Dalt Vila Brings The Curtain Down On Best IMS Yet

Posted on May 23, 2015

Words: Jodie & Jiay
Images: La Skimal & Hrvoje Slebur

How often do you get to party on the rooftop of a World Heritage castle overlooking the Mediterranean? Imagine watching the sun go down listening to some of the world’s best DJ’s. The International Music Summit marks the start of the season here in Ibiza, a string of events, conferences, speeches, programs and workshops that bring people together from all over the world, over a 4 day period on the clubbing capital. Electronic music industry figures including artists, labels, media and marketing are invited to share their educational, inspirational and motivational knowledge with fellow likeminded delegates – dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, electronic music.

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Dalt Vila, founded in 654 BC is now a UNESCO site and known as the best preserved coastal fortification in the Mediterranean. Once it housed people to protect them from island invasions. The IMS Ibiza International Summit Grand Finale is a two night event talked about all over the world, taking place on the Baluard St. Llucia in the ‘high town’ of Ibiza. We made our way from the IMS at the Hard Rock Ibiza Hotel by taxi for day one and as soon as we got near, we could hear the music had already begun. From this moment Dalt Vila had caught our eye. Further up the path we find the stage, lights and event in full swing in the background – perched right on the edge of the ‘Vila rooftop.

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As we approached, walking up the ancient cobbled pathways, the roaring sound of the sound system in the distance complimented by the all-round fascination we shared with the people around us – collectively reassured that the vibe and atmosphere was at its peak and undoubtedly magical. A little short of breath, we finally made it and headed straight for the bar. We couldn’t believe how great the prices were; beers were only 8 Euros! The line-up speaks for itself – Luciano, Pete Tong, Solomun, Sven Väth and Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons (Live) are all jamming out the freshest of tunes, that, and the fact that it is all taking place in a unique outdoor space with the whole of Ibiza Town stretched below us, made for a magical atmosphere.

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IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal

Thursday night was the first time I (Jiay) had seen Luciano play live, and I was definitely very impressed in the way he had the crowd wrapped around his finger, delivering such a strong sense of emotion within his music – quite the magician if you ask me. Damian Lazarus, on the other hand was constantly striving to think outside of the box and deliver his own unique twist on things. His latest project ‘Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons’ has enjoyed a successful string of live shows following the release of the album and brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators, percussionists and players from all over the world – heavily influenced by day parties, music for deserts, jungles and sunrises. There was a wide range of people taking place on stage for this set, but the one element that stood out to me the most was the vocalist whose encapsulating voice echoed throughout the walls of Dalt Vila. Last but not least on wrap up duties, (Papa) Sven Väth took centre stage to provide us with some top-notch education in his most fluent language – techno. Sven’s set was definitely the highlight of our night, and by the way the vibe was captured, you could tell everybody who was there was hanging for him to jump on. It was such a perfect way to wrap up a perfect night at Dalt Vila, really looking forward to seeing more of the techno master throughout the season.

IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal
IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal

Day two at Dalt Vila offered something a little different from the previous night, hosted by Back Butter records it featured numerous live performances as well as DJ sets from house man of the moment MK and Kidnap Kid. The turn out was consistent with the previous night, with capacity being reached long before the first act hit the stage. The weather was a little tricky and it felt more like February in Ibiza than the end of May but a little cold was doing nothing to spoil our enjoyment of the party that would bring the latest IMS to a close. Thalab looked just about old enough to get in, fresh faced and clearly loving every minute of their progression through the electronic ranks, the duo delivered a throbbing set bursting with hypnotic grooves that won over any member of the crowd that hadn’t heard them before. There’s no surprise on the stand out of the night, although MK was amazing and dropped some bass heavy house tunes that had the crowd dancing, Rudimental is who most of us were there to see. If there’s a more energetic live combo on the planet right now, we have yet to meet them. Rudimental has enjoyed a special relationship with the Ibiza since it burst on to the island and from the minute the first beat washed across the massive crowd it was on it’s feet, sometimes in the air, and lost in the driving basslines and monumental breakdowns. It has been a spectacular International Music Summit, heralded by many as the best yet, fitting then that it should go out screaming and shouting, leaving us all shouting for more!

IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal
IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal
IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal
IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal
IMS Dalt Vila Day two by la Skimal