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    Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:19:12

    Swedish House Mafia to Play Madison Square Garden on Dec. 16 - Band to play Milton Keynes National Bowl in the UK on July 14

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    Swedish House Mafia are coming! The group announced two major shows: one in the Big Apple and one in the UK! One is at the end of 2011, while the other is in mid-2012.

    The group will play a "One Night Stand" show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Dec. 16 of this year and at Milton Keynes National Bowl in the UK on July 14, 2012. This is huge because Swedish House Mafia will become the first dance act to headline these two legendary venues.

    MSG is essentially the "World's Most Famous Arena" so this is big news. Big.

    Milton Keynes National Bowl will feature a performance in front of 65,000 fans and it will be recorded by BBC Radio 1 for a future broadcast. Uh-mazing!

    Congrats to Swedish House Mafia for booking two massive gigs at these venues.

    The band is also set to release a live album taken from the road this year. The album will feature their much sought-after, previously unavailable Coldplay Vs. Swedish House Mafia "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," plus their new collaboration with Knife Party AKA Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen from Pendulum. The drop date for this live album is TBD.

    The Swedes have already enjoyed phenomenal success to date. Not only did their recent UK tour sell out in minutes which saw a second night added at London's Alexandra Palace, but they sold over a million singles in 2010 alone. They saw their album Until One reach Gold status; co-headlined Radio One's Big Weekend; and played major festival including Creamfields, T in the Park and Oxegen. Internationally, their infamous Masquerade Motel events sold out in Miami, Las Vegas and Ibiza where they enjoyed a 16-week residency.

    Looks like there is a lot of Swedish House Mafia activity taking place.

    Here is the band's statement to fans:

    We hoped you liked our news that we will be the first ever DJ artists to play the legendary Madison Square Garden and National Milton Keynes Bowl Arena and we hope you will be there to be a part of that moment.

    We hoped you liked just as much that our Coldplay version of "Teardrops" and the amazing Knife Party collab Antidote will also be out on the One Night Stand album. Our thanks to those guys. br>
    While choosing the venues we would do this in, so many factors came to play, but us all making history together was firmly one of them.

    Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous rooms in the world, and Milton Keynes Bowl allows 65000 of us to stand together in a virtually sound restriction free zone…it was a no brainer. br>
    We have worked hard with the promoters and suppliers to hammer costs to deliver what we feel are really good ticket prices to make this event as open as possible.

    We will be working on ways to bring the shows to those who cannot make it via the web. br>
    We will be announcing the guests and friends who will join us and the theme for the Milton Keynes Bowl in February….we do hope you will join in !

    It's important to say, that the chances offered to our scene now are in line with some of the biggest bands out there. Who would have thought this was possible even a year ago.

    The magic of this is that while the scene is the biggest it's ever been, it's still the best kept secret in the world.

    Yes sure, so many of the world's greatest electronic producers are now on daytime radio, or they're on MTV, but the beating heart of the scene…the dance floor, is still one for the brave of heart and the true of soul.

    New music is born every day in secret forums, back room dance floors, bedroom laptops and passed round the world with a 'sssshhhh' and a wink. That's why we love it right?

    When we played Miami this year, every single person at that show knew the words to Save the World which was only on the internet from some footage of Steve playing it in Australia. At any festival or large show people know the words and melodies to tracks never released or played on radio. It is unique. It is wonderful. It is a family. And you do that.< br>
    As attendance grows and the venues that house the raves grow in notoriety, the debate rages…is this mainstream now?

    Who knows, but the rules are the same.

    We come. We rave. We love.

    That is the real code of what we do, and that of those who attend our gigs.

    We just do it in some of the best god damn places in the world and whilst we have those opportunities we will take them with both hands.

    A massive shout out to all of those artists in the journey of electronic music to this point who inspired all of us. A massive shout out to all of today's DJs, singers, writers, producers, promoters, dancers, designers, FX teams, lighting jockeys, sound engineers, nightclub workers….anyone….everyone who makes this happen.

    But most of all, a shout out to you.

    History is made by people.

    People…Let's Do This!

    Are you planning to check out one of these gigs?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.23.11



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