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By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

October 24, 2014 | 2 min read

The new Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner hosted the first ever gig to be live-streamed from over the Atlantic ocean, featuring bands Rudimental and Gorgon City, during its inaugral flight.

The plane, called ‘Birthday Girl’ was produced to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 30th anniversary and comes with advanced Wi-Fi. For the gig, it was rigged out with a powerful audio system which saw audiences both on the flight, and at home, enjoy the performances from the two London bands.

The performance was embedded on Virgin Atlantic’s official website, and reached thousands of listeners at home. Passengers were encouraged to live tweet the event using ‘Birthday Girl’s’ new Wi-Fi system.

Amir Amor of Rudimental, one of the in-flight bands, said: “This is the most technologically advanced gig we have ever been a part of.

“The ability to live stream our performances from 35,000 feet to our fans on the ground was crazy. The sound system on board was incredible, it really felt like we were in a club and gave everyone a buzzing experience.”

Kye Gibbon of Gorgon City, added: “Thanks to the innovation of the 787, we were able to share this once-in-a-lifetime performance with our fans on board, and at home.

“It’s been a whirlwind event that we’ve never experienced before, and definitely will never forget!”

Virgin Atlantic collaborated with Britannia Row Productions to select and install the high-end audio equipment on the aircraft.

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