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IMS International Music Summit - Hard Rock Hotel

At Hard Rock Hotel, . Ibiza gets back to business with the world famous International Music Summit.

Dance music has flourished over the decades from a fringe cultural pursuit to a booming global industry - and there's an awful lot to talk about. Since 2007, the dance music industry's leading players both in front and behind the scenes have congregated in Ibiza for the International Music Summit (IMS) to discuss every aspect of the music business that defines their lives.

IMS consists of three days of conferences, panels, music and networking, with plenty of laughs, heated debate and useful information. The IMS business report has become the industry's leading data study, while extended interviews with legends such as Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth, Jean Michel Jarre, Paul van Dyk, Seth Troxler, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and even director David Lynch have all made the world envious of Ibiza's unique conference.

Most who attend the International Music Summit come by invitation, but there are also many delegate badges available to purchase for anyone who wants to mingle with the industry's influential figures, learn something about production, distribution, promotion, global trends and global scenes, hear directly from their favourite artists and generally be a part of an event which reflects on and celebrates the state of dance music and pushes the industry to achieve new things.

IMS celebrated its 10-year milestone anniversary in 2017, a monumental year for this immersive conference. To mark 10 years of connecting the culture, we had a winning programme of inspiring talks, technology masterclasses, networking opportunities and cutting-edge events - all led by some of the sharpest and most creative minds in the business.

The first panels and themes of IMS Ibiza in 2018 are beginning to be announced. As always, the 11th edition of IMS will cover a catalogue of hot topics most important to the electronic music industry.

In support of international music, IMS Ibiza will be detailing the meteoric rise to fame of South African star Black Coffee. The panel Meet team Black Coffee will explore the path, challenges and aspirations of the multi-awarded DJ and his team. Shining a geographical spotlight on the Middle East, IMS Ibiza will take a good look at the breakthrough talent, key opportunities, marketplace and growing appetite for electronic music particularly in UAE, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

IMS Ibiza will also continue to celebrate milestones and achievements. In 2018 these will include the achievements and contributions of world-renowned Barcelona festival Sonar with 25 years of Sonar: Shaping underground culture. Equally impressive, 2018 also marks 25 years of Positiva Records, the pioneering UK label famous for bringing breaking underground tracks to the mainstream. Label A&R directors Jason Ellis, Nick Halkes and Dave Lambert will be leading this panel with a special focus on How the role of the A&R man has evolved during this time.

IMS 2018 will continue to support the future of the industry with IMS Visionaries and IMS Accelerator, which respectively champion the next generation of influencers and start-ups.

The critical focus of health and wellness in the industry also continues, including panels on DJs complaining of real problems? and Sexual harassment in DJ culture with She Said.So, a leading network of women in the industry.

As further evidence of the continued focus on health and wellness in the industry, IMS delegates will benefit from daily yoga and meditation session. Further, for the first time in 2018, a three-day wellness retreat tailored to the dance music community will be taking place before the main IMS summit. Full details of the event will be announced in January.

Mark your calendars, then, as the week leading up to Friday 25 May 2018 promises to be huger than ever, all leading up to the show-stopping grand finale party on the Friday evening, IMS Dalt Vila. Held at the unbelievably photogenic fortified old town Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town, this unique open-air fiesta also marks the unofficial opening of the season here on Ibiza.

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel

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