Last June, Eric Prydz debuted his newest live show, Holosphere. The revered Swedish producer and his team spent two years developing the audiovisual spectacle. Prydz performed with it one time.
After debuting Holosphere at the first weekend of Tomorrowland 2019 — where it dazzled the audience to the extent that they could not cheer or dance but only stare with mouths agape in wonder — the show did not happen again during the festival’s second weekend. This was due to technical issues related to the size of the Holosphere structure (it was 26 feet wide and weighed five tons) and structural issues with the roof of the stage.
“We were absolutely devastated, especially as it was a situation beyond our control, but safety is always paramount,” said Prydz’s manager Michael Sershall in a statement to The Verge last year.
And while Prydz’s plans to bring the Holosphere back to Tomorrowland in 2020 and also do the show in the UK at Creamfields 2020 were dashed due to COVID-19, today (June 16), he announced that he’s bringing Holosphere to the 2021 incarnations of both of these dance world mega-fests. See this announcement — including the Holosphere’s truly dazzling visuals set to Prydz’s 2015 hit “Opus” — below.
The news is a ray of light in a dance festival space that, aside from myriad livestreams, is currently on pause due to COVID-19. The Holosphere is part of Prydz’s EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) series, which for the last decade has delivered massive and technically cutting-edge limited run performances for audiences in North America and Europe.
“Ever since we started doing EPIC,” Prydz told The Verge, “our goal has always been to try and blow people away, but in a way that they haven’t been blown away before at an electronic dance music event … New technology will become available and we will figure out a way to incorporate that, and we will be able to do something that we haven’t been able to do before.”