Want the ambiance of Ibiza without the expense that a trip to the White Isle would entail? Apple Music figured as much, and has accordingly unveiled an exclusive new series of Ibiza themed playlists designed to evoke Balearic bliss, no matter the listener’s location. A myriad of musical curators came together to craft the playlists: streamers will find options from Anjunabeats, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza, and more.
Apple Music describes its newly launched Ibiza playlist category as “a celebration of Ibiza and its role in bringing dance music to the masses.” Now, the platform plays a distributive role akin to the island itself, as Apple Music too brings dance music tailored with Balearic flair to millions of users via the debut of its newest playlist series. Peruse the Ibiza playlist section, here.
David Guetta is apparently a sonic aphrodisiac to some. During a pool party gig at Ibiza superclub Ushuaïa, clubbers merely had to look up to spot a couple getting it on on an overlooking hotel balcony. Witnesses described a string of various sex acts performed in the open air and broad daylight, “without a care in the world.” Some of what appears to be a round of fellatio was caught on camera, while a cheeky bystander hoped “they practised safe sax on his woodwind instrument.”
Ushuaïa hosts daily pool parties in addition to their night programming, touting their ranking of “the #1 open air club” on the island. David Guetta currently has a residency at the day club each Monday of the season.
Marco Carola paid a brief visit to an Ibiza court on May 22 to deny recent accusations made against him by Amnesia Ibiza and It’s All About The Music SL of contract breach. The drama surfaced about a week prior to his meeting with judges, when the two entities joined in suing him for setting a residency up at rival club Pacha. His current contracts with the superclub and the promoter forbid him from performing anywhere else on the island aside from Amnesia, and had been backed by court orders earlier.
This case is particularly problematic, because Carola has over two dozen shows planned on the island throughout the season. Each time he plays outside his contractual confines, he risks fines upwards of €2.4 million. It’s All About The Music requested full seizure of Carola’s assets while the case goes to court, but the defendant’s lawyers have been able to block the motion thus far on account of him not qualifying for such drastic measures. At the low end of the monestary spectrum, should Marco lose the case, he’d owe at least €6.6 million in damages to both Amnesia and It’s All About The Music.
Both the plaintiffs and defendants have either denied or not returned media requests for further comment.
The International Music Summit events are among the most important events on the annual dance music circuit, largely thanks to top-notch programming. At this year’s IMS Ibiza event in May, Avicii‘s father, Klas Bergling will be a featured speaker, addressing mental health’s correlation with the music industry—an intersection Bergling is tragically all too familiar with.
Since his son’s passing last April at the age of 28, Bergling and the rest of Avicii’s family have dedicated themselves to honoring Avicii’s legacy, launching the Tim Bergling Foundation, which is focused on suicide prevention and raising awareness about the importance of mental health. This year, Bergling will speak at IMS about the mental health stigmas still plaguing the industry, and what the Foundation is doing to combat the growing issue. IMS Ibiza takes place May 22 – 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, and a posthumous Avicii LP is set for delivery in June.
Adding to the newly reinstated trio’s seemingly interminable series of new announcements, Swedish House Mafia have confirmed they will be playing a single show in Ibiza this summer.
The electronic super group took to Twitter to announce they will be taking their fiercely sought-after talents to the White Isle’s Ushuaïa nightclub on July 26. The lustrous Spanish Palladium property has hosted a prolific number of additional high-profile acts in its semi-short history, including Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, and David Guetta.
The headlines are certainly rife with Swedish House Mafia news lately. Most recently, the group confirmed they enlisted Alexander Wessely to erect a multimedia photo and film exhibit in Stockholm’s Fotografiska museum, dedicated to the iconic act’s legacy. The exhibit will run alongside the group’s series of forthcoming Stockholm dates.
Friday nights at Ushuaïa Ibiza now belong to Calvin Harris. One of the most iconic names in the electronic game, Harris will kick off his 2019 residency at the Balearic hot spot on August 2. From there, Harris will take the decks of Ushuaïa Ibiza each consecutive Friday evening, until his residency finale on September 6.
The technical team that routinely brings about Ushuaïa Ibiza’s masterful live production, from glittering pyrotechnic displays to striking lighting and visual synchronicity, will man the production of each Harris date for the rest of the summer. Tickets to the “Giant” producer’s summer residency at the open-air club are available, here.
Swedish House Mafia continues to keep the world on its toes. Whether the trio are teasing new music or hinting at potential performance locations, there is never a lack of speculation when it comes to the group’s impending activities in 2019. The latest confirmation from the Mafia is a confirmed return to Ibiza this summer. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello took to Instagram to confirm this, posting, 26.7.19 on their stories.
This confirmation comes the week after their creative director, Alexander Wessely, sparked rumors about their impending return to the island after he posted a story searching for flights from Stockholm to Ibiza. It is currently unknown whether the trio’s Ibiza performance will be a single performance or the onset of a residency.
There is additional speculation that the group will be performing at Ultra Europe after posters scattered Split, and Tomorrowland currently has a hole in its weekend two Sunday lineup, leading many to believe they will be closing the second weekend of the festival as well.
Now in its 12th year, International Music Summit (IMS), the leading thought leadership platform for electronic music, has announced its partnership with SheSaid.So, a global network of women in the music industry. This year’s event, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza May 22-24, will be presented and co-curated by SheSaid.So. All members interested in attending IMS for the first time will be entitled to a 50 percent discount.
In an effort to target gender stereotypes and inclusivity, among other core values like collaboration and creativity, the two powerhouses are on the cusp of making their mark on the music industry in ways that have yet to be achieved. Together, they will not only help define IMS and what the organization truly stands for, but also empower more women to hold opinions, participate and help mold the electronic music industry.
“We are excited to renew our partnership with IMS this year as a programming co-host,” says Andreea Magdalina, SheSaid.So founder. “This gives us a greater opportunity to create more visibility for women and other marginalized communities in electronic music and beyond at one of the most forward-thinking music conferences in the business. Our relationship with Ben Turner and IMS exemplifies the SheSaid.So collaborative ethos — to constructively work together to address the gender gap where necessary and propose solutions for the industry to adopt further. IMS has positioned itself at the forefront of innovation in electronic music and we are thrilled to augment the experience with our programming ideas.”
Toolroom Records is taking a summer-long family vacation, June 2 to September 22, to Ibiza for a season-wide residency at one of the island’s landmark locales, Eden.
Throughout the 17-week, Sunday-night commission, Toolroom will assemble its top-tier talent, as well as an abundance of fresh-on-the-scene label additions. For years, Eden has been nothing short of a wall-to-wall dance music destination in the White Isle, hosting prestigious residencies with Disclosure, Dubfire, Pete Tong, and even Lady Gaga. The multi-level club also just received top-to-bottom refurbishment as a product of its new ownership.
“Eden is a clubbers venue with an impeccable sound system,” says label head, Mark Knight. “It’s all about the music and people coming together in perfect harmony, which was the original essence of Ibiza, so to be back with them on the White Isle will really be something special.”
The Mark Knight-headed Toolroom celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018. In that time they’ve released hundreds of records, conducted multiple world tours, and continued to readily adapt to the fiercely fluctuating industry climate. It’s only fitting that soon they will return to one of the most culturally impactful dance music havens on Earth.
Ibiza mainstay Amnesia has received another slap on the wrist from island authorities. No stranger to having charges slapped upon it, the superclub found itself in hot water with the San Antonio counsel this time around due to illegal renovations that allowed it to fit more people inside and thus break fire safety code. In particular, they’d expanded their upper dancefloor space without proper permission.
They weren’t the only culprit; fellow island institution Privilege also got caught for similar adjustments to their architecture. The club had been discovered as opening up small spaces not meant for use in order to expand their capacity by 500 people, in addition to obstructing a few of their emergency exits. Both clubs have been slapped with fines totaling €55,000 and license suspension until they revert their renovations back to code. Luckily, this saga unfolded with plenty of off-season times to meet the requirements before they reopen.