About Ibiza Rocks

Back in 2005, the people behind Ibiza Rocks had a brainwave – they were going to bring live music to the island. Bored of the commercial direction the dance scene had gone in, they wanted something better than the super clubs and superstar DJs.

They decided to turn that world on its head and invited the very opposite of Ibiza clubland – Pete Doherty and Babyshambles – to play a beach party, joined by indie rock prince Zane Lowe to DJ. It worked. Just about. But it worked. The fire was lit and it was swiftly followed by a show with Kaiser Chiefs who were riding high with I Predict A Riot. People said it definitely wouldn’t work. But it did. That Kaiser Chiefs show sold out three days in advance. Nothing ever sold out in advance!

Ibiza Rocks live concert at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Ibiza Rocks Stage at Ibiza Rocks Hotel

For a few years, gigs happened at Bar M (now the Ibiza Rocks Bar), by the beach in San Antonio, but getting licenses from the local authorities was a weekly challenge. Ibiza Rocks, for a while, was a brand on the run. Their let’s-put-the-show-on-right-here attitude and can-do spirit, meant that gigs were arranged in the unlikeliest venues; the dolphin pool at the old zoo (Dirty Pretty Things, The Fratellis, Soulwax), the island’s abandoned racetrack (The Zutons, Pendulum, The Enemy) and the tennis courts at Pikes Hotel (We Are Scientists).

Ibiza Rocks now had a solid core, a ravenous fan base and crucial support from the music industry. They had created a new party narrative for Ibiza. But the ambitious team knew that Ibiza, and Ibiza Rocks, deserved more. So, in 2008 they acquired a permanent venue: the now legendary, 1000-bed Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Bands could now play in the central courtyard, flanked by our main swimming pool and surrounded by the guests watching from their balconies.

So what’s been the best show yet? The Streets in 2008? The all-star line up of Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend in 2009? Florence & The Machine or The Prodigy at the 5th Birthday Party in 2010? Biffy Clyro in 2011? Ed Sheeran in 2012? Bastille in 2013? NAS in 2014? Boy Better Know in 2015? Stormzy in 2016? It’s impossible to say – but we never look back, we’re looking forward to the future…

2017 saw us change direction a bit – we’ve taken the pool party to a new level. We had Craig David returning with TS5, the biggest party on the planet, Elrow and their insane production, Toddla T’s Carnival, We are Rockstars, Cuckoo Land and the all-day #MERKY Festival with Stormzy. 2018 is set to top even this too; we wanted to level up on the pool party. We’ll be bringing some massive line ups to the pool so you can party all day.

Photography By Elliot Young