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
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) January 29, 2019
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.