The former Culture Club singer is the first western star to play there since U2 in 1997...

BOY GEORGE will be the first major western performer to play in BOSNIA in four years, when he DJs there in the spring.

The club DJ and Culture Club frontman will play to a 7,000-strong crowd of Serbs, Croats and Muslims in Banja Luka at an event put on by the NATO-funded radio station Oksigen FM, on which the DJ has a weekly show.

The show looks set to be the first dance event since the end of the Bosnian war five years ago, and Boy George will be the first western performer to play in the country since U2 in 1997.

“I am very excited to be the first western DJ to play out there since the war,” George told [url=]www.ananova.com. “It will be great to see Serbian, Croat and Muslim kids all dancing together in the same place. I’m really looking forward to it.”

He added: “It sounds a bit naive in the UK to talk about dance music changing things, but there’s something about it that really brings people together. That’s why we are so happy to give them the show.”