On a night fuelled by great vibes and high emotions, this year’s ceremony undoubtedly supplied the most memorable DJ Awards to date. Warming up for its debut edition at the party capital’s latest nightlife addition, Henry Saiz live band kept an audience of music industry profiles entertained ahead of the evening’s proceedings.
Presenters Des Paul and Lucy Horobin then hosted the award ceremony by presenting some of electronic music’s biggest names with category prizes as voted for by the music fans along with special industry awards as selected by industry professionals.
Arguably one of the most popular industry awards was Ibiza DJ. Surrounded by excitement and anticipation, Graham Sahara celebrated his 20th year milestone on the island with this award alongside Paul Reynolds, a name who has been progressively creating splashes on the scene over the past decade.
In addition to this on the night, Record Label of the Year was gifted to Drumcode which was collected by imprint chief Adam Beyer. Dutch delight Hardwell scooped both Big Room House and International DJ whilst Pure Carl Cox conquered the Ibiza Music Event category. The king of dance music was also rewarded with the Techno award.
Elsewhere, Marshall Jefferson took Electronic Music Pioneer, Richie Hawtin won Electronic Live Performer, Ibiza Night was picked up by Elrow Ibiza, Camelphat and Elderbrook secured Track of the Season with ‘Cola’, Romania stole the Dance Nation spotlight, as collected by countrymen GruuvElement.
Rising star Bontan was gifted Newcomer whilst Solardo secured Breakthrough. Armin van Buuren showcased his dominance in Trance with his 10th consecutive victory whilst Luciano lifted the award for Tech House.
Eco Award, a new introduction to this year’s ceremony equipped with the purpose of promoting projects to improve the environment through electronic music. This was collected by Oceanic Global. Dimensions Festival in Croatia scooped International Music Festival whilst a very special 20th Anniversary Award was gifted to a Godfather of the original Balearic sound, DJ Alfredo, as presented to by DJ Awards founder, Jose Pascual.
Adrenaline levels then accelerated even higher for the official after-party as Luciano, Solardo, Agoria and Nic Fanciulli all played the soundtrack for that entire night.