March 29, 2016


Avicii Announces Touring Retirement After 2016

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Mike Pont/WireImage

Avicii has played his ubiquitous dance hits in stadiums and arenas, at festivals across the globe, and while opening for Madonna on her MDNA tour. However, the Swedish producer has announced that he will no longer be touring past 2016, and that he'll retire from the road following this year's obligations. 

"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," Avicii wrote in a note to fans posted on his web site. "Let’s make them go out with a bang!"

After profusely thanking his friends, family, colleagues and fans, Avicii (real name: Tim Bergling) tried to explain how he came to this decision. "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," he wrote. "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," he continued, "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."

Avicii released his second album, Stories, last year. He has several international performances as well as a residency at Encore in Las Vegas lined up for 2016.