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)
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
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
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)
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)
Off the back of one of their hugest years on record, the Swedish House Mafia will embark on their first ever homeland show at Stockholm’s Friends Arena in November. Set to follow on from this years large-scale events in Miami, New York and the UK’s Milton Keynes Bowl, Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso’s long overdue Sweden debut as Swedish House Mafia at the soon to be completed 65 000(!) capacity Friends Arena is set across three nights on November 22, 23 and 24.
Also, check out their new single, “Don’t You Worry Child.”
Update: (17:26 PM CET 27/6) Tickets to all three nights are officially sold out. In total, well over 100 000 tickets have been sold over merely a few hours.
Update: (16:12PM CET 26/6) The third show is set for November 22. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 27th, at 9 AM CET. Ticket link: http://www.ticnet.se/checkout/event.php?eventId=FDS1122
Update: (15:15PM CET 26/6) It’s now been confirmed that a third and final show will be added. More info to follow soon.
Update: (13:36 PM CET 26/6) The second show sold out in 59 minutes. Swedish House Mafia are looking into the possibilities of setting up a third and final show.
Update: (15:44 PM CET 24/6) It has now been confirmed that Swedish House Mafia are also set to perform at Friends Arena on November 23rd. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 26th at 9 AM CET.
Update: (11:51 AM CET 24/6) The tickets sold out in just 42 minutes. A second date will be added hopefully later today (Monday).
Update: Axwell joined Sebastian Ingrosso live at Summerburst to officially announce that the first Swedish House Mafia show in Sweden is set to take place at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on November 24th:
A look on when Swedish House Mafia opened a sold out Madison Square Garden last year:
For more info: http://www.swedishhousemafia.com/stockholm/