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Swedish House Mafia says goodbye to LA ravers tonight


The first of two sold-out nights of Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel electronica rave came off smoothly last night at the Los Angeles State Historic Park near Chinatown.

An estimated crowd of 30,000 people braved the Friday night rain and chill to watch, dance and shriek to the thumping beat and flashing videos from Swedish House Mafia DJs Alex Hedfors (Axwell), Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso.

No arrests were made and there were no reports of any disturbances during the multi-media concert, said Los Angeles police Lt. Bruce Hagerty of the Central station.

Minutes before the concert began, thousand of ravers packed Union Station and the Chinatown Gold Line station on their way to the venue, many wearing elaborate of all shapes, sizes and colors masks that are almost required dress at the hugely popular Masquerade Motel shows

Tonight's Swedish House mafia show marks the last in Los Angeles for the electronic dance music DJ trio before they end their Grammy-winning collaboration.

The group announced the breakup last year, but Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso were quick to say that their decision to go their separate ways wasn't the result of any conflict. Angello told Rolling Stone last year that the three “always like the challenge. And we don't like to repeat ourselves. We just felt like it was time.”

Show promoters say Metro will stay open until the concert ends and be free to attendees. Concertgoers will be able to use their tour tickets as proof of payment. 

Tonight's sold-out show will draw another 30,000 ravers. Here's one of many YouTube videos of the Friday night show.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated 70,000 people are expected to attend Saturday night's concert. That number is the expected attendance at both Friday and Saturday's shows.