Ibiza Rocks: A rock revolution in a dance world

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

From the ashes of Hotel Club Paraiso rises Ibiza Rocks - live music venue/hotel extraordinaire which over the past three years has introduced live music, rock music to The White Isle whilst flawlessly silencing its critics and literally rocking the island of Ibiza to its very core.

Taking a brave but confident step away from the extortionate dance beats which many call the heart beat of the island, Ibiza Rocks has stepped even further away from the crowd, the crowd being 'super' clubs with their day-glow sticks, hedonistic highs and hot pants culture. It was 2006, the 90's were over and Ibiza Rocks had landed with its own Ray Ban and skinny jean wearing, style conscious and achingly cool crowd, this new crowd came to lead a revolution, a rock revolution in a dance world.



Ibiza Rocks sits right in the heart of San Antonio a couple of minutes from the crest shaped beach and chill bars to-be-seen-at - Cafe Del Mar and Mambo. The vibrant and palm tree lined West End includes super nightclubs Es Paradis and Eden all only a ten minute walk from the hotel.



Ibiza Rocks has a sanctuary type feel from the moment you arrive, an indie safe haven away from the hysteria and crowds of San Antonio. Once inside it is easy to understand what a genius concept Ibiza Rocks truly is. In the reception, an old bath tub is used as a seat - just one example of some of the anti-furniture that fills the glass-panelled reception. Promotional posters cover the walls, free condoms sit in a basket on the reception desk whilst staff in neon bright Ibiza Rocks t-shirts playfully work to a soundtrack of Britpop and a backdrop of plasma screens playing footage of previous acts who have played live at the hotel - The Enemy, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets. This could quite possibly be the most fun job in the world.



The iconic Ibiza Rocks plectrum logo set against strong neon colours screams with self-confidence. In fact, the branding is near perfect, with Ibiza Rocks emerging as one of the strongest players on the Island. A range of clothing and accessories all branded with the plectrum can be bought from the Ibiza Rocks shop which is right inside the hotel.



Guests (Ibiza Rockette's) wander throughout the hotel confirming their allegiance by dressing in Ibiza Rocks t-shirts, many lay next to the plectrum lined and glistening pool on their plectrum logo towels, drinking out of plectrum logo pint glasses (probably). This is a cult. Overlooking the huge pool sits the boss, the head of Ibiza Rocks, the leader of the cult - the stage. Laying low during the day sizzling under the hot Ibizan sun and as the sun sets the pyrotechnics come alive to an explosion of guitar-led bass line and indie, not dance, beats.



Every Tuesday throughout the summer The Ibiza Rocks stage plays host to live sets from some of indie's freshest and finest bands and in fact the acts so far this summer have been quite eclectic. From the eccentric Groove Armada, electro Friendly Fires, Keane (yes, Keane in Ibiza), rock gods; Kasabian, The Kooks and the pop/dance duo the Ting Tings. It seems that Ibiza rocks is far from rigid and is has plenty of room under its "Rocks" umbrella. And the Ibiza Rocks' reputation is clearly growing and has even reached stateside as trendy Brooklyn band Vampire Weekend and MGMT grace the hotel with their hip presence. Innovative acts are always seeking innovative backdrops for their music so this seems like a match made in heaven. The presence of these well respected, successful American bands can only enhance the growing reputation of Ibiza rocks. Glastonbury who? This is a summer long festival, Ibiza style.



The Ibiza Rocks Hotel has three outdoor pools, with two poolside bars and chill out lounges all nestled nicely in the arms of its hotel court yard. The rooms surround the rectangular courtyard of which if it were possible to create a plectrum shape court yard, Ibiza Rocks sure would have. The accommodation category varies from studios to Superior Rooms which boast a plasma TV, X-Box, fresh fruit, flowers and a front and back terrace. Why would anyone need a front and back terrace? The front terrace is used by most on Tuesday's only - gig day. Such is the position of the stage; guests can watch the gig exclusively from their very own terrace, or balcony, if staying in a studio. As the sun sets over Ibiza Rocks, with a chilled drink in hand look out over the crowds below and join the rock revolution - rock out - just don't throw the tv out of the window.



The hotel operates a no cash policy, which is a great idea, you simply top-up your room key and use as and when be it in the on site supermarket, the restaurant or the 24 hour bar.



Ibiza Rocks offers guests the key to an Indie haven where there's no rain, no mud and no rules. Just rock and roll.





Stay at Ibiza Rocks Hotel from £19 per person, per night, based on three sharing a standard studio room. This includes a gig ticket to Ibiza Rocks and free entry to Reclaim the Dance floor at Eden. www.ibizarocks.com



Monarch flys direct to Ibiza book online at - www.monarch.co.uk

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
glastonbury
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Shock of the news: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’
filmReview: Gyllenhaal, in one of his finest performances, is funny, engaging and sinister all at once
Arts and Entertainment
Shelley Duvall stars in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
filmCritic Kaleem Aftab picks his favourites for Halloween
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington has been given a huge pay rise to extend his contract as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
tv
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
Taste the difference: Nell Frizzell tucks into a fry-up in Jesse's cafe in east London
food + drinkHow a bike accident left one woman living in a distorted world in which spices smell of old socks and muesli tastes like pork fat
Sport
Luke Shaw’s performance in the derby will be key to how his Manchester United side get on
footballBeating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Life and Style
Google's doodle celebrating Halloween 2014
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Don’t send in the clowns: masks and make-up conceal true facial expressions, thwarting our instinct to read people’s minds through their faces, as seen in ‘It’
filmThis Halloween, we ask what makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?
News
peopleFarage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist'
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Sales Manager - Commercial Cable & Wire - UK

    £60,000 - £75,000: Recruitment Genius: As a top tier supplier to the major Aer...

    ORNC Visitor Experience Volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary work: Old Royal Naval College: Join our team of friendly volu...

    Junior Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    IT Systems Analyst / Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    Day In a Page

    The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

    The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

    Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
    The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

    Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

    Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
    Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

    What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

    Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
    A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

    Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

    Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
    Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

    'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

    A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

    Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

    The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
    Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

    Paul Scholes column

    Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
    Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

    Frank Warren column

    Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
    Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

    Adrian Heath's American dream...

    Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
    Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

    Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

    Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

    A Syrian general speaks

    A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
    How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

    Turn your mobile phone into easy money

    There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes