British Airways has set a new Guinness World Record by teaming up with Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde as they, along with 128 passengers, took part in the world’s highest concert. Passengers on board the British Airways flight then set another Guinness World Record by performing the world's highest Harlem Shake at 43,000ft.
The stunt, called “Gig in the Sky”, was a fundraiser for Comic Relief and saw the Spandau Ballet front man perform the band’s 80’s hits “True” and “Gold” as well as a cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, while Kim Wilde performed “Kids in America" and her cover of “You Keep Me Hanging On”.
The theme of the sky-high concert was 1988, celebrating 25 years since Comic Relief first started. Cabin Crew on the flight wore Roland Klein uniforms from the 80’s and passengers were treated to a special menu from 1988. The event lasted 22 minutes in total and finished off with all on board taking part in the latest viral craze, the Harlem Shake.
“It's fantastic to be a part of this unique Flying Start event raising money for Red Nose Day,' said Tony Hadley, speaking before the event took place. “I've played in some pretty unusual places, but a gig in the sky with my favourite airline is a first for me, and I'm very excited about breaking a new Guinness World Record too!"
The previous record holder for the world’s highest concert was James Blunt, who performed at 42,080 ft. At current, British Airways has raised over £4.5 million for Comic Relief, through its Flying Start charity.