The Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was filled to the brim on the evening of Dec. 5 as fans, friends, and fellow musicians celebrated the life of Avicii. Avicii’s death shocked the world last year, and sparked an important conversation about the significance of mental health and the dangers that come with a heavy touring schedule in the music industry.
The concert opened with an emotional performance from “Without You” collaborator Sandro Cavazzo. The lyrics from this song, “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” have become a eulogy for the talented musician. The tribute progressed with a healthy balance of both celebration and commemoration, led by friends of Avicii such as Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas, Aloe Blacc, and more.
The pinnacle of the powerful night was a gorgeous 30-piece orchestral performance of “Lonely Together” that Avicii’s father said was one of his son’s biggest dreams. Backed by beautiful lights and roaring pyrotechnics, the performance truly encapsulated the loving spirit of Avicii that touched so many.
The event was put on by the Tim Bergling Foundation, created posthumously to advocate for mental health awareness internationally in honor of Avicii’s passing.
To learn more and to donate, visit their website here.
Photo credit: Sean Eriksson