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Remembering the remarkable moment Madonna introduced Avicii live

Diving back into the Far Out Magazine Vault, we take a look back to 2012 when Queen of Pop Madonna introduced headline act Avicii at the Ultra Music Festival.

Looking back to the remarkable performance comes as inspiration from Avicii’s parents. It was reported this week that the DJ’s family have launched the digital memorial in memory of their son who tragically took his own life. So, as the tributes continue to roll in, Far Out take a look back to 2012 in memory of one iconic collaboration.

Her Madgesty may be have been touching 53 when she flaunted on stage in front of 165,000 diehard Avicii fans in Miami. At one point, perhaps knowing her audience, Madonna quipped “Who has seen Molly?” in a somewhat fitting joke reference to the popular party drug ecstasy.

“I’ve been here [Ultra Fest] in spirit for many years, but it’s good to finally be standing on the stage, looking at all you people who have come here from all around the world,” she added. “In my world the words ‘music’ and ‘dance’ are not separated.  Electronic music has been a part of my life since the beginning of my career.  I can honestly say that a DJ saved my life.”

Here’s the full performance and introduction:

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20th in Muscat, Oman, after taking his own life with a broken glass. The tragic death came after he had previously suggested his issues with alcohol where blighting his career.

In a statement released following his tragic passing, the family of Avicii suggested that suicide was the cause of his death. They wrote, “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul-searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.

“When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

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Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

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No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)


Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)