Eric Prydz has been booked twice before to play in Perth but never boarded his flights. The promoters of Electric Gardens are counting on the third time being a charm with the Swedish EDM DJ and producer booked to make his long-awaited Perth debut with a three-hour closing set at February’s festival.
It’s been well documented that Prydz’s fear of flying has prevented him tackling big international tours. Fans were excited to see him in 2008 for Summadayze, but Prydz cancelled his Australian tour. He finally landed in Australia in 2014 for the Future Music Festival, but didn’t make it to Perth due to illness.
His visit coincides with the release of his debut album, Opus, a thoroughly “Prydz” release that balances pop and progressive house. The 19-track album’s title track is a slow-building melodic piece that stays true to progressive house roots.
Joining Prydz on the line-up is London duo, Basement Jaxx who will play a high-energy DJ set. As producers of some of the most memorable house anthems of the past 20 years, Basement Jaxx has an innate understanding of how to get – and keep – a crowd dancing.
Elsewhere on the line-up: Tel Aviv-based DJ/producer Guy Mantzur will play the opening set. An artist that doesn’t like to talk pigeonholes, Mantzur musical template draws heavily on techno, progressive house and tech-house.
Electric Gardens Festival is on February 4, 2017 at Red Hill Auditorium (2 Toodyay Road, Red Hill). Tickets are $99 (including booking fee) and available online.