In a lineup akin to the EDM model of the Met Gala, it is a blurry smudge on Extremely’s 2022 flier that is inflicting the dance music hive thoughts to return unglued.
When Extremely organizers introduced the primary section of the lineup, additionally they revealed a secretive closing efficiency by “one of the crucial iconic artists in digital music historical past.” And one title instantaneously grew to become the consensus.
Contemplating his illustrious historical past with the model, all indicators level to Hardwell. The storied Dutch DJ carried out at Extremely yearly from 2012 to 2018, when he shockingly stepped away from the digital music business on the age of 30. In some ways, Extremely’s mythos runs via him.
When Extremely introduced a 3rd wave of artists by posting a flier with the pageant’s headliners listed in alphabetical order, followers rapidly seen that the censored title was bookended by Gareth Emery and ILLENIUM. It is the closest you will get to a smoking gun with out it firing.
Based on Extremely’s every day stage programming slate, if Hardwell is finally revealed as the key artist, he’ll shut the Important Stage on Sunday, March twenty seventh after David Guetta and Armin van Buuren, amongst others.
Fanning the flames of the hypothesis are latest tweets by a variety of Hardwell’s collaborators, together with KURA and Timmy Trumpet.
The tweets’ timing definitely has the texture of a bellwether, nevertheless it’s too quickly to queue up the “it is taking place” memes from The Workplace. It is necessary to notice that Extremely organizers haven’t but confirmed a efficiency by Hardwell on the time of this text’s publication.
It is price noting that Hardwell teased a return to the stage throughout an impromptu look on the 2021 Amsterdam Dance Occasion, the place he reconnected with lots of his digital music contemporaries, like KAAZE.
“This isn’t official but, however he’s coming, he is coming,” stated KAAZE, who has launched dozens of songs on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint, on the time.
Earlier this 12 months, Hardwell celebrated the 10-year anniversary of “Spaceman,” the generational dance anthem he launched simply two months previous to his Extremely debut in 2012. If there was ever a time to mud off the headphones, it is now.
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