'Never before have I sung, laughed and bounced around in such a stunning location.'
Hello! Katie P here - frontlady for the all-new Trident Perpetual Festival experience. Over the course of the next eight months, I'll be heading to 30 different music events - one a week - and reporting back on my adventures through blogs, photos and video interviews from all over the world.
Last week I set off on the first of my global treks to Ibiza for the industry-famed IMS. I was joined - as I will be each week - by two competition winners, who got their mitts on tickets through a random draw on the Trident Gum website. Kyle and Aaron from Burnley came along with me for the adventure, and we had five days in the sunshine soaking up the fun-fuelled atmosphere of the party island.
Our first three days were spent at the IMS - which is an International Music Summit bringing together the best minds, ideas and developments from the world of electronic music and DJing. Housed in the stunning five-star Gran Hotel in Ibiza (a short walk from the famed Ibiza Town port) a bespoke conference room hosted the full-day lectures, which ranged from tech-specific equipment demonstrations to debates on the future of social networking. We saw interviews with David Guetta, Pete Tong and Mark Ronson among others, and made a whole load of new friends and international buddies.
In the evenings we sampled the musical-highlights of the island, including clubbing at Pacha and bar-nattering at Grial, culminating in the incredible Ibiza IMS Grand Finale Festival hosted at the top of a fort over-looking the sea. There were DJ performances from Skream, Pete Tong, Mark Ronson and Sasha - with 2,000 people dancing united to the tunes as the sun set over the island. Never before have I sung, laughed and bounced around in such a stunning location. I'd heard plenty of mad things about Ibiza before going there, but now I am completely converted. I'll be heading back there later in the year for the closing parties - so keep checking the site for your chance to win and come with me! We'll have a blast!
For Katie's full blog, photos and videos from the Perpetual Festival, see www.tridentgum.co.uk