DJ Paul Oakenfold is the first music artist to perform at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle in Wiltshire, England.
The superstar DJ and producer played a set on the 13th of September 2018 in aid of the charity that maintains the 4,500-year-old monument, English Heritage. The one-off private gig was witnessed by a small number of guests and not open to the general public.
Playing at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Paul Oakenfold has added it to his list of unusual places where he’s entertained music fans which include the Great Wall of China and the Base Camp on Mount Everest.
Paul told the English Heritage website ” Having the opportunity to play at the site, built 5,000 years ago, is a privilege ” Adding ” ‘I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site. The energy there is like nowhere else on earth. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is the most magical.”
As Stonehenge is a protected monument, the music was not amplified to preserve the site. Meticulous planning was used by the organisers and the charity to ensure the safety of the monoliths. The Stonehenge curator and the charity worked closely with the DJ over a period of two years to plan the event.
Technology, known as silent disco ( also known as silent rave ) was used to protect not just the stones but the surrounding area, which is of archaeological interest. Silent disco is the use of wireless headphones instead of external speakers, so those wearing them are the only ones that can hear the music played, leaving those without the headphone hearing nothing. Silent discos are growing in popularity especially at outside music events and festivals; the technology allows music and dancing to continue past noise curfews enforced by local authorities.
Why did DJ Paul Oakenfold choose Stonehenge?
Stonehenge, a site of archaeological and scientific importance, has been standing on the site in Wiltshire, England for thousands of years. The iconic ring of standing stones each weight a hefty 25 tons and stand about 13 feet (4.0 m) high.
Experts believe the monument was built from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, with the surrounding bank and ditch constructed before the stones were erected.
The stone circle is one of the most famous of all landmarks in the country. Stonehenge has been Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882 when I became legally protected. In 1986, the site and surrounding area were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The Crown owns the monument with management performed by English Heritage. The land surrounding it is under the ownership of another well known British charity, the National Trust.
Paul Oakenfold, who has an interest in history, wanted to play a set at Stonehenge to raise awareness with today’s younger generation. As the history of these islands is becoming less known with youngsters, the publicity that one of the world’s top DJ’s has generated for the monument will surely help preserve the structure as one of the UK’s most iconic and treasured landmarks.
Visit Official Website: English-heritage.org.uk/visitstonehenge