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Shock as Avicii pulls plug on 2015 gigs

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Shock as Avicii pulls plug on 2015 gigs
Avicii at a gig in Stockholm in June 2015. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
12:20 CEST+02:00
Fans were raging on Thursday after DJ superstar Avicii's announced a decision to cancel all gigs for the rest of 2015. The Swedish artist cited a hectic summer and his need to "grow up".

A spokesperson for Avicii confirmed to US Billboard magazine, who broke the story, that he would be moving his upcoming performances in Las Vegas, Shanghai and Japan to next year for a ”larger tour initiative and a well deserved break”.

The announcement comes just over a year after the Swedish artist called off earlier shows around the world after undergoing surgery to remove his gall bladder and appendix.

Upset fans took to social media on Thursday to express their disappointment.

But others came to the Swedish DJ star's defence.

The 26-year-old superstar, whose real name is Tim Bergling, lives in a luxury house in Los Angeles, but hails from Stockholm and is a regular visitor to his home country. With hits including 'Wake Me Up' and 'Hey Brother', he has risen to global stardom in the past years.

But the DJ hinted to Billboard that his success has come at a price, saying his hectic summer schedule  – including a gig at Sweden's royal wedding – had prompted him to call off his shows for the rest of the year.

“I look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music. In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to – normal, or as normal as it could get,” he said.

”My team, label and family have encouraged me to do that and I realize not many in my position get that opportunity.”

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