Swedish House Mafia’s Instagram scrubbed lending credibility to extended reunion rumors

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Here we go again — Swedish House Mafia‘s Instagram has been cleared of all of its photos, so don’t pack away your black deep v-necks just yet. The last time the trio’s social media presence logged this type of activity was just ahead of their reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami after a five year hiatus. The updates from the group’s dormant profiles were quickly noticed by fans and abruptly batted down as routine cleaning by manager Amy Thompson, though as the not-so-secret reunion inched closer, it was obvious that the social media audit signaled the beginning of the Mafia’s return.

Swedish House Mafia’s Facebook and Twitter pages remain intact for now, however the group’s freshly wiped Instagram, including all of the images from their historic assembly in March, has the rumor mill buzzing all over again. Are Axwell, Ingrosso, and Steve Angello ready to pick up the Swedish House Mafia banner once more? Steve Angello is hot off the release of his long-awaited solo opus Humanwith two additional versions of the album expected to drip out over the summer and fall. In conjunction with the album however, Angello is also offering a lifetime pass to get into any of his solo performance across the world. Perhaps the specification of “solo” points to potentially collaborative shows in the future? Beyond that, fans have identified two new, yet-to-be-named tracks from the group’s performance at Ultra, and with cryptic hints from Tomorrowland at another appearance from the trio, we may be looking at full reunion run in the making.

Is Tomorrowland cryptically teasing a Swedish House Mafia performance?

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For months, Ultra Music Festival had been saying “expect the unexpected” leading up to its 20th anniversary celebration. While many believed the phrase to mean Daft Punk was planning a return to the festival circuit, viral rumors all but confirmed a Swedish House Mafia reunion. After all, the iconic Swedish trio hadn’t performed together since their One Last Tour in 2013, with Steve Angello stating to HuffPost, “I just wasn’t having fun anymore. It was this humongous monster. We felt…tired.”

In addition to premiering three unreleased songs at Ultra 20, Axwell concluded their set by saying, “We are Swedish House Mafia for life this time.” Steve Angello’s talent manager, Scooter Braun, then took to his Instagram story following the set, and hinted, essentially confirming that Sunday’s SHM reunion was “the beginning” of something much larger.

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Fans immediately began speculating over whether an arena world tour was in the works, or a possible summer festival run, despite the fact that most large festival bookings have been finalized for the 2018 season.

Following the SMH reunion at Ultra Miami last weekend, Tomorrowland may have further fueled fan hopes when they posted an image of the Belgian festival’s main stage on Twitter with the caption, “expect the unexpected.” The tagline is the exact same phrase that Ultra used when announcing the “secret guest” slot for it’s 20th edition.

Nothing has been confirmed, and the tweet has since been deleted, but the coin of phrase has sparked controversy that another secret guest appearance by SHM may be in the programming for Tomorrowland’s 2018 edition, “The Story Of Planaxis.”

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There were a minimum of two new IDs in Swedish House Mafia’s Ultra set

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“Expect the unexpected” just might continue to be salient advice to Swedish House Mafia fans long after Ultra 20 has concluded.

A tweet from 1001 Tracklists alleges that the Swedish super group’s closing set at the Miami festival contains two brand new IDs, directing attendees and live stream viewers alike to the set, exhorting listeners to “Take a look and listen again.” Ultra 20’s live host, Andrea Helfrich, noted that there were “three IDs” in the set during UMF TV’s live stream of the set, thus signifying that there are a minimum of at least two new IDs in the set, and possibly a third.

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Originally published on the evening of March 26, the tweet has since been removed from Twitter.

If the news holds true, a future Swedish House Mafia release could be arriving sooner than perhaps expected. Those seeking to probe the set for the reported new IDs can find SHM’s Ultra set, here.

[BREAKING – STREAM NOW] The wait is finally over – Swedish House Mafia have taken the stage at Ultra

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Dance music fans and pundits have spent the past few weeks in anxious agony as rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s fabled return to close Ultra on Sunday swirled around the the internet. Speculations began arising as to who the “surprise special guests” would be shortly after Ultra Miami announced its lineup, reaching fever pitch after a series of events including a mysterious social media update and a cryptic confession from a lighting technician all but validated the rumors for those tracking the case.

Those refusing to believe anyone aside from the iconic trio would be chosen as the festival’s 20th anniversary closers can sit back in vindicated contentment, as Steve Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso have just set foot on the main stage in a dramatic fashion to take the decks as “One.” A palpable wave of emotion can be felt through the stream, even, as the reunited legends began their “surprise” set with a dynamic array of visuals, ethereal hints of familiar vocals, bursts of synth roars, and finally, their crowd-favorite single “Miami To Ibiza.” A joyous moment has been marked in dance history, indeed.

Per a Tweet from FPIA, the outfit will have debuted three new SHM productions by the time their set is done. Now the question remains: Will Swedish House Mafia’s reunion be a one-off event, or will their “One Last Tour” cease to be with the announcement of a new slew of gigs? We’ll be watching the dance space heavily to find out.

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Hardwell: a Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra ‘has to happen’ [Watch]

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Netherlands radio station,SLAM! recently got Hardwell on the phone to talk Miami Music Week, his upcoming Main Stage slot at Ultra Music Festival‘s opening day on Friday, March 23, and, of course, speculation that Swedish House Mafia will reconvene for a special anniversary performance.

“Most of the DJs have some free time in January and February, and that results in new music,” Hardwell said when asked if he would debut unreleased material in Ultra tradition during his headlining set. “I made lots of new music and I’m going to play [it] on Friday,” Hardwell added.

And like many ticket holders, Hardwell is holding out for an SHM reunion. “I think it’s going to happen,” Hardwell stated in response to the question as to whether he believed the Swedish super group would indeed appear at Ultra 20. “There are a lot of rumors, the deciding factor for me was that Steve Angello, one of the three members of SHM, cancelled his Asia tour out of the blue, suddenly doesn’t have any shows planned, and is now in Miami. For me, this means that it has to happen.”

Those attending Miami Music Week can peruse the best parties of the biggest week in electronic music as curated by Dancing Astronaut, here.

Lighting tech appears to confirm Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra in Facebook post

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A prominent lighting tech appears to have inadvertently shed some light on the debate around the likelihood of a Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra Music Festival this year.

A grainy image of Swedish House Mafia group members circulated on an Axwell forum on March 18, before later surfacing on Reddit. The photo is said to have originally appeared on lighting tech Charly Bendenoun’s Facebook page, accompanied by a caption that, when translated, reads “They are back next weekend at Ultra Miami (except the fourth one on the left), you will have two tomorrow at the Pharaonic Festival Chambery.”

Internet analyzers presume that “the fourth one on the left” is Bendenoun himself.

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The post is no longer visible on Bendenoun’s account.

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Reddit users appear to have cracked the code concerning Ultra’s surprise guests

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The three iron-on patches that Ultra Music Festival ticket holders received in their special edition black and orange 20th anniversary canisters appeared in addition to ear plugs and temporary tattoos. Presumed to be innocuous party favors provided in honor of the milestone birthday celebration, the patches elicited minimal attention from pass purchasers prior to Ultra’s provocative tweet on March 10.

Ticket holders have since begun to interpret the three patches enclosed within each ticket canister as emblematic of the three unannounced acts that will close each respective day of the festival this year. The analysis has led several aspiring attendees to evaluate the circular patch with a singular dot as evidence that deadmau5, whose eye matches the design of the patch, will deliver the ending performance to the first day of Ultra.

 

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The theory that Swedish House Mafia will give a reunion performance at “Ultra 20” on March 24, 2018 — four years to the day of the mega group’s previous closure of the festival — is convincingly supported by fans’ conjecture that the three dots on the flag-shaped patch stand in for the three members of the trio. Fans have read the patch’s two additional dots as signifiers that Swedish House Mafia will close day two.

The final, and inarguably the most explosive conjecture, rests in the identity of the third patch, an astronaut holding up three fingers. From the white and orange/gold color scheme to the astronaut logo itself, ticket holders have analyzed the third patch as proof that Daft Punk will make a landmark return to close out Ultra’s last day on March 25.

However far-fetched or plausible the speculations seem, good guesses will remain just that — good guesses — until festival organizers release the final phase in Ultra’s bombshell lineup.

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Ultra releases fourth episode of ’20 Years of Ultra’ documentary series

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The fourth episode in Ultra Music Festival‘s 20 Years of Ultra documentary series, “The Explosion of Electronic Music” expands upon the third installment, “Growth and Expansion,” to trace dance music’s ascendance to a dominant genre in the American music market.

“There was a movement going on in 2010, 2011, especially in America, dance music [was] embraced as never before,” Hardwell states in the video, “I think no one saw this coming.” Featuring commentary from industry fixtures like Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, and David Guetta, the fourth episode additionally chronicles the then growing popularity of live streaming, a feature that enabled live electronic music events like Ultra to reach, and appeal to, larger populations than ever before.

“The Explosion of Electronic Music” seems only to add more smoke to the suspicion that Swedish House Mafia will reconvene at Bayfront Park later this March in honor of Ultra Music Festival’s 20th birthday. The episode notably includes footage of the mega group’s last performance, at the Miami festival in 2013.

“I think it was the perfect spot, the perfect time, closing Ultra, as the last show of Swedish House Mafia,” Hardwell remarks. Whether this smoke will lead to fire? Only time will tell.

Did Swedish House Mafia just confirm an Ultra appearance?

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Ultra Music Festival’s advice that attendees of the festival’s 20th birthday celebration should “expect the unexpected” has not gone unheeded.

In the months leading up to the flagship Miami edition’s landmark iteration, ticket holders have collectively made conjectures that the mystery “special anniversary performance” touted by the lineup would be a rare reunion of Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso for an exclusive appearance as Swedish House Mafia.

If rumors are true, the performance would be the defunct group’s first performance together since their split on March 24, 2013. Those planning to attend Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary, slated for March 23–25 at Ultra’s longtime home of Bayfront Park, have further speculated that Swedish House Mafia would deliver such a “special anniversary performance” on March 24, 2018, in tribute to the mega-group’s 2013 separation.

Naturally, when Steve Angello posted an Instagram that depicts what looks very much like the background of Bayfront Park on March 2, ticket holders noticed.

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And when Swedish House Mafia updated their Facebook cover photo to an image of three black spray painted dots approximately one-hour later, ticket holders again noticed.

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Neither Swedish House Mafia, nor Ultra Music Festival have released any information regarding the possibility of an SHM reunion, but by all speculative accounts, the social media activity seems to signal that the group will indeed reconvene later this March, in Miami.

Will Swedish House Mafia reunite for Ultra’s 20th anniversary?

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There’s been no shortage of chatter over another possible Swedish House Mafia reunion since Ultra released their 2018 line-up last month. What a more opportune time after all than UMF’s upcoming twentieth anniversary edition, held in Miami’s Bayfront Park during March. In fact, if last year is any indication, it seems reunion rumors are becoming imminent during this time.


So why always with the hype? 

When EDM pioneers Swedish House Mafia bid their final farewell at Ultra Miami 2013, the trio opened a speculative can of worms for when they might one day return to the stage. As festival season officially kicks off in March with Ultra at the helm, this year has reignited the SHM rumor mill. Indeed, there have been several happenings hinting at what would be a monumental reunion to be sure. The first and most obvious indication is the appearance of Axwell Λ Ingrosso on the 2018 bill, which naturally evoked fan chatter that Steve Angello would somehow jump out of a cake on stage. However outlandish and unlikely, the speculation comes alongside the fact that SHM recently wiped its Twitter account clean, spurring Billboard to stir rumors that a reunion was on the books for 2018, according to sources close to the publication. Additionally, Steve Angello began following Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso separately on Twitter last month. But the most concrete evidence to a SHM return lays in a statement with Ultra CEO Russell Faibisch, who was recently named Magnetic Magazine‘s Industry Person of the Year. The honor came with an exclusive interview in which Faibisch spoke vaguely to this year’s special anniversary appearances,

“…something very big is in the works! Every year we pride ourselves on delivering for our fans special unannounced performances and surprises. But for the big 20th Anniversary, we knew we had to deliver something huge. Something unique that can only be seen at Ultra. It is completely under wraps. The only thing I can say is to Expect The Unexpected.”


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So will a SHM reunion actually happen?

It’s possible, but highly unlikely. If these are in fact the only signs of a possible return, the responsible reaction to a reunion need be a highly skeptical one at best. There is also plenty of evidence to negate the trio’s return to the stage. First, Steve Angello won’t even be in the US during the time of Ultra 2018, which not only rules out chances of a SHM reunion, but any appearance during Miami Music Week at all. According to YourEDM, Angello confirmed to a fan in a DM that he is booked for gigs in Asia during the latter part of March. Second, when Billboard speculated a 2018 SHM return, the group’s longtime manager Amy Thomson categorically denied the news via Twitter. Third, while a possible SHM reunion seems inevitable, right now just isn’t the right time. While the group remain good friends, let us remember the trio originally disbanded five years ago because they felt what they were doing was artistically empty. As Angello told HuffPost,

“I think we felt like it had become a very big machine. I think the pressure … It just wasn’t having fun anymore. It was this humongous monster. We felt like tired.”

Thus, the possibility of an SHM reunion seems inevitable on the longer horizon. The moment can and will happen when Ingrosso, Angello, and Axwell collectively feel creatively compelled to create something substantively meaningful — sans any big anniversary line-ups, financial motivation, or commercial gain. As art should be.


So then, what’s the big surprise?

Several fan hypotheses have popped up on r/UMF over more practical predictions as to what we might expect from a twentieth anniversary line-up that says to “expect the unexpected.” First, there’s been speculation over long time friend Alesso joining Axwell and Ingrosso for some sort of SHM offshoot performance. Another possibility is the return of Avicii, as the star made his meteoric return to dance music just this past year. Additionally, Jack Ü is another likely performance to expect, since the duo comprised of Diplo and Skrillex made their debut at Ultra 2014. With Hardwell and Armin van Buuren’s huge b2b performance as Two Is One taking place at Amsterdam Music Festival 2017, hopes have also been high over a follow up performance among Ultra fans.

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It’s difficult to determine the many possibilities Ultra has in store for 2018. While the evidence to a SHM reunion seems bleak in the eyes of some, yet hopeful in the eyes of others, we find that speculation leads to expectation, and expectation leads to disappointment. To let go of expectation is to be content with whatever outcome Ultra Music Festival has in store for their 20th anniversary festival.

 

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