2012 was another momentous year for the Ibiza Rocks brand; the weekly parties in the famous hotel in the heart of San Antonio doubled, adding a Friday night, We Are Rockstars (WAR), to the usual Wednesday night mayhem, the bar and boat parties continued to go from strength to strength and a brand new Ibiza Rocks Diner opened in Playa d’en Bossa, which proved a huge addition to that area. Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts, Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel enjoyed its busiest summer, with numerous events throughout the season confirming it is still one of the hottest venues on the island. The Pikes Sunday brunch is fast becoming the stuff of legend and tables have to be secured quick style to ensure you are part of the fun, not to mention the amazing roast that it offers!
Ibiza Rocks started the season with the diminutive figure of Ed Sheeran standing centre stage in front of a capacity crowd. One man and a guitar, facing hundreds of screaming fans, the performance that followed was nothing short of inspirational. Never mind the huge band set up, the days getting the stage ready and the squabbling that sometimes accompanies it, one man, a bucket load of talent, some amazing songs and a stage presence that beggars belief saw the traditional opening party shenanigans as Ibiza welcomed its favourite live music venue back for the summer.
As always, the Ibiza Rocks line up is an eclectic mix, offering new talent and established artists a forum to really show what they’r made of, highlights for us included the Happy Mondays, New Order, Bloc Party and Two Door Cinema Club but that’s just our personal preference. Other performances of note include Maverick Sabre and Labrinth, The Maccabees, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Paolo Nutini, to name only a few. Friday night saw the launch of WAR and by the end of the summer, it was holding its own with the more famous Wednesday night party. Heading down a slightly more alternative route, the likes of Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe, Skream, Example and DJ Fresh brought their huge talent and matching numbers to the hotel stage. Ibiza 2013 promises to be an exciting one for We Are Rockstars.
Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes remains the official after party for the bands and, as you would expect with rock n rollers, there were a few rowdy ones throughout the season. Away from the glitz and the glamour, however, the Sunday Roast is fast becoming one of the highlights of the week on the island, probably more so for workers than tourists, although there are a few in-the-know holiday makers that make there was to the famous old hotel for the slap up Sunday meal. Delivered in huge serving bowls to the table, the sense of community is strong as you ladle the food on to your own plate, you could be back at your grans on a Sunday afternoon! Away from the food, there has been an extensive entertainment programme on offer this summer, which has seen the venue return to the glory days of the ‘90s when pop stars used to mingle around the old pool. The Rockovery Session also proved to be a popular addition as the spa brought party animals back to life after a couple of nights on the tiles.
Away from its traditional base of San Antonio, exciting things were happening for Ibiza Rocks in Playa d’en Bossa as the diner captured the imagination of British and European clubbers in what is now arguably the island’s busiest resort. Ibiza Rocks Diner isn’t fine dining, it’s a straightforward music bar with a great menu that will fill you up, we had the chicken and chips with corn on the cob and it was amazing. It’s not hard to see why the place was always packed when we walked by. With great music on in the background and a huge screen that showed us many of the Olympic highlights during the summer, it can’t go wrong.
As the team behind the popular brand enjoys a well earned break after another record breaking season, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the island next season, roll on Ibiza 2013!
IBIZA ROCKS HIGHLIGHTS