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Tour-shy DJ Eric Prydz lands trio of local summer gigs

Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz

If you were at Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend, you probably heard a DJ or two drop a remix of M83’s monster hit “Midnight City” – and chances are, that remix was produced by Swedish progressive/electro house producer and spinner Eric Prydz. He’s a huge name in the electronic music world, someone who has famously remixed some massive tunes — like that once-ubiquitous rerub of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” and the Steve Winwood-sampled “Call on Me.” And his live performances have a reputation for being some of the most visually exciting house DJ shows in the world. But his presence hasn’t felt here in Las Vegas since 2008, where he reportedly played “Godskitchen” at Body English, back when that venue was a nightclub.

That changes next month, as the London-based DJ — who has in the past been adverse to touring in the U.S. due to his fear of flying — uses his headliner stint on the traveling Identity Festival as an excuse to work in a trio of Vegas dates: July 4 at Surrender, July 14 at Encore Beach Club and Aug. 13 at XS. Looking at the venues, one might surmise he’s signed a residency with the Wynn people, as most of their regulars circulate between those venues (and sometimes Tryst, too). But reps for the Wynn venues tell us they’re just one-offs during his tour. We’ll take what we can get — it’s time to intersperse more touring headliners and non-residents into the Vegas nightlife calendar, and Prydz is a great start.