UPDATE 10/22 9:24AM | Hardwell’s manager, Anna Knaup, has confirmed that Mr X was not Hardwell. In a statement released early this morning, Knaup said, “I would like to officially confirm that whilst Robbert did make an appearance at SJRM’s ADE party, he was not there to perform but merely there to support his friends’ event and to enjoy the night. […] However, we are very appreciative of the amazing love and interest shown by the fans, promoters and media writers around the rumour of what so many of you felt was his return to the DJ booth.”
You can read the full statement below.
Amsterdam Dance Event is a gathering of a million possibilities. With hundreds, maybe thousands of industry representatives all intermingling in the Dutch city, collaborations and agreements can spring up out of nowhere and lead to some huge partnerships in the future.
In all the randomness, a rumor has begun that Hardwell secretly played a set during the event. As you might recall, Hardwell announced a break from touring and shows last year. He’s come up for friends’ sets here or there in the time since, but hasn’t been on a lineup in the last 12 months.
Now, a thread on Reddit alleges that the mysterious Mr X, who played Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s ADE event on Friday, could perhaps been the Dutch legend.
Mr X reportedly played a lot of tech house, as he was billed as a warm up set. “Robbert knows his tech-house so that makes it even more likely it’s him,” commented one Redditor.
Your EDM has reached out to representatives of Hardwell for comment, though it’s unlikely they’ll confirm or deny the rumor either way. What do you think — does Mr X resemble Hardwell?
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