The brainchild of Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Pete Tong and Mark Zetto, has come a long way in ten years. The first IMS attracted over 150 delegates and in its early years did not make any money, in fact it did well to hang in there and that perseverance has certainly paid off. The four day industry event, which adds an extra day this year, is now an established landmark on the electronic dance music landscape and will have over 1000 delegates in attendance and a record 102 delegates speaking.
The 10th running of the International Music Summit will open at midday tomorrow with a keynote address from one of its original founders Pete Tong who will introduce a brand new initiative, the Burn Residency IMS College which aims to empower students, budding DJ’s, upcoming producers and young industry thought leaders with a series of dedicated workshops and speakers.
Highlights of the four day event will include the IMS Breakfast at 9am each morning, followed by The IMS Legends Awards Dinner on Wednesday at 8pm which will honour Pacha founder Ricardo Urgell. The annual debate is also a highlight of the event and this year it includes Yann Pissenem, Seth Troxler, Dave Browning, Hot Since 82 and Cocoons Johannes Goller. For the ordinary punter the highlight of the festival will be the open air gig in Dalt Vila which kicks off at 5pm on Friday with some exciting back to back sets notably Maceo Plex b2b with Tale Of Us at 10pm. Stay tuned to the blog for reports and video from the event on Twitter and on Facebook.