August in Ibiza is not for the feint hearted, the temperatures soar, the island is packed and the atmosphere on the street is charged, it’s a white knuckle ride for those that want it and tonight, that white knuckle ride is leading us to Ibiza Rocks where Tinie Tempah will take the stage, hot on the heels of his attention grabbing performance as part of the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. The wave of pride sweeping the UK has made its way to Ibiza with the British tourists, who are out in force tonight to support one of the musical heroes of the Olympics.
It’s not his first performance on the legendary outdoor stage in the heart of San Antonio’s west end, he made a huge impact last summer, with Kyllie Minogue pitching up to hear him play! The hotel pool area is packed and expectation levels are soaring, not even a week ago most of these punters were watching him firing round the track of the Olympic stadium in a convertible Roller, I’m not sure that’s going to be possible tonight, there’s not enough room to swing a cat let a lone drive a Rolls Royce! There are numerous options to catch live music in Ibiza these days, but we should never forget that Ibiza Rocks are the driving force when it comes to bringing bands to the clubbing capital.
This summer sees the launch of We Are Rockstars, adding a Friday into the weeks live mix, not to mention the opening of an Ibiza Rocks Diner in Playa D’en Bossa to add to the Rocks family. Life is good for Ibiza Rocks and so far this season the famous outdoor stage has played host to Ed Sheeran, Maverick Sabre, The Maccabees, Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian, to name only a few. It continues to bring new and established talent to the island, following on from tonight’s performance from Tinie Tempah it welcomes the return of The happy Mondays to the island. There might be a few slightly older faces in the crowd for that one.
That’s for another week, however, tonight it is all about a man who set up camp in the national chart top ten a couple of years back and has never left since. Hit after hit and a collaboration or two along the way has ensured that he is one of the biggest stars on planet pop and clearly from the atmosphere building inside the hotel grounds, he has no shortage of fans amongst the sell out crowd. As he takes to the stage the crowd erupts, something that will become a bit of a habit over the next hour. From ‘Discovery’ through ‘Simply Unstoppable’ that is exactly what he proved to be. Other highlights include ‘Till I’m Gone’ and Illusion’ before ‘Written In The Stars’ produces a cheer that might have woken a few of the actual stars up! ‘Drinking From The Bottle’ is the penultimate tune before he fittingly leaves the crowd demanding more with a rendition of ‘Miami To Ibiza’. After a brief exit from the stage he returns for the encore, finishing the night off with ‘Pass Out’, to another almighty roar. The performance is slick with a real edge from start to finish, it’s not hard to understand why he was chosen for the showcase event at the end of the Olympics, this is a talent who will have a lot to say on the evolution of pop music in the UK and around the world.