As Miss W’s favourite club night ever slowly fades into Ibiza-oblivion (Manumission, Manumission – where for art thou Manumission?), it’s only fitting that out of its ashes rises another island mega-brand, burning the image of its now-iconic logo into the retinas of all the Ibiza newcomers by firmly stamping it all over the island in the form of bright merchandise, bold advertising and an all-new bar and diner sitting in the bay of San Antonio.
If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about none other than Ibiza Rocks. For the 2010 season, they’ve taken the reins of what was once Bar M – the infamous Manumission pre-party and bar, and also the very first venue outside of the back room of Manumission to host Ibiza Rocks live gigs. It’s only fitting really, that they should return to their roots and to celebrate the opening, they went right back to the source, calling in The Libertines and Babyshambles main man Pete Doherty (who was the first artist to perform in this very spot, famously trashing the stage and his guitar in the process) to do the pre-season opening party honours.
So you know, not being one to hang on to the past at all (Manumission, Manumission – where for art thou Manumission?), Miss W decided to check out the transformation for herself, and despite what felt like an overwhelming sense of exhaustion based on the previous weekend’s antics (F*** Me I’m Famous opening, IMS Grand Finale, Pure Pacha opening, Ushuaia, Sands, Aura, Space opening, DC10 opening – I’m tired again just listing them!), it was all rock and roll from this point on.
We were greeted at the door by the ever-so-lovely Jill Canney, wearing a stunning turquoise blue dress we’ve seen somewhere before. The all-round PR guru and long-time Ibiza Rocks aficionado got a little cagey when we asked what time his highness was set to perform. Erm, was something going on? Would he be coming at all? Jill remained tight-lipped, issued us press passes and swiftly ushered us inside to avoid further questioning.
Thankfully, as we breezed upstairs to the VIP terrace, we collided with Ibiza Rocks co-founder Dawn Hindle, looking as stylish as ever by the way, who had just been assured that Mr Doherty had indeed boarded a plane in London (after missing the two previous – well, it is rock and roll after all) and was en route and scheduled to hit the stage at 11pm. Crisis averted!
Down in the pit of eager fans (with more than a handful of authentic Doherty look-alikes), DJ Colin Peters was spinning his own eclectic fusion of classic electro rock, pop hits and classics. That branded merchandise was flying off the shelves – or more likely, out of giant flight cases that looked like they’d fallen straight off the back of a tour bus – and up on stage was a lone guitar, bottle of red wine and a wine glass on top of an amp.
Then, to the appropriately timed Smash Mouth lyrics, ‘Hey now, you’re a rockstar, get the show on, get paid’, Pete Doherty entered the building, with his entourage in tow to the shrill sounds of girls screaming, as is custom on such occasions!
Taking to the stage, Pete looked every inch the rock star – all swagger, cocky grin, glass of red wine, guitar and cheeky banter. To tell you the truth, I’ve never really been a fan, I always just thought he was the sweaty guy that Kate Moss went out with, but I’ll give credit where credit’s due – his voice was amazing. A one-hour, acoustic solo set ensued, highlights of which included singalongs, hot pink knickers being flung at the man in question and a couple of cutesy chicas being plucked from the audience to go ‘backstage’. Turns out they were truly his mates from London, but what the hey!
Standing at the top of the stairs however were the two girls who’d arrived with Pete, dressed almost identically in animal print skirts and skintight black leotards, carrying Union Jack flags. Oh great, thought Miss W to herself, BYO groupies. But on closer inspection, the two pretty ladies were tying ballet shoes… and before I knew it, they were en pointe, twirling, posturing and posing around Pete like rockabilly ballerinas, using their flags as props (inspiring more cheers from the crowd) and managing to add an element of real art and beauty to the Ibiza Rocks stage.
As for the after party, well, the exhaustion got the better of me. The clock struck midnight and I turned into a deflated rock and roll pumpkin… but there’s always next week’s opening party to look forward to!
THE GOOD: Despite the fact the Ibiza Rocks Diner kitchen wasn’t open tonight (and I am mourning the demise of Nando’s extra hot spicy Peri Peri sauce), I’m most excited about the American diner-style menu – baby back ribs, blue cheese burgers, hot wings… it’s how Elvis would have wanted it!
THE BAD: Sorry to harp on about the good old days, but I loved the fact Bar M was a pre-party – a free event with mini-shows by the Manumission girls that inspired you to buy your tickets and go to the party later on, but for this particular event, tickets were being sold. I understand it was a one-off, but Miss W really hopes future events here will be free and serve as an exciting warm up to the main event at the hotel.
THE GOSSIP: Pete missed two flights from London in his haphazard journey to Ibiza, which resulted in him being seated on the same flight as ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace, who were also coming to Ibiza for a break this week. Apparently the two went their separate ways without acknowledging one another… but are we sure Pete didn’t miss those flights on purpose to get a little closer to his famous ex? We’ll never know…