IMS Dalt Vila 2018 Rocks The Castle

Posted on May 27, 2018

Images: La Skimal

Ibiza Town was discovered by the Carthaginians (a.k.a. the Ancient Carthage) in 654 BC, making it one of the most ancient towns in Europe. The original name given to this magical place was Ibossim, which means ‘City of Bes’ in reference to the Egyptian God of music and dance. So it is rather fitting then that the biggest dance music summit in the world has been hosting its finale here every year for the past 11 years: the hotly anticipated IMS Dalt Vila.

Each year the International Music Summit’s booking team, alongside co-founder and dance music royalty Pete Tong, has carefully curated epic festival-style line-ups, and over the years we have had the pleasure of dancing in the shadow of Dalt Vila’s stunning cathedral to the likes of Maceo Plex, Tale Of Us, Seth Troxler, Dixon, Annie Mac, Steve Angello and The Martinez Brothers to name but a few. Entering its second decade on the White Isle, the 11th edition of the IMS finale saw 12 of the world’s biggest DJs on mixing duties, including Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Peggy Gou, Paco Osuna, Nastia, Jackmaster, Guy Gerber, Dubfire, Danny Tenaglia, Bedouin and Andrea Oliva. Unsurprisingly, the event sold out more than a week in advance.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

As I scaled the 2500-year-old ramp to the entrance of Dalt Vila (which means ‘Upper Town’) and crossed the Roman era drawbridge through the Portal De Ses Taules, it was very clear that the party at the top of this path was going to be a good one. I had another five minutes to walk; yet the walls were already rattling around me to the familiar sound of the 808 kick drum playing on the sound system in the distance, making the short trek through the narrow cobbled streets of this historic town feel more like a journey into the unknown, with the vibrations coming through the walls and hitting our chest become more and more intense (but strangely pleasant) as the mighty Dalt Vila battlements came into view. I flashed my IMS wristband and walked straight into the main arena where Music On resident Paco Osuna was playing B2B with Ushuaïa Ibiza ANTS’ regular Andrea Oliva. Deep bouncy techno was on the cards for this back-to-back, which was warming up the crowd under the cool early evening sun perfectly.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

Next up it was South Korea joining forces with Glasgow as Peggy Gou went B2B with Jackmaster. A very different set to Paco and Andrea – but equally as good – the Numbers boss and Circoloco resident Jackmaster was dropping classic 4×4 house infused with timeless Ibiza classics, whilst Peggy Gou was complimenting his selection with acid-laced grooves on a slightly deeper tip.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

By this point the party was in full swing as the sun was sinking over the beautiful horizon across the marina, the venue was packed, but there was a comfortable amount of space to do more than just standing and nodding. Up next was BBC Radio 1 legend and IMS Co-Founder Pete Tong B2B with HEART Ibiza’s SAGA hosts Bedouin – an hour of pure melodic techno, with both sets of DJs taking full advantage of the incredible crystal clear sound system. I try to leave phrases like ‘hands in the air moments’ out of my articles, but to be honest that perfectly describes this set, as these special moments seemed to occur every time there was a breakdown in a track. Pete Tong played a harder techno set with the incredible Nicole Moudaber last year, so the fact that he has returned this year and selected a completely different style just proves why the veteran DJ was awarded an MBE for his contribution to music in the UK.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

The strobes were flashing, the onscreen visuals were spectacular and the crowd was in full party mode – it was time to step into fifth gear and get two techno giants into the booth – Dubfire and Nastia. These two were a match made in heaven, playing hard, high tempo, no nonsense techno – which, personally I wouldn’t think would work outside of the walls of Berlin superclub Berghain, but this is Ibiza and this line-up was meant to be diverse. Even the hipsters were fist pumping at every drop!

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

Israel’s best-known export, Rumors boss Guy Gerber, was next on stage joined by a very special guest and house music icon – Danny Tenaglia. Danny’s NY classic house mixed in with Gerber’s deep-tech made for one amazing journey through music, both selectors effortlessly blending genres and keeping Dalt Vila shaking.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

Last but by no means least was Cocoon founder and international legend Sven Väth. The only set of the night that wasn’t a B2B – but my word was this special – Sven played some of the most incredible techno I have ever heard, it was one of those sets where you are certain he is the only DJ in the world with those tracks! At one point I turned to my friend and asked the genuine question, ‘Are we safe up here?’ as Dalt Vila was shaking beneath our feet. Luckily for us the ancient fortress was built to withstand cannon balls and pirate invasions from more than 2000 years ago, so one night of bass-heavy techno is not going to cause any problems. Its safe to say that Bes, the Egyptian God of music and dance, would be proud of what went down in the town named after him on Friday night, so bring on IMS Dalt Vila 2019.

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal

IMS dalt vila by la skimal