Tiesto making history with one-man show
He s arguably the world s leading DJ and he s heading to Victoria Park, Hackney, in July for a massive one-man show in front of 30,000 people. Dutch superjock Tiesto has the biggest pulling power of any DJ right now, and was the first to perform a one-man
He's arguably the world's leading DJ and he's heading to Victoria Park, Hackney, in July for a massive one-man show in front of 30,000 people.
Dutch superjock Tiesto has the biggest pulling power of any DJ right now, and was the first to perform a one-man show at the 15,000-capacity O2 Arena towards the end of last year.
That show sold out in record time and quickly dwarfed Tiesto's shows at Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace.
A promotion featuring just one DJ was relatively unheard of in the UK until a few years ago, while in America many of the leading DJs have hosted their own nights, playing eight-hour sets, since the '80s.
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More recently in the UK, American Roger Sanchez played eight-hour sets at his Be Yourself nights at Turnmills, Farringdon, and New Yorker Erick Morillo played the main room on his own for eight hours at Ministry Of Sound last year.
Fatboy Slim, meanwhile, has headlined several free beach parties in his native Brighton - the first one in 2002 attracted an estimated 250,000 people!
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But the Tiesto show on Saturday, July 31, represents the biggest paid-for one-man DJ show ever staged in the UK.
Standard tickets are now on sale for �36, with gold circle enclosure passes for just in front of the stage priced at �46 and VIP wristbands at �66.
And DJ Tiesto gets about. Crowned No 1 in the coveted DJ Magazine 2008 World Poll, at the end of 2007 he toured Asia, Australia, Latin America and north America.
Over the next few months he'll play in Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Dubai, Romania, Miami, Israel and Denmark, and is expected to hold another weekly residency at the Privilege nightclub in Ibiza throughout the summer.
But it's not just the DJing that is making Tiesto popular with his bank manager.
He is as prolific in the studio as he is behind the decks.
His album, Elements Of Life, and his compilation series, In Search Of Sunrise (currently at No 7), have sold millions of copies worldwide and his podcast radio show, available for download on his website, has 250,000 hits a week.
Tiesto recently told his loyal fans: "I'm not going to stop in 2009. I plan to keep touring all year and will be working hard on a new record, productions and special remixes. The amount of downloads of my radio show is fantastic and I'm grateful to know that you are out there listening to my favourite tracks on the podcast each week.''
Meanwhile, those tickets for Victoria Park are selling fast on his website, www.tiesto.com.
- MATT TROLLOPE