Friday. 14.06.2024

Stockholm is renaming a famous concert hall in honour of late DJ and house musician Avicii, with the arena formerly known as Ericsson Globe to be called Avicii Arena, announced operator Stockholm Live on Wednesday.

The new name will be a homage to "one of the greatest Swedish artists of our time," it said on the website of the venue, which has housed concerts by first-rate artists like Whitney Houston, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Metallica and of course Avicii himself.

The arena will also become a symbol and meeting point for initiatives fighting for mental health and the future of young people.

"I believe Tim would have been quite proud if he knew about this," Avicii’s father Klas Bergling told news agency TT.

The Globen, as the hall is called among locals due to its shape, which resembles a planetarium, is in the southern district of Johanneshov and is considered to be one of Sweden’s most important sports and music venues.

Dead in 2018

The two concerts Avicii played there in 2012 had sold out.

The Stockholm native, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman in April 2018 at age 28.

The artist was known for hits such as 'Levels,' 'Sunshine' and 'Wake Me Up.' He stopped touring and performing live in 2016, but continued to record music and worked as a producer.

His parents have set up a foundation dedicated to supporting science-based organizations that engage in research into the causes and prevention of suicide, particularly among young people.

Stockholm renames concert hall in honour of late Swedish DJ Avicii