Just months after dropping their first single in nearly a decade, Swedish House Mafia has announced that they will play Coachella 2022.
Update (10/22): After teasing a performance at Coachella 2022, Swedish House Mafia revealed plans for the Paradise Again World Tour, which is scheduled to kick off in Miami in late July of next year.
Tickets for the 44-stop concert series are set to go on sale for the general public next Friday, October 29th, and along with the tour’s announcement, Swedish House Mafia released a track entitled “Moth To A Flame” with The Weeknd.
Below is our original coverage of the house group’s plans to play Coachella 2022.
The Stockholm-based house trio took to social media to tease an appearance at Coachella 2022, which, assuming it takes place, will mark the first edition of the Goldenvoice festival since 2019. Organizers nixed Coachella 2020 (which, as in years past, had been set for April) due to COVID-19 concerns, before putting a rescheduled October of 2020 event and an April of 2021 festival on ice for the same reason. Moreover, despite live music’s ongoing return, several high-profile festivals and tours have been canceled in recent weeks.
A 19-second-long clip uploaded by Swedish House Mafia features close-up shots of a machine adding lettering and a design to fabric. The brief video’s final seconds reveal that this fabric is in fact a jacket, with text across its back reading: “Swedish House Mafia Live Coachella 2022.”
Coachella, for its part, uploaded a photo that appears to show Swedish House Mafia (whose members are tagged) in the distance, standing before the music festival’s Indio, California site, the Empire Polo Club. More than a few fans have weighed in on the posts, with Swedish House Mafia’s tweet boasting over 4,400 likes at the time of this piece’s publishing, against almost 9,000 likes and north of 1,400 retweets for Coachella’s message.
Regarding the other prominent performers that are set to play Coachella 2022 (scheduled for April 15th-17th and 22nd-24th), higher-ups revealed in early August that Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott are still booked as next year’s headliners. Frank Ocean, on the other hand, is preparing to headline Coachella 2023.
Though promotional efforts like Swedish House Mafia’s Coachella plug are sure to build interest in the music festival, evidence suggests that fans are already eager to attend the event – as well as other crowd-based entertainment functions.
EDC Las Vegas, for instance, is expected to draw a substantial number of attendees when it kicks off tomorrow – with some performances streaming live in the Roblox universe. In one of many testaments to the potential challenges and considerations associated with organizing an event as large as EDC, numerous passholders are currently making clear their dissatisfaction in terms of the rumored lack of in-tent air conditioning. One irked Instagram user went as far as describing EDC Las Vegas as “Fyre Festival 2.0.”
Day Trip and Music Midtown represent just a small portion of the music festivals that have returned in 2021, and Travis Scott’s Astroworld – over 100,000 passes to which sold out in less than an hour earlier this year – is now about two weeks away from going down in Houston, Texas.