The "celebrity DJ set" has become something of a worldwide pandemic in recent years: from Floyd Mayweather appearing at a set of decks in Las Vegas to an insignificant Made In Chelsea cast member rocking up to the local Oceana on a Tuesday night, it does seem that there's some sort of baffling appetite from some people (who are these people, exactly?) to go and witness a famous person spinning their favourite tunes in exchange for an exorbitant fee.

And with the news that snooker legend Steve Davis will perform a DJ slot at next year's Bloc Weekend - don't worry, we'll probe that outstanding piece of double-take information shortly - we've racked our brains to recall the most unlikely famous faces to ever drop the bass on a packed dancefloor.

Steve Davis – DJ Kissing The Pink

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So who knew that Steve Davis – that's the 58-year-old, six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis – had a penchant for prog-rock and electronic music? Further to that, who knew that Steve Davis – that's the man who is generally considered to be the third-greatest snooker player in history, and genuinely has the nickname "Interesting" – was so much of a enthusiast of said genres that he would not only be able to assemble a full DJ set, but would also be booked to play at the Bloc festival next March, alongside the likes of Thom Yorke, Four Tet and Evian Christ? Well, somebody knew, because this, much like Davis potting the black, is actually happening.

Jamie Oliver - DJ Pukka

From snooker to cooking, the world of celebrity DJing is a curious one: Jamie Oliver attracted some bemused looks when he joined Blur's Alex James for a DJ set at the pair's Big Feastival event in the David Cameron-friendly Chipping Norton back in August. The sticking point came when James span 'Wonderwall' – that's the Britpop war truly dead and buried, then – to Oliver's barely-imperceptible delight: performing a lad-centric interpretative dance to the Gallagher tune (drink in the air, boorish singalongs, hugging strangers), it's both a hugely-unwatchable and hugely-watchable watch. Thank God for the smartphone.

Idris Elba – DJ Stringer Bell

The next James Bond (probably) occasionally moonlights as a DJ who has supported Madonna on tour and played huge electronic events like Ibiza Rocks. Them's the perks when you're The Wire's Stringer Bell.

Hulk Hogan – DJ Smackdown

The controversial and now-former WWE wrestler was once pictured being shown some decks at a party, which is more than enough evidence required to certify Hogan as a celebrity DJ – it's that vapid a vocation, folks.

Prince Harry – DJ Windsor-Windsor Wild

Oh, Harry: the fifth in line to the throne was subjected to scratch-induced humiliation during a 2013 tour of the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham as he was cajoled into playing along with the Institute's resident MC. "DJ Prince Harry on the 1s and 2s!" announces the MC, setting off this cringeworthy episode into reality. It reaches peak embarrassment at 0:16 as the incredibly wary Prince shoots a terrified "what the hell am I doing?" glance over at his mentor. It's a silent cry for help, but said mentor simply flashes a toothy grin at Harry and gives him a thumbs-up – this is your life now, your Royal Highness. Let's give him his dues, though – he wasn't as bad as Paris Hilton. Speaking of which...

Paris Hilton – DJ Teacup Pets

Paris Whitney Hilton, the heiress to the Hilton Hotels group, has an estimated net worth of $100 million. And yet, in 2012 she started out on a new venture – celebrity DJing – that would eventually help her rake in an astounding $1 million per gig. Despite the fact that she evidently has absolutely no clue what to do with a set of decks – as proven in the above video where she twiddles with the knobs and occasionally picks up the mic, presumably to check if the audience haven't all wandered off somewhere – Hilton has actually made a substantial monetary success of celebrity DJing. It's a mad, mad world, people.

Prince Charles – DJ Who Would Be King

DJing is a decade-old tradition that runs through the Windsor household – Charles was blasting out bangers well before his son's foray into the scene in Nottingham. Pictured in both 2001 and 2003 behind the decks, the next in line to the throne donned the headphones once again in 2012 during a tour of Canada to show Toronto's youth how one scratches the discs in Buckingham Palace. Rumours of a back-to-back set with Harry at next year's Notting Hill Carnival have yet to be confirmed, however.

Elijah Wood – DJ Frodo

The Lord Of The Rings lead has quite the talent for making a group of people shuffle on the spot, as the above 15-second clip at 2008's SXSW proves. Giving validation to his recent claim to NME that "I am a DJ", Frodo – sorry, Wood – is available for bookings now, probably.

Paul Banks – DJ Fancypants

The Interpol frontman raised many an eyebrow in 2007 when he revealed a) his love of hip-hop (triggered by listening to NWA's 'Straight Outta Compton' when he was a kid, apparently) and b) his plan to slay dancefloors the world over under the moniker DJ Fancypants. His favourite member of NWA is MC Ren, by the way – Banks hasn't got any time for Ice Cube.

Macaulay Culkin - DJ Home Alone

The child star and Pizza Underground member once had a short stint throwing “iPod parties” - you know, like you do whenever you use your iPod to listen to music. Incredibly, people used to pay money to attend said parties.

Dennis Rodman – DJ North Korea

Kim Jong-Un's favourite American has embarked on a similar DJing route as Culkin by curating "playlists" and charging partygoers a load of money to come and listen to them. It's a genius business idea, really.

Alexa Chung - DJ Popworld

The presenter, model and Alex Turner's ex has tried her hand at DJing on many occasions, but her credibility in this field fell apart somewhat when she admitted in 2012 to burning tracks onto a CD prior to her performance in order to make it look like she knew how to mix tracks. Given that soul-shattering revelation, perhaps it's appropriate that the only YouTube clip of her DJing is in six-second Vine form.

DJ Diapers

In South Africa, their talent shows are won by precocious DJing toddlers. This can only be a good thing – although some people have decided to question not only the authenticity of DJ Arch Jr's skills on the deck, but also the complex moral quandaries that surround putting a child in the national (and now global) spotlight. So maybe it's not a good thing. But then, if we've learned anything from this entire exercise, it's that celebrity DJing isn't really a good thing: unless you're Steve Davis, of course.

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