The final day had arrived and the union of uber cool Lenny Kravitz and island favourite Luciano was on the horizon but first the stage made way for a combination of electronic acts and live bands. Troublemakers, T.E.E.D (live), Reboot, Nicolas Jaar (live). Pete Tong, Azari & III (live), M83 (live) and Mr Blake all performed on the last day of the Ibiza 123 Festival nicely rounding off the 3 day event.
Bringing an edgy vibe to San Antonio, Lenny Kravitz and his well equipped band rocked out in real style unleashing the raw sounds of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums and guitars on festival-goers. Yesterday was undeniably the busiest of the 3 days and the crowd was heaving with all ages with both tourists and locals alike lapping up the old school rock euphoria. Throughout the gig Kravitz had the crowd singing along finishing his lines such as 'American woman', 'Stand by my woman', 'Believe', 'Stand' and 'Fly away'.
Pleasing the crowd for well over an hour, Kravitz said that he had 'been waiting 23 years to do this' when referring to the 123 Festival and after his third attempt to plunge into the crowd I believed him. Finally the moment had arrived and Luciano joined the rock legend on stage, a little skeptical about how the two would gel together I was pleasantly surprised by the tightly produced track they went onto perform. Cut short due to Lenny's set over-running the duo only got to perform the one hit but as the stage prepared for Luciano's solo set the crowd was a sea of frenzy.
Luciano stepped up to finish the 123 celebrations with a stella set dropping Goyte's rather popular track 'Somebody that you used to know', 'Rhythm is a dancer' by Snap and Fine Young Cannibals classic 'She drives me crazy'; managing to incorporate old house and disco sounds with his unique style was a great way to end the event. Finished with an impressive display of fireworks the highly anticipated Ibiza 123 Festival had successfully provided San Antonio with a diverse party catering to all sounds and tastes. It will be interesting to see how the event progresses over the next few years and what other amazing headliners they can bag - not forgetting what collaborations they may encourage. I for one enjoyed the whole event and will be returning next year, providing that they manage to rival the world class line-up of their Ibiza debut.
Check back soon for a full written feature on the festival along with loads more photos.
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The Brighton based festival will be revealed in full on Thursday 29th January.