There’s going to be an odd mix of euphoria and tears at Phoenix Park tomorrow, as dance giants Swedish House Mafia
call time on their time together — boo! — with a Saturday night show in Dublin — hurrah!
Sad as it is, the trio are no more after this summer tour — although rumours of a special farewell tour are rife.
That’s understandably the case as the super group — consisting of DJs Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso
— are still pals. Instead of ‘creative differences’ being the problem, it’s creative similarities that have prompted the split.
Axwell explains: “It’s so easy to stay content with the machine that is the Swedish House Mafia, but we’ve always been about challenging ourselves and doing different things.
“We felt we’d taken it as far, or even beyond, where we thought we could go with it. Maybe it’s time to do something different now.”
We hate to admit it, but the man may have a point. Swedish House Mafia have stood at the forefront of house music since the holy trinity came together in 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden.
While they each had a reputation of their own that meant they could live the superstar DJ lifestyle with ease, their combined power has proved to be bigger than the sum of their parts.Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound (Live from Miami)
They’ve risen through the ranks to become arguably the biggest dance act in the world — they were the first dance act to headline both the giant Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK and Madison Square Gardens in the US (which sold out in nine minutes) — a testament to their global appeal.
In fact their Milton Keynes extravaganza on July 14 will be the largest DJ headline show in the world.
It’s the cherry on the top of their four-year collaboration which has seen the group play incendiary live shows across the world and redefine house music with stadium-sized sets designed to whip their audience into a frenzy.
Sure, grassroots DJs (like DJ Sneak) have accused the group of seeking commercial success before critical acclaim, but the fact they’re turning their back on their lucrative set-up to continue their solo work proves otherwise.
Throughout their time in the Mafia, they’ve continued their solo careers even to the detriment of their joint venture, which often went on hiatus as they worked on their own albums.
But when they combined their forces, there’s no denying they drew party-hungry audiences like chocolate draws kids.
Their tried-and-tested formula is a guarantee of a good night out, and it’s this all-too-rare guarantee that makes Swedish House Mafia worth their weight in gold.
That’s why dance fans will be flocking to Phoenix Park tomorrow, ready for a party like no other. And to make sure fans get their money’s worth, the supporting bill is damn impressive too.
London rapper Tinie Tempah will perform, and he will no doubt be playing chart faves like Pass Out and Miami vs Ibiza, his collaboration with the headliners.
Ever prolific, he’s also collaborated with another act on the bill, Calvin Harris. Most recently the pair worked on one of Tinie’s new tunes, Drinking From The Bottle. It comes from the follow-up to his debut album Disc-Overy.
Entitled Demonstration, the new record, is set to be released in November and we’re guessing more than a few people will be intrigued to hear previews.
Scotsman Harris, meanwhile, will give us a top show of his own — it’s hard not to with stompers like Ready For The Weekend and I’m Not Alone to his name.
Ensuring that hip-hop is well represented, the legend that is Snoop Dogg will appear.
No doubt he’ll come complete with entourage and all the other cliches that come with being one of the biggest rappers in the world — his last Olympia show ended with a roadie picking out ladies for a female-only meet and greet. Hmmmm...
With local lads The Original Rudeboys
completing the bill, it’s set to be a wild night out. So clear the diary for Sunday, and let’s give the Mafia the send-off they deserve!