It’s the summer of 1981 and five young guys are strutting the streets of Ibiza with their 20 strong entourage. Anywhere else in the world cars would be driving into lamp posts as this invasion of colour and style swaggered through town wearing the latest Christos Tolera zoot suits, big Bowie quiffs, eyeliner galore, Davy Crocket jackets from Kensington Market, John Wayne scarves, a Melissa Caplan monk outfit, leather jodhpurs and cowboy boots – Ibiza must have thought they’d seen it all, but suddenly there was a new gang in town…and they were bringing London with them.
“Discovering Ibiza for the first time for any nineteen year old pop star is like finding a pearl in an oyster” recalls Martin Kemp as we sit in Dalt Villa discussing Spandau Ballet’s forthcoming gig at Ibiza Rocks in August.
“The early 80s for me was all about excess, everything was larger than it should have been, from shoulder pads to hair, to what you wore and how much you drank and enjoyed yourself. We had played some crazy gigs in London and New York before coming here, but that first trip to Ibiza really blew our minds. The island was quite simply a playground where anything could and did happen.”
Spandau Ballet were without doubt one of the biggest super-groups of the 80s selling over 25 million records across the globe with hits including ‘Gold’, ‘Through The Barricades’, ‘True’ and ‘Only When You Leave’…tracks that Kemp and the band still love playing. “So many songs are the soundtrack to the poignant moments of people’s lives, the list goes on and on and it’s just great still being able to make people smile.”