Defected recently announced its return to Ibiza with a weekend of activity to kick off the summer in partnership with IMS this April, as the island prepares for the first full season of clubbing in three years. Hosting parties at Eden, Dalt Vila, Octan and Amnesia during the three days, the London-based label will deliver its brand of events and acts to those attending the reopening of the White Isle.
The first label to collaborate with IMS for the Dalt Vila event, which has been in the calendar for the dance music industry since the summit was launched in 2007, this April’s activity aims to position the label as an industry leader. With IMS annually bringing together artists, labels and figures from the dance music world to help implement progressive change in the industry, this year’s event marks the opening of the longest ever Ibiza season on record, with Defected set to host 23-weeks of parties at its San Antonio home of Eden.
Simon Dunmore: “To host an event at the iconic Dalt Vila is an incredible way to return to Ibiza. The White Isle has been our summer sanctuary for two decades and we have missed our spiritual home. To plant our flag back on Balearic soil by curating parties as part of the IMS and hosting a whole weekend of events across the Island after the two-year hiatus is incredibly exciting.”
Kicking the weekend off with the Defected Ibiza opening at Eden in San Antonio, launching a long hot summer of house music at the newly renovated venue will be Darius Syrossian, Simon Dunmore, Riva Starr, Low Steppa, Hannah Wants, plus more artists to be announced.
The all-day affair at Dalt Vila follows on the Saturday, where the label will deliver a line-up including Honey Dijon, Bob Sinclar, Dennis Ferrer, Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega and Simon Dunmore.
With the Ibiza Town backdrop adding an extra dose of magic to the event, the takeover will be one of the very few parties to take place at the historic location. With Classic Music Company on after-party duties, Luke Solomon’s imprint will take over Playa D’En Bossa venue Octan with Derrick Carter, Dan Shake, Natasha Diggs, Sophie Lloyd, Melvo Baptiste, Melon Bomb plus more TBA.
To see out the weekend, the label will then head to Amnesia for the final night of the takeover. The line-up features Melé, the Dunmore Brothers, Ferreck Dawn, the Mambo Brothers, with more names to be announced.