It was supposed to be a nice farewell tour show for Swedish House Mafia, but was spoiled by an ugly melee, resulting in nine stabbings and one death.
Swedish House Mafia’s performance took place Saturday night in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The Irish police arrested Raymond Donnan, who they claimed was responsible for at least four of the stabbings, broken bottles and knife fights. The police said the attacks were unprovoked. Donnan was charged with assault, possession of a knife, violent disorder and public order offenses.
In a separate unfortunate incident, a man in his early twenties died of supposed drug overdose. However, the specifics are not known at this time. An estimated number of 30 people were also arrested after being charged with assault, drugs, and public order offenses.
Yesterday morning, Swedish House Mafia release a statement on their Facebook page saying that they were unaware of the incidents, but are doing what they can to help and waiting for more details.
They said, “We played a festival in Ireland at the weekend and reports of incidents are coming to us. We didn’t see anything but have asked for all the info and are respectful of the promoter’s need to wait and give us all the clear facts. When we know more we will liase with the Festival promoter directly on what we can do to help but for now we have to respect their request to us that we remain quiet and respectful of their event safety processes. The festival itself was amazing and we had no idea this had happened and neither did the other numerous artists who played. Once we know all the facts we will deal with it in the best way we can. Thank you. Swedish House Mafia.”
The festival also featured Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah, and Calvin Harris. Around 45,000 people were in attendance at the festival, one of the last performances for Swedish House Mafia. The group is expected to play at the iHeartRadio Festival in September in Las Vegas. After their tour, the three members, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, will go their separate ways.
Swedish House Mafia will be missed as the group has created major hits and made waves for the electronic dance music scene. However, there is no doubt the three members will continue their success individually!