Stockholm's Friends Arena is to host a special one-off orchestral tribute concert to Avicii next month.
The event is being produced by the Tim Bergling Foundation, the charity set up by Avicii's father to raise money and awareness for mental health support. It will mark the first time that many of Avicii's songs have been performed live, as well as the first time that many of his collaborators and the vocalists that have appeared on his tracks will have gathered together in one place for such an event.
19 of Avicii's collaborators, including the original vocalists of various songs of his, will play live alongside a 30-piece band to produce the live orchestral renditions across two hours. Rita Ora, present-day Queen vocalist Adam Lambert and Aloe Blacc are amongst the vocalists confirmed to take part, while there will also be DJ sets on the night from David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke, Kygo, and Nicky Romero.
"We want this concert to help put the topic [of mental health awareness] on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide," said Avicii's father, Klas Bergling, who runs the Tim Bergling Foundation. "Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people."
The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness will take place in Stockholm on Thursday, December 5th. Find more information here.
An Avicii-themed video game will also be released next month, with 25% of profits from its sale set to go directly to the Tim Bergling Foundation.
Read DJ Mag's recent cover feature on the need to discuss mental health within the electronic music industry here.
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