In 2018 Summerburst was bigger than ever in terms of booked artists and number of stages. Never before had so many acts been booked, but then there had never been three stages in the festival area — in both cities. This was also the year when Summerburst in Stockholm returned to Stockholm Stadion, something which the Stockholm audience had really longed for. A new stage this year was Love Affair which would focus on techno and deep house. Then there was the Main Stage where you got to see DJ’s such as Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Will Sparks, Galantis and ’DJ Mag’s #1 DJ’ – Martin Garrix, as well as the Garden Stage, a more intimate and shielded area of the festival where well-established EDM artists would perform.
2018 was not just about happiness and euphoria, it was also a year with a touch of sorrow and melancholy. The Swedish world artist and producer Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, sadly passed away during the spring. The importance of Avicii and his music was and still is huge for people and the entire music industry. His music brought together different music generations and early on created an understanding for what electronic dance music is all about. During Summerburst there was a silent minute in tribute of Tim ’Avicii’ Bergling which was very beautiful and dignified. A minute can seem small in perspective to a whole life, but it was a minute that was significant and honorable. We shall remember Tim Bergling for all the joy he spread through his music. How many feet haven’t danced, jumped and turned thanks to his music? The legend of Avicii will be told through generations.
Before Summerburst 2018 the organizer let the audience vote for the artists they would like to see. ”We have the best audience that really get engaged with the festival. To give some love back to them, we have let them vote for the artists they wish to see at the festival and we have made every effort to satisfy their wishes,” said the festival management. This mixed with bookings that the organizer thought would fit the bill, resulted in a line-up of DJ’s that left nobody disappointed. At the Main Stage in both cities Dutch DJ and world star Martin Garrix performed as headline. Garrix, who later in 2018 would be dubbed ’World’s Best DJ’ by DJ Mag for the third year in a row, in 2018 released tracks like ’Like I Do’ together with David Guetta and Brooks, ’Ocean’ with the singer Khalid, ’High On Life’ and the monster hit ’Scared To Be Lonely’ together with Dua Lipa the year before. The Swedish duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso also performed in the both cities as headline. The duo, that was previously two-thirds of the legendary group Swedish House Mafia, had earlier in the year done a secretive and mythical performance as the very Swedish House Mafia together with the third member, Steve Angello, at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, where they finished the festival. The reunion was a fact and the rumors of a permanent reunion was in full bloom. The rumors would not decrease after Axwell grabbed the microphone at Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s performance at Ullevi and said: ”I, Sebastian and a guy named Steve did a thing in Miami. Maybe we should do the same thing in Sweden, or what do you say?” We all know what happened. Some of the other DJ’s that the audience got to experience at Summerburst in the both cities Galantis, Diplo, Armin van Buuren, Vigiland, Alan Walker, Benny Benassi, Albin Myers, A-Trak, Yellow Claw, Deorro, Kungs, R3HAB and Caroline Roxy that stood for the theme tune of Summerburst 2018 with the song ’Recover’.
2018 was the 8th year of Summerburst. The festival had never had so many DJ’s booked to perform as in this edition. Never before had there been three stages in the festival area in both cities, which contributed to the broad lineup of DJ’s to perform at Summerburst this year. The festival took place on June 1–2 at Ullevi, and June 15–16 at Stockholm Stadion. Accompanied by sparkling pyrotechnics and colorful confetti the crowds filled up the downtown festival over four days in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Initially the idea was that the Stockholm edition was to be held at Östermalms IP, as it would be easier to build three stages there. That was also the information that was first communicated when the news about the 2018 festival came out. But just like Summerburst had done in previous years, the organizer paid attention to the what the audience wanted. A lot of people wanted to see the festival return to Stockholm Stadion, and after quite a bit of planning Summerburst in Stockholm was moved back to Stadion. ”We will take back Summerburst to the big nightclub vibe that we had a few years ago, by booking artists that the fans want to see and also by returning to Stadion in Stockholm, the place where everything started in 2011,” said the Summerburst festival management. The new stage for the year was Love Affair. There the focus would lay on the genres techno and deep house. This was something that was requested and in tune with the times. Another advantage with having a stage focused on techno is that more female acts were booked. Something which is difficult in the more common EDM genre. Almost half of the artists performing at the Love Affair stage were. ”We’ve always had a problem finding female artists in this genre. We’ve never claimed otherwise, it is very difficult. But now with techno, it’s becoming easier. In techno there are many female DJ’s that are very big and that many people want to see,” said the Summerburst festival general to SVT. At the Love Affair stage both cities offered performances by acts like CamelPhat, that the year before had released the hit song ’Cola,’ Nic Fanciulli, Jeremy Olander, La Fleur, Josefin Rosen, Solardo, Booka Shade, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Sebjak, Heidi and Molø. Garden Stage, the more intimate, shielded area of the festival that was introduced in Stockholm the year before, was now available to the Gothenburg audience as well. Something that turned out really well. Now both cities had the same number of stages. At the Garden Stage, amongst others, bands like Bassjackers, Salvatore Ganacci, Dannic, Juicy M, Garmiani, Brohug and Throttle played.