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Stormzy x Ibiza Rocks: The Next Chapter

Prepare for things to get #MERKY once more at Ibiza Rocks Hotel this summer as Stormzy returns to curate the first ever #MERKY Festival. 2017 looks sure to be his biggest year yet following recent successes such as debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ going straight to Number 1 (it is now certified Gold), a sold out UK tour, THAT Brit Awards Ed Sheeran performance and collaboration plus an upcoming performance at the legendary Glastonbury.

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Mike feels like part of the Rocks family. An innovator and a character who we admired from the start having first put him on our stage back in 2015. We gave him his first show supporting Dizzee Rascal and it was clear at that moment that we were going to do more great things together. Later that summer and the first time in our history we offered an act that had played support, a headline show that same year. Cue one of the biggest We Are Rockstars crowds and reactions of the season alongside a clear indication that we were witnessing the start of the South London stars takeover.

#MERKY 2016

Moving onto 2016, we pushed the boundaries once more as we welcomed Stormzy back to the hotel but this time with a 4-date #MERKY summer residency, the first ever grime residency in Ibiza. Together, we sparked change on the island’s club listings whilst fully championing the unmissable movement in the tyde for grimes position in the music industry.

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#MERKY FESTIVAL 2017

Ibiza Rocks Hotel is known as the home of live music in Ibiza. Since launching in 2005, we’ve destroyed preconceptions of Ibiza by bringing live music and fresh energy to the White Isle changing the game in a dance-fuelled world and leading the way for live music in Ibiza. Fast forward to 2017, and we stepped the game up even further by bringing a one off festival concept to Ibiza for the first time and Stormzy trailblazed it for us!

2017 FEATURED: Stormzy / Dave / J Hus / Jaykae / Kenny Allstar / Mist / MoStack / Ray BLK & hosted by Julie Adenuga.

#MERKY FESTIVAL 2018

After teaming up with UK grime kingpin and hottest live act on the planet Stormzy last summer to make history with our debut all-day #MERKY Festival, there was no question we had to bring him back to the home of the pool party to shut things down all over again… but this time we wanted to take things to another level…

We can exclusively reveal #MERKY Festival 2018 is not only back this July but moving to TWO huge all-day events curated by the wicked skengman himself. We’re talking multiple stages, daytime poolside sets and electric headline performances under the stars from the fiercest names in urban music.

So get ready Ibiza, #MERKY Festival 2018, it’s going to be a movie.

‘Once the traditional home of house, trance and very little else, Ibiza is now a bona-fide haven for rap, grime and UKG.’
– Johnny Lee, MixMag

‘This time around, the mainstreaming of grime is happening on its own terms – a swelling bell curve that’s bringing the UK’s loudest, busiest homegrown genre off the streets and into international acclaim.’
– Kitty Empire, The Guardian

Photography By Elliot Young www.eyphoto.co.uk