Here’s how Avicii’s last gigs ever went down
Back in March, Swedish superstar Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, announced he was giving up the touring life after the 2016 summer season. Over the weekend, the time came for Bergling to play what he’s calling his “final gigs ever”.
The DJ’s whirlwind weekend kicked off with a headline slot at the Tennent’s Vital festival in Belfast on Friday, August 26. From there, he travelled into the UK countryside to close the Horizon Stage at dance music massive Creamfields on Saturday night, coming on after Nicky Romero and Otto Knows. Billed as his “last ever UK performance”, the Creamfields set saw Bergling deliver a rapid-fire succession of his big hits including Levels, Wake Me Up and Addicted To You, plus collaborations with the likes of Sebastien Drums, Nicky Romero and Nile Rodgers.
From the UK, Bergling took a private jet to Ibiza for the grand finale at Ushuaïa Beach Hotel on Sunday. The DJ has held down a residency at the lavish open-air club this summer, and the eighth and final party was predictably at-capacity.
When announcing his retirement from touring, Bergling alluded the pressures of the road and his recurring health concerns. The 26-year-old has spoken in the past about the temptations of the superstar DJ life taking a toll on his wellbeing. In a 2013 interview with GQ, he spoke of developing a dependency on alcohol. ““You are traveling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there’s free alcohol everywhere—it’s sort of weird if you don’t drink,” he said. “I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol, and then you get dependent on it.”
In March 2014, Bergling pulled out of his closing set on the Ultra Music Festival main stage citing illness, cancelling all scheduled shows six months later. “My management made me look long and hard at the life I was living, and helped me realise it wasn’t working,” he later explained. “During these last months, I really felt the wear and tear from the last four or five years of touring.”
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