When Space closed their legendary doors in 2016, many clubbers were worried for the future of dance music on the Balearic Island. Almost two years on, and Hï Ibiza has proved to be the refreshing and unique new venue that the white isle was so desperately craving. Incredibly futuristic, clad with mind-blowing Las Vegas style lighting and pyrotechnics, never have the club’s special effects been pushed to the limit more, than during the residency of Eric Prydz. Having garnered a reputation as one of dance music’s true pioneers, the Swede has mesmerised crowds in recent times with his stunning visual shows, including 2017’s Epic 5.0 at the Victoria Park Steel Yard, and 2018’s HOLO show at Creamfields.
Having blitzed the Playa d’en Bossa venue last year, Eric was invited back this season for an extended residency, and this time, decided to bring some very special guests along. Kicking off the evening with the deliciously deep beats of Newcastle’s progressive master, Cristoph, the Geordie displayed many elements of those brooding Pryda sounds with his opening set, before GRAMMY nominated duo CamelPhat oversaw a gaggle of ravers sipping the Coca-Cola, in the Panic Room of Hï’s main club theatre.
A true road-block event, few Ibiza clubs can boast the jam-packed level of attendees that a night with Sweden’s finest boasts, and closing the night with a monstrous 3am-6am set, Eric strode onto stage, his signature backpack tied to his spine, as a huge cheer greeted the producer who once made an original 4-pronged Swedish House Mafia line-up. Snapback facing backwards, and stubble across his face, Prydz delivered an irresistible edit of his classic ‘Everyday’ for his opener, before launching into an opening hour of deep tech sounds from his Cirez D alias.
What remains clear, is that Eric Prydz has not just redefined dance music, but redefined the clubbing experience altogether. Where ravers used to eagerly anticipate huge drops, fans now receive their buzz from appreciating the lines of art and music that Eric’s craft has blurred. Huge progressive blends which seamlessly transition into 9 minute versions are now considered the peak of modern dance music, and in the form of Prydz, Ibiza has found a residency which will continue to sell-out for many generations to come. There can surely be few producers in the world right now who can boast a more impressive repertoire than the Swede, and with Hï Ibiza’s mind-boggling visuals playing home to the progressive maestro, it seems as though Eric has found a permanent Balearic home.