The first ever DJ to perform at Stonehenge has been confirmed, with an exclusive and intimate show set to take place later this year.
The iconic landmark is located in Salisbury and is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. The prehistoric site could have been used as a burial site in its early days.
Paul Oakenfold has now been confirmed to be the first artist to perform at the historical site. The gig will continue his trend of performing in unusual locations, with the list including the Great Wall Of China and Mount Everest’s base camp.
The DJ will perform at Stonehenge in September, where he will treat 50 people to a sunset performance. The event will be recorded for a new album, titled ‘Live At Stonehenge’.
“I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site,” Oakenfold said in a statement. “The energy there will be like nowhere else on earth, and this will be reflected in my music and performance. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge will be the most magical.”
World Famous Group chairman and creative director Alon Shulman came up with the idea and reportedly plans to hold more concerts like Oakenfold’s in the future. The DJ said of Shulman’s plans: “It’s Alon’s special relationships and his long-term vision that make the impossible possible. We’ll shortly be announcing our plans using amazing locations championing great artists and new music.”
All funds raised from the gig will go to English Heritage, who preserve over 400 historic sites, including Stonehenge. A date for the show has yet to be announced.
Oakenfold began his career in 1980 and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2007 and Best Dance Recording in 2010). He has released three studio albums, including 2014’s ‘Trance Mission’, and has remixed the likes of Madonna, The Cure, Britney Spears, and The Rolling Stones.