Arguably the largest act in electronic dance music, Swedish House Mafia, have announced that they will be going their separate ways after a select few shows in Europe. The trio amazed Australian dance fans in March when they flew Down Under for the massive 2012 Future Music Festival and danced their way into festival history when they showed us that being DJs doesn’t mean that you can’t have a stage show.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as they posted a statement on their website expressing how they feel about the group. The statement read as follows: “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 statement confirms the group will be performing the three announced shows at Milton Keynes, Ibiza and in their home, Sweden. However, this excludes the band’s billing at the 2012 installation of the T in the Park festival, leading some fans to expect that they will no longer make an appearance at the festival. The message also states that “the final leg of the journey will be announced in August”, so hopefully an additional tour could follow; however, I am doubtful.
The news comes as quite a shock to some, as dance act Pendulum also announced earlier this week that they have split up. The trio have achieved more than any other dance act has ever achieved, selling out Madison Square Garden in 11 minutes, and being the first act ever to do so was only a snippet of what they were capable of. It truly is a loss for the dance world; however, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello will continue to work independently. Could this be the start of the end for electronic dance music, which has seen a sensational rise over the past few years?
Thank you Swedish House Mafia, thank you.