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BREAKING: Avicii to quit DJing

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Chart-topping DJ and record producer Avicii has shocked fans this morning, announcing that he will retire as a DJ. The 26-year-old simply posted a link to his website on Twitter, where a long letter thanking collaborators explained his reasons for leaving the industry.

But those of you who have tickets to the Dubai gig on April 1st have no need to worry – his PR team have confirmed that the concert is still going ahead. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, finished the letter by saying: “I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”

“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,” he explains. “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.”

His grapple with maintaining a good work/life balance has been well-documented. In fact, in an interview with ShortList Dubai last week, he explained how he “hit a wall” last year, which caused him to be hospitalised and cancel shows.

“I do more planning when it comes to stuff like this, like press interviews,” he told us. “I think any profession with that amount of pressure is going to be hard on a person. I don’t think it really matters if you’re a DJ or something else, it’s going to be tough if you’re constantly stressed and constantly on the road.”

Although the letter doesn’t confirm what he will do next, it sounds like he isn’t quitting the music industry completely, and may continue as a producer. He leaves the future very opening, finishing with: “One part of me can never say never, I could be back …but I won’t be right back.”

In our interview he did hint that, seeing as his gig falls on April Fools Day, he’d think of a prank for the crowd. Unfortunately for Avicii fans, this news comes a bit early to be a joke, so it looks like you’d better get yourself along to Dubai World Trade Centre for a show that’s likely to be one of his most memorable yet.

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