It’s been a year and a half since acclaimed Swedish DJ Avicii passed away, but we’re still hearing the impact of his amazing career. The incredible DJ committed suicide in April 2018, but his death became a catalyst for growing discussion on mental health ever since.
Avicii’s family launched the Tim Bergling Foundation after his death, which has used the profits from his endeavours to support mental health initiatives, and their latest effort was an incredible and touching tribute, the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness. The two hour show featured an incredible blend of Avicii’s original electronic work with a full live band, including appearances from Bergling’s friends and collaborators like Rita Ora, David Guetta, Aloe Blacc and more.
The full concert is now available on Avicii’s YouTube page, and the energy from the show is palpable. The volume of highly-charting songs on the setlist is testament to Avicii’s skill, and the performances are incredible, ending the set with a touching empty stage blasting Levels.
All profits from the show went to the Tim Bergling Foundation. In a press release, Avicii’s father said “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.” He continued, “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. 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.”