Though it took until the week of to sell out, expectations ran alarmingly high for Eric Prydz’ return to New York City. On the day of the show, nearly every dance music enthusiast without tickets was clamoring for a last minute chance to see the one and only Pryda.
While there was no shortage of hype for the show, there was a shortage of space at the venue, Beekman Beach Club, which filled up quickly and felt at or near-capacity by midnight. If you did your homework, this wouldn’t have been a surprise; Beekman has had its fair share of misfortunes this summer. Unfortunately for excited Pryda fans in New York City, the night did not exactly go according to plan.
If you are anything like me, you got into dance music because you had an insatiable need to discover and explore. The countless genres, nearly limitless in their number and complexity, drew you in and kept you captivated. Remixes of remixes, rerubs, bootlegs and mash-ups always left you wanting more. But then, as your knowledge developed, so did your tastes, and as the glow of the honeymoon faded so did your interest.
You got bored. It’s fine, it’s totally natural, it happens to the best of us. We already spoke at great length about the “mainstream” and how banal it has become but we never addressed what you can do to satisfy your itch for creativity and originality. Exploring the Underground is our look at whats happening outside of the mainstage. I’m moving out of the big rooms and big clubs, and into the warehouses – where the music is all that matters and the word “predictable” doesn’t apply.
It’s been exactly five years since Swedish house producer Eric Prydz graced the decks of Pacha NYC. This summer he embarks on a North American tour with Identity Festival, stopping to play some special shows across the country as well. On July 28th, the same venue that brought you Knife Party will host the musical guises of Eric Prydz. Beekman Beach Club will provide for an intimate and authentic Pryda set; dedicated fans can skip the Identity charade and enjoy music from Eric Prydz on the NYC waterfront.
Should you be interested in doing a Pryda double header (like most of the DA staff), we’re told that Beekman’s doors will open at 10PM, providing enough time for people to make it to both. We encourage you not to sleep on these tickets when they go on sale Friday at Noon EST. An appearance by this longstanding legend is a rare one, and a double-header is even more unheard of.
There was nothing ordinary about New York City’s first Sunday of June. The early hours of the day saw stagnant downpours of rain, rare sunshine, alluring rainbows, and a lurking storm. These were no causalities of Mother Nature, but rather a sign of what was to come: Knife Party was en route to the big apple to play an intimate show at South Street Seaport. For the first time since releasing the increasingly popularRage Valley EP, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen set their sights on NYC destruction – and destroy it they did.
Hot on the heels of the East coast’s first Electric Daisy Carnival, New Yorkers are already whispering about events like Identity Festival and Electric Zoo. However, DA would like to make it clear that there is still tons of partying to be had this summer and the list of events will congest the calendars of even the most dedicated ravers. Starting things off right, June will be a huge month for partying in the New York area – DJs from various genres will be playing at a wide range of venues that should be able to satisfy every kind of EDM fan. Making the right selections and understanding how to spend your valuable time (not to mention your hard-earned cash) is the key to having the superior summer.