By Abby (@dressupshowup)
Example’s only live date in Ibiza was at Ibiza Rocks this year and it went off with an almighty, resounding bang. As ever, the main man was on exceptional form, but with a live band behind him it brought an intimacy to the show that took it to another level. Devoted fans screamed his name, sang along to every track and by the end of the set their carefully styled outfits were drenched with sweat, not that anyone seemed to notice.
Doorly started proceedings with an eclectic combo of tracks, proving yet again that he’s one of the best mixers in the business. He made way for Redlight who, with support from the charismatic MC Dread, had the crowd grinding along to the sort of bass that finds its way to your throat and stays there, rattling tirelessly throughout your head. It was a more bass-heavy set than usual but ‘Lost In Your Love’ and a Whitney Houston bootleg, among others, kept things light. Doorly reappeared with surprise guest Skream in tow, and it wasn’t long before they were thrashing it out in a friendly battle of the DJs.
Fittingly, Example’s first track was ‘Kickstarts’ and the first note was all it took for the crowd to go bonkers. He’s a performer who feeds off the crowd’s energy, so he couldn’t have asked for a better opening. He played tracks that you won’t have heard at his Ibiza Rocks residency – ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ and ‘Lost and Found’ for starters, and having a festival-style band as back up gave the tracks more resonance than ever – ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ takes on an entirely different identity when it’s played acoustically. He’s a star of the dance music world but his tracks translate live almost seamlessly; when the crowd are still dancing along to an instrumental you know you must be pushing the right buttons. Ibiza Rocks fans can’t get enough of Example, and it’s no surprise. He’s a man who consistently delivers.