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October 15, 2021
October 15, 2021
Swedish House Mafia holds a special place in our hearts. Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso came together to officially form Swedish House Mafia in 2008, but it wasn’t until 2010 that they released their first song, “One.” The song was an international hit and further popularized progressive house. The group was unstoppable with some of the most iconic electronic tracks of the 2010’s such as “Greyhound”, “Antidote” featuring Knife Party, and “Miami 2 Ibiza” featuring Tinie Tempah. “Don’t You Worry Child” changed electronic music forever and was the first of many commercially successful progressive house anthems. Today, the song has over 600 million views on Youtube and is still played on radio stations across the world. “Don’t You Worry Child” was the beginning of a new age for electronic music.
On June 24, 2012, four months before “Don’t You Worry Child” was released, Swedish House Mafia announced that they were breaking up and that a final world tour would mark the end of the beloved group. Their final show at Ultra Music Festival in 2013 remains one of the most powerful sets you will ever see with the entire audience singing along to “Save the World” and “Don’t You Worry Child.” It was a tragic goodbye to a band that had such significant meaning for electronic music fans around the world. After their last show, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso focused on their solo careers and we thought that we had heard the last of Swedish House Mafia.
Five years later, only 24 hours before Ultra Music Festival, fans received notice that Swedish House Mafia would be performing at the festival once again. It was entirely unexpected but well-received. At one point, Axwell shouted out to the crowd, “It’s Swedish House Mafia for life this time,” giving the fans hope for a possible reunion. In August 2018, Steve Angello confirmed the reunion and explained that Swedish House Mafia will be returning in 2019 with a reunion tour.
On May 2, 2019, Swedish House Mafia began the highly anticipated Save the World Tour in Stockholm. They surprised fans with teasers of four new unnamed tracks. Of the four teased tracks, one, which is rumored to be called “Underneath It All,” blew fans away and has the potential to repopularize progressive house. The song sounds distinctly Swedish House Mafia with catchy melodies, beautiful vocals, and a drop that incorporates early 2010’s EDM with the EDM of today. The three other tracks teased only lasted a few moments and are hard to hear simply because the quality of most videos taken. The introduction to the set seems to be a new track from Swedish House Mafia and has a very ominous, dark techno aesthetic. While this is not confirmed to be a future release, the idea behind the song has potential and I know I would personally love to see a darker side of Swedish House Mafia’s music.
While we haven’t been given much information on specific release dates, the Save the World Tour is proving to be quite successful. Swedish House Mafia’s officially confirmed 2019 tour dates at the time are:
May 2 – Stockholm, Sweden
May 3 – Stockholm, Sweden
May 5 – Stockholm, Sweden
May 18 – Mexico City, Mexico
June 9 – Seoul, South Korea – Ultra Korea
June 29 – Odense, Denmark – Tinderbox
July 7 – Poland – Gdynia
July 12 – Larvik Golfklubb, Norway – Stavernfestivalen
July 12-14 – Split, Croatia – Ultra Europe
July 19 – Helinski, Finland
July 26 – Ibiza, Spain
August 16 – St Pölten, Austria – Frequency Festival
August 23 – Zurich, Switzerland – Openair Festival
August 25 – Daresbury, United Kingdom – Creamfields
September 7 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza Berlin
September 20 – Marina Bay, Singapore
While there are countless rumors, at the time, there are no confirmed U.S. stops. Swedish House Mafia is secretive with their touring schedules and music releases and so the only thing we can do is wait. It’s going to be fascinating to see what Swedish House Mafia is working on and from what we’ve seen so far, we know it’s going to be big.