The 10th anniversary of the International Music Summit, a brilliant three days of education, talks, panels and masterclasses, was bought to an incredible crescendo by its closing party. With so much talent offering their insight during the summit, the closing party also showcased some of the biggest and the best that the industry and the White Isle have to offer.
Taking place in the picturesque location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town, music aficionados were treated to some truly first-class b2bs, sets and performances from an incredibly diverse line-up of artists. With this stunning open-air venue providing the backdrop, we quickly realised that the sky was the limit for the unforgettable closing fiesta.
The first powerful combo to hit the stage was Kenlou with Cuttin’ Headz chiefs, The Martinez Brothers. Sharing the same origins, these four Bronx natives melded their mutual heritage into something quite spectacular, that was entirely refreshing for all those who witnessed it. Highlights included the dropping of The Martinez Brothers’ collaboration with Jerome Sydenham and Mathew Jonson featuring Flipsonik titled ‘
Next up to grace the decks was none other than Innervisions’ Dixon, who took over from The Martinez Brothers as he mixed things up with an out-of-this-world offering with ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. Adding a new dimension to the set, Kenlou’s indisputable groove was harmoniously complimented by Dixon’s acute attention to detail and impeccable selecting.
Dance music heavyweight Pete Tong was on-hand to make sure that the night carried on as it had begun, taking the wheel with one-woman powerhouse Nicole Moudaber and making sure the vibe didn’t stop. Tong’s incomparable wisdom was perfectly fused with the brooding depths of MOOD’s Moudaber, creating an exhilarating atmosphere for the audience. Tracks likes Maceo Plex’s remix of Dino Lenny’s ‘Shoot Me to The Sky’ and Sulta’s ‘It’s Only Real’ ignited the entire Fort.
As night fell, the atmosphere only increased in power. Anticipation was thick in the air for the technical back-to-back provided by none other than Circoloco regular Seth Troxler and Miss Kittin. This unusual combination charged the space with unwavering energy, and was a testament to the talent that had been displayed over the full three days. With a funky Baltimore-inspired club heat providing the basis of the set, a sprinkling of Jersey & Footwork influence was added for a show-stopping mix that sent the crowd wild.
Bringing the evening’s celebrations to a close was the back-to-back pairing of Tale of Us (Afterlife residents) and Ellum Record’s head honcho Maceo Plex. These two giants of the industry took their audience on a full throttle musical journey to another galaxy. All inter-galactic elements of Techno were touched upon, leaving the audience raring for what the next decade of IMS will bring.
Ending what had undoubtedly been the best IMS to date, we were privileged to attend a piece of music history and take part in a truly one-of-a-kind closing party.