The Tim Bergling Foundation announced that on December 5 an Avicii Tribute Concert for mental health awareness will take place at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a 30-piece band performing a two-hour set alongside 19 of the original singers on Avicii’s biggest songs, including Aloe Blacc, Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, Dan Tyminski, and other surprise guests. The headlining set will be live-streamed globally on Avicii’s official YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages from 9:00 – 11:15 p.m. CET (3:00 – 5:15 p.m. EST).
All net profits will go to organizations that support mental health and suicide prevention for young people. Concert goers will see sets from David Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero. The benefit concert went on sale in September, and the 55,000 seats arena sold out within 30 minutes.
Klas Bergling, Tim’s father, passed along some words in a press release, stating “We are grateful that [Avicii’s] friends, producers, artists and colleagues are coming to Stockholm to help. They have all expressed a sincere interest and desire to engage in efforts to stem the tide of mental illness and lend their support to our work with the Tim Bergling Foundation. We are very much looking forward to this evening, which will be a starting point for the foundation’s work going forward.
Every year around 1,500 people take their own lives in Sweden and globally up to one million. It is a tragedy that affects families, communities and with long-term effects on relatives who live on in grief. It is a global crisis and the second most common cause of death among young people aged 15-29 [according to the Worldwide Health Organization]. We want this concert to help put the topic on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people.”