For those that might now know, Ibiza is the international Mecca for electronic music. To DJ or perform just off the beautiful sandy shores of the exotic Spanish island would be equivalent to a country artist playing the Grand Ole Opry or a Rock n’ Roll band playing Madison Square Garden. Ibiza is the 808 bass drum pulse of the electronic music scene. It is regarded by many to be the top worldwide destination to experience new music and witness the biggest DJs in their natural state of trance.
Every summer the Ibiza International Music Summit brings together some of the biggest names in the music industry during the day and hosts out-of-this-world performances at some of the most posh and state-of-the-art clubs in the world at night. The 2014 installation just kicked off and runs from May 21-23. Each year, IMS coincides with the summer opening of Ibiza super-clubs Pacha and Space, when more than 20,000 music obsessed party-goers migrate to the island to christen the coming of summer. The island is such an incredibly popular vacation destination that the population typically triples in size to well over 300,000 during the summer from 85,000 in the off-season.
The Thursday lineup will include a Frankie Knuckles Tribute, Steve Angello, Annie Mac, Pretty Lights, Rage on Gold, Manu Gonzalez, T.A.T., and presentations from Pete Tong, David Morales, and Hector Romero. Friday will be headed up by Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, George Fitzgerald, Bob Moses, Anabel Englund, and Marino Canal. The incredible amount talent that will be storming the shores of Ibiza this year is undeniable.
Ibiza is a truly magical place for anyone who loves electronic music. With how quickly music trends tend to change, the cultural relevance and importance of Ibiza to the music scene might have its days numbered. It might be too late to make it to IMS this year, but keep it in mind when piecing together your summer travels next year. It might not be the exact same thing as going to first installment of Woodstock back in 1969, but it might come close.
– Joseph Noga, Contributing Blogger | FirstCom Music