'Out with a bang!' - Avicii to retire after Irish summer gig
Published 29/03/2016 | 16:32
Belfast music festival Tennent's Vital will play host to Avicii's last gig as he announces his retirement from touring.
In a long statement posted on his official website the 26-year-old DJ said his tours and shows this year would be his last as he urged fans to "make them go out with a bang".
Avicii's upcoming live dates include appearances at Creamfields and the UK leg of Electric Daisy Festival in Milton Keynes.
His final scheduled gig is at Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields for Tennent's Vital musical festival on August 26.
Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, posted the statement on his website where he said that a drive across America recently with his friends made him realise he "needed to make the change".
He said: "My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.
"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 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, 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.
"I will however never let go of music - 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. Let’s make them go out with a bang!"
Avicii ended the statement saying he isn't ruling out a comeback but that it won't be right now.
He said: "One part of me can never say never, I could be back ...but I won’t be right back."
He will play Tennent's Vital on August 26 where he will be joined by Jess Glynne and Galantis.