- Opening party. Hi Ibiza.
- Stephen Donovan
Eric Prydz, a man dominating the electronic music scene, has taken up his first ever Ibiza residency and of course it had to be at the island’s’ newest and coolest club, Hi. Fresh from his EPIC 5.0 tour with a sell out show at Victoria Park, London, Prydz is ready to bring his unique style and sound to the white isle.
Securing the Swede as a weekly resident is, in my opinion at least, pure genius from Hi. I think we can all agree Carl Cox was the jewel in Spaces’ crown (sorry to bring Space up AGAIN!) while I see Eric Prydz taking over this role at Hi. Prydz also known by his other aliases Cirez D and Pryda normally doesn’t take on a residency due to his fear of flying, must have gotten an offer to good to refuse.
In a recent interview he mentions ‘ Hi offered us a unique opportunity to go into a new club, with a blank canvas to build something special, and very unique without existing limitations. For my debut Ibiza residency I wanted a platform to do things on my own terms, inviting the artists I want to host, in a space that we are creating’.
Prydz has collected some of the biggest names in house and tech joining him over his 10 week residency will be Agoria, Cristoph, Catz ‘N’ Dogz, Kolsch (DJ set) and very special guest exclusive for only 2 shows in Ibiza this season, Deadmau5. While Prydz will be in charge of The Theatre, Ibiza favourite Andrea Oliva will be taking charge of the Club. The Swiss DJ and producer will bring his saucy mix of tech and house alongside some special guests including Guti (live), David Squillace, waFF, and the UK’s own Pete Tong.
I get to Hi on a warm Tuesday night around 1.30am in extremely high spirits, or Hï spirits, if you fancy a cheap pun. The superclub is already full and there’s a real buzz in the air. Wanted to see what was on show for the night I head to the Theatre first and on the decks is Agoria. The French producer has the room full and the punters dancing.
I head over to the Club to check out the room 2. Andre Oliva is smashing song after song and the ravers are loving it!! At 3am, the man we have all been waiting for emerges behind a screen of smoke and lights. He starts his massive set and the Club erupts.
One hour into his set as if out of nowhere Prydz drops ‘Everything But The Girls’ classic, ‘Missing’ With this old school anthem pumping through The Theatre, the breath taking light show kicks into full effect. The crowd is memorised with his spectacular laser show, dazzling lights and superior visual displays.
Prydz see’s out a 3 hour set and keeps the crowd wanting more and more and more again. The build up to that massive drop seems like an eternity but worth every second, the green laser beams dance, flicker and flash above my head. I died and went to music heaven!!
The venue, the lights, the show, the lasers, the dancers, the sounds, the build ups, the drops, the ice cannon, the music, just everything. Tonight has outshone all the other nights on this incredible island I call home.
Prydz certainly keeps his best for last, in his final hour he plays his remix of Digitalism ‘Circles’, ‘Liberate’, and club classic ‘Pjanno’. Leaving the crowd wanting more Eric finishes his set with ‘Every Day’ and the final people in attendance give an enormous display of appreciation.
These incredible parties will take place at Hi, Ibiza every Tuesday until its closing party on the 22nd of August. Take my word people, this is a night that must be experienced to believe. Thank me later!!