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Avicii tribute raises funds for mental health charity

Artists including David Guetta, Kygo, Rita Ora and Adam Lambert will participate in an Avicii tribute concert in the artist’s hometown of Stockholm, Sweden on 5 December.

The concert is taking place at the 50,000-seat Friends Arena and will feature music from Avicii’s (real name Tim Bergling) posthumously released album ‘Tim’, performed for the first time.

The event will feature 19 of the singers who appear on Avicii’s songs, performing alongside a 30-piece band. Sets from fellow DJs including Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Nicky Romero will open the concert.

Proceeds from the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness will go towards the Tim Bergling Foundation, a charity set up by Bergling’s family to raise money for mental health-related issues and suicide prevention.

“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realising his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way”

Bergling died of an apparent suicide in 2018, at the age of 28. The DJ had retired from touring two years previously, stating he had “too little time left for the life of the real person behind the artist” to continue.

“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realising his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” says the DJ’s father, Klas Bergling.

“We are grateful that his friends, producers, artists and colleagues are coming to Stockholm to help,” adds Bergling.

“They have all expressed a sincere interest and desire to engage in efforts to stem the tide of mental illness and lend their support to our work with the Tim Bergling Foundation. We are very much looking forward to this evening, which will be a starting point for the foundation’s work going forward.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CET. More information can be found here.

 


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Promoter facing prosecution over ‘illegal’ Rita Ora posters

Leicester city council in the UK has warned the promoter of an upcoming Northampton show by Craig David and Rita Ora could face prosecution for unauthorised postering.

David and Ora, supported by Samantha Harvey and Bobii Lewis, will play Northampton’s 6,500-cap. County Ground on 1 November, promoted by Liz Hobbs Group. According to the council, which governs neighbouring Leicester, the show is being advertised using large posters which have been put up without permission and are obstructing the view of motorists.

As the posters are allegedly being displayed without permission, the council says it intends to take legal action against the promoter.

IQ has contacted Liz Hobbs Group for comment.

“The posters are being removed as we find them,” reads a statement given to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo. “Due to their size and location on the roadside they could be distracting to drivers and obstruct views, so are being removed by city wardens using powers under the Highways Act.

“They are being displayed without permission and we will be aiming to take action against the promoter, who could be liable to a fixed penalty of £80 per poster or prosecution in court, where the penalty can be up to £2,500.”

 


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Coda, Uefa partner on Together #WePlayStrong campaign

Uefa, the governing body of football in Europe, has joined forces with Rita Ora on Together #WePlay Strong, Uefa’s campaign to encourage participation in football among girls and young women.

The news – announced today by Coda Agency, where Ora (pictured) is repped by Sol Parker – sees Uefa (Union of European Football Associations) become the sponsor of of Ora’s Girls tour, her first in five years, which includes stops in 13 cities in the UK and Europe.

Peter Willems, Uefa’s head of marketing and sponsorship activities, says: “We’re excited to have Rita Ora on board with Together #WePlayStrong. We believe we’ve formed the perfect partnership that will help to grow the game across Europe for young girls.

“Our partnership will continue to evolve with dynamic surprises that will help connect Uefa to the world of young women through music, entertainment, fashion and sport.”

The Kosovo-born star’s previous headline tour was 2013’s Radioactive, of Europe, Asia and Australasia, which wrapped up at the Royal Norfolk Showground Arena (4,000-cap.) in August.

 


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