The rise and rise of grime continues, as the genre gets its own festival in Ibiza, courtesy of Stormzy and Ibiza Rocks Hotel.
Following the hugely successful monthly #MERKY residency last summer, Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Stormzy are back to up the game for 2017 with the launch of the first ever #MERKY Festival. The one day, multi stage Festival event on 11 th July will be hosted by Beats 1 DJ Julie Adinuga and will feature 10 hours of daytime poolside sets, main stage festival performances and indoor hangouts.
Black Butter records signing J Hus, who featured on Stormzy’s ‘Bad Boys’ single, will be present to support the King of Grime, alongside Mist, Ray BLK – the first ever unsigned artist to win a BBC Sound award, Brummie Jaykae, MoStack and Kenny Allstar.
Stormzy’s first appearance at Ibiza Rocks Hotel came in 2015, supporting Dizzy Rascal, followed by 2016’s #MERKY residency. The brand have a strong history of breaking emerging talen in Ibiza, having in the past given debut Ibiza shows to the likes of Annie Mac, Chase & Status, Rudimental and Disclosure. Since bringing grime legend Dizzee Rascal to Ibiza Rocks in 2008, the groundbreaking promoters have championed the scene, with performances from forefathers of the genre including Wiley and Skepta plus critically acclaimed artists Krept & Konan, Novelist, Boy Better Know, Bonkaz and of course, Stormzy.
Jordan Hallpike, Director of Talent & Programming said: ‘We’re proud to have given Stormzy his first Ibiza gig in 2015 and then Ibiza’s first ever grime residency with #MERKY last summer. This year we collectively wanted to provide a bigger platform to showcase the incredible talent in the grime community. It’s not only the first festival concept for us but it’s the first grime focused festival for Ibiza and something we’re extremely excited to be working on with Stormzy.’