• Ibiza’s Music Association leader welcomes San José’s Live Music concessions – but they come with a price.
  • Opponents point to the current Cañas’n’Roll fiestas as an example that the regulations remain unworkable.

Ibiza Music Association President Danilo Martínez was in an upbeat mood following San José Town Hall’s U-Turn on regulations governing live music performances.


Earlier in 2018, San Jose introduced draconian measures that effectively regulated live music performances out of existence. The move, which was regarded by many as an effort to curtail the noise of party bars and particularly beach bars, had the effect of catching all live music in its nets.

Following much outrage and protest, the Mayor acknowledged that some events and activities were being prevented that were not in the intention of the regulations. He agreed to work with representatives of Ibiza’s live musicians to find an acceptable compromise.

Plenary Session

It was previously suggested that some changed would be made, and these proposals reversing some of the council’s earlier decisions were passed today.

Speaking after the full council plenary session, Martinez said “It has been perfect because all the groups have supported it, but we will have to see how it develops in case changes have to be made”.

Despite being pleased with the outcome, there regulations that will now be in force are more restrictive than they have been in the past.

Restrictions Removed.

Live outdoor performance.

The key objective of being able to play the summer terrace has been achieved.

Removal of Sound Limiters.

Many would agree that only a non-musician would ever have considered imposing sound limiters. It is not only the actual level of sound that is an issue, but also that, for example, the noise of applause would cut the sound. It makes playing any instrument nigh on impossible. Limiters are gone – but the actual sound limits performers must work to remain the same.

Restrictions Remain.

Hours permitted.

Performances must be between 1pm and 11pm at the latest. Previously performers were allowed until midnight.

Hours duration.

Performances must be of a maximum 2 hours duration. To the best of our knowledge there was no previous stated maximum duration.

Situation Unknown.

DJ Status.

The Mayor’s sympathy was expressed toward traditional musicians and bands. Though it has never been stated directly that DJ/Dance music events are the intended target for restriction, many people would agree it as a reasonable assumption. There is nothing we have seen in the plenary session reports that states whether these new changes in regulations apply only to traditional musicians and bands, or that DJs would be included under the same.

Performance to Performance

The regulation that a performance must be a maximum of 2 hours is an important part of the new regulations. However, there is no indication we have seen as to what gap is required between performances, or even if a venue is allowed to have more than one in a day. This will have an important effect of any ‘party’ event, whether live musicians or DJs, which would typically have several acts on the line up. It also has huge potential effect on the tourism sector in the Hotel terrace or family tourist bar. These venues would typically have a full nightly programme. They may consider 2 hours as better than no hours, but it would still leave them a long way from their previous permissible entertainment.

Unsupported Support

Spanish press headlines and the comments of Martinez talking of universal agreement of the new regulations, do not give a full picture.

The changes were passed by 15 votes to 6. The PP said that though they supported the regulations as being better than the situation they replace, they could not vote in favour as the new regulations remain unworkable and unreasonable.

PP spokesperson Javier Marí said, “We agree and support the modification, but we have abstained because we still think some of its points are impossible to meet”.

Marí said traditional rural pastimes such as hunting should be excluded from the ordinance, and highlighting the practical problems said that even a person watching television on their terrace at home could be found in violation of the regulations.

Mari also pointed to what some see as the hypocrisy of the regulations in the council itself not abiding by their own rules. “Only the other day,” he said, “DJs were playing at a bar during the Cañas’n’Roll fiesta, which did not comply with the regulations.”

Marí said that the government team “had the tools” to develop a good workable policy, but instead they “forbade everything” and have had to turn back following public pressure.