Football and Dance music have seldom shared the makings of unforgettable achievements. But in the same vein as Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw away four goals to seal Sweden its first sporting victory at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm, the following week would see Swedish House Mafia make their first and final run of homeland shows to celebrate one of the most essential marks in their nations club culture to date.

Having laid so much of their legacy among huge festival line-ups, the three-nights remained boiled down to a very simple exploit: seeing out the machine that is Swedish House Mafia and making up for their considerable absence on home turf. This focus was clearly reflected in their modest yet aptly strong selection of opening acts, which saw the likes of AN21, Style of Eye, and Otto Knows set the tone to the sound of considerable enthusiasm from the thickening crowds each night.

One of the most striking elements of their first and final Sweden performances was the sheer versatility of their shows. Diving between brand-new tracks and mash-ups in between the three intros that broke up each show, there was a strong sense that the Swedes had upped their game for this overdue hometown return. Accompanied by the cutting edge visual and sound displays that have ornamented their reign upon Dance music of late, theirs was a show that benefitted from both strong stage productions and musical foresight throughout.

For an outfit often cited to be too commercial for clubland, the precision of their arena experience was reflected in the sheer excitement that greeted them every night from the 40,000 strong gathering of national and international fans. With John Martin on hand with live vocal performances and a strong sense of repertoire between the trio and the packed-out crowds, the impersonal nature of arena shows was obliterated every night to create a live experience that strengthened every day. But for all their unpredictability, familiar sing-along moments and an overwhelming sit-down to recent single ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ showcased the sense of community this larger-than-life European Dance outfit has cast across the industry.

At the end of each show, gratitude seemed to be at the heart of their final Swedish conquest. Taking the opportunity to thank their stage hands and live crew along the way, a blazing final finale saw the trio deliver a heartfelt visual message to their fans, turning from the familiar slogan that has accompanied their final live escapades to state ‘You came, you raved, we loved it’. Judging by the energy collected among their 125,000 strong three-day take-over of the Friends Arena, this love is mutual where their Swedish following is concerned.

Swedish House Mafia (Thursday, Nov 22nd)

01. Intro ID
02. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound w/ Matt Caseli & Danny Freakazoid – Raise Your Hands (Acapella)
03. Alex Guesta & Stefano Pain – Ran Tam Tam
04. Steve Angello – Teasing Mr. Charlie (Edit) w/ Axwell feat. Errol Reid – Nothing But Love (Acapella) w/ Steve Angello & Third Party – Lights
05. Sebastien Drums, Whelan & Di Scala – Here I Come (Instrumental Mix) w/ Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Acapella) w/ Leave The World Behind (Acapella)
06. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda
07. Alesso – Clash
08. Steve Angello vs. Matisse & Sadko – ID
09. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling w/ Axwell feat. Max C – I Found U (Acapella)
10. ID w/ Supermode – Tell Me Why
11. Avicii – Silhouettes (Nari & Milani Bootleg) w/ Ansol & Dyro – Top Of The World (Acapella) w/ Wippenberg – Pong
12. Usher – Euphoria (Swedish House Mafia Extended Dub Mix) w/ The Ashton Shuffle vs. Tommy Trash – Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost) (Tommy Trash Version)
13. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together (Intro Edit) w/ Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) w/ Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Here We Go
14. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote w/ John Dahlback – Zeus
15. Chocolate Puma – Go-Go Boots w/ Sebastian Ingrosso – Kidsos w/ Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder – Calling (Lose My Mind) (Acapella) w/ Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic
16. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)
17. Discopolis – Committed To Sparkle Motion (DubVision Remix)
18. TV Rock feat. Rudy – In The Air (Axwell Remix) w/ Steve Angello – Knas w/ Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)
19. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
20. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (Original + Tom Staar & Kryder Remix)
21. Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar w/ Florence & The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Acapella) w/ Faithless – Insomnia w/ The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Acapella + Axwell & Dirty South Remix)
22. Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Edit) w/ Swedish House Mafia – One (Original vs. Vocal Mix) w/ Nari & Milani – Atom
23. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin (live) – Save The World (Piano Intro Edit) w/ Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload w/ Don’t You Worry Child (Live Acapella) w/ Axwell – Heart Is King

The tracklists for SHM’s Friday and Saturday sets were the same apart from a switch in order between the ‘Here I Come’ mashup and ‘Wakanda’.

AN21 (Thursday, Nov 22nd)

01. 9Five – ID w/ Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Acapella)
02. Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me (Kryder & Tom Staar Remix)
03. Deniz Koyu – Bong w/ The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
04. Dirty South & Michael Brun – Rift w/ ID (Acapella) w/ Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salto – Gimme Sum [Pssst!]
05. OneRepublic – Feel Again (Thomas Gold Remix)
06. Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will) (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix)
07. AN21 & Max Vangeli vs. Tiësto feat. Lover Lover – People Of The Night (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix)
08. Sultan & Ned Shepard vs. Thomas Sagstad feat. Dirty Vegas – Somebody To Love (Third Party Remix)
09. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Third Party Remix) w/ Qulinez – Dynamic [Size] w/ Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
10. Michael Brun & Special Features – Synergy w/ Boys Noize – Yeah w/ Sander van Doorn – Chasin’
11. Michael Brun – Rise (Dirty South Edit) w/ Danny Tenaglia feat. Celeda – Music Is The Answer (Acapella)
12. ID
13. Third Party feat. Loleatta Holloway – Thank You Bad DJs (POTN Bootleg) w/ Louie Vega & Jay ‘Sinister’ Sealee feat. Julie McKnight – Diamond Life (Acapella)
14. David Guetta feat. Taped Rai – Just One Last Time (Deniz Koyu Remix) w/ AN21 & Max Vangeli vs. Michael Woods – Nightfall
15. Felix Da Housecat – Silver Screen Shower Scene (Static Revenger Remix) w/ Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go (Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa Remix)
16. Dirty South & Alesso feat. Ruben Haze – City Of Dreams
17. My Digital Enemy & Rob Marmot – African Drop (Tom Staar Remix)
18. AN21 & Max Vangeli – Fresh Start w/ EDX & Nadia Ali – This Is Your Life (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix)
19. ID [Size]
20. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way (ID Bootleg) w/ Tiësto & Diplo – C’Mon (Acapella)
21. Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball w/ Pendulum – The Island (Acapella)
22. AN21 & Max Vangeli vs. Infadels – Glow (ID Remix vs. Original)

Style Of Eye (Friday, Nov 23rd)

01. Nause – Hungry Hearts (ID Remix vs. Original Mix)
02. Wolfgang Gartner & Tom Staar – Evil Lurks
03. Alesso feat. Matthew Koma – Years (Edit)
04. Rebecca & Fiona – Bullets
05. Nicky Romero – Camorra
06. Otto Knows – Million Voices
07. ID
08. Icona Pop – I Love It (Style Of Eye Remix)
09. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army w/ Daft Punk – One More Time w/ Deadmau5 – Professional Griefers
10. ID w/ Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Acapella)
11. Nicky Romero & Nervo – Like Home w/ Style Of Eye – We Are Boys (Acapella)
12. Avicii – Levels (Hardwell Bootleg) w/ Gregor Salto – Azumba w/ Deniz Koyu – Tung!
13. Deniz Koyu – Bong w/ Avicii – Fade Into Darkness
14. ID
15. East & Young – Coda
16. Tom Hangs feat. Shermanology – Blessed (Avicii Edit)
17. Dada Life – Feed The Dada
18. Style Of Eye – Kids
19. ID w/ Joachim Garraud & Alesia – Hook w/ Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Acapella)
20. ID w/ Daft Punk – Around The World
21. Robyn – With Every Heartbeat (feat. Kleerup)

Otto Knows (Saturday, Nov 24th)

01. Intro w/ Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker (Otto Knows Dub Remix) w/ Robin S – Show Me Love (Acapella)
02. Otto Knows – Million Voices (TORN Remix)
03. Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salto – Just One More Time Baby w/ Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Acapella)
04. John Dahlback – Feel It
05. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Deniz Koyu Remix)
06. Plastik Funk & Tujamo – WHO w/ Daft Punk – Technologic (Acapella)
07. Otto Knows – Visa w/ Calvin Harris – Flasback (Acapella) w/ Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty ‘Rock-N-Rolla’ Remix)
08. ID
09. Arty – When I See You
10. Shinedown – Unity (Matisse & Sadko Instrumental Remix) w/ Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me (Acapella)
11. Deadmau5 feat. Chris James – The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)
12. Dirty South & Michael Brun – Rift
13. Alesso – Losing My Religion ID w/ Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Acapella)
14. Avicii & Nicky Romero – Nicktim w/ Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends (Acapella)
15. Burns – Lies (Otto Knows Remix)
16. Porter Robinson – Language w/ Avicii – Silhouttes (Acapella)
17. Otto Knows – Million Voices w/ OneRepublic – Apologize (Acapella)

48 Comments to “Swedish House Mafia brings ‘One Last Tour’ to Friends Arena (Recap)”

  • Sad to see no variation in SHMs set over those 3 days. How long was their set in total? Was there a show after that? Expected a better Recap from you guys. Neverless I cant wait to see those guys in December!

  • the people of the night remix played by AN21 is from promise land ;)

  • Otto Knows is easily the worst DJ I’ve ever seen live.

  • Otto Knows screwed up BIG TIME during his set. Really enjoyed Swedish House Mafias set though, good variation!

  • Alby Davide:

    Nope, it’s not.

  • John,
    I think that u are terribly wrong. I went to SHM at MKB and the set was wonderful but exactly the same as the one at for example Coachella. This set at Friends was absolutely amazing, never herd anything like it. A couple of new tracks, the best classics beautifully mashed together. They’ve done a great job considering the time available to them!
    LOVE SHM

  • John: Just over two hours.

    Alby Davide: We’ve heard different.

  • @bromantique
    Ja han fuckade upp sjukt grovt någonstans runt 2/3 av sitt set

  • Alright thanks. Hoped they would play at least 2,5 hours – 3 hours. Why did Otto Knows fukk up? I saw him in Hollywood this summer and he was pretty good.

  • Otto Knows var så fruktansvärt dålig, inte bara rent tekniskt utan han spelade även ett så sinnesjukt tråkigt set. Det absolut värsta settet jag hört. SHM var grymt tack vare stämningen, effekterna, pyron och ljud/ljus. Tråkigt att dom inte mixade live dock..

  • I was there and I can tell you that it was the most epic and amazing night in my life! Swedish house mafia is soo fucking good!

  • @bromantique & @ivan tell me about the set of Otto Knows. He’s also warming up this saturday in Belgium…

  • Niklas + grrrrr: That was the sound engineer..

  • Yeah Otto Knows screwed up big time. I don’t remember exactly but he suddenly stopped playing one song and started playing another song, then stopped it and jumped to another song again. It sounded really awkward.
    It didn’t really matter that much because i was there for SHM and they rocked!

  • @gfd. Inte mixade live? Är du cp? Du ser ju för fan hela tracklisten ovanför. Säg inte att du är en av många andra cpidioter som tror att de går upp på scenen trycker play och sen står där och hoppar lite tills mixen spelats klart och sedan går hem. Eller vad det du som stod bakom spelarna? Isf missade jag det.

  • haha can you blame him? that’s easily the biggest crowd he’s played yet i think, pressure must be f’ing mental… amazing job on the tracklist guys!

  • THIS IS WHY ERIC PRYDZ IS A FAR SUPERIOR DJ/PRODUCER.Thank god he peaced out while he had the chance to retain his dignity

    Look at this tracklist. Do they ever fuckin switch it up? no cuz its all pre recorded.

    Fuck SHM. cant wait til they retire (they never will) fuckin greedy fucks.

  • Nice review for those who still waits for the show. Btw, about te photos (only two, i know)… are taken by bmd team? If not, maybe it’s more ethical give the credits. Just my opinion as a journalist.

    Keep rocking!

    xx

  • Nice writeup and list, the show at Friends Arena was amazing.

  • @ Erik hahahaha. Kom tillbaka när du har den minsta aning vad du pratar om grabben..

  • Even if it wasn’t the sound engineer who fucked Otto’s set I can understand the nerves playing in front of dat crowd.

  • Eric Prydz is a great producer and DJ but he is by no means even close to as good of a dj as Angello. Saw Angello play a 6 hour set in Miami and it was incredible.

  • I’m pretty sure that intro ID is gonna be called ”We Come, We Rave, We Love”

  • Erik, de mixade inte alls live. Hur tror du att hela ljusshowen skulle bli om de missar en enda takt? Det skulle fucka upp hela showen. Grabbarna vet hur man DJar, men vid såna här tillfällen är det för det mesta förinspelat. I princip det enda de gjorde på Friends Arena va att leka med effekterna o snacka i mikrofonen, dock var det den bästa kvällen i hela mitt liv, o många andras oxå!

  • Anton: i’m sorry….it might be the remix of AN21 & Max Vangeli vs. Infadels – Glow but i’m pretty sure that promise land have remixed one of the an21 and max vangelli track from the new album. promise land have wrote it on their facebook page

  • CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!

  • Best night in My life!! SHM are amazing and i think Otto Knows was great to.
    Thank you Sweden for the DJs

  • one+atom was really good:)
    and style of eye played nothing what he usually does.. i looked forward to see him aswell

  • and i cant stand John ”Fred Mercury” Martin

  • these guys couldnt even switch it up one bit any of the three nights? jesus christ – milk artists.

    i saw eric prydz twice this past weekend here in NYC.. played 3 hours each night. COMPLETELY different set each night. parties of the year.

    thank god these guys are ”retiring” as a group. even though they’re already planning their comeback tour.

  • am i the only one or did anyone else think they would play a new axwell track or at least one of the older ones we have heard in 08 and 09 like center of the universe or WMC i.d.. i mean a massive show in stockholm why wouldn’t they? we haven’t seen an axwell release since mid 2011-heart is king

  • lou
    cuz 95% who was there came becuz they are shm and like their song on the radio.. they never heard WMC ID or COTU

  • @majk i understand that its just such a shame because us devoted SHM fans want to hear that old stuff and finally have those 08-10 i.ds get played in the live sets and finally released i cant wait until this tour is over

  • Look at Otto Knows Facebook page for an explanation

  • Guys, I’m devastated about the terrible sound quality at my gig at Friends Arena this past Saturday in Stockholm. The sound engineer really messed it up, and you got to suffer from it. We are not sure what really happened, but obviously sound from another source than my mixer went out from the speakers that also lowered the volume from what I was playing. I’m so sorry

    From Otto Knows Facebook.

  • @lou
    amen

  • Do you guys have any info on the ID Steve Angello played at Size in the Park just after ‘H8RS,’ and did SHM play it at the Friends Arena? :)

  • Am I the only one who recalls the acapella from Deniz Koyu’s Follow You with Wynter Gordon being played at the 22nd? When would this be?

    Many thanks.

  • Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child, Friends Arena, Backstage. Check it out!
    http://swedishlifestyle.se/2012/12/01/swedish-house-mafia-backstage/

  • Yup that’s the one!

  • Isn’t ID3 with Supermode – Tell Me Why just Buy Now – For Sale?

  • nothing will ever ” beat THATday”…new offical quote
    – brainheart

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