Last month, Hardwell made the shocking announcement that he’d be taking a break from touring and making music for an indeterminate amount of time.
“Being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so,” he wrote in a statement. “This is why I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc.”
While fans were obviously disappointed, in the wake of many high-profile celebrity deaths this year attributed to depression, overwork, and mental health, his reasoning was understood.
Yesterday, Hardwell performed his final show before beginning his break at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam during Amsterdam Dance Event. The entire show was played with the accompaniment of the Metropole Orkest, making for a once-in-a-lifetime journey through dance music.
Watch all two hours below, including Hardwell’s tear-jerking final speech. “I will be back!” he says, through emotion-filled eyes.