Oakenfold China Shows Go On Despite SARS
Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold will take the stage as scheduled tonight (April 18) in Shanghai and tomorrow in Beijing, despite the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has forced theSuperstar DJ Paul Oakenfold will take the stage as scheduled tonight (April 18) in Shanghai and tomorrow in Beijing, despite the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has forced the cancellation of every other major musical event in China and Hong Kong since late March.
A Shanghai venue representative and a spokesperson for Oakenfold's management confirmed that the shows had not been cancelled. Oakenfold is slated to perform Saturday night on the Great Wall of China near Beijing.
The British DJ is performing as part of the Thirst tour, a joint venture between Oakenfold and brewer Heineken to uncover new DJs in various countries. He is the first major international artist to play in China and Hong Kong since the onset of SARS, a potentially deadly form of pneumonia believed to have originated in southern China.
The outbreak led to the cancellation of the first-ever appearances of the Rolling Stones in China, along with the plug being pulled on Hong Kong appearances by Santana, Moby, crooner Andy Williams.
As of yesterday, there were 3,389 cases of SARS reported in 25 countries, with 165 deaths, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report.