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Entrevista Adrián Rodríguez

INTERVIEW ADRIÁN RODRÍGUEZ – SUEÑOS DE LIBERTAD

“WE KEEP DREAMING OF FREEDOM”

 

After two lost years and a pandemic which has brought the music industry to its knees, Sueños de Libertad festival celebrates its fifth edition this year, rising like a phoenix from the ashes. With headliners by Love of Lesbian and Muchachito, among many others, we are delighted to say that live music is back.

1. After a global pandemic and an unprecedented hiatus in the music industry, what challenges have you faced in resurrecting Sueños de Libertad?

Pfff, it’s been really complicated. Without thinking too much about the answer, it’s been the most difficult edition to organise. Empathy and common sense have flown out of the window and we are still in the midst of a health and emotional crisis that is leaving its mark on everything and everyone. However, nobody can take away our passion and desire.

2. Live music is always welcome on the island, but like always, there is a lack of musical projects. What do you think the reason is?

There is still a long way to go. We started doing concerts in 2011, and little by little, we have won over the island residents. However, it is a marathon, not a sprint and you have to be patient. The key is understanding people, but without institutional or brand support, the mission is almost impossible.

3. Sueños de Libertad was born in 2015, and has brought the best artists on the Spanish music scene: Leiva, Amaral, Juanito Makande, M Clan… What artist or band couldn’t come but you’d love to have performed?

Well, to be honest, Sueños de Libertad has featured artists that ten years ago were impossible to bring, but if there is one thing that hurt (a lot) it was not being able to
bring Chris Cornell for the 2018 edition. The idea was for an acoustic concert, on the Baluarte de Santa Lucia in Ibiza, for the first day of the festival, but this particular dream didn’t come true, unfortunately. I got the idea for the concert from seeing Temple of the Dog (with Chris on vocals) and Fantastic Negrito as support play live at Madison Square Garden in New York for the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.”

4. Sueños de libertad seems almost premonitory… What’s the story behind the name?

In 2014, when I closed El Sitio after two wonderful years with artists likeCoque Malla, Juan Perro, Depedro, Xoel López, Burning and Zahara… I was very stressed and anxious (you can probably say the same for me now). I was living in Madrid at the time and while I was reading a book in a bar, in one of the paragraphs, the main character talked about dreaming of freedom (sueños de libertad). At that moment I felt the same need for freedom and to feel the magic of music again, hence the name. Right now, Sueños de Libertad fits perfectly… unfortunately, we are still dreaming about it.

 

5. Looking at Sueños de Libertad posters from previous years, it is noticeable that it caters for a variety of tastes. Is this a tactic to reach a wider audience or is it born of necessity?

 

I’ll never tire of repeating that Ibiza is the most complicated place in Spain to organise concerts or cultural events. There is still a lot to learn and understand, and that’s where we are. You only have to look back to see which world-class artists have failed on the island. You have to go little by little, with patience, studying every corner of the island and its people. Ibiza is special, for better or worse. We´ll keep going and continue to fight. Sueños de Libertad still has a lot to say, and I trust that time is on our
side.

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Fill me hard

FILL ME HARD

In 1866, a 16-year-old kid from Tennessee named Jack Daniel founded one of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world. Today, more than a century later, it is one of the most sought-after brands by whiskey lovers. Once considered a man’s drink (think Mad Men), whiskey is becoming ever more popular with females.

A study conducted by The London School of Economics revealed that women have considerably increased their consumption of whiskey when they go out and is increasingly the drink of choice over others such as wine or beer, which used to be the most popular options with women. Why do they like whiskey? It is the distilled spirit that has the least effect on brain cells, and it contains less sugar than rum, meaning less of a hangover if you don’t fool around with other drinks…

Whiskey is now seen as something to go out and enjoy and at Romeo’s Motel & Diner, you can enjoy your Jack Daniel’s moment like never before – with your own vintage Jack Daniel’s bottle, refillable at reception if you want to enjoy Tennessee’s favourite on the rocks.

Cheers!

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LEVI’S ®

LEVI’S ®

Sustainability is fashionable

By Laura Martínez

The world is in a constant battle against climate change, something that also includes one of the most pro table and polluting industries in the world: fashion. It’s time to change, and one of our favourite brands wants to raise awareness among its huge follower base and beyond. Levi’s ® has announced a commitment to promote sustainability in the vast majority of its product range for the spring / summer season 2021. Raise your hand if you’ve never owned a pair of Levi’s ® jeans. The legendary brand that never goes out of fashion and combines classic American style and denim like no other, has backed your best moments in jeans since 1873.

The world leader in jeans, and one of the largest textile companies in the world, makes you think of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” Rachel and Monica from “Friends” in their Mom Jeans and that photo of your parents on their honeymoon wearing a pair of Levi’s ® cut o shorts. This brand has been a part of our collective imagination for as long as we can remember, and with great power comes great responsibility: a commitment to the planet, now more than ever. Aware that the planet is in a critical situation and urgently needs our help, Levi’s ® has committed itself to protecting the environment with a collection that is inspired by nature called: Second Nature. It combines the latest trends in outdoor style with loose- tting, functional and sustainable garments. Fabrics such as ‘Cottonized Hemp’ reduce water and energy usage in the manufacturing process.

Levi’s has set out to make a real contribution and truly transform the fashion industry with initiatives such as SecondHand, (only available in the USA at the moment) where buying Levi’s ® products means keeping them and enjoying them for as long as possible, and Repair & Reimagine which aims to reduce waste and give your denim a second life. Recycled materials are an important part of achieving the sustainability we so desperately need, which is why this season Levi’s ® bags and backpacks are made from polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles, and sandals made from recycled straps and harvested seaweed. Concept will take part in this initiative, which will see our employees wearing this classic brand whose only constant is evolution.

Clearly there is a long way to go in the ght for sustainability, and this applies to industries across the board, but we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with large companies starting to do their part and set a global example. Levi’s ® sets the standard in everything it does, and this change of course shows that being sustainable is more fashionable than ever.

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Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza

SONORAMA RIBERA GOES TO IBIZA

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a festival of national bands and cultural activities that will be held in Ibiza from the 30th of September to the 4th of October in the hotels of the Concept Hotel group: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner.

 

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a mix between the holidays of your life and your favourite festival of the year. The festival has arrived with the purpose of diversifying the brand and exploring original and different alternatives but always keeping its essence. The festival will be held from the 30th of September to the 4th of October, counting with the following artists: Algora, Arde Bogotá, Barry B, Billy Flamingos, Bratty, David Kano, Delaporte, Dinero, ELYELLA, Embusteros, Funambulista, Gara Durán, Ginebras, Joe Crepúsculo, Karavana, Kimberley Tell, Kuve, L.A., La Habitación Roja, Los Secretos, Maren, Marwán, Niños Mutantes, Nunatak, Pin y Pon DJs, Rayden, Shinova, Sidonie, Siloé, Tomasito, Varry Brava, We Are Not DJs, St Woods, Uncle Sal y Comandante Twin.

Concerts will take place between 13:00 and 23:00 and will strictly stick to the current safety measures against Covid-19. Shows will happen in acoustic and semi-electronic format, furthermore the programming will offer a variety of cultural activities (talks, expositions, wine tasting) that will be held in the 3 hotels of the island: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner. Enjoying the concerts in the same hotel where you are staying makes this a comfortable and unique experience.

Tickets will be released for sale the 2nd of July at 12:00h as a “Hotel + festival” pack, people will be able to choose the hotel, room type and whether they will stay for 3 or 4 nights.

 

More information available in: sonoramariberaibiza.es

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Music Legends

MUSIC LEGENDS IN IBIZA

In conversation with Carlos Martorell
By Laura Martínez

 

If you live in Ibiza or have spent enough time on the island to eat an ensalada payesa (farmer’s salad) at Ca n’Anneta, or to buy a belt at Pedro’s, then you’ll have surely heard someone say: “The 60s were much better,” “Kate Moss was partying at Rock Nights and we had a kiss,” “I was at Freddy Mercury’s 40th birthday party,” and a long list of sayings that veer between the mundane and the unbelievable. One of the people who were actually on the island in the glory days of the 60s, 70s and 80s – and beyond – is Carlos Martorell; a standard-bearer of hippy Ibiza: from riding a horse in the nude to parties where both an average Joe and Mick Jagger could hang out in ease. He lived close to Studio 54 during his years at New York, and it was here where he photographed Grace Jones behind closed doors. She told him “I need something for my head,” and he brought her a hat. I suspect that wasn’t what she needed exactly… Tales like these are all the more reason why we like to hear his stories of yesteryear
When I asked Carlos if he thought that people knew how to have more fun back then, he doesn’t hesitate for one second: “Hell yeah! We had a great time with the simplest of things; my house didn’t have water or electricity for 35 years and there was always someone singing and dancing there. We hung a notebook and a pen on the doors to leave messages, it was the hippy version of WhatsApp because there were no mobile phones”.

Carlos Martorell, who is one of the island’s rst PR’s, organized exclusive parties and said: “They were VIP parties only in terms of the people that came, not in who could come or not because I don’t like separating people. At my parties in Ku, Amnesia and Pacha everybody danced and hung out together, they were such magical times. You could come in as long as you were attractive and up for a dance. It was hard for me to turn people away at the door, but I had to do it because not everyone could get in. We didn’t want to pack the party, because we wanted people to have a good time, be comfortable and dance freely at the same time.”
Music had other stars back then: Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley… The King of Reggae came to Ibiza thanks to Roger Middleton to hold a concert (in the now-disappeared) Ibiza bullring near the port. “I remember that night perfectly because I borrowed a car from the husband of a close friend of mine, it was a black Range Rover with a gold stripe. Imagine how cool that was in Ibiza at the time! I was very naive and didn’t know anything about what he did for a living, but it turned out that he was a big American drug dealer. I took my friend to the concert, but we had no choice but to listen to it from the car, in front of Bob’s dressing room, because her husband made us promise not to leave the Range Rover unattended.” Carlos had organized a party for Marley at Pacha, but the Jamaican superstar didn’t go because he was so stoned that he went straight to the hotel to sleep it off . But the party went ahead anyway.

Another person who had a love affair with the island was Mike Oldfield, who placed Es Vedrá (Ibiza) on the cover of his album “Voyager” (shame that it turned out to be one of the most boring pieces of music in history, but that’s another matter). The English musician bought a small house on the cliffs in Es Cubells – which he got rid of due to the area’s unstable ground – and later sold it to Noel Gallagher who also ended up selling it for a much better reason: he didn’t want to be James Blunt’s neighbor.
The island has hosted concerts that have made history including one by James Brown, whom Carlos was lucky enough to meet. He said: “I was on the same plane as Brother James as he was coming to the island do a concert in Ku nightclub (now Privilege Ibiza), but the plane was delayed and he was going to arrive late. I knew the club inside out as I had organized the ‘Funeral for the Mediterranean’ – a party to protest against the plastic pollution on Ibiza’s beaches. So I described the club’s layout and gave him a detailed sketch of where he had to go to save time. I also have to mention Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing their anthem “Barcelona” for the first time in Ku in May 1987, organized by Pino Sagliocco. It was a spectacular night which we followed up with a party at Pikes. The song went on to be the main anthem of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.”

In recent years, Ibiza’s popularity has exploded through its association with electronic music, leading it to become renowned throughout the world, both in a good and bad way. Among the latter is the lack of musical variety, because the island needs more live bands and singers performing here. Spain has so many talented musicians that deserve to be performing in Ibiza. At Concept, we are committed to presenting live music through Dorado Live Shows. This concert series brings the best in Spanish and international indie and rock to the island, and its success is a clear indication that the island is crying out for more.
“Ibiza needs to return to its essence in this sense. Since the 90s things have become distorted by business interests, electronic music, designer drugs and the huge size of the venues, all in detriment to the island’s essence. We need more venues like KM5 where you could listen to live music or in El Naif which I opened with Elle McPherson and Mick Jagger. I remember that they wanted to kick us out early that night. It was only 12 a.m. and some jealous so-and-so had called the police because of the noise, but I wasn’t going to stop such a swinging party. I won over the police captain who arrived to shut us down by introducing him to Mick, and he was so thrilled to meet the Rolling Stone in person that he told me: “Keep the party going, Martorell!”

Let’s keep partying and music alive!

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Grems at Adda Gallery

GREMS AT ADDA GALLERY

Adda Gallery presents a new exhibition format in which the work of the artists escape the confines of traditional media and expand onto the gallery walls. A new form of installation in which the transitional space becomes the perfect surface for interventions by artists and muralists from around the world.

 

The mural pieces, which are an essential facet of the gallery’s artists, become part of the Paradiso experience, opening new ways of interaction with the public.

In first such intervention of 2021, we present GREMS (Paris, 1978). Describing his style is especially difficult, since he is characterized by his creativity in fields as diverse as painting, illustration, design and music. Linking the body of work are the common elements that denote his graffiti experience, the use of letters and symbols arranged as if it were a reading, with colors establishing contrast codes.

GREMS uses form, line and color at the service of his intuition to make expressive and direct works, in which abstraction, expressionism and the influence of graffiti are found in a display of energy and luminosity.

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Why Hats

WHY HATS

If you’re crazy about hats, then you’re in luck because WHY HATS have arrived in Ibiza, promising to be a match made in heaven. Genis Whylan, who is the brand’s artisan and craftsman, is a rock ‘n’ roll lover who hails from Barcelona and comes with his guitar tucked under his arm. Why Hats are 100% handmade & custom-made, so each piece is one of a kind.

 

Made from top-quality materials and hand-dyed and sanded, these superb hats reflect the wearer’s personality.
You are free to choose the colour, fabric and adornments that suit you best.

If you still haven’t got yours, then come on down to the Why Hats corner in the Zero Suite at Paradiso Art Hotel on 2nd, 12th, 26th June and the 3rd and 24th July.

They’ll also be on sale at our Rock Nights party, each Friday after our Dorado Live Shows concerts.

 

Make your summer wild with this most rocker of accessories!

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Marimba opening

MARIMBA OPENING

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the natural compound whose therapeutic properties you’ve heard of, over and over again. Used to maintain certain bodily functions such as sleep, appetite and pain relief, there are plenty of reasons why CBD has cultivated followers and created headlines around the world.

It has now reached Paradiso Art Hotel thanks to MARIMBA, a space designed as a Concept Store where you can not only find a wealth of CBD-related products including:

natural cosmetics, limited edition clothing and trainers, Cookies Corner, as well as vaporisers, special edition objects designed by Keith Haring, and a whole lot more.

Marimba opens its doors today, putting the cherry on top of our most arty hotel.

We’ll be waiting for you!

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A day for the planet

CLEANING THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND
May 30 from 10am to 2pm

Come join @creativesfortheplanet in Santos Ibiza to support “A DAY FOR THE PLANET” in which he is calling all the people of Ibiza to go out and clean their environment as a symbol of mutual responsibility to take care of our planet!

See you on May 30 in Santos Ibiza at 10 am to start the collection at the beach d’en Bossa.

Put on your gloves, go outside, collect all the trash you can and enjoy some musical and artistic events after taking your trash to one of the collection points.

Everything that happens in A Day For The Planet, all the action, art and mutual care will be collected, filmed, photographed and combined in an online magazine: The Vision.

So send your photo to @creativesfortheplanet with your garbage collected and its estimated weight. “We want you and your action to appear in the magazine and on social media.”

Stay tuned to the map …

It will show the collection points, as well as the cleaning crews and all the other fun things that will happen.

Check out the Gofundme campaign from @creativesfortheplanet, they would greatly appreciate your support:

https://gofund.me/b779c59a

Together, For The Planet!

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Music Legends in Ibiza

Ibiza, the music refuge

By Pablo Sierra

In the late 1960s, a shockwave of hippy love crossed the Atlantic to dock on European shores. Ibiza was one of the epicentres of an earthquake that questioned everything, but changed almost nothing except culture in general. Music: rock, folk, psychedelia, funk, punk, reggae and disco changed forever. A smörgåsbord of sounds provided the soundtrack for an island that became a refuge and source of inspiration for many artists until the nineties.

Christa Päffgen’s pale complexion contrasted with the darkness of a voice that illuminated avant-garde scene art scene half a century ago. A deep tone resonated from her voluptuous lips. This German singer’s overwhelming beauty captivated all who made her their muse. Andy Warhol was the first to fall under a spell, that also captivated the members of The Velvet Underground.

The international pop-rock scene quickly followed suit as Christa became Nico, the stage name she was given by a photographer. She became a singer-songwriter, model and actress, whose stunning, chiselled features ultimately brought her more sadness than joy. After touring on several low budget tours in the 80s, she wanted to get away from it all and went to Ibiza on holiday in 1988.

She loved riding her bike along the island’s rural roads and unfortunately, this is how she met her end. On 18th July she fell off her bike and hit her head on a rock, causing severe brain haemorrhage. Her friends said goodbye by playing her songs on a cassette tape at her funeral.

An artist who always had a pleasant relationship with God and Ibiza is Nina Hagen, another German whose dazzling performances raised the extravagance of operatic punk to the next level. Nina experienced an epiphany when experimenting with LSD, a moment that marked her destiny. She was nineteen years old when she heard a male voice mumbling, “Nina, I’m here. I will help you.” From then on her dogma consisted of a mixture of religion, spiritualism and a fervent belief in aliens.

The mother of punk decided to get married in Ibiza in 1987 to an 18-year old called Iroquois. Their wedding photo is one of the most original of all time: Nina with a cascade of red hair flowing down her back and Iroquois sporting a massive Mohican. The nuptials were crowned with a wild celebration of their love at Benirràs, an occasion that only a privileged few could attend. It’s quite possibly the most bizarre wedding that the island has ever known.

Grace Jones has graced Ibiza with two concerts, spanning different decades. The Jamaican diva had been the queen of New York in the late 70s, and ten years later at the peak of her powers, she performed in Ibiza. Jones was, and – still is – beautiful, artful, exotic and frighteningly wild. In 1988 she won over KU’s audience with a disco tour-de-force that saw her wear outfits that have influenced modern- day divas such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Jones’ physique – an androgynous and slender sculpture carved in ebony – did not go unnoticed when she moved around the island. There is an iconic photo of her sticking her tongue out at Carles Ribas’ camera while she walks the beach in the company of Tony Pike that particularly sticks in the memory. She made a triumphant return to the island in 2009, with a sold-out concert at Space Ibiza in 2009 that took the breath away. She literally was a Hurricane, the title of her first album in almost twenty years.

Another legend who didn’t want to miss the opportunity of getting a tan under Ibizan skies was Jimmy Page, a badass guitarist who led one of the most influential bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. They broke up in 1980 after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, but Page continued to fly solo. Five years later he answered the siren call of Ibiza, where he played to at the Sun Power Festival, an idea that seemed good on paper but was, in reality, a complete failure. Accompanied by Chris Squire – the bass player from Yes, and Jason Bonham, son of John, they played three songs in front of a disappointing crowd of 1000 people (8000 tickets were put on sale).

If we are talking about guitar wizards then we have to mention Eric Clapton. The one-time member of Cream set sail for Ibiza from Cannes to star in a concert at the Bullring in August 1977. However, they hit some heavy weather and the resulting storm almost sunk their boat. The Mediterranean Sea may seem tame but it can be treacherous. If you have seen the scene in The Wolf of Wall Street where Jordan’s yacht sinks on the way to the Costa Azul can probably imagine what Eric’s voyage was like. It’s been said that Clapton’s boat bounced around the seas like a ball in a pinball machine. One of several people to be called the fifth Beatle because of a strong connection with George Harrison, he lived to tell the tale and appeared live in concert on 5th August 1977.

Frank Zappa, one of the stars of Ibiza ‘92 Festival, had a more relaxing time when he came over. His visit was quick, as fleeting as a comet that leaves an indelible trail in its wake before disappearing. Frank Zappa visited the island in summer 1989 (four years before dying of prostate cancer) but the island left a huge impression him, as seen in an immortal photo of Frank pointing his finger at the Es Vedrà islet, while stating: “”Ibiza is a fantastic island, here sex shines brighter than the sun.” No wonder this contemporary Renaissance man was so successful.

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