Indeed, there have been several happenings hinting at what would be a monumental reunion to be sure. Every year we pride ourselves on delivering for our fans special unannounced performances and surprises. But for the big 20th Anniversary, we knew we had to deliver something huge. Something unique that can only be seen at Ultra. It is completely under wraps. The only thing I can say is to Expect The Unexpected. While the group remain good friends, let us remember the trio originally disbanded five years ago because they felt what they were doing was artistically empty. As Angello told HuffPost ,. It was this humongous monster.
The group officially formed in late , were placed at number ten on the DJ Mag Top DJ Poll  and have been called "the faces of mainstream progressive house music. Their final performance was at Ultra Miami on March 24, For the next five years Angello worked solo, while Axwell and Ingrosso performed as a duo. On March 25, , the group reunited with a surprise closing set at the 20th anniversary of Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida. Angello and Ingrosso knew each other as children growing up in Stockholm,  and would often collaborate under various aliases in their early careers. Collaborations with Axwell came later in the decade as the pair discovered the Swedish DJ by a chance meeting. The name Swedish House Mafia came about after friends and fans began labelling the four as they played more and more shows together with the four being first officially referred to as "Swedish House Mafia" in March by the Winter Music Conference.
The five years since Swedish House Mafia closed out Ultra Music Festival — capping off the final show date of their "One Last Tour" and closing the chapter on what was ostensibly to be their final show together as SHM — have seen vast changes in the landscape of dance music. Much of the melodic, up-tempo and trance-inspired sounds of progressive house that once universally dominated festival mainstages have been largely replaced by aggressive breaks, dissonant chopped vocals and hard bass drops more akin to turn-up trap music and American dubstep. So when rumors of an SHM reunion began to quietly circulate about the industry over the past months, then more fervently throughout Miami over the past week as Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival began to kick into high gear, there were certainly questions of how the group's sound would stack up for a new generation of festival goers in an era when the sound of a scene can evolve dramatically in just five years. But as fans walking the streets of Miami this past weekend began to notice sly posters incorporating SHM's trademark three circles artwork interpolated with a variety of major brand logos, it became increasingly clear how much rising excitement there was among the gathered crowds over the possibility of seeing Axwell , Sebastian Ingrosso , and Steve Angello once again standing next to each other onstage under the banner of Swedish House Mafia. Welcome back swedishousemfia! We all missed you! And on Sunday night, as the lights came up on the mainstage after an extended production break setting up the unbelievable displays of high-definition video, lasers and choreographed pyrotechnics, all doubts were washed away.
This is all I can manage to say. Barely visible from the front row are three black dots embedded in the center: the Swedish House Mafia logo. The rumors were confirmed.