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Freddie Mercury & Ibiza

Four years before a Rolls Royce transported his lifeless body to the Harrow Road cementary, Freddie Mercury performed in KU discotheque one of the songs that was heard at his funeral. It was Barcelona, the song that came about as a result of the Queen singer’s obsession with the soprano Montserrat Caballé. Mercury loved opera, and he loved the voice of the diva from Barcelona the most. The song was used as the anthem of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 and the two singers began a brief but intense friendship.

Before dying, the leader of Queen had time to promote the single in Ibiza, the island where the man from Zanzibar, visited regularly thanks to his friendship with Tony Pikes.

 

Did you know that we have a Freddie Mercury room in Santos Ibiza?
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Rock Nights: Grand Paradiso presentation

Rock Nights: Grand Paradiso Hotel presentation

January 21st – Sala El Sol – Madrid

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The most mischievous party is back in Madrid, wrapped in neon and rock n’ roll! 

ROCK NIGHTS returns, with guns blazing, to its favourite venue in Madrid: El Sol. Coinciding with the FITUR 2022, Concept Hotel Group will present its latest and craziest hotel project; Grand Paradiso, based on the wonders of audiovisual art.

El Sol celebrates its 40th anniversary as one of Madrid’s most legendary venues, and is the perfect spot for Rock Nights to launch its comeback, on the 21st January, with a lineup you won’t wanna  miss:

Bandoleros,
The Parrots DJ Set
Fat Gordon and Señor Cardona on the decks
Rock Nights Girls
Live Tattoo by Paul

Marking an night you won’t forget, even with a shot of Jager or 2 in between.

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Horoscope by Dorado

HOROSCOPE BY DORADO

What rock classic are you according to your sign?

Aries

LIKE A ROLLING STONE

– You’re always on the move, waiting to see how things pan out.
– Bob Dylan is a Gemini, but he’s got the whole Aries vibe locked down.
– “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Libra

 I LOVE ROCK & ROLL


– Addicted to intense emotions.
– You don’t go out much, but when you return, four days later, it’s with a duck under your arm.
– Experts in flirting.

Taurus

LOVE ME TENDER


– You love being cared for and pampered.
– Very much into lifelong relationships.
– You’re a bit out of style, so what?

Scorpio

LUST FOR LIFE


– Greed and envy will kill you.
– Bad reputation, but it’s no big deal.
– You like getting lost in Berlin’s darkest clubs dressed in a trench coat.

Gemini

DANCING IN THE DARK

– You’re the person who dances alone with a drink in your hand when the bar closes.
– Better accompanied than alone.
– Today is the best moment of your life, let’s see how things go tomorrow.

Sagittarius

SOY UN TRUHÁN SOY UN SEÑOR


– They give a good impression at first but be careful.
– You’re more of a rogue (truhán) than a gentleman (senor).
– More independent than Destiny’s Child.

Cancer

HEART OF GLASS


– Over-sensitive, you always have a tear in your eye.
– You’ll tell someone that you’ve been chopping onions, but you haven’t, honest…
– You’ll make a one-hit wonder or a concept album out of your dramas.

Capricorn

HEROES


– Proper heroes.
– You can’t stop doing business, even when sleeping.
– They tend to be that friend who’s always on somebody else’s boat in summer.

Leo

ROCK & ROLL STAR


– Born to be wild.
– You’re the one who NEVER takes off your sunglasses.
– Leo’s tell you to save photos of them because someday they’ll be famous.

Aquarius

GOOD VIBRATIONS


– Pretty damn cool people.
– You love getting carried away.
– Who brought me to this after-party? Where are we?

Virgo

SATISFACTION

– In Search of Perfection: THE MUSICAL.
– You get satisfaction from the little things in life, such as tidying the cupboard or having a cup of tea at sunset.
– Simple but complicated.

Pisces

HERE COMES THE SUN


– You love singing in the morning and drinking tea from Mr Wonderful mugs.
– You’re obsessed with the fine details
– They’re the ones who make you a continental breakfast when you’re hungover.

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Horoscope by tropicana

TROPICANA HOROSCOPE

What Cocktail are you according to your sign?

Aries

PIÑA COLADA


– Intense and full-flavoured.
– Adapts to any situation with versatility.
– Standing out is your natural state.

Libra

TEQUILA SUNRISE


– You love going out! You’ll say “Nah, not tonight” before ending up in the neighbourhood karaoke bar singing Bohemian Rhapsody at 4 a.m.
– You love sharing the latest gossip, with or without tequila

Taurus

OLD FASHIONED

– The classics never die.
– Loyal and reliable, they never disappoint.
– Not to everyone’s taste.

Scorpio

SCREWDRIVER


– Hefty in the beginning, but it doesn’t give you a hangover.
– Strong, be careful not to drink more than one.
– In the end it’s not that bad.

Gemini

PISCO SOUR


– The most Gemini cocktail ever.
– A little bit of sweetness, a little bit of bitterness.
– You can have two or three and still not figure out its mystery.

Sagittarius

 WHISKY SOUR


– Imagine a gentleman drinking whisky at a bar, à la Mad Men, and you have the classic image of a Sagittarian
– Classic elegance that never goes out of fashion.
– It demands a lot but also gives you a good time.

Cancer

MOJITO


– Creative but basic.
– You love the phrase “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
– You’re sweet just like brown sugar with mint.

Capricorn

MARGARITA


– Pretty mainstream
– Everyone loves a Capri, just like a margarita.
– Give them a pool, a bit of sun and don’t forget to salt the rim of the glass. It’s a guaranteed winner!

Leo

DAIQUIRI


– “Here I am” in the form of a cocktail.
– Overwhelming personality and maximum intensity.
– One is enough for you.

Aquiarius

MANHATTAN


– Let yourself go is your favourite phrase. Vermouth and whisky, the second one.
– You’re zen but you like to party.
– You’re easily convinced when it comes to going out on the town.

Virgo

COSMOPOLITAN


– The favourite cocktail of every self-respecting Virgo.
– Carrie Bradshaw discovered this cocktail that is full of femininity and surprises.
– Simplicity and elegance are its must-haves.

Pisces

MAI TAI


– Exotic like Jamaican rum and orange liqueur.
– One of the nicest cocktails around, but also one of the least understood.
– A cocktail for good people.

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Horoscope by Tropicana

TROPICANA HOROSCOPE

What Cocktail are you according to your sign?

Aries

PIÑA COLADA


– Intense and full-flavoured.
– Adapts to any situation with versatility.
– Standing out is your natural state.

Libra

TEQUILA SUNRISE


– You love going out! You’ll say “Nah, not tonight” before ending up in the neighbourhood karaoke bar singing Bohemian Rhapsody at 4 a.m.
– You love sharing the latest gossip, with or without tequila.

Taurus

OLD FASHIONED

– The classics never die.
– Loyal and reliable, they never disappoint.
– Not to everyone’s taste.

Scorpio

SCREWDRIVER


– Hefty in the beginning, but it doesn’t give you a hangover.
– Strong, be careful not to drink more than one.
– In the end it’s not that bad.

Gemini

PISCO SOUR


– The most Gemini cocktail ever.
– A little bit of sweetness, a little bit of bitterness.
– You can have two or three and still not figure out its mystery.

Sagittarius

 WHISKY SOUR


– Imagine a gentleman drinking whisky at a bar, à la Mad Men, and you have the classic image of a Sagittarian
– Classic elegance that never goes out of fashion.
– It demands a lot but also gives you a good time.

Cancer

MOJITO


– Creative but basic.
– You love the phrase “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
– You’re sweet just like brown sugar with mint.

Capricorn

MARGARITA


– Pretty mainstream
– Everyone loves a Capri, just like a margarita.
– Give them a pool, a bit of sun and don’t forget to salt the rim of the glass. It’s a guaranteed winner!

Leo

DAIQUIRI


– “Here I am” in the form of a cocktail.
– Overwhelming personality and maximum intensity.
– One is enough for you.

Aquarius

MANHATTAN


– Let yourself go is your favourite phrase. Vermouth and whisky, the second one.
– You’re zen but you like to party.
– You’re easily convinced when it comes to going out on the town.

Virgo

COSMOPOLITAN


– The favourite cocktail of every self-respecting Virgo.
– Carrie Bradshaw discovered this cocktail that is full of femininity and surprises.
– Simplicity and elegance are its must-haves.

Pisces

MAI TAI


– Exotic like Jamaican rum and orange liqueur.
– One of the nicest cocktails around, but also one of the least understood.
– A cocktail for good people.

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Colin Peters Live at Santos

Colin Peters Live at Santos

A mix inspired by Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba visit to Dorado Live Shows in September. This band from Sevilla whose music, fed by a mix of 70s influences, led me to dig into my disco rock playlist, with rock giants such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie and The Eagles all tasting the forbidden disco fruit. Add in some Spoon, SG Lewis, !!! and Foster The People and you get my fave set of the summer!

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Juan Fajardo

Juan Fajardo

The Photographer who wanted to be a Musician
By Blanca Lacasa

“An anecdote? Well, even though I’m not the biggest KISS fan, I remember some photos that I took of them. I’d already seen them live and photographed them playing, but being with them in their dressing rooms, with all that paraphernalia, was nuts. I freaked out when I saw them without makeup and in those crazy outfits that look incredible on stage but up close seem like they’ve been bought in Poundland. The thing is, I wanted to take a picture of Paul Stanley touching up his makeup in the mirror. I asked for permission and he told me: “You can’t take that picture because, by contract, KISS can only be photographed with front light.” Juan continued: “Can you believe that? Everything has to be set in stone for Americans. Amazing!”

This is just one of a thousand anecdotes that the photographer, Juan Pérez-Fajardo (Madrid, 1969), keeps in his memory. He is rightly considered one of the great Spanish music photographers, and his camera has captured the likes of Loquillo, Enrique Bunbury, Luz Casal, El Cigala and Camela, as well as international superstars such as Nick Lowe, Bobby Gillespie, Santana and Neneh Cherry. Some have been portrayed almost in spite of themselves (like Patti Smith, who wasn’t having her best day, “she was just rude, but it’s understandable because she had been on a European book signing tour”), others with the urgency and authenticity that posing five minutes before showtime gives (Bobby Gillespie with that unmistakable, unchangeable gesture of his) and many others – the majority – posing for the usual album launch. I’ve hardly ever worked with models, it’s just too easy. You tell them: “look over there” or “put your hand like this” and they nail it. However, for many musicians, promo photos are a pain in the butt and you have to win their trust. You have to get them to forget about the camera so that it isn’t an imposing situation and they don’t feel like you are stealing their soul. There is a lot of psychological groundwork to be done beforehand because I want the musician’s craft to be immediately understood, so I need them to trust me. This blind faith is based on the fact that Pérez-Fajardo is a musician at heart. He looks and moves as if he were one of the band. He is, in a way, the artistic version of the frustrated musician, the term that perfectly describes a music critic.

Although he was determined to be a musician from when he was a child, (he also played in a couple of bands), he had to conform with being the person who expressed, in a single image, what happens in concerts. “Deep down I would have loved to be the one in the photo, but in the end, I work within the music industry, which is something that gives me great pleasure.” Pérez-Fajardo started out by chance. He was kicked off a Physics degree that bored him to tears and booted out of his high-earning job in the entertainment industry because of the 2008 financial crisis. He then started work as a concert photographer, purely by chance. Luck gave him a huge push one night in Madrid. “ I was showing a friend some photos of my trip to Utah in El Sol Club and Eva (from the group Amaral) saw them, loved them and understood what I was about. Shortly afterwards, the South by Southwest Festival took place. As I wanted to work with Rolling Stone magazine, I came up with the idea of contacting Amaral and telling them that Rolling Stone was interested in me going to the festival with them to take photos, and I told the magazine that I had spoken to Amaral and that they wanted me to take photos of them. I’ve never done this sort of thing again because it’s not right, but I guess it worked out really well…” You better believe it you cheeky b******!

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Hoteles con mucho ritmo

Hoteles con mucho ritmo

By Laura Martínez

As Bowie said: “Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.” At Concept, music is the soul of each hotel, with the sounds of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk, Disco, Balearic House, Swing and Cha-cha-chá providing each one
with a unique personality. Both the DJs that play in the hotels and the playlists perfectly sum up the vibe in each establishment.

 

Santos Ibiza

Your favourite artists of all time are elevated to the category of saints in Santos Ibiza, our celebrity temple dedicated to artists closely connected with Ibiza. This hotel’s soundtrack is full of Balearic house, disco, a little bit o’ deep and a whole
lotta downtempo. The music changes as the day progresses, starting at breakfast, which is enlivened with soul and bossa before giving way to Balearic sounds, house and funk in late morning. DJs take control of the afternoon, spinning deep house, nu-disco and funk, perfect for lying back on a sunbed while sipping a “Ain’t No Saint” cocktail.

Tropicana Ibiza

Mi-Mo aesthetics, vibrant colours and nods to “Cocktail,” (Tom Cruise’s classic 80s movie that makes you want to live in a bar forever) provide the inspiration for Tropicana, the hotel where you can sip on a cocktail while admiring the pool and the shower in the form of a Martini glass. Wrapped in a Miami Beach tropical ambience, its sound is a mix of “disco funk, tropical Jazz, 80’s vibes and bossa nova,” as defined by Simøne, the hotel’s resident DJ.

Dorado Ibiza

A love letter to the golden era of rock. This is the Dorado Ibiza’s statement of intent, backed up by the best in classic rock, folk, 70s and soul. This is a temple of Rock by the sea, where each of the hotel’s rooms is named after a song that went gold. Acclaimed artists such as Jim Morrison, Blondie and Bruce Springsteen have a room dedicated to them, and when the guest enters, the record which bears the room’s name starts to play on a turntable. The bathrooms are fitted with retro microphone heads so that guests can sing like a star while having a shower.

Music takes you to another place, and our hotels are designed to teleport you to Miami, Cuba or Nashville, without leaving Ibiza. Image and soundtrack have never been in such harmony.

Cubanito Ibiza

The flavour and character of Cuba are to be found in Cubanito hotel, with touches of Latin Jazz, Salsa, Boogaloo and Merengue. Jordi Cardona is in charge of putting rhythm to the eternal sunsets, (with a Mojito in hand) that take place on the rooftop of this little piece of Cuba in the Mediterranean. In addition, each Tuesday you can enjoy Salsero, our Salsa classes where you can give free rein to your hips. On Sundays, there are live performances from legends such as Ricardito, the “Cuban Julio Iglesias” who has sung with Celia Cruz and Juan Luis Guerra.

Romeo’s Motel & Diner

Everything that you’ve seen in the American films from the 50s, 60s and 70s is about to happen to you in Romeo’s Motel & Diner. Inspired by the ‘love motels’ on Route 66, Romeo’s is our most cinematographic hotel. It includes a specially designed room for getting up to no good doing bad things in, a 24-hour diner worthy of a Tarantino movie, and a chapel where you can get married, and divorced, on the same night – just like in Las Vegas. Folk, Americana, Classic Rock and a lot of 70s put the neon-lighted cherry on the top of your wildest adventure.

Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel

Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel is our very own pastel pink paradise, where both art and Art Deco aesthetics merge into a dreamlike space. What do these dreams sound like? Nu-Disco, Italo Disco, Balearic Beat and 80s Funk. An art gallery curated by Adda Gallery Paris, a tattoo studio, exhibitions in the lobby and a glass-walled room that isn’t for wallflowers… Ocean Drive in Miami would just love to do all this…

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The Real Ones- Juanito

Love for Tradition

Joan Riera is Juanito to his friends, the endearing owner of the Ca n’Alfredo restaurant situated in the heart of Ibiza on Paseo Vara de Rey. It’s renowned as a meeting place and for its great food. It was awarded with the Gold Medal of Ibiza in 2010 and has been a flagship of traditional Ibizan cuisine since 1934. Ca n’Alfredo is about casual chats with friends after lunch, Saturday matança rice and flaó (cheesecake) with the family. It’s a home and a refuge, a place where you stop to say hello to Joan and give him your grandfather or your mother’s regards. He is the maître d’ of the restaurant and his wife, Catalina, is in charge of the kitchen. We’ll be chatting about culinary tradition and passion for a job well done. I suggest you read this interview after eating or be prepared to drool.

I get the feeling that Ibicencan cuisine doesn’t get the hype that Basque, Asturian or Canarian cuisine gets? I’d never heard of sofrit pagès (country sofrito) or greixonera in my life until I came to live here. It is one of the most elaborate and tasty cuisines in Spain, and I’m this is coming from a native of Asturias.
“Without a doubt. In the 70s, Ibiza had a massive influx of tourists and the island became filled with characterless restaurants, with Ibizan cuisine reduced down to just four traditional places. I consider myself a promoter of our culinary traditions and along with the Consell de Ibiza, we managed to create a brand called Sabors d’Eivissa (Flavours of Ibiza) that advocates local cuisine and produce. It really took off, and we have been present at countless food fairs such as Madrid Fusión. I’m proud to say that Ibizan cuisine is in rude health nowadays, with more quality as opposed to quantity on the island.”

 

As your friend and colleague Juan Mari Arzak mentions in the prologue of your book Ca n’Alfredo – History, Memories and Cuisine: “the commitment to human values is more important than the commitment to gastronomy.” Is attention and care just as important as quality cuisine?
“Juan Mari is a great friend of mine and he gave me the best recipe that anyone could give: “No te jubiles ni pa’ Dios”(Don’t retire, not even for God) This is a lifelong passion, and what makes me happiest is that people leave my restaurant with a big smile. It is in meeting a child who came here with his parents and then to see him again when he’s 40 years old with his wife and children sitting at the table. That makes me as proud as a peacock. Cuisine needs a lot of care, but you have to take even more care of your customers and friends.”

In the beginning, Ca n’Alfredo was called “Verner and Gertrudis” and was run by a German couple. It was later run by a German Jewish couple who came to Ibiza fleeing the Nazis. How did it end up in the hands of your father, Josep?
“Yes, the German Jewish couple were very hard-working. My father bought this place from them and they then set up a little hotel on the beach in San Antonio. They were the ones who originally gave the restaurant its name because they had 7 sons, with the eldest called Alfredo. Later I added Ca n’ (House of) and my eldest son is called Alfredo. I tried it later with some of my grandchildren, but they wouldn’t let me.”

What is the house speciality? The dish you have to order, no matter what.
“We make fantastic rice dishes and stews. I’m very proud of our baked fish and typical dishes such as sofrit pagès.”

I am surprised by the number of restaurants I’ve discovered on the island. There is a lot of competition. How do you manage to remain a reference point after so many years?
“It’s very complicated, I’m not going to lie. I think it is based on how much I love my job and a lot of perseverance. When you enjoy what you do and put your heart and soul into it… it can’t go wrong.”

The walls of your restaurant are decorated with photos of your most famous diners. Which person did you like but didn’t know who they were at first?
“Well, I remember a very tall and very nice guy who came to eat with his parents; Ricky Rubio, now he’s a star in the NBA, but when he came here he was just starting to make a name for himself in Barça’s basketball team. I’m a big football fan, but I don’t know anything about basketball. The kid loved our food and wanted to take a photo with the cooks, not the other way around!. Then I found out who he was and I’ve followed his meteoric rise to the top, which I’m most happy about.”

Your wife Catalina is in charge of the kitchen, so who controls the stove at home?
My wife! What I’m very good at is crispy fried eggs cooked at high heat, with some chips and sobrasada… yummy!

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