Live inflight performances get mixed results

Buzz on board some flights, backlash on others
Live inflight entertainment, particularly courtesy of musicians giving spontaneous concerts in the cabin, are nothing new on airlines. But recently they have really started to take off.
They started to gain popularity in 2007 when British funk band Jamiroquai launched their album High Times by performing a live gig up in the air between Munich and Athens. This broke several Guinness world records including ‘performance at the highest altitude’.
Three years later, James Blunt broke that record by performing slightly higher, at 42,000 feet (12.8km).
Two weeks ago, Local Natives band members performed a live acoustic set during a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles Chicago O’Hare in advance of a performance in Chicago.
This continues a long series of such live band and DJ events on Virgin America. But not all inflight performances are initiated by airlines, an example being the cast of Broadway musical The Lion King breaking into a rendition of Circle of Life on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.
Not all acts are well received, however. Jet Airways suspended crew members after Bollywood star Sonu Nigam gave a performance over the announcement system – which led to a social media backlash.


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