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We discover the IMS Ibiza, The International Music Summit
9th May 2017 0 comments

The world-famous International Music Summit has recently announced the stellar line-up for its hotly anticipated Dalt Vila Event. The three-day course is an incredible opportunity for those looking to be inspired and educated by some of the best in the electronic music industry. This innovative thought platform is held annually in Ibiza, as what better place to learn about EDM than the dance music capital of the world, where much of the genre’s iconic history was created.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of IMS, so is sure to be a celebration fit for such a momentous occasion. Founded by none other than pioneering BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, along with four other highly experienced industry partners, the event has flourished to become one of the highlights of any loyal EDM enthusiast’s calendar. Its influence has spread to China (IMS Asia-Pacific), Los Angeles (IMS Engage) and most recently has manifested itself in the IMS College in Malta, a fantastic educational-platform for electronic music. To illustrate the incredible impact that this platform has had, you need only to look to the creation of the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music), this is the global trade body which both protects and preserves the genre and its artistic assets.

To celebrate a decade of IMS influence, the event will be held in the beautiful fort Dalt Vila, the island’s only UNESCO world heritage site. Visitors can expect a truly unique and out of this world line up, showcasing some of the best in EDM. Previously unexplored collaborations will bring some fresh and innovative sounds to Dalt Vila, like Masters At Work’s Louie Vegas and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez performing not one but two sets. The first of which will be a partnership with The Martinez Brothers and the second with none other than Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ Poll winner Dixon. IMS creator Pete Tong will be joined by Moudaber, Seth Troxler and Miss Kittin, B-Traits by Jesse Rose and to top off a fantastic sound-clash, Tale of Us will show the crowd how it’s done with Maceo Plex.

Dalt Vila is a particularly special place to witness the magic of the white island, whilst getting the chance to absorb and immerse yourself in this unique celebration of dance music culture. One of the platform’s co-founders Ben Turner shares his excitement at this year’s event: “This line-up is by far our strongest in our ten years. We are honoured to bring in legends Masters at Work to be a big part of IMS this year and to see the likes of Dixon and The Martinez Brothers jump at performing with them has been amazing. We have a lot of special plans to celebrate ten years, most involve looking forwards not back! We are, of course, hugely appreciative of the full support IMS receives from the industry and artist community of the past decade.” So as you can see from the full line-up below, there is even more to look forward to at this year’s unmissable IMS event.


In order of appearance


23.00 – 24.00

22.00 – 23.00

21.00 – 22.00

20.00 – 21.00

19.00 – 20.00

18.00 – 19.00

17.00 – 18.00


IMS is an annual three-day celebration of all things EDM. The thought-leadership platform is a unique and engaging way to broaden your dance music horizons, educate yourself about electronic music and absorb some of the best talent that the music industry has to offer.

The conference itself offers a rare chance to hear an incredible array of experts, artists and industry insiders share their musical knowledge. IMS curators have cherry-picked and diverse selection of speakers reflects the incredibly high calibre of the event, with over 50 individuals travelling to the white isle to enlighten and engage attendees.

IMS has just announced 20 additional men and women to their line-up that is overflowing with talent, where you can look forward to some of 2017’s biggest industry themes dominating discussion and debate.

This includes Gina Tucci, (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R /General Manager, USA), who has been voted one of the 15 most powerful women in EDM, will be sharing her wisdom on the A&R panel. Other EDM stalwarts joining the panels include Patrick Moxey, (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA) a hip-hop and EDM pioneer who has succeeded in championing the sound throughout America, alongside Renaat Vandepapeliere, (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) who has managed and grown one of the genre’s foremost labels for 37 years.

Considering the evolution of Ibiza and what it means in culture today will be well-versed promoters Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain) and Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany). Both will be discussing brands, opportunity and their decision to take risks in the nightlife economy, which have undeniably paid off. To round off this fantastic panel, they will be joined by Brigitte Armengol, (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain), representing one of the most boundary-pushing clubs on the island, she will be exploring what the future holds for the white isle and clubbing culture as we know it.

The conversation around the next generation of talent will be led by Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK), Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany) and Loco Dice (Artist, Tunisia).

The current status of world clubbing will be posited by Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK) with Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany) joining her for insight on what clubbing means in the 21st century.

The contentious topic of streaming will be discussed by Gregor Pryor (Reed Smith, Partner, UK) a digital media specialist. Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK), will lead an interview with acclaimed Berghain resident DVS1 (Artist, USA) in a DJ Skills Masterclass.

Gender is always an evocative point of debate and Leila Fataar, (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) will be sharing her insight gleaned from the launch of the Smirnoff Sound Collective and her role in the global #2xwomensheadliners campaign, (launched on International Women’s Day 2017).

Music synchronisation and the surrounding debate will be explored by Jessica Ibgui, (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France), Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK) and Rich Robinson, (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK).

With such an eclectic, talented and diverse range of speakers, the ten year anniversary of IMS will be an unforgettable experience, that will leave you educated, inspired and more passionate than ever before about the future of EDM.

Grab your tickets online for the grand finale event at Dalt Vila, a event NOT to be missed!