Swedish House Mafia Invades Madison Square Garden

By Chelsea Sorrento

Anyone who likes to dance would have appreciated the 20,000-person party that went down at Madison Square Garden on December 16th. Swedish House Mafia and A-Trak of Duck Sauce headlined a sold-out show, and they blew the roof off the joint.

Swedish House Mafia, made up of three well-established Swedish DJs, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, formed in 2007. It’s astounding that in just four short years, they’ve put together a fan base in New York alone that could pack out a venue of this caliber. This is due, in part, to their previously respected DJ careers, as well as their more recent bass-bumping remixes of popular hit songs, such as Pendulum The Island Remix, and their creation of brand new bangers, “Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Save the World.

Pendulum – The Island (Swedish House Mafia remix):

Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 Ibiza:

A-Trak, the New York-based DJ/Producer, is recognized for creating his own label, Fools Gold Records, as well as for his solo career and membership in the house music duo, Duck Sauce.

A-Trak got the starry-eyed crowd at MSG moving in their seats as he started off with slow, melodic house and creeped up to heavier beats. He played behind a 15-foot, multi-colored, stylized “A.” By the end of his set, the crowd was out of their seats with fists flying to some well-known drops.

A-Trak stepped off the stage to much applause, as the lights dimmed and Swedish House Mafia’s crew set up. The room was tense with anticipation of what was about to be bombed on the Garden. The crowd roared as a giant projection screen hanging from the rafters fell to the ground, firecrackers went off, and house music shook the arena.

The rest of the night consisted of build after build, drop after drop. They threw down remixes of work by Afrojack, David Guetta, Coldplay, and even Adele. This show was definitely the wildest thing I’ve ever seen in an arena as big as MSG. We’ve all seen bands like Furthur and Phish here, but seeing a 20,000-person rave from Level 400 was out of control.

Swedish House Mafia is definitely something that you don’t want to miss the next time they come to town. For a taste of the night, I’ve enclosed the live set and track list. Enjoy!


Swedish House Mafia @ Madison Square Garden (12.16.11)

Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner — Together (The Attic Intro Edit) w/ ID
Michael Calfan — Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) [Axtone] w/ Axwell feat. Steve Edwards — Watch The Sunrise (Acappella) [Axtone]
Nari & Milani — Atom [Size]
David Guetta & Afrojack — Lunar [EMI]
Deniz Koyu — Hydra [Joia] w/ Adele — Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) [XL]
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso — Calling (Instrumental Mix) [Refune]
Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough feat. Georgi Kay — In My Mind [Axtone]
Deniz Koyu — Tung! [Flamingo] w/ Calvin Harris — Feel So Close [Sony]
Niki & The Dove — Mother Protect (Alex Metric Remix) [EMI] w/ Afrojack — Replica [Wall]
Axwell — Heart Is King [Axtone] w/ R.E.M — Losing My Religion (Acappella) [Sony] w/ Ferry Corsten — Punk (Arty ‘Rock-N-Rolla’ Remix) [Flashover]
James Blunt — Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) [Atlantic] (Axwell Edit)
Cassius — I Love U So [Ed Banger] w/ Michael Woods — Bullet [Diffused] w/ Nero — Promises (Calvin Harris Remix) [MTA]
Pendulum — The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) [Size / One More Tune] w/ R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max C — Sending My Love [Wall]
Arty, Matisse & Sadko — Trio [Axtone]
Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht — Walking Alone [Phazing] w/ Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah — Miami 2 Ibiza [Virgin] (Live Vocals) w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht — Walking Alone (Acappella) [Phazing]
Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party — Antidote (Vocal Mix) [EMI]
Tommy Trash — The End [Downright] w/ Florence and The Machine — You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) [Toolroom] w/ Swedish House Mafia — One [Virgin]
Axwell feat. Errol Reid — Nothing But Love (Remode Mix) [Axtone] w/ Arty — Around The World [Anjunabeats]
Steve Angello — Yeah [Size]
John Dahlback feat. Erik Hassle — One Last Ride (Tommy Trash Remix) [Mutants / Big Beat]
Diddy, Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey — Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) [Interscope] w/ Daft Punk — Aerodynamic [Virgin] w/ Hard Rock Sofa — Quasar [Axtone]
Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers — Pressure (Alesso Remix) [Spinnin] w/ Coldplay — Fix You [EMI]
Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia — Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Parlophone]
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin — Save The World [EMI] (Live Vocals)
The Temper Trap — Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) [Infectious] w/ Adrian Lux — Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) [Axtone]
Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox — Leave The World Behind [Axtone] w/ DEVolution feat. Amy Pearson — Good Love (Alesso Remix) w/ Green Velvet — Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) [Relief]
Steve Angello & Laidback Luke vs. Robin S — Show Me Love [Ministry Of Sound] w/ Axwell feat. Max C — I Found U [Axtone] w/ Steve Angello — Knas [Size]

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