EDM artist, DJ and producer Steve Aoki is teaming up with Sega to host a virtual concert celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog.
The set will consist of original songs by Aoki, as well as fan-favourite Sonic tracks from the 16-bit era to the present day, all remixed by the artist.
The show will also take place in a digital environment, which will put Aoki in a variety of landscapes from the Sonic universe including the Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant Zone.
Steve Aoki x Sonic Concert - Behind the Scenes
In a behind-the-scenes video for the concert (which can be viewed above), Aoki explains that he’s been a big fan of Sonic ever since it started.
“The best Sonic game is definitely the OG Sonic the Hedgehog,” he says. “That’s the game that started it all for me. That’s the game I was most obsessed with, and I just remember putting it in the Genesis console and just rocking out.
“My favourite song from Sonic the Hedgehog is definitely Stardust Speedway [from Sonic CD]. That’s why I remixed it: when I hear it, it brings me back to when I was a kid playing the game.”
This is the second major musical performance marking Sonic’s 30th anniversary.
On June 23, the actual 30th anniversary of the original Mega Drive game, Sega streamed a 90-minute Sonic the Hedgehog concert for free, earning overwhelming praise from fans.
The concert was comprised of a 50-minute symphony section, in which the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performed some of Sonic’s greatest hits, followed by special performances from Crush 40 and Tomoya Ohtani.