The ground-breaking, much needed return of Swedish House Mafia

They're finally back and bigger than ever.

Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Music Festival 2018
Photo credit: Rukes

Rumors arose as the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week pressed on. Fans around the world were eager to know whether Daft Punk or Swedish House Mafia would close out the 20th anniversary.

Swedish House Mafia’s last set together was at Ultra Music Festival back in 2013 on “Ultranaughts,” which was slated to be their last set together forever.

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Speculations about the Swedish House Mafia reunion came afloat weeks before the festival. Users on Reddit claimed to have “cracked the code” that the iconic trio would make their return. In addition, Don Diablo, Hardwell, and 3LAU mentioned the return, which only added fuel to the rumors.

“Do you know why I think this? I looked at the facts and the deciding factor for me was that Steve Angello, one of the three members of Swedish House Mafia, cancelled his Asia tour out of the blue, suddenly doesn’t have any shows planned, and he is in Miami. For me, this means that it has to happen.” -Hardwell 

David Guetta dominated the main stage just before Swedish House Mafia. After Guetta finished his set, darkness fell on the crowd for 45-minutes as the stage underwent a complete change. The anticipation grew to an all-time high, and the world was all eyes on Miami. Roars from the crowd grew louder and longer.

Swedish House Mafia takeover the mainstage, and the crowd goes insane

As they took the stage, “I am Axwell, I am Sebastian Ingrosso, and I am Steve Angello,” they said. “And Miami, tonight we go by Swedish House Mafia.”

They opened with “Miami 2 Ibiza” and closed with their classic “One” (minus Pharrel). They continued to bring about nostalgia during their set as they dropped “Save The World” and “Greyhound.”

The return of such an iconic, legendary electronic music group has gone down as a monumental date and time in electronic dance music history.

When the trio was asked why they chose this moment: “It was time.”


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