Thursday 22 March 2018


Craig Hughes

Phoenix park

The trioka were in town, but finances weren't being discussed, instead hard house beats were engulfing the Phoenix Park.

Swedish House Mafia, a DJ trio as opposed to an organised Scandinavian crime gang, had transformed the park into a massive outdoor nightclub and kept the crowd fist-pumping, head bopping and hip shaking all the way through their two-hour set.

Lights flashed, fireworks dazzled and heavy bass lines kept the crowd dancing. In the region of 40,000 revellers had packed into the park to dance to the Scandinavian sounds.

Earlier, Snoop Dog, Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah and Irish group The Ordinary Rude Boys entertained the crowd, but it was the Swedish DJs who sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The Dublin crowd were deafening in their proclamation that they were "gonna save the world tonight" as they sang along to the Swedish House Mafia hit 'Save The World.'

DJ Sebastian Ingrosso climbed on top of his DJ decks with an Irish tri-colour and declared his love for Dublin. The crowd erupted with a chorus of "Ole Ole Ole" as the DJs were welcomed back to Dublin.

Coldplay's Chris Martin's voice roared from the speakers as the trio sampled their track 'Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall' and 'Paradise' into their own house mash-up, which the crowd delighted in.

The constant bass line kept pounding and the lights kept flashing, the sun had stayed out all day and the event was like something resembling the Spanish party island of Ibiza, except I don't think they wear wellingtons in Ibiza.

The muddy fields of the park turned into a playground for the party-goers who started splashing around as if it was the warm Mediterranean Sea.

By the end of the night the park had become a mud bath, but euphoria was still in the air and spirits remained high as the party relocated into the city.

The three Swedish DJs -- Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell -- have only recently broken into the mainstream global music scene. Their sell-out show in New York's iconic Madison Square Garden in December last year crystallised just how far the trio have come since they decided to amalgamate their sounds in 2008.

I hadn't heard much from the Swedish outfit before the concert, and I entered a sceptic, but left a converted fan.

Irish Independent

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