The illustrious Eric Prydz commands another event that will prove to be a 2020 highlight—his debut at the hallowed Printworks for his only London show of 2020. Prydz’ technical precision and stunning visuals have club goers from far and wide flocking to lay eyes on the spectacle. This year, he sold-out the 15,000 capacity Steel Yard on Finsbury Park in record time, so this show at the newly popular Printworks should be no different.
Printworks opened its doors in 2017, and quickly became one of London’s most respected venues with unforgettable performances from Aphex Twin, Gorgon City, deadmau5, Chase & Status, Pendulum, and many more. Now, it’s Prydz turn to light up the stage for his only stop in London for the year.
Breakout Ukranian duo ARTBAT will join the Holosphere creator for support. Sign up for first access to tickets here. Pre-sale tickets are available Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. and general sale begins that same day at 4:00 p.m.
Fans of Eric Prydz will recognize his single “Lillo,” but not everyone knows the story behind the song. Superfan James Lillo was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the tail-end of 2016, and his final wish was to see one last performance by his idol. Prydz had planned on flying Lillo out for a private performance, but Lillo’s health took a turn for the worse. He died before he was able to see Prydz perform.
Prydz was devastated when he heard the news, so he put together two concerts in order to celebrate Lillo’s life as well as raise money for the Cancer Research Institute.
The producer went on to create “Lillo,” and he spoke on the release saying, “in the days leading up to these events that we did for James, I locked myself in the studio to write a lot of new music. This track that I’m going to play to you now is a track that I’ve dedicated to James Lillo. It was really nice to see that so many of you guys who were there when I played this track understood what this track was.”
Lillo’s family have since Prydz with a piece of stone that carries Lillo’s ashes inside, hoping he might take Lillo with him around the world. In particular, Lillo had a dream to one day make it to Australia. Prydz announced that he’s fulling honoring that wish, taking to Twitter to confirm that he will be honoring the family’s request.
Eric Prydz seems to have an endless supply of unreleased material in his sonic arsenal, and one of his latest ventures further proves it. The 25th episode of EPIC Radio made its debut live on Apple Music on Oct. 11. It’s the first time the show has been broadcast in more than a year, and fans were eager to soak up a number of new IDs.
Just as summer has come to an end, so has the 15th anniversary celebration of Eric Prydz‘ progressive-leaning Pryda moniker with the third and final installment of Pryda 15. The series charts his evolution under the alter ego across the past decade-and-a-half, and sees the Swedish pioneer unearthing some particularly ought out pieces from his archives for the occasion. Of course, he’s fashioned newer works for the project as well.
Pryda 15 Vol. III is essentially a dancefloor album; it clocks in at 13 tracks total. Longtime fans of the artist will immediately note some particularly sought after IDs, including “Exchange Finale,” “Bus 605,” and the much-adored “Terminal 5.” These three, along with the remaining 10 tracks comprising this behemoth record, culminate into yet another opus for Prydz, a clear master of timeless production and expert sound design. Not only are these pieces fit for the dancefloor, but they’re each a journey in themselves, taking listeners through rich, sentimental soundscapes that ultimately lead into a meditative state. Having released so many gems over these past months, it’s safe to say the producer has left us with just enough to satiate cravings until Pryda 20 arrives.
Just days after hinting at bringing his storied HOLO show to New York, Eric Prydz has confirmed two performances before the clock runs out on 2019.
HOLO will land in The Bronx on Dec. 27 and 28 at the New York Expo Center. Fans will have a chance to experience his mind-bending visuals and otherworldly sonic exploration at the 60,000-square-foot venue for two nights only—HOLO’s first and only US landing.
These two Prydz performances are likely to go down in history, as a press release notes that they will “feature greater production levels than any previous Prydz US show.”
Pre-sale sign-ups are available now here. The pre-sale will take place at 10 a.m. EST Sept. 10, with codes sent an hour prior. This format is designed to help fans purchase tickets directly for the show and prevent scalpers moving tickets into the secondary market.
Learn more on the website and view the preview video for New York below.
Just days after taking over Electric Zoo for three consecutive days of Labor Day Weekend mayhem, Prydz has announced he will be returning to New York for his first-ever HOLO show in the city. The progressive visionary played two nights of the NYC festival, including performances at both his Pryda Arena stage as well as an official afterparty before unveiling a teaser of HOLO New York on September 3.
Prydz has received warranted praise for his dedication to developing and incorporating boundary-pushing live production in his shows — spawning six iterations of hisEPIC show. The Swedish DJ debuted his HOLO technology in 2018 to encompass hologram visuals into a new expansive light setup. Prydz previously brought EPIC 3.0 to Madison Square Garden in September 2014.
Prydz has yet to share dates and details surrounding tickets for the NYC HOLO show.
Although it only saw one performance at the first weekend of Tomorrowland, Eric Prydz‘s EPIC 6.0 holosphere was simply unreal. EPIC stands for “Eric Prydz In Concert,” and that’s exactly what that performance was: a concert.
A club night is not a concert. A DJ set on a giant stage is not a concert. A concert is equally visual and aural in that the audience’s eyes and ears should remain fixed on the stage out of a resolute and irrational fear of missing but a moment. With Prydz and his DJ equipment inside the sphere, almost completely out of sight, fans who were lucky enough to be in that one crowd received a performance that was purely audio-visual.
Unfortunately, part of the Freedom stage, which housed the sphere at Tomorrowland, sank after the first weekend, and the organizers were unable to reconstruct the stage in time for the following weekend. As such, the second holosphere run was cancelled.
Luckily for the rest of Prydz’ global fanbase, The Verge was able to take a behind-the-scenes look into the holosphere from conception to production. In the video below that is just shy of eight minutes, The Verge interviews the visual designers, the architects, the technicians, and of course, Prydz himself.
Eric Prydz‘s ornate sonic catalog has long rested on the pinnacle of the progressive house hierarchy. A master of iconoclastic live visuals and multifaceted aural approaches, Prydz has developed a number of aliases over the years, through which he can categorize his kaleidoscope of varying sound designs: namely Eric Prydz, Cirez D, and Pryda.
Pryda has stood for years, 15, in fact, as a vessel through which Prydz has funneled his more club-centric dance-scapes. The Pryda project has endured as something of a litmus test for Prydz fans, the midway point between the more accessible Eric Prydz cuts, and the exceedingly shadowy and tech-fueled Cirez D tracks. To mark the anniversary, he’s begun rolling out a three-part EP series, chock-full of anthemic progressive offerings, both brand new songs and longtime IDs from his performances, the latter of which die-hard fans have no doubt been hungrily tracking.
The eight-part second arm of the series is as forceful as it is mellifluous, from the swirling keys on “The Drive” to the vapory crests of “The Riddle.” Rousing builds run abound; and the result offers nothing short of dancefloor transcendence. Prydz has yet to share an official release date for the third and final installment.
Eric Prydz brought his most technologically advanced live production to date with him to Tomorrowland this year, debuting the Holosphere concept during the festival’s first weekend. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Swedish electronic deity was also honored at Tomorrowland with a technologically stripped performance of one of the most recognizable tracks in his sprawling catalog, “Opus.”
Tomorrowland’s orchestra performed their re-envisioning of Prydz’ 2016 masterwork, highlighting the versatility of the song’s indisputable impact. Considering Prydz had to scrap the Holosphere performance for the festival’s second weekend, this special orchestral homage certainly makes up for a portion of those disappointing technical issues. See the Tomorrowland orchestra perform “Opus” below.
This past weekend July 19-21, Eric Prydz took over Tomorrowland‘s Freedom Stage for one of the most anticipated performances of the year — EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE. The visionary and renowned Swedish producer has masterminded his EPIC shows since 2011, with the intent on merging boundary-pushing technology with music in order to execute a mind-blowing live show. When Prydz shared the impending debut of his latest innovation EPIC 6.0, he claimed it was his most technologically advanced production to date. Racking in over two years of development, EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE officially debuted at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 on Friday night.
The latest iteration of the HOLO production employs a multi-story sphere, millions of LEDs, and dozens of panels to create its breathtaking holographic visuals. The entirety of EPIC 6.0 production is done live, with Prydz reading the crowd through cameras and the tech team following suit to coordinate with his mixing. Equipped with transformative intergalactic space themes and fitting track selections from his exhaustive archive of Eric Prydz, Pryda and Cirez D aliases, Prydz once again reigns in his title as the king of audiovisual storytelling.