Popstar descends to 303m below sea level

Katie Melua has entered the record books by playing the deepest ever gig.

Melua set the record on Statoil Troll A, a gas rig in the North Sea, descending to a depth of 303 metres to play her set.

The gig was watched by a Guinness Book Of Records adjudicator, a small group of rig workers, and a Norwegian TV crew.

The singer had to endure rigorous training and medical tests in Norway to prepare for the performance.

Melua told the BBC: “It took nine minutes to go from the main part of the gas platform down to the bottom of the shaft in a lift.

“Giving a concert to the workers there was something really extraordinary and an occasion that I will remember all my life.”