For over 30 years Ibiza has been a jewel in the dance music globe, part of a truly international industry that seems to stay in a kind of impossible stasis – whether you’re getting the 6am cattle-truck flight on a low-cost carrier, or flying in on a private jet while flunkies serve champagne and caviar, there’s always that moment when a flash of white limestone and greenery appears out of the blue shimmer of the Mediterranean Sea and it’s clear that in 20 minutes time you’ll be “somewhere else” away from whatever issues life might be throwing at you. So after a difficult few years, 2022 represents what finally looks like a return to normality for clubs in Ibiza, and it all starts in the last weekend of April with IMS Ibiza and the select smattering of events that surround it.
IMS Ibiza, or to call it its proper name, the International Music Summit Ibiza, is to many that thing you’ve seen in photos where part of Dalt Villa, the ancient fortress of Ibiza Town, plays host to a stage and a few hundred people looking to party in a World Heritage Site. It indeed is impressive – more on that later – but IMS is more about what is essentially the after-party. To people who like to get into the nitty-gritty of how the industry works, IMS is a music conference, where people talk to and at each other about the current state of the industry, what issues it might face and how to solve them, and where the industry might be going. To some it’s blue-sky thinking along the same lines as the infamous quote that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” though obviously we take issue with such a sweeping statement. Indeed, while music can and in most cases should speak for itself and let its own rhythms and melodies count for the be-all-and-end-all the reality is that the electronic music industry, much like the wider industry in general, is a complex beast threatening to break into chaotic disarray at any moment. So gathering some of the industry’s brightest and best to rub shoulders and come up with ideas about how to keep the industry ticking along nicely is always a good idea, and if you can do it on a paradise island, throw a load of parties and expenses accounts into the mix, and have a jolly good time while doing so, what could be better?
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