Spectacle (and a few more stabbings) at Swedish House Mafia’s final U.K. show
When 60,000 people roll up to your concert, a fight that ends in three stabbings is pretty small fry. However, it’s unfortunate for superstar trio the Swedish House Mafia that the standalone bout of violence at their Milton Keynes Bowl farewell over the weekend came so closely after the reported nine stabbings in Dublin and the media hand-wringing that followed. Police at Milton Keynes told the papers that the fight appeared to have been an “isolated incident” and one person was responsible. While one victim sustained a punctured lung, there were no fatalities.
Now onto the good news. Months of preperation led up to what the trio billed as its last-ever show on U.K. soil, and despite Axwell telling The Sun newspaper that the send-off would be “gimmick free”, there was spectacle to burn. First, though, the swelling crowd was treated to ‘warm-up’ sets from Example, Madeon, Alesso and Calvin Harris. As you’d expect, given the scale of the event, each act was in crowd-pleasing form, so it fell to Pete Tong to ratchet back the energy levels ahead of the main event.
Opening with Greyhound, the DJs rolled out two hours of hits, including next single Don’t You Worry Child. While the towering stage set meant the front rows couldn’t get a look at the headliners, those further back had their senses rattled by LEDs, pyrotechnics and lasers. Flashes of the Union Jack didn’t hurt either. “We hate over-promising and under-delivering,” Axwell told The Sun, but the delivery was just as bombastic as expected. Now the Swedes are looking ahead to a headline set at Tomorrowland in Belgium, the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel residency and a mammoth homecoming show in Stockholm, Sweden.