On December 5th, Stockholm will host a concert that will join the ranks of the most iconic music events of this century. With some of the world’s most talented artists all coming together for a one-night event, the world will celebrate and pay tribute to a talent gone too soon.

The Great Avicii

Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was one of the most influential electronic acts of this generation. Mixing from the age of 8 and djing from the age of 16, Bergling went on to release “Levels” at 22, which launched him into the mainstream and stardom. From there, he went on to collaborate with every big name in the music industry, including David Guetta, for which their song was nominated for a Grammy. But it wasn’t just other electronic acts and producers. Tim worked with Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Adam Lambert, Nile Rogers, and more.

For 8 years, the undoubtedly talented producer tirelessly cranked out banger after banger, touring the world, and making a name for himself as one of the most passionate producers to date.

Unfortunately, the chaos, pressure, and spotlight had been taking a toll on Tim’s health, both mentally and physically. In 2016, he retired from touring but continued to release new collaborative tracks. His final live performance was in Ibiza after which he would take a step back due to health concerns. For the last two years of his life, Tim continued to make music focussing on his third studio album.

avicii playing the keyboard and smiling

On April 20th, 2018, Tim Bergling took his own life. In an open letter from his family, it stated that Tim struggled with happiness and meaning and could not go on any longer. He found the peace he had been desperately searching for.

Following his death, it is said that Tim had over 200 unreleased songs, both finished and works in progress. The third studio album he had been working on “Tim” was released posthumously on June 6th, 2019. All proceeds from the album and his official biography (to be released in 2020) by Måns Mosesson going to the Tim Bergling Foundation.

Gone but never forgotten

On September 3rd it was announced that a tribute concert would be held in honor of Avicii in Stockholm. The tickets went on sale at 10am on September 5th and were sold out within 30 minutes.

avicii tribute concert poster

At Stockholm’s Friends Stadium on December 5th, 19 artists who had collaborated with Avicii will perform in addition to a 30-piece live band. According to his father, it had been a dream of Tim’s to have his music performed live and this is their way of honoring his dream.

The show will open with DJ sets from the likes of David Guetta, Kygo, and Nicky Romero, followed by performances by the original singers on his biggest tracks. Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, and Aloe Blacc are just a few of the scheduled acts. This concert will mark the first time that many of these songs have been performed live.

Although a tribute to the late artist, this concert is to raise awareness for mental health. Organized by the Tim Bergling Foundation, all proceeds will be directed towards the foundation’s work.

The Tim Bergling Foundation

Founded by his parents Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén shortly after his death, the Tim Bergling Foundation advocates for suicide to be recognized as a global health emergency. The foundation is working to remove the stigma from mental health and suicide, promoting its discussion. It aids scientific studies that are researching the cause and prevention of suicide.

A large portion of his estate and proceeds from the recently released posthumous album “Tim” have already been donated to the foundation. In addition to supporting suicide awareness and prevention, the Tim Bergling Foundation also supports non-profit organizations that address issues that were near and dear to Tim including climate change, the preservation of endangered animals, and global hunger.

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