As the gargantuan hole in the electronic bedrock that is Avicii‘s death remains audibly agape, plans to honor him on behalf of his most ardent artist friends and collaborators are underway.
On December 5, 19 Avicii collaborators, a 30-part band, and some of the Swedish superstar’s most auspicious companions, like David Guetta, Nicky Romero, and Kygo, will coalesce at Stockholm’s Friends Arena to honor their fallen friend in performing a two-hour orison of his greatest hits. Organizers of the affair, which is to be sponsored by the recently established Tim Bergling Foundation, will be distributing the entirety of the net profits to a number of organizations that direct efforts towards mental health and suicide prevention. The eminent menagerie of vocal collaborators already locked in to perform include Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, and Rita Ora, just to name a few. More artists will be added to the lineup in coming months.
“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father, via a recent press release.
Tickets to the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness go on sale September 5, at 10:00 am CET. For more information about artists added to the lineup, check here. Ticket sales will go live here.
After a series of contentious events leading to his incarceration in Sweden on assault charges, Harlem-born rap star A$AP Rocky has been forced to cancel his appearance at Tomorrowland.
The stop in Boom is one cancellation among many since Rocky, real name Rakim Meyers, reportedly turned himself in and was remanded to a Stockholm jail in the early morning of July 3. Rocky was also scheduled to perform in Germany, Norway, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Ireland, UK, and Spain throughout his current tour. Now, all of the aforementioned performances are cancelled as well.
News of Rocky’s arrest swept across headlines after a fight took place in the streets of Stockholm involving him and his entourage. In a three-minute video Rocky posted to IGTV, it appears the two unidentified men—whom Meyers and his entourage did not know prior to the encounter—had physically provoked Rocky and his staff with a pair of headphones, subsequently following them along their path after warnings to leave.
TMZ then posted their own video which shows the brawl escalate. The altercation purportedly turned violent upon Rocky’s learning from a female pedestrian that the two men who were following them had groped her earlier that day.
Following months of speculation, bread crumb announcements, and extreme anticipation among the global dance community, Swedish House Mafia finally kicked off their official reunion in their breeding grounds of Stockholm. They played to a sold-out stadium, with some superfans even filming the whole performance, in addition to unveiling a brand new photographic exhibit to coincide with the tour kick-off.
The trio naturally played an array of classics that guests had been yearning to hear since they disbanded in 2013. Beyond that, however, they subtly announced their return to the studio as well with a few choice IDs sprinkled in. “Underneath It All” is one of the working titles that surfaced following the performance, which was thankfully caught on video by a different audience member. True to form, the ID is the epitome of the euphoric, big room house sound that Swedish House Mafia more-or-less shaped and pioneered when first breaking out in the late aughts and early 2010s. It’s filled with touching vocals, saw synths, and sweeping progressions that make for proper “hands in the air” moments.
Keep close watch on this iconic outfit as more information is inevitably unveiled.
The Mafia is officially back. It seems like an eternity since Swedish House Mafia’s fateful reunion at Ultra’s 20th anniversary in 2018, but when you’re dealing in epics, things take time. Fans have been on the edge of their sets as a tantalizing trickle of information has kept the Swedish House starvation mostly at bay over the last year. Rumored merchandise capsules, mysterious timers, and cryptic social media messaging has now all finally culminated in Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso sharing the stage once again.
The trio’s run of three homecoming shows in Stockholm kicked off on May 2, and much to fans’ excitement, new Swedish House Mafia music was heard for the first time since the group disbanded back in 2013. There were at least four new unidentified tracks played during the Mafia’s first reunion show. Thanks to one dedicated fan in attendance, now the world can view the performance in full and try their hand at spotting the rest of the IDs, as Swedish House Mafia’s long-awaited comeback officially materializes.
After Swedish House Mafia posted a cryptic image on April 14, fans were quick to decipher that the logos used inside the three iconic dots were those of the Fotografiska museum, which has locations in Stockholm, London, New York, and Tallinn. Many fans believed this hinted at a forthcoming exhibition in Stockholm, and their suspicions have been confirmed.
A few days after the image was posted, details have officially been released, and it appears a photography and film exhibit called Purgatorium will be taking place at the end of April to coincide with the trio’s run of hometown shows. The multimedia exhibit has been carefully crafted by artist Alexander Wessely, who’s “known for pushing boundaries technically and creatively to create high impact visuals,” according to the museum’s website.
“It has been a thoroughly organic and almost obvious process from the start. For me, [Swedish House Mafia] is about so much more than just three musicians. They are the definition of a cultural wave and have always been exploring ways to stretch the limits of what is possible. And to be able to present this exhibition together with them at Fotografiska means so much,” Wessely told the museum.
The exhibit runs April 30 to May 5. More details can be found here.
As Swedish House Mafia continue their monumentous return and ramp up excitement for their upcoming three-day run in their hometown of Stockholm, a new angle appears to be taking place.
On April 14, the trio posted an image of their iconic three-dot logo, this time filled in with a star-shaped pattern. The tweet’s only text reads”30.4 – 5.5 2019,” a date range that coincides with their Stockholm shows.
Fans were quick to research the unidentified logo and discovered that it’s that of Fotografiska, a museum of photography in Stockholm. While the trio didn’t disclose exactly what the date range and Fotografiska logo mean, many are speculating that the supergroup could have a photography exhibit that’ll take place in their hometown to pair with the performances there.
There are also Fotografiska locations in New York, London, and Tallinn, leaving fans in other countries like the U.S. hopeful that an exhibition could pop up there, too.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.
The announcement the world’s been waiting for is finally officially here: Swedish House Mafia has announced their first reunion tour stop and confirmed new music is coming.
After weeks of teasing some sort of announcement in their hometown of Stockholm, the trio has revealed they will reunite for a show there on May 4, 2019. The performance will take place at Tele2 Arena, with more tour dates to be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale October 27 and can be purchased here.
During the press conference, the members said they’d be putting their individual projects of Axwell Λ Ingrosso and Steve Angello on hold to dedicate all their time and effort to Swedish House Mafia. They don’t regret breaking up five years ago, though, saying they needed a break from the project. But that time has come to an end. In a translation from the press conference, the trio announced that they “felt it was time” to get the group back together.
“[We] have gone long enough between the end and now. We have so many fans who have been waiting for years.”
New music, too, is coming and will be in Swedish House Mafia style. “It will not be a new rougher type music like what is popular right now, it will stay Swedish House Mafia style.”