Concert Under the Sea

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Concert Under the Sea

On October 2nd 2006 Katie Melua performed a concert at the
bottom of the North Sea. This 66 minute documentary film tells the story of that performance – from the conception of the dream by the gas platform manager, the planning, Katie and her band’s rigorous safety training, the behind the scene logistics of moving 22 tonnes of equipment from land to the bottom of the rig – and concludes with some footage of the actual concert.

A stunning (and at times claustrophobic!) viewing experience, this exciting non-fiction film shot in and off the coast of Norway sees world superstar Katie Melua rising to a challenge. Invited by Statoil, the gas drilling company, to celebrate their 10th anniversary on the biggest man-made structure ever moved on Earth, Katie (after checking their environmental record) agreed to perform on the North Sea floor at the foot of a leg of the enormous drilling platform, thereby incidentally setting the Guinness World record for the deepest underwater concert ever performed – 303 metres below the sea.

The event was certainly a logistical challenge – 16 helicopters and 3 supply ships transported 22 tonnes of equipment plus crew the event and TV production crew numbered 33 with Katie and her band and crew totalling 10.

DVD Extras:

    1. It’s Only Pain – Music Video
    2. Shy Boy – Music Video
    3. Stills by Jo De Banzie (Taken during ‘It’s Only Pain’ video shoot)
    4. Interview: “The Gig On The Rig”
    5. Interview: “Singing In The Rain” (also includes backstage footage)

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Release Year: 2007 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMDVD0004

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DVD Booklet Text:

Katie Melua: Concert Under The Sea:

The Documentary Film
was shot in and off the coast of Norway, and tells the story of Katie setting the Guinness World Record for the deepest underwater concert ever performed, 303 metres below the sea. Invited by Statoil, the gas drilling company, to celebrate their 10th anniversary on the biggest man-made structure ever moved on Earth, Katie (after checking their environmental record) agreed to perform on the North Sea floor at the foot of a leg of the enormous drilling platform.

The story of Katie and her band’s rigorous safety training, and the realisation of the dream of the gas platform manager who conceived the whole crazy idea, is the subject of this fascinating film. Towards the end of the film we witness some of the concert itself, including Shay Boy, Nine Million Bicycles, Piece By Piece, It’s Only Pain, Spiders Web, On The Road Again, I cried For You, My Aphrodisiac Is You and The Closest Thing To Crazy.

The Extras:

1. ‘It’s Only Pain’ Promo Video.
2. ‘Shy Boy’ Promo Video
3. Stills by Jo de Banzie
(during ‘It’s Only Pain video shoot’)
4. Katie Interview: The Gig On The Rig
5. Katie Interview: Singing In The Rain

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Rating: ★★★★★
An amazing achievement and a fantastic concert

It sounds crazy doesn’t it? Performing a concert 300 meters under water in a concrete tube under an oil rig where disaster could happen at any moment. At last the lyric “This is the closest thing to crazy I have ever been” makes sense. But seriously, this is one of the most interesting documentaries I have ever seen. The sheer technical feat and logistics of performing a concert at this depth is fascinating and is well documented in this DVD. A few interesting moments are when Katie and her band have to undergo safety training (including free-falling in a lifeboat from quite a high distance!) and when they are taking 22 tons of equipment down in a tiny service elevator that can only hold 2-3 tons.

The DVD is split, with the first half of the film showing the planning and preparation of the concert and the second half being the concert itself.

The concert is very special, if you have seen Katie perform live as I have then you will know how brilliant she is. She performs a nice collection of tracks from her first two albums Call of the search and Piece by Piece. The acoustics of the concert are otherworldly, the venue provides a ghostly resonance/reverb that fits Katie’s voice perfectly and adds to the wonder of the performance.

If you are a Fan, or just want to see an interesting documentary then I thoroughly recommend this DVD