Event Review: Swedish House Mafia Madison Square Garden Takeover
“We’ve turned Madison Square Garden into a Nightclub” proclaimed Steve Angello of the Swedish House Mafia during their One Night Stand performance at MSG and rightfully so. There’s no denying, they did just that. They came, they raved, they conquered. The Swedish House Mafia set out to make history when taking over New York City last night, and that’s just what they did indeed. The Swedish trio performed a two hour set to 20,000 party-goers and electronic dance music fans alike for their sold-out gig at New York City’s world famous Madison Square Garden.
Jacques Lu Cont provided the music for the beginning of the night with a nice set to start things off and get the crowd warmed up for the nights main event. New York’s own A-Trak came full force with energy, playing a wide variety of tracks including their latest release “Big Bad Wolf” and his rather popular dance anthem “Barbra Streisand”. The Fool’s Gold label owner never disappoints, scratching the needle on the record so preciously in his mixes that the whole crowd were on their feet dancing along.
Once 10:45PM hit, the members of the Swedish House Mafia took the stage and opened with a video montage which played over a large white curtain, which would soon fall to reveal the trio behind it standing behind their DJ setup in front of 20,000 crazed dance music fans. From the moment the curtain fell, the magic began.The HIGHLY anticipated event was overall a milestone for the electronic music industry as a whole.
After a massive year of EDM DJs popping up all over mainstream airwaves and collaborating with major “pop” artists, all barriers were broken. Artist combos such as David Guetta and Usher, Calvin Harris with Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia with Pharell, and soon to be released collaboration between Afrojack with Paris Hilton would be unfathomable a year or two ago. There was so much more constraint on genre, but now, Beyonce can “Run the World” with Major Lazer beats and otherwise unlikely scenarios. Vision gets blurry between what is considered pop or hip-hop vs what stumbles into the category of “electronic dance music”. Regardless of the blend-trend lately, there is no denying that this is an epic time for EDM music, which has officially made it’s mark in United States culture with the first ever electronic dance music rave in Madison Square Garden, with none other than the ‘holy trinity of house music’, Swedish House Mafia. Packing the energy level to maximum craziness, the Mafia had the sold out show singing to their club hits “Leave the World Behind“, Axwell’s Bootleg of Heart is King vs Losing My Religion, and their 2010 club anthem, One. Mixing in a slight mainstream vibe, the trio spun in feel-good remixes of Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain and Florence + The Machine’s You Got The Love.
Live performances of the night came from Tinie Tempah on the groups “Miami 2 Ibiza” as well as a performance of the popular 2011 dance track “Save The World” also by Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello. The DJ set pleasured both ears and eyes of party-goers with their extensive LED light shows, confetti, fireworks and graphics. For those who were expecting more, I’m not sure if you were anticipating them to come down from the MSG ceiling on strings like some sort of Swedish angels, but I’m pretty sure they did the trick for all who attended. It was a Swedish House Mafia show, and probably their most monumental grabbing the attention of major publications such as The New York Times.
And this is all without mentioning the after party. New Yorkers party til the wee hours of the morning to begin with; most venues close at 4am, with a few after-hours spots for the extreme night owl. With Swedish House Mafia in town, once again barriers are broken down. The legendary New York nightlife venue Roseland Ballroom housed the Swedish mafia and crew for the after party, which sold out in less than 40 minutes, lasted until the sun was shining at 8am. Along for the party were exclusive sets by Carl Kennedy as well as AN21 & Max Vangeli.
From the moment Swedish House Mafia set the stage on Fuse TV, allowing those who may not have been fortunate enough to physically be in attendance to have an interactive worldwide electronic music experience. The entire show was also recorded, both in audio and video, as well as track-listed which can both be found below. One thing is for certain, even if you came only knowing the words to “Save the World“, you left knowing the hype behind the epic house trio Swedish House Mafia.
01. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together (The Attic Intro Edit) 02. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) w/ Axwell feat. Steve Edwards – Watch The Sunrise (Acappella) 03. Nari & Milani – Atom 04. David Guetta & Afrojack – Lunar 05. Deniz Koyu – Hydra 06. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) 07. Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Calling 08. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – Colours (Simon D Remake) 09. Deniz Koyu – Tung! w/ Calvin Harris – Feel So Close 10. Niki & The Dove vs. Afrojack – Mother Protect Replica (Swedish House Mafia Bootleg) 11. Axwell vs. Rem vs. Ferry Corsten – Heart Is King vs. Losing My Religion vs. Punk (Axwell Bootleg) 12. James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) (Axwell Edit) 13. Cassius vs. Michael Woods vs. Nero – I Love Bullet Promises (Dirty South Mashup) 14. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello & AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) w/ R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max’C – Sending My Love 15. Arty vs. Matisse & Sadko – Trio 16. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone 17. Swedish House Mafia feat. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone (Acappella) 18. Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party – Antidote (Vocal Mix) 19. Tommy Trash – The End w/ Swedish House Mafia – One w/ Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) 20. Axwell vs. Arty – Nothing But Love Around The World (Axwell Mashup) 21. Steve Angello pres. Who’s Who – Yeah 22. John Dahlback feat. Erik Hassle – One Last Ride (Tommy Trash Remix) 23. Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) w/ Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar w/ Daft Punk – Aerodynamic 24. Starkillers & Alex Kenji & Alesso vs. Coldplay feat. Nadia Ali – Fix Your Pressure (East & Young Mashup) 25. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix) 26. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save The World 27. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) 28. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B. Remode) 29. Laidback Luke & Swedish House Mafia feat. Deborah Cox – Leave The World Behind w/ Devolution feat. Amy Pearson – Good Love (Alesso Remix) w/ Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) 30. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke vs. Axwell – Be vs. I Found U vs. Knas
Article By: Angela Samartano