As part of a Red Bull Revolutions in Sound record attempt this evening 30 live performances will be broadcast from different capsules of the London Eye. This will beat the previous record of 26 achieved at the 2012 Olympics.
The pods will each be home to a club night from the past and present with DJs in each. There will be a total of 60 CDJ turntables, 60 speakers, 60 cameras and 180 LED fixtures all wired up with 5km of cable. Impressive set-up. And it’s all being controlled by a crew of 160, the UK’s largest outside broadcast vehicle, a helicopter for aerial filming, and will be backed by a silent disco on the embankment.
The pods will house nights like The End, TwiceasNice, Cream and the Haçienda. Performers include Richie Hawtin, Rudimental, Todd Terry, Seb Fojntaine, Goldie, DJ EZ, Danny Rampling, Sasha and Mr C.
Hawtin, playing in the pod for techno institution Lost, says, “Dance music culture and technology are pretty synonymous for me. How I’ve performed and made music has always been informed by the technology available. More and more it’s opening up the club experience – via social media or, like at Red Bull Revolutions in Sound, via live streams people can log onto from anywhere.
"But with all the technological revolutions, fundamentally the relationship of a performer sharing musical ideas with his audience hasn’t changed. What the new technologies allow is for that experience to be more creative and accessible.”
All 30 capsules will be broadcast simultaneously on Channel 4 or Red Bull’s YouTube channel.