A Special Evening At Dalt Vila For The International Music Summit 2019

Posted on May 26, 2019

Words: Kane Allen

Imagine dancing under the stars on a UNESCO world heritage site whilst listening to some of the finest music on the planet? That’s the International Music Summit at Dalt Vila. It’s a dream of an event that everyone should get to experience. Luckily, I could this year – and it lived up to every expectation.

Walking towards the towering medieval structure, you can feel the beats getting closer. As we made it up the stone bridge and into the belly of the castle, there was a chance to peek at the stage standing high above. This was pre-party excitement turned all the way up to ‘where’s the nearest toilet?’. We could faintly hear Jamiroquai’s timeless Space Cowboy travel through the atmosphere. Yes, really! Space Cowboy at Dalt Vila. Ear-to-ear grins everywhere.

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The Middle East was represented in full force with Nicole Moudaber and Sama on back-to-back duties as we entered. Moudaber, an established DJ who’s played all over the world perfectly compliment Sama, a pioneering Palestinian DJ who’s been making more than a name for herself over the last few years. The pair bounced off each other to give a stirring, deep and soulful set. This is what IMS is all about; putting together two acts you probably haven’t had the chance of seeing together.

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Luciano and Pete Tong were the next unlikely pairing to take the Dalt Vila stage. By this point the earlier clouds and rain had cleared and the place was packed. Both legends of the scene, these two put their one-hour slot to use. If there was ever an advert for shorter performing times, then this was it. Each track was punchier than the next and the pair were giving it their all.

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After treating us to a sit-down chat at the conference earlier in the week, techno power couple Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg were ready to treat us with a musical showcase of all the summer heaters they’ve polished for this season. With the sun down, it was time to get darker, deeper and typically Drumcode. Maae’s Descartes rattled the castle walls and shattered the BPM counter. It got heavy.

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After an incredible week with IMS, it was time to pull the curtain down and cut the ribbon on a new Ibiza clubbing season. Charlotte de Witte had closing set duties. She’s not only been flying the flag for women in the industry; she’s been representing techno full-speed-ahead all across the world. Her final hour slot at IMS paid tribute to that. She has earned headline status and is clearing a path for all women in dance music to do the same. It was a fitting end to a spectacular week at IMS Ibiza 2019. There’s no stopping CdW!

Further Information

w: internationalmusicsummit.com/ibiza
fb: facebook.com/InternationalMusicSummit

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