Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as of next week, selected Little Red flights transporting festival goers and visitors to Edinburgh will become another, altogether more unique venue.
From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone, with a stellar programme of performances and an estimated 80,000 visitors attending the three week arts festival this year.
To celebrate the success of the Fringe, visitors travelling to Edinburgh next week on our domestic flight service Little Red will receive a taster of the Festival with short performances from 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival acts; comedians Simon Brodkin, performing as his alter ego Lee Nelson, and Joe Lycett.
The live gigs have been designed to get those attending the Festival Fringe in the mood for their upcoming experience, as well as providing those unable to attend an opportunity to witness the Fringe first hand.
“Little Red Live harks back to the time we used to let musicians ‘play their way’ across the Atlantic instead of paying their way – so I’m thrilled that we’re now supporting Edinburgh and the Fringe like this," said Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic founder and president. "We launched Virgin Atlantic Little Red to shake up domestic flying in the UK and in true Virgin Atlantic spirit, we’ve continued to do something a little different ever since. We are proud to fly to our destination cities, and celebrating the Festival Fringe and all its talent is a big part of that. It should be a truly unforgettable flying experience on Little Red, so let’s hope Joe and Simon don’t begin their ‘stand up’ until the seatbelt signs go off!”
Joe's If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put a Ring On It show at the Pleasance Courtyard is proving to be a Fringe 2013 favourite and the comic is a regular on everything from Celebrity Juice and Never Mind the Buzzcocks to 8 out of 10 Cats.
Simon Brodkin has brought his most well-known character, Lee Nelson, to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for this year’s Fringe. As Lee, he famously stood in the South Shields by-election and has taken part in various Comic Relief shows, as well as his own Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show on BBC Three.
As a staunch supporter of the festival, we will also be bringing a touch of Little Red to the Fringe itself, with sponsorship of Venue150 @ EICC – one of the festival’s largest venues with some of the event’s biggest names.
Long known for our dedication to providing customers with inimitable service in the sky, this one-off stand-up experience will take on-board entertainment to the next level on Little Red, offering 10 minutes of unprecedented live comedy to warm up passengers for their weekend at the Fringe.
Bringing a splash of red to the skies, Sir Richard Branson’s Little Red service flies from London Heathrow six times daily to Edinburgh, three times daily to Aberdeen as well as four daily round-trips between Manchester and Heathrow.
Header photo of Edinburgh skyline © Daveybot on Flickr.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.