WE ARE ROCKSTARS ANNOUNCE THE BEST OF UK TALENT INCLUDING GORGON CITY, SKEPTA, SIGMA, HANNAH WANTS & MORE
TWO EXCLUSIVE FIRSTS COME COURTESY OF PIONEERING GRIME ACT BOY BETTER KNOW AND LEGENDARY DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS ‘RAM JAM’
W.A.R! LAUNCH NEW AFTERPARTY ‘SHELTER’ WITH SANKEYS IBIZA
W.A.R! + SHELTER
TWO PARTIES. ONE NIGHT.
— EVERY FRIDAY FROM 5TH JUNE TO 18TH SEPTEMBER —
We Are Rockstars (W.A.R!) will return to the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel for a fourth year, arguably boasting its most diverse, colourful and ultimately expansive music programme to date. Running every Friday night for 16 weeks from 5th June to 18th September the line-up has been curated to give party-goers a decisive snapshot of UK underground dance music culture. Incorporating names from across house, techno, drum & bass, garage and grime, W.A.R! thus feels as exciting as it does abstract and unorthodox – a key facet of the party’s identity and appeal this summer.
In an exciting move for 2015, W.A.R! announces the launch of new afterparty SHELTER at Sankeys Ibiza. Also collaborating with a host of labels, radio stations and festival brands throughout the season – including Moda Black, Rinse FM and Bugged Out! – the joint announcement is a nod to the continued expansion of the Ibiza Rocks brand in the year that celebrates a landmark 10th anniversary.
The world famous open-air Rocks stage will proudly welcome back three acts that have blown up since being championed by W.A.R! and booked on last years’ bill. An Ibiza live exclusive from 2015 festival favourites Gorgon City awaits whilst understated drum and bass duo turned bonafide chart superstars Sigma return and the undisputed Queen of bassline Hannah Wants will play two shows and bring W.A.R! to the ultimate climax at the Closing party on 18th September.
Exclusive shows will also come courtesy of Boy Better Know, David Rodigan MBE, Rinse FM and Thump. Foundation grime crew Boy Better Know, fronted by brothers Skepta & JME and favourited by Kanye West who handpicked them to perform with him at The BRITs will be supported by veteran grime/dubstep producer & DJ Plastician in June.
It will be a seminal moment as the legendary David Rodigan MBE takes to the stage for the first time ever in Ibiza to present ‘Ram Jam’, with support from SHY FX, Toddla T and Ms Dynamite in September. David Rodigan MBE said: “Very excited to be bringing Ram Jam to the Island for the very first time with my good pals Shy FX & Toddla T in tow! Sunshine and reggae, the killer combination!”
For the third year running, the incredible and influential crew at Rinse FM takeover W.A.R! for a standout show featuring grime’s ultimate pioneer Skepta, genre-crushing DJ and tastemaker Oneman, BBC Sound of 2015 nominee Novelist and Black Butter Records’ hot property Sinead Harnett.
From new friends to old friends, W.A.R! will welcome back BBC 1Xtra’s Mista Jam and Redlight plus Example & DJ Wire with their special ’10 Years of Ibiza’ set. Pioneering garage selector DJ EZ heads up an enviable bill as part of the Thump takeover in June and will be joined on the line up by a selection of the best of the new breed including bassline hit-maker Chris Lorenzo – responsible for co-producing Hannah Wants’ top 10 single ‘Rhymes’ – as well as garage-grime starlet Preditah and younger brother C4. Other hot new sets will come courtesy of breakthrough MC Stormzy plus Mella Dee, My Nu Leng and Fono who boasts a mini residency this year with four shows. A thoroughly impressive line up that’s testament to the fluid mix of styles and sounds that W.A.R! will represent in 2015.
Jordan Hallpike, W.A.R! Promoter said: “2015 marks our 10th year in Ibiza as well as our 4th year for W.A.R! and it’s another genuinely exciting year for the electronic and UK talent. Having heavyweights we’ve always championed like Gorgon City, Hannah Wants and Sigma sit alongside headliners of the future such as Stormzy, Novelist, Chris Lorenzo, Mella Dee and Preditah is what really sets us apart from other promoters on the Island. A highlight for me will be our Ibiza exclusive with Boy Better Know and also, who would have thought that David Rodigan MBE hasn’t been to Ibiza? As a huge fan I’m buzzing to bring him to the island for the very first time – Ram Jam in the sunshine is a show that’s not to be missed! I’m also really looking forward to launching SHELTER at Sankeys with trailblazers of the electronic underground scene such as Shadowchild, TEED, Waze & Odyssey and Oliver Dollar. We’ve always wanted a W.A.R! afterparty and we’ve finally found the perfect venue for us. Two parties. One night. Exciting times all round.”
Alongside W.A.R!s summer programme, 2015 will also mark the debut of new night SHELTER – an exclusive after hour’s party held at Sankeys Ibiza every Friday. After W.A.R! we find SHELTER – a home for W.A.Rs favourite DJs, producers, labels and crews to come together after dark, including Rinse FM, Moda Black, Bugged Out, Bondax & Friends, Food Music + more.
Firmly rooted in house & techno, SHELTER will be fronted by long-time W.A.R! resident Doorly – a producer who also boasts numerous releases on influential labels like Dirtybird, Cajual & Toolroom – and will launch on 22nd May with Disciples, Eli & Fur and two very special guests to be announced.
Throughout the summer, SHELTER will showcase some of contemporary dance music’s best names, including TEED, Shadow Child, Oliver Dollar, Bondax, Toddla T, Waze & Odyssey, Jaymo & Andy George, Kidnap Kid, Disciples, Chris Lorenzo, TCTS, Eli & Fur and Krywolf.
SHELTER: a safe haven, a home for people to come together and rave together in an underground electronic music society, free from the normal world and oblivious to anything that’s going on outside the four black walls of the Shelter.
A host of further line-up additions are to made over the coming weeks.