IMS 2013 Dalt Vila Grand Finale Official Aftermovie

7 August 2013

A review in the words of

Day 1

As the evening took over, the IMS focus shifted up to the old town of Dalt Vila, where the first Grand Finale party was already underway up on the battlements. Hot Since 82 took us into twilight, dropping deep house bombs like his own remix of Yousef’s ‘Beg’ and Chaim’s ‘En Milim.’Pete Tong was his usual masterful self, delivering a chunky set which opened with Let’s Jack Vs. Gez Uri (Eats Everything Rebeef), later smoothed out into Justin Martin’s remix of Rachel Row’s ‘Follow the Step’ and eventually slammed out Nile Rodger’s IMS anthem – as fresh as it gets. Man of the moment Fatboy Slim closed out the night with a face-smashing set of degenerate and dirty electro, seasoned throughout with his much loved classics and closed with the incomparable Donna Summers.

There just isn’t any location like Dalt Vila, and one of the coolest things about this gig was the diversity of the crowd, from babies on shoulders in protective earmuffs to antique Ibicencos and everyone in between, dance music was doing what it does best and bringing people together.

Day 2

The grand finale party up at Dalt Vila was the celebration for a few days of good work, patiently sitting through panels and using your head to actually think about things for like three whole days – something I haven’t done since that really complex Lego technics set I got for Christmas in 1996. If you’ve read the review from Day 2 of the IMS, you’ll appreciate how cool the venue is. The views are ridiculous. Look one way and you’ll find some older gentleman with his wife absolutely having it, look the other and you have a view over the entire Ibiza Town marina, right up to Amnesia. To best appreciate the view though, take a quick wander up to the top of the old town by the church, and as the sun sets you have one of those ‘Ibiza moments.’ 

The lineup from the Grand Finale was clearly more underground than the previous nights. Scuba, Tensnake, Maya Jane Coles, Solomun and Sven Vath completed what you might consider to be a lineup worthy of the tag – ‘epic.’ Everything built up over the course of the night, being taken down in tempo only for the time Solomun was on the decks. His 80s fueled selection of grooves ensured the typical dance was change from the techno-two-stomp to slightly camp and smily bouncing around style. Sven was the absolute master though, forcing me to put the camera away, fight my way to the front, and bounce around like a mad man. ‘Pig & Dan’s ‘Savage’ and ‘Jellied Eels’ by Marco Effe were stand out tracks from the set, but really only a small insight into what was the best end to an IMS I’ve  experienced yet.