Those fortunate enough to be around the Sydney Harbour Bridge on September 26 were treated to a world first event. Diplo, the head of Mad Decent label and a producer, became the first DJ to perform on top of the Harbour Bridge. The feat was accomplished at the invitation of and with the help of BridgeClimb as a part of their 21st anniversary of shuttling people up to the top of one of the world’s most famous bridges.
Diplo was in Australia for the Listen Out event, which was started in Melbourne before moving on to Brisbane and Adelaide. The event wraps up in Sydney. Diplo was joined by about 60 people on top of the bridge—not surprising given that the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn’t all that big. The set was played at a height of 440 feet above sea level.
Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz, is an influential force in music. Not only has he found success under his own name, but he’s also a member of Major Lazer, LSD with Sia and Labrinth, and Silk City with Mark Ronson. Diplo, Ronson, and Dua Lipa collaborated on “Electricity,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and also topped worldwide charts. As a producer, Diplo is very much in demand, and has worked with artists like Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Snoop Dogg, Trippie Redd, Bad Bunny, and Sanitgold.
BridgeClimb is famous in its own right as well. For 21 years, the company has been carting visitors to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Over four million people—both local and international—have made the trip. The top of the bridge has been the site of cultural events, festivals, weddings (and proposals), birthday parties, and many other celebrations.
Footage from the set will be available to view after the Listen Out event ends.