Traditionally the curtain-raiser to the Ibiza summer season, International Music Summit (IMS) is always one of the most prestigious events on the dance music calendar, and this year is no different. With a series of events throughout the week, culminating in the traditional party at Dalt Vila, IMS is going all out to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, and what better way than to celebrate by honoring one of dance music’s true pioneers; Pacha Group founder, Ricardo Urgell.
The IMS Legends Dinner, presented by Smirnoff Sound Collective, will be celebrated on Wednesday 24th May at Pacha Ibiza, celebrating the man whose vision of the double cherry brand was first created 50 years ago. This special award is bestowed upon true pioneers, and with the influence and inspiration that Pacha has generated in the international clubbing and music industry stretching back to 1967, few would deny Urgell this accolade. Previous winners have included Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, and Nile Rodgers. The event will be followed by the official IMS Opening Party at Pacha Ibiza featuring The Black Madonna, Agoria, and Masters At Work.
IMS co-founder Ben Turner said:
“Ibiza is defined by Pacha. It is the venue that seduced myself and all of my IMS partners in some way. Ricardo Urgell is a true maverick, a true conductor of the night and with it one of the most poetic and imaginative creatives in nightlife. The global electronic music scene would be very different today without his influence and the joy his truly global brand has given to millions of people around the world, let alone the careers of many DJ’s who made their name under the roof of the cherry logos.”
Ricardo Urgell himself felt understandably honored by the news, and added:
“With much hard work over five decades I never lost sight of my vision, I have had the pleasure of creating some very special places around the world where several generations of people have been able to enjoy the rhythm of the dancefloor. I cannot be prouder to see how the Pacha Group is recognized worldwide, and my great desire for the 50th anniversary of the brand is that the cherries survive and continue to bring people pleasure.”
— Int'l Music Summit (@IMSibiza) March 16, 2017