2006 – English songbird Katie Melua performs a concert 303 meters below

Katie Melua

2006 – English songbird Katie Melua performs a concert 303 meters below sea level. The world’s deepest gig happens at the bottom of an oil rig shaft in the North Sea. Unfortunately, someone lifts Melua back to the surface.

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.”
Melua’s deep sea gig sets record
Katie Melua
The gig took place at the bottom of one of the rig’s legs
Singer Katie Melua has entered the record books by playing the world’s deepest underwater concert.

Melua and her band performed for workers 303 metres below sea level on the Statoil Troll A gas rig in the North Sea.

“This was definitely the most surreal gig I have ever done,” Melua said.

The 22-year-old singer underwent extensive medical tests and survival training in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig.

“It took nine minutes to go from the main part of the gas platform down to the bottom of the shaft in a lift,” said Melua.

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

Deep sea set-list

The songs Melua performed included Closest Thing To Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles.

Katie Melua
Melua underwent survival training before the gig
Guinness World Records has confirmed the gig sets a new record.

The concert was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of gas production on Troll A and was filmed for Norwegian TV channel NRK.

Melua is currently the UK’s biggest-selling female artist.

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