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The IMS International Music Summit Full round up 2018
28th May 2018 0 comments

One of the most important industry events of the year, the IMS International Music Summit has been held on Ibiza for over a decade. An important opportunity for people working in music to meet and discuss the issues, challenges and innovations impacting the industry, the summit brings together journalists, DJs, promoters and music lovers from all over the world.

During the three days of the conference, participants have the chance to discuss the topics that are close to their hearts and talk to other people who are committed to the dance music industry. The IMS business report has become the industry’s leading data study, while extended interviews with legends such as Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth, Jean Michel Jarre, Paul van Dyk, Seth Troxler, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and director David Lynch have helped to put the conference firmly on the world music map.

The summit opened with Pete Tong paying an emotional tribute to Avicii
The summit opened with Pete Tong paying an emotional tribute to Avicii

Although most of the people who attend the summit are there by invitation, there are also a number of delegate badges available for purchase. This means that anyone with a passion for music and a desire to learn more about the industry can come along and meet people from a huge variety of professions and backgrounds.

This year, the IMS tackled a number of sensitive subjects including the death of DJ superstar Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii. In an emotional tribute, IMS co-founder Pete Tong spoke about the DJ’s incredible talent, his untimely death and about the many challenges faced by young DJs in the industry. Pete Tong’s speech was followed by a panel discussion titled “Safe from harm – our duty of care”, which saw big names from the industry open up about their own struggles.

Another very important panel discussion saw Honey Dijon, B.Traits and lead a frank conversation on sexual harassment in the electronic music industry. They discussed blame culture and the industry turning a blind eye to harassment. Although talking about these subjects may be challenging, it’s incredibly important if the dance music industry is going to become an inclusive and safe place for everyone involved.

With all this taking place on the first day, the rest of the summit had a lot to live up to. Day two saw technology trailblazers VEDRA introduce their ground-breaking new customer recognition AI and swipe-to-connect WiFi products. These innovative devices will soon be found in some of the most famous venues on the island and in clubs around the world.

The South African flag was waved on day two of IMS Ibiza with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE.

Other popular events at the summit included a talk that gave insight into the incredible success story of multi-award-winning South African artist Amaru Da Costa, practical workshops from top DJs such as Andrea Oliva and Hardrock hallway sets by the likes of Seth Troxler. There were also interviews with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the dance music industry.

After three intense days at the IMS summit, the event was topped off with one of the biggest and most energetic nights of the year, the IMS Dalt Vila Party. The perfect way to wrap up another unforgettable conference, the party left us already looking forward to next year.



Find more Interviews and coverage on the IMS website >

We look forward to IMS IBiza 2019!