Step outside. Cold isn't it. And wet. Or both. It'll be like that in June next year. Possibly. Much as we love this green and (un)pleasant land, the pull of warm sunshine, sandy beaches and stunning festivals might tip a lot of music-lovers over the edge, causing mass migration to the Spanish coast and accompanying archipelagos.
'Never mind the Balearics', you may shout, 'what have they got that we haven't got?'. They've got Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks, that's what. Yes once again, the two islands will play host to a summer's worth of individual gigs from the global music community (mostly Britain, ironically) and this year's concerts look to be just as essential as last year's. Both festivals run virtually concurrently with similar line-ups (Ibiza will run its schedule a day later than Mallorca), therefore both will open and close with the same artists.
Ed Sheeran will kick-start Mallorca Rocks' opening night on 5th June and then head to Ibiza Rocks opening party for the 6th - both shows cost £30. For both closing parties, Two-Door Cinema Club will headline Mallorca's on 18th September and Ibiza's on the 19th. Tickets for each of these shows costs £28.50.
Other acts for the intermittent weeks will be announced in due course - last year both festivals sported the likes of Professor Green, Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah and Madness. Time to take advantage of those winter sun-cream offers!