After years of speculation and a few months of heightened industry anxiety, Swedish House Mafia reunited on the Ultra Miami stage Sunday (March 25) to help celebrate the festival's 20th year.
The famous trio emerged from darkness after a 30-minute production break. When asked why they chose this moment to reunite, they simply said "it was time."
"I am Axwell, I am Sebastian Ingrosso, and I am Steve Angello," they said into the mics, "and Miami, tonight we go by Swedish House Mafia."
A lot has changed since SHM last dropped "Don't You Worry Child" on the "Ultranaughts" in 2013, its last set in five years. Its progressive sound has been replaced by rapid-fire breaks, its builds with trap-bass, but as soon as the icons gave fans megahits "Save The World," "Miami 2 Ibiza" and "Greyhound," the thousands-deep crowd roared with the chants of each electric melody.
The final peak came with an encore of "One." There was no giant Pharrell sighting, but there were tons of fireworks. For one last night, Miami lived one of its storied historical music experiences.
The festival also announced its 2019 event would take place March 29-31.