Lollapalooza Berlin will return to the German capital city for its fifth year, running September 7-8, 2019. The festival, which takes place in Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, has released its lineup, donning a diverse range of acts. Swedish House Mafia will make an appearance, adding to their list of tour stops, coming on board as co-headliners of the festival. Other headliners include Martin Garrix, Kings of Leon, Kraftklub, Twenty One Pilots, and an additional act yet to be announced. Martin Garrix will be bringing his STMPD Rcrds stage to the festival, which will showcase a variety of artists involved with the label.
More electronic music acts heading to Berlin include Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Loud Luxury, Gryffin and more. These artists will be juxtaposed with performances ranging from Khalid to Hozier, giving fans plenty to look forward to. Tickets are now on sale.
Continuing the Swedish House Mafia slow drip, Ultra Korea just confirmed the trio’s headlining performance in Seoul, South Korea. The tweet and website update were synonymous to the Ultra Europe news the day prior, set to a hyped-up video of the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote.” With posters appearing in Seoul after the Ultra Europe announcement, the confirmation only guides beliefs to an Ultra Worldwide circuit comeback tour of epic proportions.
To officially mark the announcement, Ultra has released a new hype video confirming the Mafia’s return, set to the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote“—with the nostalgia turned up to 11. Though, there may be more to Swedish House Mafia‘s Ultra Europe headline. With Ultra Europe now confirmed and posters recently also appearing in Seoul, the possibility of a lineup-topping performance at Ultra’s South Korea stop could also be likely. But if that’s the case, two international Ultra appearances seems like it could stack up to something greater. In 2016, deadmau5 hit the road with Ultra to cover six stops on their Worldwide circuit, and perhaps Swedish House Mafia is preparing for a similar run.
Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Swedish House Mafia’s management concerning a possible Ultra Worldwide tour, though at the time of publishing has not received a statement back.This story will be updated as it develops.
Fans had to endure a five-year hiatus as the group dissolved in 2013 and did not play together again until Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2018. Since the single show reconciliation last spring, the trickle of information laying out the trio’s long-awaited reunion has been a slow, tantalizing drip, with enigmatic posters appearing all over the world and extended countdowns surfacing online, signaling where the Mafia might appear next.
Dates in Ibiza, Mexico City, and a headlining slot at Creamfields this summer are already confirmed, and rumored appearances at Ultra’s Croatia stop and Tomorrowland are starting to piece together the group’s planned whereabouts—though now a stop in Seoul is the latest spot of speculation on Swedish House Mafia’s summer itinerary. However, with posters appearing in Split and Seoul back-to-back, Ultra appearances in both cities seem likely, though it is unclear if the posters confirm performances and if those performances are linked in any way. Details remain scarce for now, but the chances of Swedish House Mafia confirming a Seoul date in the near future now seems immanent.
Swedish House Mafia continues to keep the world on its toes. Whether the trio are teasing new music or hinting at potential performance locations, there is never a lack of speculation when it comes to the group’s impending activities in 2019. The latest confirmation from the Mafia is a confirmed return to Ibiza this summer. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello took to Instagram to confirm this, posting, 26.7.19 on their stories.
This confirmation comes the week after their creative director, Alexander Wessely, sparked rumors about their impending return to the island after he posted a story searching for flights from Stockholm to Ibiza. It is currently unknown whether the trio’s Ibiza performance will be a single performance or the onset of a residency.
There is additional speculation that the group will be performing at Ultra Europe after posters scattered Split, and Tomorrowland currently has a hole in its weekend two Sunday lineup, leading many to believe they will be closing the second weekend of the festival as well.
It’s been a fair moment since the fabled Swedish House Mafia posters have appeared in a city to announce their arrival. Luckily they’re back, this time finding their way onto walls in Split, Croatia.
This can only mean one thing: the legendary trio are going to headline Ultra Europe. Their presence was conspicuously missing from Ultra Miami’s billing this year where they made their historic reunion, so it makes sense that other branches of the festival would be hosting them this time around. The timing also lines up with their speculated Tomorrowland surprise and their 2019 European summer in general, which also includes a headlining slot at Creamfields UK in August.
Ultra Europe takes place on July 12-14. Tickets can be found here.
Tomorrowland has been keeping everyone on their toes by dropping a few names from their 2019 lineup every day per its usual antics. The full lineup is expected to be released by the conclusion of the week, and so far, the artists that the festival has announced do not disappoint. Fans of every genre, including hip hop, will have an act to see as artists like Young Thug join the 2019 iteration of the festival.
Since Swedish House Mafia‘s long-awaited comeback officially materialized, attention has turned largely to a cryptic roll out of tour dates on their website, with a number of major cities already in the trio’s cross hairs for 2019. Though, back in August of 2018, with the group’s triumphant reunion at Ultra still fresh in everyone’s minds, Steve Angello stated publicly that Swedish House Mafia would play Tomorrowland 2019 “by any means necessary” to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Since the Size Records boss’ declaration, there hasn’t been much evidence to confirm the Mafia will appear in Belgium this year until now.
Fans have begun noticing that this year Martin Garrix‘s annual headlining role at the festival has been slightly reduced. Garrix is heading up his label’s STMPD RCRDS stage, only playing a single set during weekend one. After closing out Tomorrowland three years running, fans are beginning to speculate that closing duties will be passed from Garrix to Swedish House Mafia this year.
I’m not playing the mainstage this year! Only @stmpdrcrds stage weekend 1
The “Access” producer’s limited availability at Tomorrowland this year could simply be the result of scheduling conflicts, and Swedish House Mafia may still get a traditional announcement from the festival. However, something about Swedish House Mafia’s noticeable absence so far from Tomorrowland’s currently ongoing lineup roll out suggests there’s more to this than meets the eye.
After a series of mysterious Instagram posts from XS Las Vegas containing the same stark black-and-white design and with the same font used in promotional materials for Swedish House Mafia, rumors began circulating that the trio might have a date or residency at the Vegas club. In a sense, things align. Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso have announced individual residencies with the Wynn Nightlife group over the past two days. It is expected Axwell will be announcing his residency tomorrow.
It has not been made clear whether or not the trio will actually perform as an act like the marketing implies, but it seems the marketing is coincidental and their singular announcements suggest solo performances. Each year, Wynn Nightlife announces a full roster of exclusive artists for the upcoming year. Given Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are the group’s first announcements for 2019, Wynn Nightlife is certainly off to a big start.