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The Journalist Iñaki López invites you to Gran Canaria’s Big Bang Festival.

The Journalist Iñaki López invites you to Gran Canaria’s Big Bang Festival.

Journalist and vinyl collector Iñaki López will be one of the DJs at the International Big Bang Vintage Festival 2022

Rocker and founder of the record label Hot45 Records releases Rockabilly and Rock and Roll bands

The Big Bang Vintage Festival, in its fifth edition, returns to San Telmo Park on October 7, 8 and 9 and brings IÑAKI LÓPEZ as music selector. (Portugalete, 47 years old) journalist who presented every Saturday for six hours, as a tamer of talk shows, La Sexta Noche and now Más Vale Tarde, together with Cristina Pardo.

If you have seen him on TV with slicked-back hair and sideburns, it is no coincidence. Off camera he takes off his jacket and tie and returns to the realm of rock n’ roll: leather jacket, skinny jeans, chain wallet.

Meet all the artists of this edition at www.bigbangvintagefestival.com 

He has been in this sect since he was a kid, when at school, the repeating macarrillas of the eighth year of EGB, authentic greasers, introduced him to these rhythms. “I freaked out,” he says. That’s how he met the Stray Cats, the Meteors, the Polecats, etc. Classic rock, rockabilly, psychobilly, garage, ska, some punk. «The punks from the Basque Country in the eighties used to say that if a song lasted more than three minutes, it was jazz», he recalls. Forty years later, he is still listening to the same thing and dressing the same. “I’m not an example of evolution,” he laughs.

So much so that López is, together with the Madrid musician Marcos Sendarrubias, who has already performed in past editions of the festival, co-founder of the Hot45 Label, dedicated to these genres.

He has been in this sect since he was a kid, when at school, the repeating macarrillas of the eighth year of EGB, authentic greasers, introduced him to these rhythms. “I freaked out,” he says. That’s how he met the Stray Cats, the Meteors, the Polecats, etc. Classic rock, rockabilly, psychobilly, garage, ska, some punk. «The punks from the Basque Country in the eighties used to say that if a song lasted more than three minutes, it was jazz», he recalls. Forty years later, he is still listening to the same thing and dressing the same. “I’m not an example of evolution,” he laughs.

So much so that López is, together with the Madrid musician Marcos Sendarrubias, who has already performed in past editions of the festival, co-founder of the Hot45 Label, dedicated to these genres.

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“The 45 is the number of revolutions at which our records, small vinyls, ep’s, only 500 copies, without the possibility of reissue”, he explains enthusiastically, “also the age at which we assemble it”. Among his bets are artists such as Mike Sánchez and the Limboos, Diego Cruz, La Perra Blanco, who performed at the Big Bang Vintage Festival in 2021 or Sendarrubias himself. It is not a business, because it is ruinous, but it is an exciting hobby. “There are those who spend it on drugs, we spend it on releasing records,” he explains.

The rock n’ roll scene is very much alive: we go to festivals all over Spain, we eat well and drink wine, not just supermarket sandwiches waiting for the bus, like when we were kids,” he says.

What if Roke comes out ragpicker? “Well,” he sighs, “I’ll love him just the same.” Iñaki López’s son is four years old. His mother is Andrea Ropero, also a journalist for La Sexta (now at El Intermedio de El Gran Wyoming). It is called Roke, above all because of San Roque, patron saint of Portugalete, but also because on his birthday (August 16) Elvis Presley and bluesman Robert Johnson died, who, they say, sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being a prodigious guitarist. . But rock is no longer the music of youth. “They say that guitars are in the doldrums, that they belong to the old, that young people are into electronic and urban rhythms,” he laments, “but rock has always been cursed music and it always resurfaces: it’s cyclical.”

You can see him in action playing small-format vinyl records, singles, from October 7 to 9 at Parque de San Telmo in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. And surely you will also be able to get to know it up close by enjoying the concerts and activities that will take place on the three days of the International Big Bang Vintage Festival.

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