Artists including Adam Lambert, Aloe Blacc and David Guetta are set to appear at an all-star benefit concert for suicide prevention featuring the music of the late EDM star Avicii, which is being planned for 5 December at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The show will feature 19 of the original singers on some of the late DJ/producer’s most beloved tracks performing with a 30-piece band during the two-hour Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness.
Proceeds will support the work of the new Tim Bergling Foundation, named in honour the musician who died through suicide in April 2018. His songs ‘Wake Me Up!,’ ‘Addicted to You’ and the posthumous ‘SOS’ topped the dance music charts. The show at Friends Arena will open with headline DJ sets from a number of Avicii’s friends, including David Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero.
“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father in a statement.
He added, “We are grateful that his 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… 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.”
The Stockholm concert will feature many of the singers, including Adam Lambert and Rita Ora, who were on Avicii’s recordings and it will mark the first time many of them have been performed the songs live. Among the other acts slated for the show are Alex Ebert, Aloe Blacc, Amanda Wilson, Andreas Moe, Audra Mae, Blondfire, Bonn, Carl Falk, Dan Tyminski, Daniel Adams Ray, Joe Janiak, Nick Furlong, Otto Knows, Sandro Cavazza, Simon Aldred, Vargas Lagola and Zack Abel, with more to be announced later.
Organizers said tickets go on sale Thursday, 5 September, at 10 a.m. CET. Visit the event’s official website for more information on the line-up and tickets.