Swedish House Mafia play final UK show this weekend
This weekend sees the mighty Swedish House Mafia take over Milton Keynes Bowl for what promises to be a truly epic final (UK) bow. Chris White looks back at some of the group's best bits.
Date published: 13th Jul 2012
Bolstering the line-up are UK dance heavyweights Example and Calvin Harris, upcoming house talent Alesso, and so-hot-right-now mixer extraordinaire Madeon. With the announcement that over 58,000 tickets have now been sold – this is one show destined to go down in history.
With this in mind, and the group's impending split, we take a look at back at five moments which cement Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso’s position in the electronic music hall of fame...
One (Your Name) Featuring Pharell Williams
The song which saw SHM transcend from DJs to chart stars, One became the group’s first bonafide chart smash when it was officially released in May 2010. A global success, it has however been heavily debated how much the vocals of N.E.R.D legend Pharell Williams actually add to the song. Either way it lifted the track from the clubs to the charts, backed up by the super slick video.
Masquerade Motel Ibiza / Miami
First Ibiza, then Miami, the Mafia went down a storm at both ends of the globe hosting nights under the moniker ‘Masquerade Motel’…
Until One – Album
2010 also saw the release of the group’s first official commercial album, ‘Until One’. Certified Gold with well over 100,000 sales to date, the album acts more of a compilation of the groups own tracks, solo highlights such as Steve Angello‘s ‘Knas’ and choice cuts from their contemporaries – Sander Van Doorn with ‘Reach Out’ for example.
The world famous US festival Coachella played host to the group’s largest and most spectacular live show ever in Spring 2012. Acting as a prelude to a string of mammoth concert appearances throughout the year, a farewell tour if you will, the production and lazers must be seen to be believed!
The final single to be lifted from the ‘Until One’ album, the accompanying video really acts as the final step in the group’s transition to superstars in their own right. Glossy, expensive, with a flawless, effortless, and certainly relentless electronic soundtrack, this release is a real tour de force – and a definitive fan favourite.
If we were to run piece in a weeks’ time, the Milton Keynes show would almost certainly be featured. Say what you like about the Swedes – they certainly know how to please a crowd. To anyone heading down this weekend, prepare to be blown away…