Superstar DJ and producer Martin Garrix announced for Isle of MTV

The ninth edition of Isle of MTV will take place at the Granaries in Floriana on July 7, and will close with a set by 18-year-old DJ Martin Garrix.

Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix

MTV and the Malta Tourism Authority have revealed superstar DJ Martin Garrix as the first major name to hit the bill for this year’s Isle of MTV, taking place at the Granaries in Floriana on July 7. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

As one of the world’s youngest DJ’s, 18-year-old Garrix stormed the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2014, smashing into #4 position as a result of sensational break-out dance anthem ‘Animals’ which catapulted him into the spotlight. The song received almost half a billion views on YouTube and topped the charts around the world, earning the platinum status in the US. 

Having collaborated with some of the world’s biggest names including Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell and Afrojack, and dominated the stage at some of the world’s biggest music festivals – including Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra and Belgium’s Tomorrowland – there’s no surprise that Martin Garrix is considered “the fastest rising star in Electronic Dance Music”.

Speaking about the forthcoming appearance, the star commented, “I can’t wait to play Isle of MTV, it’s such an amazing event with some of the best crowds in the world!”

Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, VIMN, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled that Martin Garrix will join us for IOMTV 2015! Malta will never be the same!”

The open-air concert – which attracts a live crowd of more than 50,000 music fans each year - will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast across 20 MTV channels throughout Europe.

Over the nine years that Isle of MTV has been held in Malta, the number of visitors to the island under the age of 24 has increased by 120.9% and now account for 19.9% of all tourists.