Photos by G.
The Swedish electronic band Swedish House Mafia are one show away from performing their final ever show in New York. I caught their second to last show on March 3, 2013 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Here are 10 reasons why the concert was a stroke of genius.
1. It was the biggest rave I’ve ever been to. Barclays Center holds 18,103 people and it was sold out.
2. Rather than just have one DJ behind the decks pushing buttons and moving up and down to the beat, Swedish House Mafia employ THREE DJs! Supersize it!
3. The group was able to sell out 3 nights at Barclays Center, 1 night at Madison Square Garden and 1 night at Hammerstein Ballroom as they’ve announced this is their final tour EVER! Since there was not much to look at other than the visuals, every seat was a good seat!
4. Swedish House Mafia said little more than “New York, MAKE SOME NOISE” and “Brooklyn, are you feeling alright?” for the duration of the show.
5. Laser lights, cool projections and sometimes fire and/or fireworks were featured for every song.
6. The show was proof that nearly 18,000 kids could be on drugs in a single place and nobody got hurt.
7. The ability to have the crowd eating out of your hand, freaking out and losing control with dance songs whose lyrics are “Ooh, Hey” (that was the carefully selected opening act).
8. Their tour merch, which consisted primarily of sayings in a really simple font, was selling for $35 and up!
9. The group had the nerve to take a 10 minute break in the middle of the set, thus disrupting everyone’s groove and flow! Clearly, it was not from working too hard, which makes the act even more genius!
10. At some point, enough money will be offered and Swedish House Mafia will make a killing on a reunion tour!
It’s crazy to think of all the songs that Swedish House Mafia will never get to perform again!
On a side note, this was my first trip to the Barclays Center and even though I had to travel to Brooklyn which does not make me thrilled, I must say that the staff were extremely nice and since the venue is very new, it was very clean. The prices of food are your typical over-priced stadium fare ($10.50 for a beer, $4.50 for a pretzel, $9.50 for a burger and fries, etc.) The pitch of the venue is not for those that are scared of heights, so my recommendation is to sit low if you have this affliction. Obviously, Swedish House Mafia are not doing anything to push the musical boundaries forward, but for what it was, their show was thoroughly entertaining. Their songs have great beats and their visuals could keep even non-dance music fans eye fucked all night long. If you are going to their final show EVER in New York on March 4, 2013, they went on just prior to 10 pm so make sure your drugs kick in before that hour!
The setlist was: 2 hours of dance music that pretty much all sounded the same with little variation.