We recently took entertainment to new heights by treating passengers to an exclusive and intimate performance at 37,000 feet from multiplatinum award-winning South African rock band, the Parlotones.
On March 30th's flight VS602 from Johannesburg to London, the band launched their much anticipated new album ‘Stand like Giants’ – and even before take-off, sounds of the Parlotones were heard throughout OR Tambo’s international departures as they played sets in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and the boarding gate, and then in the aisles of the Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
The album launch marked the beginning of a week filled with non-stop entertainment. The 94.7 Breakfast Xpress team broadcast their show live from the UK and kept fans back home glued to their radios with an interview with Sir Richard Branson – along with all the excitement from a trip up The Shard and a spin in an exclusive pod on the London Eye. And Darren “Whackhead” Simpson enjoyed his first visit to his homeland of Scotland on Virgin Atlantic Little Red. The visit included a tour of Edinburgh Castle, whisky tasting and bagpipe lessons from the famed Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
While in the UK, the Parlotones showed why they're South Africa’s number one rock band with shows at Virgin Limited Edition’s Kensington Roof Gardens and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. "The whirlwind week orchestrated by Virgin Atlantic was taste of what it’s like to be tourist royalty," said frontman Kahn Morbee. "It was fun-packed luxurious entertainment from the get go and a week we will savour as magical. The 94.7 Breakfast Xpress team were amazing in capturing the fun, the memories, the adventures and the chaos, as each morning they reflected on the previous day’s events. A big thank you to all the fans who attended the shows and followed the adventures online and on air."
“It’s difficult to sum up the experience and the magic from the week," said Liezl Gericke, our Sales and Marketing Manager in South Africa. "But the biggest highlight of the trip was the launch of the Parlotones album on board VS602 to London."
Virgin Atlantic passengers were the first to experience a concert on board an airplane and The Parlotones are the first and only South African band to have their album as part of our extensive music library onboard the inflight entertainment system.
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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.