Ahead of bringing his hit EDM tunes (and a new album) to the Middle East, Avicii has announced he’s taking a step back from his career as a professional DJ. In a statement released on his website, the Swedish producer said, “I’ve decided 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows”.
This shock retirement announcement comes only days prior to his anticipated two-hour gig on Friday, April 1, at Dubai World Trade Centre, and at Bahrain Grand Prix. However, Avicii – born Tim Bergling – is booked to perform 30 more gigs across the world, including Creamfield Music festival in August, before he retires.
While he’s going to take to the decks for a few more months (last show will be in Ibiza on August 28), Bergling can’t wait to press pause on his career.
“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 realise that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while,” he revealed.
The 26-year-old Swede cancelled his last appearance in Dubai two years ago due to a serious health concern where he needed a surgery for a ruptured appendix and gall bladder pains.
Bergling reached his career peak when he was 21 with his debut album, True, and has since given the music industry some of the biggest dancefloor anthems, including Hey Brother and Wake Me Up.
“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,” Bergling continued. “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.”
Well there you have it, this is your last ever chance to see the Swedish DJ play a live concert for you – get those tickets in quick!
Dubai gig details: Dhs395. VIP packages available. Fri April 1, 9pm. Zabeel Hall 4 & 5. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.peppermint-experience.com.