Avicii has announced that he will retire from music after his 2016 tour.
The Swedish DJ and producer, real name Tim Bergling, made the announcement on his official website this morning (29th March).
He wrote: ”I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”
Bergling did not rule out making a return to performing in the future but said that he plans to take a break from music.
“One part of me can never say never, I could be back ...but I won’t be right back,” he wrote.
In the length statement, Bergling said he made the decision to go on hiatus after realising he has “too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
“My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps,” he wrote. “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.”
Avicii’s forthcoming live dates include appearances at Creamfields and the UK leg of EDC in Milton Keynes. His final gig is currently listed as Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields on August 26.
Read Avicii’s statement in full here.
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