Avicii has announced that he will not perform live again after 2016 as he takes a long break from the music world.
The DJ/ producer (real name Tim Bergling) made the announcement in a lengthy post on his official website in a statement he has been teasing for a few days. “The music industry will never be the same again”, read one tweet he sent last week.
The full scale of his announcement became clear today with the Swedish artist confirming that his 2016 live shows will be his last and that while he is confident he will do one day, he has no imminent plans to return to making music.
— Ash Pournouri (@AshPournouri) March 26, 2016
After thanking everyone who has helped him build a career, including record label, manager and fans, Bergling wrote: “My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.
“Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.
“My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.
“I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang! One part of me can never say never, I could be back …but I won’t be right back.”
Avicii’s upcoming live dates include appearances at Creamfields and the UK leg of Electric Daisy Festival in Milton Keynes. His final scheduled gig at the time of writing is a gig at Belfast’s Boucher Playing Fields on August 26.