Electronic dance music stars from around the world joined fans this weekend in paying homage to Swedish House Mafia, after the Holy Trinity of House announced via their website that their upcoming tour will be their last.
“Today we want to share with you that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved,” the message reads.
Together the Swedes — Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso — joined their prolific individual talents into one of dance music’s most commercially successful and intriguing brands, leading the charge of EDM’s American takeover. With five widely successful singles in two years, SHM dominated traditional music festivals like Coachella, sold out Madison Square Garden and hosted their own Masquerade Motel mini-festivals attended by tens of thousands in Miami.
SHM’s announcement was hard to believe considering their biggest career undertaking is still before them: a July show at Milton Keynes Bowl in England, which holds 65,000 people.
“I just heard @swedishousemfia are gonna split. I hope it’s not true They are really special,” David Guetta tweeted on Saturday.
DJ Chuckie tweeted, “Sad news for electronic music, i just heard that the @swedishousemfia just announced they gonna break up!”
Some DJ/producers used the occasion to celebrate how far Swedish House Mafia have come, even thanking them for their tutelage and inspiration.
“Well … @swedishousemfia will be a legend for ever!” Zedd wrote.
“Just wanted to tip my hat (the A-Trak hat) to @swedishousemfia. They invited me to MSG which was huge. Those are my bros. *#bros,” A-Trak tweeted, referencing his opening duties at MSG last December.
Hardwell tweeted, “We gonna miss you @swedishousemfia! You’ve been a huge inspiration for me, every producer and the whole music scene! #wecameweravedweloved.”
But the fun is far from over. There is much to look forward to from Swedish House Mafia, including their Sydney, Australia-inspired new single, possibly titled “Don’t You Worry Child” per an SHM tweet and Dancing Astronaut. Upcoming tour dates include the aforementioned Milton Keynes Bowl in England (July 14), recurring weekly dates at Ushuaia in Ibiza (July 4 through August 29) and a final leg of their tour (presumably including farewell dates in the U.S.) to be announced in August.