In celebration of late DJ Avicii’s life and what would be his 31st birthday, SiriusXM and The Tim Bergling Foundation are joining together for BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness. The special takeover on BPM (Ch. 51) will kick off on Tuesday, September 8th, Avicii’s birthday and during Suicide Prevention Week in the United States.
BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness will feature specialty programming, including one never-before-heard Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) set. Until now, his June 2016 set in Osaka, Japan was only heard by those in attendance; for the first time, the set will be broadcast exclusively to SiriusXM’s listeners. Along with the exclusive set, fans can hear interviews from the 2019 Avicii Tribute Concert in Stockholm, Sweden. Klas Bergling, Tim’s father, will sit down for a meaningful interview to discuss Tim’s life and music and the mission of the Foundation, which is to prevent suicide and remove the stigma attached to mental illness.
“Anki and I want to thank Geronimo and SiriusXM for their continued support of Tim’s music and for taking this time to put a spotlight on the global issue of mental health. We want to encourage Tim’s fans and all young people to know that they are not alone. It’s important to talk to someone — a friend or family member or workmate. There is help for any emotional struggle they or their friends may have,” Klas Bergling said.
The takeover will also feature music from Avicii all weeklong and commentary from artists including Aloe Blacc, Armin van Buuren, Bonn, David Guetta, Joe Janiak, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nile Rodgers, Rita Ora, Sandro Cavazza, Zak Abel, and more as they discuss Avicii and share personal stories about Tim, his music, and their experience with mental illness. Additionally, the channel take over will include a special broadcast of Avicii’s SiriusXM Town Hall from 2013.
This first-ever Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness Week will benefit Vibrant Health’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Executive Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline John Draper, PhD, will share advice and resources on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio (Ch. 110) for listeners experiencing emotional distress or struggling with thoughts of suicide.