable inside the Rocks. We queued a solid ten minutes before we entered the venue just after the show kicked off and as Doorly began his set, the thousands of party revellers insider began to swarm the dance floor like a nest of bees would for honey – ridiculous scenes to say the least.

Doorly got everyone in the party mood as everyone exchanged their drinks tokens for doubles and pints around the venue. He dropped various new releases on the early birds arriving with a stand out performance the highlight being Jack Your Body by Steve “Silk” Hurley. He then wowed the ears of their fans with his newest release and latest collaboration with Shadow Child, Piano Weapon. Doorly then continued to entertain and keep the party mood in full swing with some emphatic loops whilst behind the decks as Sasha Keable awaited the main stage.

The South Londoner of Colombian descent tore up the Ibiza Rocks stage from the offset with her soulful vocals featuring tracks from both of her albums – Black Book and her latest release, Lemongrass and Limeleaves. Having made monumental waves in the industry throughout last year and this year, Keable continued to raise the standards of her vocal performances at Ibiza Rocks as she dropped Only For Tonight which she originally made with DJ Zinc. This was a real hit with the live crowd as the dance floor doubled in size in terms of people raving on it. The Ibiza Rocks faithful then went insane for Sasha Keable as one of her more recent and successful records played featuring Disclosure, Voices. The atmosphere then advanced through several gears as spectators alike jumped up and down in united joy for the highly regarded youngster.

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Sasha Keable wasn’t the only female artist turning heads inside the Ibiza Rocks palace as the weekend quickly approached. Hannah Wants, a major presence on the Birmingham DJing scene over the past couple of years, turned the atmosphere up a further notch. With her loyal followers waiting in excited suspense for her set all evening, the “invisible roof” exploded off of venue as Wants hit the decks. Real name Hannah Alicia Smith, the self taught DJ pleasantly surprised revellers leaving them flabbergasted and speechless with her unique and commanding style of mixing. Featuring tracks including Dappy and Kneadin’, Hannah ensured that headliners Gorgon City would have to delve right into the very bottom of their bag of tricks to outperform the heavy hitting bass house DJ. Wants had the crowd on their feet for the entire duration of her unbelievable set shuffling away to her outstanding remixes of Disclosure’s Confess To Me and Shine by Karin Park. I think most people will agree with me here in the respect that Hannah rocked her Ibiza Rocks debut and just like her stage name – Hannah Wants left me wanting more.

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Gorgon City then stepped up to the main stage to a phenomenal reception as the crowd welcomed the North London duo – Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott with open arms.   The electro-house pairing then lived up to the hefty expectations that had weighed on their shoulders throughout the night having seen some stand out performance from Sasha Keable and Hannah Wants prior to them. Sending the Ibiza fanatics into an indescribable frenzy, Ribbon and Robson-Scott featured songs from past and present including their 2013 dynamite hit Real and their wonderful collaboration with Clean Bandit, Intentions. But what really got the crowd screaming like school girls at a McFly concert was their biggest record so far, Ready For Your Love. Simply reminding youngsters of their summer memories in Ibiza, Gorgon City received a standing ovation for this performance. They then gave revellers a taste of the future with their latest single featuring Laura Welsh, Here For You – a much more soothing and relaxing song. Produced by Gorgon City, Right Here by Jess Glynne was another popular hit amongst the Ibiza Rocks crowd.

Now, while some people’s highlight of the night may have been headliners Gorgon City performing, other’s may have preferred the debut of Hannah Wants inside the Rocks. Some may even have gone just for their Ibiza Rocks tees at the end of the night. However, my personal highlight besides trying Estrella for the first time in my life was the event as a whole. W.A.R! or We Are Rockstars! depending on which one you prefer is undeniably one of the most popular events on the White Isle. With mainstream names performing on a weekly basis and even the opportunity to watch these big names perform from your very own balcony just adds the icing to the cake. Therefore it was simply standard procedure for a Friday night in the party capital, Ibiza got rocked yet again.

Words: Matty Adams

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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