The venue known as Globen in Stockholm, Sweden has been renamed Avicii Arena in memory of the famous Swedish DJ and producer DJ Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling.
This move to rename one of Sweden’s largest concert halls with a capacity of 16,000 seats after the DJ, comes directly influenced by his father Klas Bergling, who after the death of his son created an association in his name to help young people with mental health problems.
The venue was a milestone in the DJ’s career, where he had the opportunity to perform. His father said “It was a significant milestone in Tim’s career when he played here nine years ago, and he would be extremely proud that this iconic building from today will bear his name”.
The renamed arena will provide “the hub for sharing ideas and host activities with the focus on young people’s mental health,”. This is to raise awareness of mental illness, especially among young people, and it is needed now more than ever, since the global pandemic has caused many people to suffer from mental health problems and has put the live music industry on hold for a long time.
Acivii passed away after committing suicide in 2018 and was suffering from mental health problems. His father hopes to raise awareness of the issue, saying ”Globally, suicide is the second most common cause for death among the 15-29 age groups,”
To celebrate the renaming, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has also released a new symphonic version of Avicii’s song “For a Better Day”, listen to it below: