IMS Legends Award 2024 honours Elrow & The Arnau Family!

IMS (International Music Summit) Ibiza will recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of the Elrow & The Arnau Family who are today announced as the recipient of the annual IMS Legends Award 2024 as part of this year’s Beatport Awards. 

The Arnau Family will be presented the award by IMS co-founder and BBC Radio 1 broadcaster Pete Tong at the landmark event celebrating excellence in electronic music production and DJ culture that takes on Wednesday, April 24 at House of WOW from 8pm to 2am CET. 

From its humble beginnings as a small café over 140 years ago, the Arnau family empire has grown into the behemoth now known as elrow – the global phenomenon and successful touring experience that has taken the world by storm.

Their parties are renowned for their unique and colorful brand of hedonism that includes an extravagant selection of music, costumes and performance art, bringing the best in electronic music across the globe including its annual residency at Amnesia Ibiza.

Juan Arnau Jr. and Cruz Arnau, are the latest incarnation of six generations of The Arnau Family who have pioneered the dance music scene in Spain with clubs and events like Florida135, Monegros Desert Festival, Row14 and of course elrow.

Starting with Juan Jr. and Cruz Arnau’s great-great-grandfather, Juan Arnau Cabasés, the family is responsible for opening one of their hometown Fraga’s earliest casinos in 1870, its first major cinema in 1943, and the region’s leading discotheque, Florida 135 in 1978.

The Arnau Family join an esteemed list of previous recipients of this award which include: Underworld, Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Space Ibiza founder Pepe Roselló, and Ricardo Urgell founder of Pacha Ibiza and the worldwide Pacha Group.

Juan Arnau Jr. and Cruz Arnau comments:
“Truly thank you from the entire Arnau family and also and above all from our grandmother Pilar, who at 95 years old is extremely excited to receive in our name and from her home, in the middle of the fragatine orchard, this recognition of so many years of passion that all of us have had for the art of making our clients dance. Of course, also thanks to all of them and all the collaborators who, together with the family, of which they are also a part, have helped achieve this award that we humbly receive.”

IMS Partner Ben Turner comments:
“The Arnau family and the El Row brand are true disruptors of global nightlife not just Ibiza. A family legacy that has been promoting underground music and nightlife in Spain for generations, they are one of the true great success stories of our industry and consumer culture. IMS is delighted to honour them for their dedication, innovation and colourful approach to the dancefloor!”

About The Beatport Awards

Returning for the first time since 2011, The Beatport Awards aim to bring credible recognition to the electronic music industry through a combination of Beatport sales data and panel-judged awards. The judges for this year’s award ceremony are: Dan Chalmers (Head of Music EMEA, YouTube), Katie Bain (Director, Billboard Dance), Marcus Barnes (Journalist), Sofia Ilyas (Chief Community Officer, Beatport), and Raphael Pujol (VP, Curation, Beatport).

The 2024 Beatport Awards will honor recipients in the following categories: Best Selling Track of the Year, Best Selling Artist of the Year, Best Selling Label of the Year, Best Selling Remix of the Year, Hype Label of the Year, Social Impact Award, Producer of the Year, Best Live Performer, One To Watch, and the People’s Choice Award. Nominees for the People’s Choice Award will be submitted by the public.

Recognizing outstanding artists from across the globe and genre spectrum, nominees for The 2024 Beatport Awards include Chase & Status, Nia Archives, Barry Can’t Swim, Skrillex, Syreeta, Octave One and many others.

A full list of 2024 winners will be available on April 25, 2024.