Gear up for Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks this summer
Two of the biggest parties of the year are fast-approaching and the fantastic Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are gearing up for some serious good times! Mallorca Rocks is a music festival that takes place every summer in the resort town of Magaluf and along with its sister festival, Ibiza Rocks in San Antonio, attracts some of the biggest names in pop, dance and electronic music, as well as thousands of dedicated party-goers who want to make their break in the Med all about the late nights and great music!
So for anyone who hasn’t booked their slice of the action yet, here’s a guide to what’s going down at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks this year…
About the Rocks festivals
Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks have been entertaining the summer crowds for four years now, and they remain two of the best places to hear fresh new sounds from right across the musical spectrum. Previous years have featured top-notch talent from Jake Bugg to Labrinth, and this year is no exception.
The 2014 action kicks off in Magaluf on the 3rd June with US pop-rock band of the moment, HAIM, who then hop across to neighbouring island Ibiza to play San Antonio the following night on the 4th. The festival carries on at both destinations through July and August, with events, shows and after-parties almost every night until mid-September.
Live gigs from the likes of Lily Allen and The Kooks – returning to the stage after they opened the very first Mallorca Rocks back in 2010 – are scheduled throughout the summer, with regular ‘W.A.R!’ DJ nights from ‘Rocks veterans Zane Lowe and DJ Wire.
Though the festival line-up for both Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks is almost exactly the same, the two Balearic islands are quite different. So which party island should you pick this year?
Well, those who’ve never dipped their toe in the warm Mediterranean waters of a Mallorcan summer are in for a treat, as the creamy-white shore of Magaluf beach is just minutes from the Mallorca Rocks complex, an apartment-hotel where many holidaymakers base themselves during the festivities. Even after the shows are over, you can carry on the party at the renowned BCM nightclub, or take a wander down the Punta Ballena strip to make the most of the Magaluf nightlife.
In fact, there are plenty of activities to get stuck into during the day as well, whether you fancy crazy golf at the House of Katmandu, swooshing down the slides at the Western Water Park or driving out to the beautiful capital of Palma, with its Gothic architecture and authentic Spanish cuisine.
On the other hand, there’s lots to see and do around San Antonio in Ibiza – one of the most famous party capitals in the world. Once you’ve rocked out at the festival, experience one of the legendary after-parties at Es Paradis or take a break from the dancing and sip a cocktail at some of the more refined bars in the West End. At the end of a long night, don’t forget to check out that iconic San Antonio sunrise from the harbour.
While many island-goers happily spend their days hanging out under the palm trees at San Antonio beach, there are also watersports galore, from snorkelling to parasailing. Alternatively, make the quick 20-minute trip to Ibiza Town, where all that hedonistic partying seems like a world away and you can lose yourself among the cobbled Medieval streets until it’s time to head back to the festival again!
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Heading to Ibiza or Mallorca Rocks for the first time this year? Or perhaps you’ve been a regular since it opened? Let us know your experiences in the comments below, or share a few tips on which events you’re most looking forward to this year…