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Expo Mats Bäcker

Expo Mats Bäcker

If we’re talking about a photographer that defined the rock scene of the 60s and 70s, we must mention Mats Bäcker (Hagfors, Sweden 1958) Icons of yesterday and today have been captured by his lens: Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Bono, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Joe Strummer, Iggy Pop and a long etcetera of immortalized artists in his signature black and white style.

At the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s, the Punk wave surged through Europe and Scandinavians were the first ones to ride it. Bands traveled there before getting established, moved by those aggressive sounds and fashion. Mats Bäcker was there to capture all of it and became a house name in the Scandinavian scene. He was the first to photograph the band The Jam at their first gig outside of the United Kingdom.

His work, mainly influenced by journalism photography, looks for the sensuality and that casual coolness apparent in rockstars, in a timeless black and white, that exudes power and character. Every photograph has a story behind it, meaning that Bäcker is the omniscient narrator in each of them, telling us about the singular adventures that lead up to the meeting with the protagonists of the stills.

The photographs – and the stories – of this unprecedented artist, arrive on Wednesday 11 of May at our most Classic Rock hotel: Dorado. The Swedish photographer will host an exhibition together with Mondo Galería which will be on display until the 11th of June. Mark this date on your calendar, because you have a date with Mats Bäcker and rock history.

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SWING YO HIPS

Swing yo hips

The end of the roaring 20s was approaching and in the US, a new form of expression through movement was emerging. A new way of letting loose, to the sounds of modern variants of jazz music. The most notorious of these variants, and the closest to rock’n’roll at that time was Swing. It revolutionized dance floors, exploding into the decade of the 30s, with its devilish rythms and booming drums, piano, guitars and trumpets.

New Orleans, 1930. Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith led what was coined as ‘Jazz Swing’, the popular American music form that was blasted in Storyville, the place to be and be seen for all those looking for a mighty good time. It was a sort of sinners Club where everything that was regarded as inappropriate by society took place. Where whites and people of color defied cultural barriers, where ground breaking music forms were born for the enjoyment of the euphoric crowds.

Storyville was an oasis in the midst of a society completely divided by racial conflict, a place where you could forget about your problems with a swing of the hip.
Swing broke all the rules applied to multi-instrumental music and it became a dance with a great many variants. An updated version Charleston in the 20s, that started with Lindy Hop, a more informal and unfussed way of couple dancing, that emerged from the streets of Harlem.

 

The fast pace and agile movements – apart from having an innate rhythm – are basic requirements for dancers who take a brave shot at this discipline.

Becomming the most popular dance style until the 50s, that you’ll be able to learn in pure American style at our temple for Lovers & Sinners: Romeo’s Motel & Diner. Ladies, get out your full skirts and dresses out, and Gentlemen, roll up your sleeves because you’re going to boogie harder than Little Richard in a ‘Lucille’ performance. Swing is meant to be danced with a partner, so go find yourself one… Let’s shake those hips!

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Did you know

Did you know?

Eric Clapton & Ibiza

The summer of 1977 started the tradition of the biggest rock and roll artists coming to Ibiza to play live. It began with Eric Clapton, but his famous 1977 concert almost didn’t take place concert because almost ended up shipwrecked.

he former Cream guitarist was holidaying on the Costa Azul a couple of days before his Ibiza concert. He was accompanied by Patty Boyd, ex-wife of his ex-friend George Harrison, who Clapton would end up marrying in 1979, after making peace with the great ex-Beatle.

He was also accompanied by his musicians, their partners, and several friends. A storm surprised them when they set sail for Ibiza. It was the authentic journey from hell and afterwards Clapton decided that women would never travel again on his tours.

Did you know that we have an Eric Clapton room at Santos Ibiza?

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Classic Hollywood Cars

Classic Hollywood Cars

By Laura Martinez

 

When a vehicle eclipses the actors in a movie and it becomes the real star, you know that you’re looking at a classic Hollywood car.

One of the sagas with most pedigree in the classic car scene, is the James Bond franchise. Their legacy started with that Aston Martin DB5 in ‘Golfinger’ driven by 007. Without any added frills, the DB5 was a work of art in itself, but it was the special effects that made that piece of fine machinery, one of the most admired by fans of the “gentleman” way of life.

The long list of gadgets in it included a machine gun, a smoke screen and ejectable seats. One of the few Astons used in these films, was sold some years ago for a mere $4.6 million. Its popularity is such, that the manufacturer of this legendary automobile has reopened production and is launching 25 units of this vehicle as a limited-edition series, sold for $3.5 million a pop.

The yellow Ford Coupé in ‘American Graffiti’ directed by George Lucas, is an ode to his memories of the California automobile culture back in the 60s. The cast included Young promises of that time. A Young Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfus, but none of them were as memorable as this Deuce Coupe; Probably the most recognizable in the world.

But if we’re talking about true icons that deserve legendary status, we must mention John Delorean’s DMC-12 in ‘Back to the Future’. Its futuristic aesthetic and cinematographic performance elevated this car’s status to a literal time machine. This Steel stunner was the real star of the big screen. What would Marty McFly do without his Delorean?

Someone who never disappoints with his automobile choices is Quentin Tarantino: The convertible Volkswagen Ghia in ‘Kill Blill vol.2’, The Pontiac Lemans in ‘Reservoir Dogs’, the Mustang Grande in ‘Death Proof’, the Chevrolet Chevelle in Pulp Fiction… I could go on. One of the most recent signings, co-stared in ‘Once upon a time in Hollywood’ alongside Brad and Leo: The white ’66 Cadillac Deville. You might remember it from another of the director’s releases, as it was also driven by Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs. Madsen is also the owner of this Hollywood beauty and is a real classic car geek, who was more than happy to lend it to the production team, also adding a fresh lick of paint and restoring its fine interior.

At Concept we also drool over classic cars and our own ones have already made star cameos in several photoshoots and music videos. The ’65 Ford Mustang Cabrio that greets you at Romeo’s motel & diner, is the Mustang model that has the most appearances in the history of cinema. Ours on the other hand, has made an appearance in a Satánicas Majestades music video, The Rolling Stones “Criss Cross” video clip filmed between London, New York and Ibiza amongst other locations. Our ’89 Ford Lincoln Limousine that drove Sylvester Stallone to a premiere in Madrid, is the host of your rowdiest nights and is available to hire for any occasion you can think of: an express wedding at the Romeo’s wedding chapel, an extra special birthday or a wild bachelor or bachelorette party.

The 54 blue Cadillac Deville parked at Cubanito belonged to the Roy Orbison and evokes nostalgic Habana vibes, subsequently becoming a popular Instagram star. Our latest aquisition? A ’77 Cadillac El Dorado converted into a Jacuzzi -Baptized The Caduzzi- that awaits you at Grand Paradiso, ready to soak in with some bubbles.

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Horoscope by Romeo’s

Horoscope by Romeo’s

WHICH ROAD MOVIE ARE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR SIGN?

Aries

FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
21st MARCH – 19th APRIL

– You’re very daring, and you wouldn’t batter an eyelid if someone suggested a trip to Sin City.
– You’re always up for new adventures
– Maybe you’re a little bit too energetic?

Libra

MAD MAX 
23rd SEPT – 22nd OCT
– Disagreeing with you is dangerous.
– You can be a bit loopy, but you always manage to keep your s*** together.
– You’re the most civilised of the zodiac signs, but you’re also the biggest gossip.

Taurus

EL DIABLO SOBRE RUEDAS
20th APRIL – 21st MAY

– You’re very daring, and you wouldn’t batter an eyelid if someone suggested a trip to Sin City.
– You’re always up for new adventures
– Maybe you’re a little bit too energetic?

Scorpio

WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD
23rd OCTOBER – 21st NOVEMBER

– Resentment is your way of communicating.
– What affects a Scorpio? EVERYTHING.
– You’ll do anything for your loved ones, even dropping out of high school to look for work and help your struggling family.

Gemini

Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN
22nd MAY – 20th JUNE

– Geminis are the living embodiment of Maribel Verdú in this film
– You can be angelic one day and devilish the next
– However, you are also kind and affectionate.

Sagitarius

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
22nd NOVEMBER – 21st DECEMBER

– Positive bitches nivel llevar a toda tu familia en una caravana por EE.UU para que tu hija participe en un concurso de mini misses en el que no tiene ninguna posibilidad de ganar.
– Su nivel de exigencia es 100% todo el rato.
– Mucho genio cuando se cabrean.

Cancer

VIAJE A DARJEELING
21st JUNE 21 – 22nd JULY

– As a Cancer, you’d make a long-distance trip to India to reconnect with your estranged siblings.
– Family and security are your favourite words.
– When you get all artistic and creative the results are spectacular. See Courtney Love or Meryl Streep.

Capricorn

EASY RIDER
22nd DEC – 22nd JAN

– Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson in the same movie is the definition of Capricorn.
– If you take a trip to New Orleans on a motorbike you can’t help but “hustle” along the way, doing business is in your bones.
– They love justice and beautiful people.

Leo

CASI FAMOSOS
23rd JULY – 22nd AUGUST

– Who you calling dominant?
– You very much need to be the centre of attention, all the time, just like Kate Hudson in this film.
– Your bravery is matched only by your creativity.

Aquarius

MY PRIVATE IDAHO
22nd DECEMBER – 19th JANUARY

– You’re alluring people, just like River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in this movie.
– You don’t make friends easily.
– You can be both very sensitive and very frivolous.

Virgo

THELMA & LOUISE
23rd AUG – 22nd SEPTEMBER

– There’s nothing more Virgo than two friends on a road trip to New Mexico on the run from the cops.
– Well, robbing a liquor store while saying “have a nice day” is pretty Virgo as well.
– You can be cold hearted but empathic at the same time.

Pisces

TWO FOR THE ROAD
19th FEBRUARY – 20th MAY

– If a Pisces went on a road trip, it would be to the French Riviera like Audrey Hepburn in this classic.
– You’re compassionate souls who don’t enjoy conflict
– You’re among the kindest and most patient star signs

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The Ibicencan artist Marcos Torres auctions one of his artwork pieces in aid of the NGO by José Andrés in helping feed Ukraine

The Ibicencan artist Marcos Torres auctions one of his artwork pieces in aid of the NGO by José Andrés in helping feed Ukraine

Source: Noudiari

The Ibicencan Marcos Torrer, who’s work as an artist and designer are highly regarded on the island and internationally, has donated one of his artwork pieces to be auctioned in aid of a nonprofit organization that works with those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, providing food to communities there.

“Like many of you, I’m tired of being heartbroken by the images coming from Ukraine, so I’ve decided to hold an auction”, stated the artist on his Instagram. Torres confirms to Noudiari that all the proceeds obtained from the auction will be directly donated to World Central Kitchen, an NGO founded by the popular and philanthropic Spanish chef José Andrés.

Torres values and applauds the absolutely “incredible work done directly in the area of conflict” that this organization is carrying out, offering food to the migrants and people who are suffering from Russian oppression inside their borders.

The art piece that’s being auctioned, Holy Marilyn, is very dear to the artist, as he’s only created 5 reproductions of the print and has never been available to purchase before.

The bidding, that will be done directly on the post on Instagram until the 14th of March at 12 o’clock, starts at 500 euros (there are already some bidders that have started with that number)

Whoever wishes to bid, can do it in the comment section of the post.

The highest resulting bid will be announced on Monday, and the person who made it will be contacted and sent the art piece with no delivery cost.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Bob Marley & Ibiza

The date was 28th June 1978. This was the night when Bob Marley and his Wailers played in Ibiza’s bullring for the first time on the island (and the penultimate time in Spain). The King of Reggae visited the island at the peak of his powers. The evening before the concert, they were interviewed at the house they were staying at in Sant Carles. Àngel Casas and Carlos Tena chatted with the Jamaican in the interview broadcast by Televisión Española. After that it was time for the most memorable concert in Ibiza’s history.

The venue was the, now demolished, bullring and each ticket cost a thousand pesetas. Although it wasn’t sold out, the concert was attended by several thousand lucky souls who will always be able to say: “I was there, and I was a witness of the magic of Bob Marley”.

 

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Horoscope by Paradiso

HOROSCOPE BY PARADISO

 Wich Urban Artist are you, according to your star?

Aries

BASQUIAT 21st March – 19th April

-You’re prone to making sudden moves and getting disappointed in return. However, when you get it right, you hit the bullseye.
-You like being the boss and often feel as misunderstood as Basquiat did when he hooked up with Madonna.
-Living “La Vida Loca” is your thing.

Libra

GREMS 23rd September – 22nd October

-You can easily get carried away, and deeply hate to make any kind of decision, no matter how simple. Doughnut or croissant? Why do I have to choose???
-Balance is vital, as it is for Grems and the harmony he finds between painting and music.

Taurus

KASHINK 20 April – 21 May
-You’re the most stubborn people the world has ever known. Demanding is the name of your game, a bit like Kashink fighting for gender equality through his work.
– You’re radical when it comes to love, it’s all or nothing.
-You’re one of the most loyal signs, and sophistication is your hallmark.

Scorpio

BANKSY 23rd October – 21st November

-Banksy-level intensity.
-You’re introverted and existentialist, and you always question everything.
-In love you’re a bit scary, but that makes you one of the most entertaining signs!

Gemini

PEZ 21st May – 20th June
-Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
-You feel at home in social get togethers and love complicated relationships.
-You look for stability, but you’re also very casual and constantly change direction like Catalan artist PEZ. Should I exhibit in Asia or the United States… mind-blowing decisions!

Sagittarius

OKUDA 22nd November – 21st December

-You have almost too much self confidence.
-You’re completely trustworthy, but if someone forgets about you’re not shy about letting them know about it.
-You’re social creatures, and so much creativity runs through your veins that you are able of turning a church or a skatepark into a contemporary Sistine Chapel.

Cancer

KEITH HARING 21st June – 22nd July
-You’re the zodiac’s most sensitive souls.
-You like to live in the past, like Haring and his way of communicating through art with symbols and drawings, caveman style, but way cooler.
-Always on guard, never off-guard. “Defence” is your favourite word.

Capricorn

RONE 22nd December – 19th January

-You love to achieve your goals but being so dedicated can also be a negative.
-You have a weakness for beauty, just like Rone you’d fill a dilapidated building in Melbourne haunting and stylised images of women’s faces.
-You value a sense of humour more than a house on the beach.

Leo

OLEK 23rd July – 22nd August

-You’re the zodiac’s most passionate and fiery characters
-You’re natural born leaders who love to be the centre of attention, just like Olek with his colourful installations.
-You don’t take criticism from anyone, and you’re an expert at playing dumb.

Aquarius

MR. PIRO 20th January – 18th February

-You may seem like you don’t, but you do.
-You’re a bit fickle, and you change your stripes according to the occasion.
-You’re a mixture of agitation and calm, like Mr. Piro’s bold watercolours.

Virgo

SWOON 23rd August – 22nd September

-You like to live life without fanfare or showing off, happiness for you is sitting on a park bench while eating a bag of crisps.
-You look for beauty in everything, and you’re a hard worker who always gives your all, just like urban artist Swoon, who is equally at home between art and activism.

Pisces

KAWS February 19th – March 20th

-For you nostalgia as a way of life, a bit like KAWS and his dark side interpretation of Mickey Mouse.
-You have a thing for animals, you’d even adopt a litter of hyenas.
-You are slightly masochist, and your catchphrase is: “I just like drama.”

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Love & Laughing in Las Vegas

Love & Laughing in Las Vegas

If the perfect tandem exists, it’s the one between love and Sin City. Only LOVERS & SINNERS can enter our Mediterranean Las Vegas wedding chapel: we’re talking about Romeo’s Motel & Diner. Celebrities from all walks of life have said “I do” at this love temple that has always caused a huge hype, and has arrived in Ibiza to host your next level wedding.
Take note!

LILY ALLEN & DAVID HARBOUR
The king of Rock was the precursor of Las Vegas becoming the most sought-after destination for express weddings in the world. The same as he did with toupees, sideburns and flared trousers, he made this practice extremely fashionable when he married Priscilla in Sin City, at the Aladdin Hotel suite, surrounded by roses and candles. Only 14 people were present at this union, that marked a before and after in wedding traditions (and hairstyles of course!). Priscilla’s wedding dress will always be remembered as one of the most iconic in history, a dignified symbol of 60s glamour.

ELVIS PRESLEY & PRISCILLA
The king of Rock was the precursor of Las Vegas becoming the most sought-after destination for express weddings in the world. The same as he did with toupees, sideburns and flared trousers, he made this practice extremely fashionable when he married Priscilla in Sin City, at the Aladdin Hotel suite, surrounded by roses and candles. Only 14 people were present at this union, that marked a before and after in wedding traditions (and hairstyles of course!). Priscilla’s wedding dress will always be remembered as one of the most iconic in history, a dignified symbol of 60s glamour.

SOPHIE TURNER & JOE JONAS
The lady of the north and the Jonas brother weren’t able to resist celebrating their first wedding (yes there were 2) in Las Vegas, in the one and only A Little White Chapel in pure “Viva Las Vegas” (1969) style. The love birds said “I do” under the gaze of half the globe thanks to Diplo, who was present at the ceremony and was filming Instagram stories. Thanks to him, we were able to witness Sansa stark wearing a suit jacket and trousers. The second wedding was held in Provence, but we would choose the first wedding a thousand times over!

BRITNEY SPEARS & JASON ALEXANDER
Britney’s famous 48h wedding was held (obviously) in Las Vegas after a crazy night out with her childhood friend. You can’t be any more wild.

DEMI MOORE & BRUCE WILLIS
One of the hottest couples in the 90s, G.I Jane and our favorite big screen badboy, said “I do” at the Golden Nugget Hotel and remained together for more than a decade.

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Shooting at Concept Hotel Group

Shooting at Concept Hotel Group

A shared passion

If there’s anything that Concept considers important as a brand, are the synergies with other brands that feel aligned with our values, that share our passions and lifestyle, but above all, we value the timelessness of a brand with a similar DNA to ours.

The most famous Brand of speakers, created by the Marshall family in 1965, are present in all our hotel rooms, along with fridges shaped like amplifiers that cool your beers in Dorado, our most rock’ n’ roll hotel. Marshall’s history was written between the lines of Fleetwood Mac and Rolling Stones songs, ambassadors of a sound and an
aesthetic that remain, 60 years later, an absolute icon. Another icon, as far as guitars go, is Gibson. The US Brand has toured the world and brought us Kiss and Eric Clapton concerts, is one of our most emblematic collaborators, and who’s guitar’s deck the halls of our backstage hall of Dorado.
Available to all who know what they’re doing.

Design is a huge passion of ours and can be appreciated in every detail that makes up our hotels.

The coolest retro fridges by SMEG, with a 50’s made in Italy feel, give a pop of color to the rooms and refrigerate your favorite vices.

Fashion is another of our main pillars and if we think of a garment that goes with anything, that would be a good pair of jeans. But who makes the most recognizable jeans in the world? There’s only one answer to that question: Levi’s. A true American Classic when it comes to denim, they’re the providers of our staff uniforms, with a new sustainable collection, that is environmentally friendly. If you accessorize a good pair of jeans with a custom-made hat, you have the full American southern look. Our Friends over at Why Hats take care of that, their tailoring workshop can be found at Paradiso Art Hotel. Their designs are unique and not one hat is ever the same. You won’t be able to resist having one specially made for you.  Our newest collaboration happening in 2022 is our most “girly” fashion brand collab yet, with none other than Bohoo, one of the most successful brands in the UK will become the perfect ally to Paradiso Art Hotel this summer, with lots of fresh surprises. Expect actions at our Zero Suite, takeovers, and the launch of a bikini and swim collection curated specially for each of Concept’s unique hotels. These are some of the “musts” that this Girl Power brand will bring this season.

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