Uh oh. We first reported a few weeks back that Bal Harbor Village was moving to block Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel, and now it seems that their permit has been officially denied by Miami-Dade County. The Miami Herald reports that SHM’s big event at Haulover Beach was actually part of a larger four day fashion-inspired offering called the Funkshion festival, and was anticipated to attract a whopping 25,000 attendees. Interestingly, the Miami New Times quotes a “source close to the event” as believing that the event will indeed go on. According to this person, “As far as I know, [Masquerade Motel] is still going on.”
We reached out to Swedish House Mafia’s camp ourselves but haven’t received any comment. It’s still completely possible that they are looking for a new venue, so all hope is not lost. We repeat: until Swedish House Mafia speaks on the record, we will continue to believe that the event will take place. The when and the where, however, are probably still up for discussion. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more — which better be soon. The clock is ticking… Oh, the irony.
Update: Good news folks: Axwell just Tweeted that Masquerade Motel “IS ON!!” Hopefully that means we’ll have a location, a date, and a time for ticket sales soon too.
Update: Swedish House Mafia have just alerted us via their Facebook page that tickets will go on sale this Friday. Those Swedes just love keeping us on our feet as they’re also urging us to stay tuned for more surprises. We’ll keep you updated as further information comes in.