Hard to believe that it has already been three years since Hardwell announced to the world that he would be retiring from live touring and cleared his schedule indefinitely. As of September 7th, 2018, Robbert van de Corput took to Instagram to share that he would be stepping away as Hardwell to spend more time with his family and friends. Since then, the Dutch phenom has made occasional guest appearances with other DJs but has yet to announce a complete return to the stage.
Hardwell’s decision came in the wake of the tragic passing of Tim Bergling (Avicii). During that time, many DJs began to slow their touring schedules or take breaks completely. It’s no question that Hardwell was one of the hardest-working artists in the world. Having sometimes almost 300 shows in a year the former #1 DJ decided it was the right time for him to take a break.