Ibiza Rocks With The Libertines

Posted on July 24, 2015

Words: Abby Lowe
Images: La Skimal.

Once in while, something happens on the island that changes the course of its future. There’s a big event, or some kind of seismic shift that sends it on a trajectory, leaving it totally unrecognisable to how it was before. It’s happened a few times over the past few decades – the arrival of the hippies, the breakthrough of acid house, the dawn of the super clubs. And somewhere in the midst of all these happenings Ibiza Rocks was born, and that too went on to change the face of Ibiza as we know it. Starting off in a back room of the infamous Manumission, eventually moving to Bar M on S’Arenal seafront and then finally relocating to its own premises in San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks is now a much-loved pillar of the scene, and every week brings a range of the world’s most talented and up and coming live acts to Ibiza’s door. This year it celebrates its 10th birthday, and after a decade in the business it’s stronger and more relevant than ever before. Last night the people of the island came together to celebrate this anniversary, and to give thanks to the venue that’s brought countless memorable moments to the island’s music lovers over the years.

Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal

In order to celebrate such a landmark in style, you really need a band that’s going to match you pound for pound in terms of iconic achievements – a band that’s earned cult status, one that’s influenced a generation. Step forward The Libertines, a band who embody the notion of rebelliousness, who have never followed the rules, and who continue to write their own story in their own way. If Ibiza Rocks wanted non-conformity, they got it by the bucketload.

Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal

It’s not often you can sense the excitement coming from a venue before you’ve even arrived, but tonight in San Antonio there’s a buzz in the air – a sense of something epic just ahead on the horizon. Punk duo Slaves are tonight’s warm up act, and they successfully whip the crowd into a fitting state of disarray. By 10pm the venue is fit to burst and the crowd is at fever pitch. The Libertines burst on to the stage in a fit of energy and launch straight into ‘Time For Heroes’, the track from their debut album that went on to become a soundtrack to a generation. Pete Doherty has lost none of his swagger and wastes no time in hurling himself into the crowd, much to their collective surprise. The set that follows is infused with just as much energy, keeping everyone enraptured and with their hands in the air for the duration of the gig. Excitement overflows and by 11pm there are impulsive fans climbing onto the shoulders of friends and people eager to take a dip in the pool to cool off – an unstoppable sense of frenzy abounds tonight, people will be riding on these memories for a long time to come.

Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal

Standout moments come in the form of Doherty and Carl Barat singing harmoniously into the same mic, an acoustic number from Doherty after which he throws his guitar out at the eager hoards below, and the final highlight comes in the form of ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, a track that inevitably hits all the right notes, especially when combined with the release of giant balloons and sparklers. The night reaches its crescendo, finishing on an elaborate high and setting the highest possible standard for the gigs to come in the next decade. We can’t wait to find out what’s in store.

Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal
Ibiza Rocks Anniversary by La Skimal