IMS Announces 2018 Legends Recipients Underworld

Posted on May 3, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Every year, the International Music Summit awards one very special act or artist with the IMS Legends Awards for their contribution to the electronic music industry, and today the 2018 winners have been announced as British duo Underworld. As is tradition, the recipients of the illustrious title will be celebrated with a special dinner – this year set to take place at futuristic entertainment and dining space HEART Ibiza – before performing live for the attendees.

Following into the footsteps of previous Legends winners such as Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Space Ibiza founder Pepe Rosello and Ricardo Urgell founder of Pacha Ibiza and the worldwide Pacha Group. Underworld said of the announcement, “It’s a huge honour to join our fellow IMS Legends awards recipients and for the recognition from IMS. We look
forward to an evening of celebration and to doing what we love, playing live.”


From headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events to playing underground
techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops and Japanese department stores, the techno artists are dab hands at creating an electric atmosphere and whip their audience into a frenzy, whatever, wherever the location. Fusing together elements of techno, dub, trance, Krautrock, drum ’n’ bass, ambient house and even blues, the rave-inspired and acid-glazed duo are known for their prolific creativity and appetite for breaking fresh artistic ground at every opportunity. Teamed with HEART Ibiza’s state-of-the-art technology and powerful sound system, IMS Legends Dinner attendees are in for a very special, once-in-a-lifetime treat.


IMS Co-Founder Pete Tong said of this year’s choice of the award recipients, “My relationship with Underworld dates back in 1992 when Steve Hall, Andy Weatherall and the Boys Own crew signed “Mmm Skyscraper I Love You” and released it via their deal with my label FFRR/ London Records. From day one the band radiated a very special aura. The music, the art, the videos and the live performances elevated the genre to a whole new level. When they remade a vocal version of their ‘95 instrumental track ‘Born Slippy’ for Danny Boyles iconic film ‘Trainspotting’ in 1996, they refused to release it as a single. I publicly ‘berated’ them for weeks on my BBC Radio 1 show to change their minds. Eventually they relented and it went on to become their biggest hit – reaching No 2 in the UK charts – and a worldwide anthem in the process. 25 years later they are still surprising and innovating and delivering top quality art. It’s a great honour to be celebrating their ground-breaking career at IMS Ibiza 11 in this unique manner.”


The celebratory banquet honouring a musical and cultural legacy will take place at HEART Ibiza on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8pm, followed by a live show from Underworld plus special guests to be announced. Limited General Admission tickets to Underworld LIVE at Heart Ibiza are also on sale now.

DATE: Wednesday May 23
TIME: 20.00
LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
COST: €150.00 – including Live Dinner Experience, all food and beverage and access to Underworld LIVE show.

DATE: Wednesday May 23
TIME: 24.00
LOCATION: Heart Ibiza, Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
COST: €60

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