Seven years ago, they performed their sendoff to a Miami audience of more than 50,000. A half-decade later, they seized an opportunity to convert their heartbreaking farewell nostalgia into a triumphant return to the very same location in which they presented their final goodbyes. Both Swedish House Mafia sets are widely regarded as two momentous points in dance music history, with the “One Last Tour” closing in 2013 overwhelmingly considered as the trio’s single crowning Ultra performance.
Sure, “iconic” gets tossed around generously these days, but seven years to the weekend later, its clear the Swede’s 90-minute Bayfront Park spectacle actually epitomizes the word. The cohesiveness of the 17-song tracklist beside the reverberating energy of the tens of thousands of Ultra attendees provided an unforgettable atmosphere around the three veterans DJs. From their mantra-chanting introductory mix of “We Come, We Rave, We Love” to the final sit-down for “Don’t You Worry Child” to drawing John Martin for a live rendition of “Save The World” to a concluding edit of “Reload,” Swedish House Mafia harnessed every ounce of dance music euphoria as they formally closed the curtain while undoubtedly (albeit temporarily) going out on top.
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