Noah & The Whale – ‘We’re Playing The Ibiza Rocks Closing Party’

Emily Rackham spoke to Charlie Fink from Noah & The Whale about headlining the Ibiza Rocks Closing Party on September 21st

Headlining Ibiza Rocks seems a bit out of your comfort zone…

“It’s something different for us and to be honest I don’t really know what to expect, but we’re very excited. I’ve never been to Ibiza before so I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen.”


Can we expect raved up versions of your songs?

“We’re going to do our festival set which we’ve done at all the others. It’s got a lot of energetic numbers so hopefully people will get up and dance.

Are you a big clubber?

“I’m much more familiar with the cinema then the clubs, but we can adapt to give the crowds a good show and we’re open to new experiences. You never know we might love it and never come back.”

Are you a fan of dance music?

“I’m not great with dance music, I like some of it yeah but I can’t really tell you any names or artists! I like ‘Disco 2000’ by Pulp, does that count as being clubby enough? I can’t think of anything else!

What post-gig antics are you planning on getting up to?

“I don’t know. I really don’t know what it’s going to be like so we’ll just have to wait and see when we get there, maybe enlist someone’s help to show us some cool places.”

You returned to Glastonbury this year, how was that?

“Glastonbury was amazing, I mean all the festivals are incredible especially playing sets that are an hour, hour and a half long. Having three records means that we have a lot of choice of what we want to play. The new album particularly lends itself best to festivals as the songs have got bigger choruses the crowds can sing along to.”

Any particular highlights?

“Yeah we played to 50,000 people one night which was amazing, having that many people there to watch us. Also we played two festivals with Pulp and at one show our violinist Tom got to go on stage with them to play ‘Common People’. He was loving it, but I was terrified for him on the side of stage!”


Your latest album has been a massive hit, catapulting you into the charts after a not so successful second album. How is this album different?

“I don’t really know. I mean it’s great that we’re getting increasingly popular with our records rather then getting worse. I guess this ones got the largest pop influences and I think it’s got a good heart. The stories are ones I like singing and they’ve got a good sentiment.”

What’s next?

Well, finishing up the festivals and closing the Ibiza Rocks party. Then we’re going to be touring for a year in the UK and then in the US.

Any new material planned?

I had a week off recently and was scribbling away some things but who knows if they’ll materialise into anything.