After Martin Garrix was announced to play Tomorrowland 2019 during the festival’s Phase Two announcement yesterday, many fans were looking forward to seeing their hero close out the festival once again, as he has for the past few years on the mainstage. However, it seems that Tomorrowland may instead turn to the Swedish House Mafia to headline their 15th anniversary celebrations in July, with Martin telling fans on Twitter that his only set at the Belgian festival would take place on weekend one, on his own STMPD stage, and that he won’t actually be performing on the mainstage at all this year.
The news – which is sure to shock many – marks the second time that Martin has been snubbed in favour of SHM in the space of a year, with the Dutchman missing out on Ultra Music Festival in Miami last year as Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso closed the 20th anniversary celebrations with a thunderous Sunday night set. Though no official word has yet been announced with regards to the Mafia performing at Tomorrowland this year, the 15th anniversary of the biggest dance festival in the world deserves an act of legendary status to close out the event, and with the likes of Armin van Buuren and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike headlining Friday and Saturday respectively, the stage is now set for SHM to deliver a fitting finale on Sunday, having previously teased their future involvement at TML 19 on social media last year.
With the Swedish House Mafia vs Martin Garrix rivalry rumbling on, could the Swedish trio steal Martin’s thunder on the biggest stage of all this October when they will look to prevent the Dutchman from winning a 4th consecutive DJ Mag ‘Top 100’ crown.
I'm not playing the mainstage this year! Only @stmpdrcrds stage weekend 1
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) January 29, 2019