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LEVI’S ®

LEVI’S ®

Sustainability is fashionable
By Laura Martínez

 

The world is in a constant battle against climate change, something that also includes one of the most pro table and polluting industries in the world: fashion. It’s time to change, and one of our favourite brands wants to raise awareness among its huge follower base and beyond. Levi’s ® has announced a commitment to promote sustainability in the vast majority of its product range for the spring / summer season 2021. Raise your hand if you’ve never owned a pair of Levi’s ® jeans. The legendary brand that never goes out of fashion and combines classic American style and denim like no other, has backed your best moments in jeans since 1873.

The world leader in jeans, and one of the largest textile companies in the world, makes you think of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” Rachel and Monica from “Friends” in their Mom Jeans and that photo of your parents on their honeymoon wearing a pair of Levi’s ® cut o shorts. This brand has been a part of our collective imagination for as long as we can remember, and with great power comes great responsibility: a commitment to the planet, now more than ever. Aware that the planet is in a critical situation and urgently needs our help, Levi’s ® has committed itself to protecting the environment with a collection that is inspired by nature called: Second Nature. It combines the latest trends in outdoor style with loose- tting, functional and sustainable garments. Fabrics such as ‘Cottonized Hemp’ reduce water and energy usage in the manufacturing process.

Levi’s has set out to make a real contribution and truly transform the fashion industry with initiatives such as SecondHand, (only available in the USA at the moment) where buying Levi’s ® products means keeping them and enjoying them for as long as possible, and Repair & Reimagine which aims to reduce waste and give your denim a second life. Recycled materials are an important part of achieving the sustainability we so desperately need, which is why this season Levi’s ® bags and backpacks are made from polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles, and sandals made from recycled straps and harvested seaweed. Concept will take part in this initiative, which will see our employees wearing this classic brand whose only constant is evolution.

Clearly there is a long way to go in the ght for sustainability, and this applies to industries across the board, but we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with large companies starting to do their part and set a global example. Levi’s ® sets the standard in everything it does, and this change of course shows that being sustainable is more fashionable than ever.

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Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza

SONORAMA RIBERA GOES TO IBIZA

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a festival of national bands and cultural activities that will be held in Ibiza from the 30th of September to the 4th of October in the hotels of the Concept Hotel group: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner.

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a mix between the holidays of your life and your favourite festival of the year. The festival has arrived with the purpose of diversifying the brand and exploring original and different alternatives but always keeping its essence. The festival will be held from the 30th of September to the 4th of October, counting with the following artists: Algora, Arde Bogotá, Barry B, Billy Flamingos, Bratty, David Kano, Delaporte, Dinero, ELYELLA, Embusteros, Funambulista, Gara Durán, Ginebras, Joe Crepúsculo, Karavana, Kimberley Tell, Kuve, L.A., La Habitación Roja, Los Secretos, Maren, Marwán, Niños Mutantes, Nunatak, Pin y Pon DJs, Rayden, Shinova, Sidonie, Siloé, Tomasito, Varry Brava, We Are Not DJs, St Woods, Uncle Sal y Comandante Twin.

Concerts will take place between 13:00 and 23:00 and will strictly stick to the current safety measures against Covid-19. Shows will happen in acoustic and semi-electronic format, furthermore the programming will offer a variety of cultural activities (talks, expositions, wine tasting) that will be held in the 3 hotels of the island: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner. Enjoying the concerts in the same hotel where you are staying makes this a comfortable and unique experience.

Tickets will be released for sale the 2nd of July at 12:00h as a “Hotel + festival” pack, people will be able to choose the hotel, room type and whether they will stay for 3 or 4 nights.

More information available in: sonoramariberaibiza.es

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Music Legends

MUSIC LEGENDS IN IBIZA

In conversation with Carlos Martorell
By Laura Martínez

If you live in Ibiza or have spent enough time on the island to eat an ensalada payesa (farmer’s salad) at Ca n’Anneta, or to buy a belt at Pedro’s, then you’ll have surely heard someone say: “The 60s were much better,” “Kate Moss was partying at Rock Nights and we had a kiss,” “I was at Freddy Mercury’s 40th birthday party,” and a long list of sayings that veer between the mundane and the unbelievable. One of the people who were actually on the island in the glory days of the 60s, 70s and 80s – and beyond – is Carlos Martorell; a standard-bearer of hippy Ibiza: from riding a horse in the nude to parties where both an average Joe and Mick Jagger could hang out in ease. He lived close to Studio 54 during his years at New York, and it was here where he photographed Grace Jones behind closed doors. She told him “I need something for my head,” and he brought her a hat. I suspect that wasn’t what she needed exactly… Tales like these are all the more reason why we like to hear his stories of yesteryear
When I asked Carlos if he thought that people knew how to have more fun back then, he doesn’t hesitate for one second: “Hell yeah! We had a great time with the simplest of things; my house didn’t have water or electricity for 35 years and there was always someone singing and dancing there. We hung a notebook and a pen on the doors to leave messages, it was the hippy version of WhatsApp because there were no mobile phones”.

 

Carlos Martorell, who is one of the island’s rst PR’s, organized exclusive parties and said: “They were VIP parties only in terms of the people that came, not in who could come or not because I don’t like separating people. At my parties in Ku, Amnesia and Pacha everybody danced and hung out together, they were such magical times. You could come in as long as you were attractive and up for a dance. It was hard for me to turn people away at the door, but I had to do it because not everyone could get in. We didn’t want to pack the party, because we wanted people to have a good time, be comfortable and dance freely at the same time.”
Music had other stars back then: Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley… The King of Reggae came to Ibiza thanks to Roger Middleton to hold a concert (in the now-disappeared) Ibiza bullring near the port. “I remember that night perfectly because I borrowed a car from the husband of a close friend of mine, it was a black Range Rover with a gold stripe. Imagine how cool that was in Ibiza at the time! I was very naive and didn’t know anything about what he did for a living, but it turned out that he was a big American drug dealer. I took my friend to the concert, but we had no choice but to listen to it from the car, in front of Bob’s dressing room, because her husband made us promise not to leave the Range Rover unattended.” Carlos had organized a party for Marley at Pacha, but the Jamaican superstar didn’t go because he was so stoned that he went straight to the hotel to sleep it off . But the party went ahead anyway.

Another person who had a love affair with the island was Mike Oldfield, who placed Es Vedrá (Ibiza) on the cover of his album “Voyager” (shame that it turned out to be one of the most boring pieces of music in history, but that’s another matter). The English musician bought a small house on the cliffs in Es Cubells – which he got rid of due to the area’s unstable ground – and later sold it to Noel Gallagher who also ended up selling it for a much better reason: he didn’t want to be James Blunt’s neighbor.
The island has hosted concerts that have made history including one by James Brown, whom Carlos was lucky enough to meet. He said: “I was on the same plane as Brother James as he was coming to the island do a concert in Ku nightclub (now Privilege Ibiza), but the plane was delayed and he was going to arrive late. I knew the club inside out as I had organized the ‘Funeral for the Mediterranean’ – a party to protest against the plastic pollution on Ibiza’s beaches. So I described the club’s layout and gave him a detailed sketch of where he had to go to save time. I also have to mention Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing their anthem “Barcelona” for the first time in Ku in May 1987, organized by Pino Sagliocco. It was a spectacular night which we followed up with a party at Pikes. The song went on to be the main anthem of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.”

 

In recent years, Ibiza’s popularity has exploded through its association with electronic music, leading it to become renowned throughout the world, both in a good and bad way. Among the latter is the lack of musical variety, because the island needs more live bands and singers performing here. Spain has so many talented musicians that deserve to be performing in Ibiza. At Concept, we are committed to presenting live music through Dorado Live Shows. This concert series brings the best in Spanish and international indie and rock to the island, and its success is a clear indication that the island is crying out for more.
“Ibiza needs to return to its essence in this sense. Since the 90s things have become distorted by business interests, electronic music, designer drugs and the huge size of the venues, all in detriment to the island’s essence. We need more venues like KM5 where you could listen to live music or in El Naif which I opened with Elle McPherson and Mick Jagger. I remember that they wanted to kick us out early that night. It was only 12 a.m. and some jealous so-and-so had called the police because of the noise, but I wasn’t going to stop such a swinging party. I won over the police captain who arrived to shut us down by introducing him to Mick, and he was so thrilled to meet the Rolling Stone in person that he told me: “Keep the party going, Martorell!”

 

Let’s keep partying and music alive!

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Grems at Adda Gallery

GREMS AT ADDA GALLERY

Adda Gallery presents a new exhibition format in which the work of the artists escape the confines of traditional media and expand onto the gallery walls.
A new form of installation in which the transitional space becomes the perfect surface for interventions by artists and muralists from around the world.

The mural pieces, which are an essential facet of the gallery’s artists, become part of the Paradiso experience, opening new ways of interaction with the public.

In first such intervention of 2021, we present GREMS (Paris, 1978). Describing his style is especially difficult, since he is characterized by his creativity in fields as diverse as painting, illustration, design and music. Linking the body of work are the common elements that denote his graffiti experience, the use of letters and symbols arranged as if it were a reading, with colors establishing contrast codes.

GREMS uses form, line and color at the service of his intuition to make expressive and direct works, in which abstraction, expressionism and the influence of graffiti are found in a display of energy and luminosity.

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Why Hats

WHY HATS

If you’re crazy about hats, then you’re in luck because WHY HATS have arrived in Ibiza, promising to be a match made in heaven. Genis Whylan, who is the brand’s artisan and craftsman, is a rock ‘n’ roll lover who hails from Barcelona and comes with his guitar tucked under his arm. Why Hats are 100% handmade & custom-made, so each piece is one of a kind.

 

Made from top-quality materials and hand-dyed and sanded, these superb hats reflect the wearer’s personality.
You are free to choose the colour, fabric and adornments that suit you best.

If you still haven’t got yours, then come on down to the Why Hats corner in the Zero Suite at Paradiso Art Hotel on 2nd, 12th, 26th June and the 3rd and 24th July.

They’ll also be on sale at our Rock Nights party, each Friday after our Dorado Live Shows concerts.

 

Make your summer wild with this most rocker of accessories!

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Marimba opening

MARIMBA OPENING

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the natural compound whose therapeutic properties you’ve heard of, over and over again. Used to maintain certain bodily functions such as sleep, appetite and pain relief, there are plenty of reasons why CBD has cultivated followers and created headlines around the world.

It has now reached Paradiso Art Hotel thanks to MARIMBA, a space designed as a Concept Store where you can not only find a wealth of CBD-related products including:

natural cosmetics, limited edition clothing and trainers, Cookies Corner, as well as vaporisers, special edition objects designed by Keith Haring, and a whole lot more.

Marimba opens its doors today, putting the cherry on top of our most arty hotel.

We’ll be waiting for you!

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A day for the planet

LIMPIEZA EN TODA LA ISLA
El 30 de mayo de 10h a 14h

¡Ven y únete a @creativesfortheplanet en Santos Ibiza para apoyar “A DAY FOR THE PLANET” en el que está llamando a toda la gente de Ibiza a salir y limpiar su entorno como símbolo de la responsabilidad mutua para cuidar nuestro planeta!

Nos vemos el 30 de Mayo en Santos Ibiza a las 10 am para iniciar la recogida en la playa d’en Bossa.

Ponte los guantes, sal a la calle, recoge toda la basura que puedas y disfruta de algunos acontecimientos musicales y artísticos después de llevar tu basura a uno de los puntos de recogida.

Todo lo que ocurra en A Day For The Planet, toda la acción, el arte y el cuidado mutuo serán recogidos, filmados, fotografiados y combinados en una revista online: La Visión.

Así que envía tu foto a @creativesfortheplanet con tu basura recogida y el peso estimado de la misma. “Queremos que tú y tu acción aparezcan en la revista y en las redes sociales”.

Permanece atento al mapa…

En él se mostrarán los puntos de recogida, así como los equipos de limpieza y todas las otras cosas divertidas que sucederán.

Consulta la campaña de Gofundme de @creativesfortheplanet, agradecerían mucho tu apoyo:

https://gofund.me/b779c59a

¡Together, For The Planet!

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Art Decó

If Summer were an Architectural Style

By Laura Martínez
Photos: Phillip Pessar / Amaury Laporte / Lazy Llama / Carsten Tilbach / Sergio Santos

When thinking about the Art Deco concept, a whole potpurri of ideas come to mind: geometric curves, neon lights, a Lana de Rey song, pastel colours, Leonardo Di Caprio wearing a tuxedo in The Great Gatsby, winking while he raises his Martini, and of course, Miami. If you thought of these things then you’re on the right track; Art Deco is all this and more. It’s pure eclecticism.

This architectural movement, which could well be a modern version of neoclassicism, had its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, between the two World Wars. Its greatest expression is in Miami’s Art Deco Historic District – which is also the first 20th century neighbourhood to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and protected by the Miami Design Preservation League – comprising a whopping 800 buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943.

The largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world stretches along Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue to Collins Street. A magnetism that is built on evocative hotel names (Marlin, Leslie, Colony, Raleigh…) with sleek, minimalist typography clad in neon and vibrant colours, inviting you to imagine endless nights, dancing the Charleston and smoking with a Widmann cigarette holder, wielded by stylish women with a pistol hidden in their stockings.

One of the most emblematic is the Park Central Hotel (640 Ocean Drive) by New York architect Henry Hohauser, who is also the architect behind many establishments in the so-called Magic City: Colony Hotel (736 Ocean Drive), The Cardozo (1300 Ocean Drive) and The Governor (21 Street).

But Art Deco was not born in South Beach (the Americans appropriated the idea and made it their own, like always), it is a monumentality borrowed from Ancient Egypt, the fractioned forms of Cubism, the geometrisation of Bauhaus, the electric lighting of Futurism, the colours of Fauvism – that provocative use of colour whose precursor was Henri Matisse – and voilà! These all coexist in harmony.

Art Deco is hedonistic, bourgeois, almost purely decorative. An ideal escape route for jazz and cocaine parties in the midst of the post-war period. The perfect counterpoint to the forced austerity after the First World War and the decadence after the Second. It is the artistic result of an era of great technological, political and social change, and that is why it is an almost incomprehensible mixture of elements that make this architectural styl

This hard-to-define amalgamation brought together the complete spectrum of the arts: decorative, graphic, architecture, jewellery, sculpture, industrial design, painting, cinema… in a maelstrom of shapes and colours that encompasses everything from gigantic skyscrapers to small objects, including such recognisable objects as the Academy Award (Oscars) statuette to the robot in Fritz Lang’s classic film, Metropolis (1927). It left his mark on everything that could be called aesthetic, influencing the culture of its time and proposing revolutionary new stylistic directions.

At Concept we like all that is out of the norm, and that is why Art Deco is the reference point that has inspired our hotels: Tropicana’s nods to MiMo (Miami Modern). Paradiso’s pastel pink colours and geometric shapes, Cubanito’s colourful façade. Art Deco encompasses art and detail like no other, and has once again been chosen, in its most classic and elegant version, for our new project: Grand Paradiso, a revolutionary breath of fresh air where summer never ends.

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Music Legends in Ibiza

Ibiza, the music refuge

By Pablo Sierra

In the late 1960s, a shockwave of hippy love crossed the Atlantic to dock on European shores. Ibiza was one of the epicentres of an earthquake that questioned everything, but changed almost nothing except culture in general. Music: rock, folk, psychedelia, funk, punk, reggae and disco changed forever. A smörgåsbord of sounds provided the soundtrack for an island that became a refuge and source of inspiration for many artists until the nineties.

Christa Päffgen’s pale complexion contrasted with the darkness of a voice that illuminated avant-garde scene art scene half a century ago. A deep tone resonated from her voluptuous lips. This German singer’s overwhelming beauty captivated all who made her their muse. Andy Warhol was the first to fall under a spell, that also captivated the members of The Velvet Underground.

The international pop-rock scene quickly followed suit as Christa became Nico, the stage name she was given by a photographer. She became a singer-songwriter, model and actress, whose stunning, chiselled features ultimately brought her more sadness than joy. After touring on several low budget tours in the 80s, she wanted to get away from it all and went to Ibiza on holiday in 1988.

She loved riding her bike along the island’s rural roads and unfortunately, this is how she met her end. On 18th July she fell off her bike and hit her head on a rock, causing severe brain haemorrhage. Her friends said goodbye by playing her songs on a cassette tape at her funeral.

An artist who always had a pleasant relationship with God and Ibiza is Nina Hagen, another German whose dazzling performances raised the extravagance of operatic punk to the next level. Nina experienced an epiphany when experimenting with LSD, a moment that marked her destiny. She was nineteen years old when she heard a male voice mumbling, “Nina, I’m here. I will help you.” From then on her dogma consisted of a mixture of religion, spiritualism and a fervent belief in aliens.

The mother of punk decided to get married in Ibiza in 1987 to an 18-year old called Iroquois. Their wedding photo is one of the most original of all time: Nina with a cascade of red hair flowing down her back and Iroquois sporting a massive Mohican. The nuptials were crowned with a wild celebration of their love at Benirràs, an occasion that only a privileged few could attend. It’s quite possibly the most bizarre wedding that the island has ever known.

Grace Jones has graced Ibiza with two concerts, spanning different decades. The Jamaican diva had been the queen of New York in the late 70s, and ten years later at the peak of her powers, she performed in Ibiza. Jones was, and – still is – beautiful, artful, exotic and frighteningly wild. In 1988 she won over KU’s audience with a disco tour-de-force that saw her wear outfits that have influenced modern- day divas such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Jones’ physique – an androgynous and slender sculpture carved in ebony – did not go unnoticed when she moved around the island. There is an iconic photo of her sticking her tongue out at Carles Ribas’ camera while she walks the beach in the company of Tony Pike that particularly sticks in the memory. She made a triumphant return to the island in 2009, with a sold-out concert at Space Ibiza in 2009 that took the breath away. She literally was a Hurricane, the title of her first album in almost twenty years.

Another legend who didn’t want to miss the opportunity of getting a tan under Ibizan skies was Jimmy Page, a badass guitarist who led one of the most influential bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. They broke up in 1980 after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, but Page continued to fly solo. Five years later he answered the siren call of Ibiza, where he played to at the Sun Power Festival, an idea that seemed good on paper but was, in reality, a complete failure. Accompanied by Chris Squire – the bass player from Yes, and Jason Bonham, son of John, they played three songs in front of a disappointing crowd of 1000 people (8000 tickets were put on sale).

If we are talking about guitar wizards then we have to mention Eric Clapton. The one-time member of Cream set sail for Ibiza from Cannes to star in a concert at the Bullring in August 1977. However, they hit some heavy weather and the resulting storm almost sunk their boat. The Mediterranean Sea may seem tame but it can be treacherous. If you have seen the scene in The Wolf of Wall Street where Jordan’s yacht sinks on the way to the Costa Azul can probably imagine what Eric’s voyage was like. It’s been said that Clapton’s boat bounced around the seas like a ball in a pinball machine. One of several people to be called the fifth Beatle because of a strong connection with George Harrison, he lived to tell the tale and appeared live in concert on 5th August 1977.

Frank Zappa, one of the stars of Ibiza ‘92 Festival, had a more relaxing time when he came over. His visit was quick, as fleeting as a comet that leaves an indelible trail in its wake before disappearing. Frank Zappa visited the island in summer 1989 (four years before dying of prostate cancer) but the island left a huge impression him, as seen in an immortal photo of Frank pointing his finger at the Es Vedrà islet, while stating: “”Ibiza is a fantastic island, here sex shines brighter than the sun.” No wonder this contemporary Renaissance man was so successful.

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Legendary Hotels: The Chelsea

The Chelsea: A muse as an hotel

By Pablo Burgués

As well as being rich, famous and having the best hair out of all your modern buddies (together), there are two more things that Bob Marley, Patti Smith,Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bukowski, Uma Thurman, Dennis Hopper and Keith Richards have in common. First: they love (or loved) partying hard above all else. Second: they all found time in their helter-skelter schedules to check in for an extended stay at The Chelsea Hotel in New York.

Since opening in 1905 this charismatic building, situated between 7th and 8th Avenue, became the cultural and artistic epicentre for bohemian New Yorkers. Or in other words, a den of carnal desire and moral ruin where all types of artists and shady characters fell in to in search of inspiration (and that which wasn’t at all inspirational).

Many, many crazy tales have been told about what happened behind the red brick façade of The Chelsea, but as you surely have better things to do in Ibiza than read a magazine, we will give you a brief rundown of the hotel’s most (in)famous moments.

4th November 1953. Room 217 Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and author (the person from whom Bob Dylan took his stage name) died (according to legend) after drinking industrial quantities of alcohol laced with a quarter of morphine. And you think you’re hard by drinking vodka with Red Bull.

12th October 1978. Room 100 Sid Vicious, bass player with the Sex Pistols, got so fucked up on heroin that he supposedly stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death.

I bet you’re thinking, “wow, drugs are really bad”. Well for your information painter Alphaeus Cole (another party animal) lived in The Chelsea during 35 years and died peacefully in his room, aged at 112 years and 136 days old. Therefore getting off your head is bad, but for some it is doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference.

We’re going to leave the juicy stories aside because The Chelsea is also famous for being a tremendously inspiring place, one of those magical establishments that are so full of energy that even someone completely out touch with music such as Louie Bega (Mambo No.5 has to be one of the worst crimes committed in the name of music) or anyone who ‘performs’ at Eurovision, would have been able to compose a hit. Great examples of songs written about the establishment include: Bob Dylan “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”, Jon Bon Jovi “Midnight in Chelsea”, The Stooges “We
Will Fall” and Ryan Adams “Hotel Chelsea Nights”.

Some superb films have also been shot or written at the hotel such as 91⁄2 Weeks, Sid & Nancy, Leon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The hotel’s sheets have also born witness to epic love stories between Jim Morrison and Nico or Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin, an affair immortalised in his song “Chelsea Hotel #2”. Madonna, who was in her imperial, 80s temptress phase, also lived and shot her Sex book there, in Room 822.

The hotel was closed in July 2011 as it was taken over by new owners, supposedly for renovations that were due to last a year. More than 8 years later it still remains closed and covered with scaffolding, with approximately 50 tenants still living inside and multiple lawsuits and changes of ownership meaning an endless renovation process. So until it reopens, if you are a writer in search of inspiration, a musician looking for that killer riff or a mere mortal who wants to pay a sexual tribute to that special one that makes you hot, then check-in at Paradise Ibiza Art Hotel, The Chelsea of the Mediterranean.

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