He gave one of the most electric performances at possibly one of the most famous electronic music festivals in history over ten years ago. Hardwell, a dance music pioneer and former two-time World No. 1 DJ, returns to the Ultra Music Festival stage to make history with the most anticipated return set of 2022.
Hardwell stated in Autumn 2018 that he will be taking a break from touring after more than a decade of performing at the world’s largest festivals.
So it’s no surprise that his triumphant return on Sunday night, his first official performance since his Ziggo Dome concert with the Metropole Orkest Symphony in October 2018, was a historic occasion. Playing a surprise set on the main stage, closing out the festival’s weekend, the 150,000 capacity crowd excitedly greeted Hardwell’s return. Whilst online, his performance also broke Ultra’s numbers via the live stream, with fans tuning in from around the globe, all eager to watch Hardwell’s first official live set in some 3.5 years.
Revealing a new show and new sound, alongside announcing a 24-date world tour supporting his new artist album, Rebels Never Die, Hardwell used his headline slot at Ultra over the weekend to mark a new era in his career. This historic occasion during Ultra not only served as Hardwell’s first show back but a chance for him to ignite the attention of fans worldwide. Always a leader, with a quest to evolve, not repeat. Hardwell’s new 14 track solo album, released on his label Revealed Recordings, represents a critical point in the musical shift for one of electronic music’s biggest known stars.
The brand new Rebels Never Die world tour is a large-scale production concept that will give fans a one-of-a-kind multi-dimensional experience to witness Hardwell perform live back on stage. Throughout 2022, the Rebels Never Die album tour will see Hardwell on the road with already 24 dates booked on the biggest stages spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America.
For millions of fans worldwide, Hardwell’s shock announcement from touring back in 2018 came as a huge surprise. After more than a decade of chasing his dream and at the peak of his career, Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell, chose to take a step back, to move out of the spotlight. Stepping away from a journey that bore over 120 x singles, 80 x remixes, 1 x artist album, 11 x compilation albums, 2 x documentaries, 2 x arena world tours, countless international headline performances, and more. Hardwell’s fans were left wondering if they would ever see him perform again.
Hardwell gave the fans what they wanted on Sunday, on the closing night of Ultra Music Festival in the lovely city of Miami, putting an end to rumours of his retirement. Dispelling any notion that his passion for electronic music had waned, and decisively answering the question of how one of dance music’s most illustrious titans can renew a matchless career of such grandeur.
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