DJ pay-to-play controversy at Ibiza festival sparks industry outcry

The events industry is constantly reinventing itself, delivering increasingly sought-after experiences in a highly competitive market, often leading to DJ pay-to-play controversy at Ibiza and beyond. For artists, this means juggling multiple tasks: producing their own music and investing heavily in social media to gain recognition and secure coveted spots on festival line-ups.


Recently, a purported email from an Ibiza festival went viral, highlighting a DJ pay-to-play controversy at Ibiza. The email alleged that DJs were being charged a fee of €5,000 to perform at the event. “The price to play at the festival is €5,000. This includes the time slot and all promotion before, during, and after the festival across all our media platforms and international press coverage,” the email stated.


The image was initially shared by British DJ, producer, and music educator Arnaud Le Texier, who claimed to have received the screenshot from one of his students. “To be honest, this scene is done… I am really tired of all the clowns out there! If artists need to pay to play, then sorry, but you are idiots! Honestly, it is getting worse and worse,” Le Texier posted on his Facebook page.


The DJ pay-to-play controversy at Ibiza has sparked significant discussion within the industry. The Ibiza Global Festival, held since 2022 on Ibiza’s beach, has hosted artists like Roger Sanchez, Nic Fanciulli, and Amémé. The event’s organizer, Ibiza Global Radio, has yet to comment on the situation. The festival remains scheduled for August 9 and 10.


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