It’s been quite a journey from those early days of the IMS back in 2008 when it was held at Atzaro in the North. In the meantime it’s gone through a couple of venue changes, Palladium in Santa Eulalia and the past few years at the Gran Hotel in Ibiza Town.
This year they are moving base to the new Hard Rock Hotel which opens May 18th 2014 in Playa den Bossa, next to Ushuaia Towers.
It may seem a surprising move given the name of the new hotel but with the background alliance between Ushuaia, Hard Rock Hotel and the Palladium Hotel group it shouldnt actually be that surprising – indeed it makes absolutely complete sense to have a music conference in what is billed to be a “music hotel”.
International Music Summit, one of the world’s most important and influential music industry gatherings, is moving to a new home for its seventh annual conference and taking electronic music delegates and industry executives to Ibiza’s hotly anticipated newcomer, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
The summit, which has earned a reputation as ‘the TED of music conferences’, will bring together the genre’s most important and influential decision makers. Leading thinkers, futurists, trailblazers, artists, global brands and technology pioneers will debate, announce and explain new initiatives and strategies.
Alongside the deep thinking seminars, the most creative minds in music will unveil new music, strategies, apps and even create the summit’s own anthem while some of the newest breakthrough artists will be showcased. The event will also host the IMS Legends Dinner, in honour of a leading artist who has shaped the genre continually.
IMS partner Ben Turner states:
IMS was created so people can debate and be inspired about the future of a technology-driven genre of music, so inevitably our host venue needs to move with the times also.
This is a major opportunity for us to create a new home as we expand with the genre and with the ambitions of our delegates. We are impressed with the work of the Hard Rock group and feel we are in good hands. The irony of the history and name of the hotel is not lost on us – this is a true reflection of how our music is seeping into mainstream culture worldwide and continuing to break down barriers of entry.
Corporate Director of sales and marketing at Palladium Hotel Group, behind Hard Rock Hotel, Juan Jose Calvo says:
We are delighted that the International Music Summit Ibiza has decided to celebrate its annual event at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
With music being one of the most important aspects of our new hotel, there is a natural compatibility between IMS and Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
The new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will comprise of two buildings joined by a completely re-modelled lobby and a multifunctional space that will include a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Staying true to its musical heritage, the hotel will also feature live music performances by internationally renowned groups, complementing the Ibiza scene, a place of pilgrimage for international artists.
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