Stockholm concert venue renamed in tribute to Avicii

by Helvine Achieng
May 21, 2021

A concert and sports venue in Stockholm has been renamed "Avicii Arena" in tribute to one of Sweden's most successful musical exports, DJ Tim Bergling.Bergling, who used the stage name Avicii, shot to international fame in 2011 with hit single "Levels" but retired from touring in 2016 after suffering mental health and other medical problems.

Previously known as Globen, Swedish for Globe, due to its spherical shape, the indoor sports arena and concert venue opened in 1989, the year of Avicii's birth. It is one of Sweden's largest with a capacity of 16,000.

Andreas Sand, general manager of Stockholm Live, the company that runs the arena, said COVID-19 had caused many people mental health difficulties as well as devastating the live music sector.

He said it was timely to rename it for Avicii just when the music business and wider society were emerging from the worst of the pandemic.

"Unfortunately, this is the perfect timing to launch this kind of initiative," said Sand.

Avicii played one of his breakthrough concerts there.In his short career, he became one of the world's biggest stars of electronic dance music. His track "Wake Me Up" has been viewed on YouTube over 2 billion times, making it one of the website's most popular music videos.