During his solo set at the Toluca festival the second weekend of October, Angello took to the mic to give the festival-goers some exciting news. “Mexico, I’ll see you next year with Swedish House Mafia,” he announced to an enthusiastic crowd.
While rumors of a Swedish House Mafia world tour have been circulating since earlier this summer, Angello’s announcement marks the first verbal confirmation of its reality.
Since teasing the possibility of a collaboration a few months ago, rumors have swirled about what a Swedish House Mafia x Nikecollab could look like. It appears fans may have caught another glimpse, as posters have begun to surface in the group’s hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
On August 14, Sebastian Ingrosso tweeted a since-deleted photo of a T-shirt with three swooshes across the back, reminiscent of the group’s signature three dots. Around the same time, Steve Angelloconfirmed the trio is back in the studio again, sending the internet into a frenzy over the possibility of forthcoming music.
In the most recent of SHM developments, posters have popped up in Stockholm, depicting the same three swooshes over a black and white photo, with the word “STOCKHOLM” thrice in bold lettering. While no further details have been revealed, the posters will no doubt add fuel to the fire regarding the group’s pending reunion.
Amidst the Swedish House Mafia hysteria, Axwell Λ Ingrosso continue to dish out content. This time, the duo has released the official music video for their latest single, “Dancing Alone,” featuring RØMANS. The track has already raked up more than 30 million streams worldwide, as it gifted fans with a mix of house and beloved trance sounds.
At just 21 years old, Swedish director Brokenint alludes to the blending of genres with contrasting visual experiences, as viewers will see constant frame switches throughout the video. One setting consists of an empty warehouse space filled with rave lights, mannequins, and, of course, someone dancing alone. In the other setting, viewers get some nostalgic footage of Ibiza in the early 2000s.
While the ‘sun is shining’ for Swedish House Mafia fans, it’s waning for Axwell ^ Ingrosso, for with the reinstatement of Swedish House Mafia comes the retirement of the duo’s offshoot joint project that picked up when The Mafia disbanded. Sebastian Ingrosso recently spoke about the trio’s full fledged 2019 reunion with Swedish news source, Metro, during which Ingrosso noted that the Axwell Λ Ingrosso would pause under to resume Swedish House Mafia’s renewed reign. Ingrosso elaborates,
“No, we will not do that, we will actually put it on the shelf. As I usually say, there are three dots, it’s not two plus a dot. But we will definitely still do our individual stuff.”
Ingrosso additionally touched on the basis of the electronic superpower’s reunion. “Me and Axwell did our thing and Steve did his thing and Axwell and I felt we had done our thing for five years. We felt it was time, we missed it,” Ingrosso said of the group’s decision to reconvene. As we inch closer to the reunion we’ve all been waiting for, a dominating force on the EDM circuit that nearly filled the Swedish House void is hanging it up — for the best.
A series of posters bearing three consecutive Adidas logos recently appeared in London, further fueling speculation that the Swedish supergroup would soon announce a 2019 tour given the posters’ resemblance to those that appeared in Miami just before SHM’s reunion at Ultra 20.
While Swedish House Mafia’s comeback at Ultra‘s 20th anniversary celebration might very well have been the worst kept ‘secret’ of 2018, an ensuing Swedish House appearance–whether in the form of a tour of in that of a Tomorrowland 2019 performance–could be the 2019 equivalent.
Angello recently chatted with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, during which he told the source that the group would play Tomorrowland 2019 “by any means necessary.” Angello’s comment crystallizes the long suspected, but formally unconfirmed return of the trio, despite a lack of formal affirmation from Tomorrowland festival organizers.
Tomorrowland has not released the dates of its 2019 production, but given Angello’s remark, tickets to the Boom, Belgium based affair can only be expected to sell out with increased rapidity next year if “means” prove propitious.
Fans have eagerly been awaiting word of a Swedish House Mafia reunion tour since the three reunited at Ultra in the spring, and now, it looks they’re one step closer to full-fledged confirmation.
Steve Angello just hinted in a new interview with Dutch Publication De Telegraaf that the three will be playing the festival together next year. Of course, such an appearance would appear to be in tandem with a world tour, considering the group’s mysterious posters and teasers that have been popping up around the world.
Further confirmation comes from when Sebastian Ingrosso played out he and Axwell’s new single “Dancing Alone” at Tomorowland, where he also bid a farewell, for now. During the set he spoke for a moment on the revelation, announcing that Tomorrowland wouldn’t be seeing the duo for a while as they presumably prepare to join forces with Steve Angello once again.
“I just realized this one thing,” Axwell said. “This is the last time we see Tomorrowland for a while. We’ve had so much fun with you guys over two weekends. Thank you so much for the love — thank you so much.”
Angello also recently confirmed, “It’s happening, obviously.”
Martin and Zitron’s prowess in songwriting circles will empower the lyricist duo’s latest project, an electronic alias by the name of “VCATION.” SHM enthusiasts can for now put aside their question as to whether Martin and Zitron will pen future releases for the superpower group, and can instead enjoy a nascent preview of VCATION sound through the release of VCATION’s debut single, “Lay Low.”
“‘Lay Low’ is about allowing yourself a break, a breath of fresh air and maybe just pulling the curtains down for a day,” Martin and Zitron said of the song. “The world is f’d up, and we play a bit with irony in the song regarding the current state of society, and regarding ourselves and our own behaviors,” the songwriters added.
A mellow number that touts Martin and Zitron’s fluid, easy listening approach to melodic arrangement perceptible on tracks like “Red Lights,” “Lay Low’s” male vocal-centric aesthetic and unimposing synth work make for a familiar yet fresh showing from the pair.
Next to further the speculation is Dutch powerhouse Oliver Heldens, who let slip a confirmation of the group’s reunion and world tour while introducing a classic track in his Heldeep radio show.
“So, Swedish House Mafia have now officially reformed, and are announcing a World Tour in 2019,” he says during the show. “This week’s Heldeep classic was made in 2007 by two thirds of Swedish House Mafia. This is Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso with ‘Together.’”
The trio haven’t officially announced the world tour themselves yet, but the continued rumors and sources are keeping fans waiting with bated breath.
Swedish House Mafia‘s reunion at Ultra 20 left all fans of the supergroup with one question that would lingered since the trio stepped away from the decks in Miami: what is SHM’s next move, presuming, of course, that there would be a next move?
SHM’s recent removal of all posts previously shared on their official Instagram page seemed to lend credibility to suspicion surrounding an extended SHM reunion, but now, Steve Angello has confirmed that the mafia’s Miami re-appearance wasn’t just a one-off performance.
“It’s happening, of course,” Angello stated in an interview with Sydsvenskan, “All details aren’t set, but in 2019 we are back!”
So ‘don’t you worry,’ SHM fans, the boys are back, and they’re here to stay.
Last night, Swedish superstars and 2/3rds of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell & Ingrosso, played a mammoth show at the Brooklyn Mirage in New York City. On a marvelous holiday weekend the place was packed to the gills and to end the special night Axwell shared some pretty big news. As they were closing down their set