British DJ Paul Oakenfold has trekked to Mount Everest’s base camp, where he plans to host the “highest party on Earth”, performing a set at 5,380 metres (17,600 feet).
The electronic music pioneer and three-time Grammy nominated artist, who has played on The Great Wall of China and on Coachella's main stage, is continuing to break new ground aged 53. Paul is marking the 30th anniversary of his famed trip to Ibiza that sparked the Second Summer of Love, one of the biggest revolutions in British youth culture since the original Summer of Love in 1967.
On April 11, he plans to hike then play a show in the morning at the base camp of Mount Everest at an elevation of 17,000 feet and become the first DJ ever to complete this.
"The audience will probably be sitting mostly," says Nepali DJ Ranzen Jha, who is currently accompanying Paul on the trip. "The air is so thin here, you will run out of breath quite quickly."
Paul is said to have trained for four months leading up to the trip which originally began in Nepal. The DJ said he had no trekking experience beforehand and has been accompanied by a herd of yaks and a team of porters hauling audio equipment needed for the event.
“We are here now doing sound checks,” Oakenfold told Agence France-Press on Monday. “We are really looking forward to the show tomorrow. Everyone is really excited here.”
The show marks the first of his SoundTrek series, which aims to take music to "many of the planet’s most remote and challenging locations, at the same time raising awareness of environment matters and interacting with local cultures and charities, raising funds along the way".
For this Mount Everest performance, Paul has also been raising funds to help survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which killed almost 9,000 and left several other thousands homeless, many of whom who are still living in temporary shelters and accommodation.
The show will be live streamed on Paul Oakenfold's Facebook.