On first glance nothing much to note here: two guys, a set of decks and some happy punters.
Yes, those are dancing uniformed Virgin Atlantic cabin crew. Yes, that is an aeroplane fuselage.
Yes, that’s a gig ON a plane. In the air. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between London Heathrow and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
To be precise, on Thursday afternoon last week we were 35000 feet up high in the air on the inaugural flight of the new Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner, listening to London-based bands Rudimental, and Gorgon City play the first ever gig to be live streamed from a plane over the Atlantic Ocean. Just a casual Thursday then.
I ordered eggs Florentine in the Gatwick Virgin Clubhouse before we took off, figuring that food would be the last thing on anyone’s mind on the outbound flight. I was right.
We arrived at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport to be greeted by a full gospel choir. That was some welcome. (That was some flight.)
We spent Thursday night settling into Atlanta: Within twenty minutes of checking into the W Atlanta Buckhead, I had found this in the parking lot two blocks away. (I think you could say I settled into Atlanta pdq.)
Next day was all about the sightseeing: I spent three hours on a bike tour of Atlanta in the morning, and checked out a local craft brewery – Sweetwater, in the afternoon (of which more later).
Friday night was party night: up on the top floor of Ventanas, a rooftop event space in Downtown Atlanta, with Sir Richard Branson hosting, and Rudimental leading the conga line.
Next morning I recuperated by ordering a ginormous hotel breakfast at The W at vast cost (worth every single cent). With biscuits. Well, it would be rude not to in the South.
Huge thanks to Virgin Atlantic and the team at Cake for inviting me to experience a flight like no other!