As the sun sets on HRH Road Trip X we look back at the final night of live music in Ibiza.
It goes without saying that there has been a lot going on at HRH RTX during its week long duration. To put things into perspective if you can imagine the joy you get from attending your traditional weekend music festival, add some glorious sunshine and then double the fun to seven music filled days and you would come somewhere close to the HRH Road Trip experience.
On the final night of the festival the party moved to the beach front location of the Ibiza Rocks bar, situated a mere stone’s throw from this event’s primary venue – Ibiza super club Eden.
During the course of HRH RTX the festival punters have witnessed all different styles of music that represent the many different brands that HRH encompasses. But for the final night of festivities a stripped back four band acoustic bill was the order of the day.
Witch Tripper are one of the only bands on this year’s line-up to have played HRH Road Trip in 2018. Joined by Red Rum’s Sam Wood on percussion, the Nottingham based power trio took the crowd through reworked versions of the likes of “White Lines” and “I, Of The Storm” and many more.
Front man Richie Barlow may well have had to battle his way through the show after snapping a string mid-set, but it didn’t seem to slow the band down at all. Barlow managed to learn 5 string guitar on the fly whilst simultaneously channelling the skills and musical prowess of Seasick Steve. And set closer “Sweet Home Ibiza” was most certainly a sentiment that resonated with many of the HRH punters in attendance.
Nuneaton based trio Dig Lazarus may well be newcomers to the touring circuit, but the band is already making waves, whilst drawing comparisons to the likes of Green Day and Queens of the Stone Age. Recent single “Tell Me Why” has already received airplay on over 100 radio stations worldwide – an impressive feat to say the least.
The British three-piece delivered a set that was the perfect balance of cover tracks and original material. Dig’s take on Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” were on point. Likewise, the funky and somewhat bass heavy “Outlaw”, was a highlight. The three piece certainly made some new fans during their debut at HRH Road Trip, whilst simultaneously establishing themselves as one to watch out for in the future.
It’s fair to say that Red Rum’s raucous blend of pirate metal and feisty sea shanties stole the show at Ibiza Rocks. Having performed at Eden earlier in the week, the group completely switched up their set for their second appearance of the festival.
Red Rum’s inspired take on The Little Mermaid’s “Under The Sea”, “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus and “What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor” (maybe inspired by the Viking Boat Party earlier in the week) had the dance floor full as the HRH revellers fully embraced the band’s nautical shenanigans. The group went out with a bang, as guitarist and bazouki player Sam Wood crowd surfed his way back to the bar from the stage, which was truly a spectacle to behold.
Topping the bill was Liverpool’s Revival Black – formerly known as Black Cat Bones. The band is now back with a new singer, new management and a regrouped line-up that is set to knock your socks off.
Revival Black delivered a set which was largely a blend of their original songs spliced in between cover tracks. The inclusion of classics such as Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”, Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” and Black Stone Cherry’s “In My Blood”, transported the crowd to Hard Rock Heaven.
Likewise, Revival Black’s latest single “Wide Awake” has been garnering airplay on the likes of both Planet Rock and HRH Radio, and now having heard the song live, it’s easy to understand why.
Revival Black closed out the night and the festival in fine fashion with a crowd pleasing rendition of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell”. A perfect ending to HRH Road Trip’s milestone 10th anniversary on Ibiza.
With the likes of Reef, Joe Lynn Turner, Skindred and Danger Danger’s Ted Poley already announced for HRH Road Trip XI, it looks like 2020’s event is going to be a hot ticket for sure. For booking information and further details please visit www.hrhroadtrip.com.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY – Adam Kennedy