One of the biggest names in dance music today as we know it, decided to go onto an indefinite hiatus from touring and selling out arenas. Dance music titan, and Dutch legend, Hardwell took to social media just a few hours ago to announce to his fans that he was taking a much needed and indefinite break from his live shows but also promised he would "come back stronger" when he did.
Explaining his decision and how the relentless and grueling touring schedule took a toll on him, Hardwell went on to say he was exhausted by "being Hardwell 24x7" and how this left him no time to be himself and for his family and friends. Saying,
"Over the past few years I’ve come to know myself better and better and over time I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity, and attention for my life as a normal person to do so."
While this means that his touring schedule officially ended in style and with a bang yesterday, on September 6 in Ibiza, he will still play his All Ages show in the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event on the 18th of October 2018.
We have to applaud Hardwell for taking this drastic step to take time off and focus on not just himself but his near and dear ones as well. We've come to know all too well how stressful the industry and the pressure that it carries with it can be when we all lost a gem of an artist to it in Avicii! While similar to the steps Avicii took, Hardwell has promised to continue making music in his time off, so that's definitely something his fans can celebrate.
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Hardwell also went on to end on a positive note saying he wanted to stay connected with his fans by the way of his music and definitely didn't rule of a return in the future saying,
"My sincerest hope is that we will be able to continue this journey together. I want to come back stronger than ever, but for now, I’m just going to be me for a while."
We wish Hardwell full power and hope he enjoys his much deserved time off to the fullest! In the meantime, we will be right here waiting for him with open arms when he's ready!
Read his full message below.