Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain are reportedly locked in a legal fight to prevent graphic photos taken at Kurt Cobain’s death scene from being released to the public. The late Nirvana frontman committed suicide in 1994.
You know that eye-rolling moment when you’re travelling on a train or the tube and a busker climbs on to give you a rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ and you just bury your face into the nearest free newspaper that’s lying around? Now imagine that at 36,000 feet.
In what looks like one of the most cringe-worthy marketing moves of recent years, US airline Southwest has added live pop-up performances to selected flights on its schedule. Which is all well and good if you like a bit of country’n’western but less so if you’re not so partial and don’t have a parachute.
Billboard reports that the move comes as part of a team up between the airline and Warner Music Nashville (WMN). Southwestern will offer pop-up shows on board flights featuring WMN artists, and in return the label will continue using the airline.
And stuck in the middle will be the poor passengers with absolutely no means of escape.
Kicking off the new promo was Devin Dawson who performed on a flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. Landing at the City Of Brotherly Love, Dawson said: “That was a little bit different than what I usually do every day. You know, some people don’t really enjoy flying; some people get very nervous and don’t like it.
“I hope that something like this [performance] is just a cool surprise for some [passengers] that helps them forget about their everyday woes, and I’ll just play a couple of songs to make them smile.”
Have a look for yourselves:
— Devin Dawson (@zdevin) October 26, 2017
However, judging by reactions on Twitter, it seems that the idea hasn’t been universally welcomed:
– stuck with strangers
– in a tube hurtling 500mph
– drinks cost your first born
– “anyway, here’s wonderwall”
– this is hell, we’ve done it https://t.co/C2zrk99c4O
— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) October 27, 2017
This is the worst idea I have ever heard. I will never book Southwest again out of fear of being trapped in a flying nightmare concert. https://t.co/8cIQ82jaef
— Ben Parsons (@Ben_Parsons__) October 27, 2017
What do they think headphones are for? It’s 2017, Southwest. People hardly even look up from their phones at concerts for acts they paid to see live. https://t.co/hrapM484tL
— OMG, LaJethro (@LaJethroJenkins) October 27, 2017
Hmm. Having studied the footage through out fingers, Gigwise can’t help thinking of this:
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Branson said: “V Festival has always been a special weekend for everyone at Virgin. We’ve been proud to sponsor V Festival for the past two decades and there have been some incredible performances on the stage. Now, after 22 very enjoyable and successful years, 2017 was Virgin’s last V Festival.”
He added: “Being part of V Festival has been an honour and there are some amazing moments that will stay with me forever – including introducing Paul Weller and welcoming V2 Records’ first signing The Stereophonics to a massive audience.
“Who would have thought that an idea to sell cut-price mail-order records would grow into a record label, let alone a unique music festival – and so much else besides?”
This summer’s festival saw headline slots from Pink and Jay-Z.
Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn told Music Week that the festival will continue in 2018 under a new name, which will be revealed next month.
“The festivals will continue, we have the announcement later in November of the replacement name,” he said. “We are looking forward to the new festival now, it’s just something that we are incredibly excited about.”
He continued: “It will very much continue to have a pop and dance focus. We will have a complete refresh and it’s likely to go to three days. I believe the demand warrants it – the demand and the talent are out there.”
V Festival launched in 1996. The northern leg of the festival moved to Stafford in 1999 after the Leeds Festival settled into the original Temple Newsam site.
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