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The Chainsmokers to perform at the edge of space

By | Published on Wednesday 20 July 2022

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are set to perform live at the edge of space, thanks to a new collaboration with space balloon company World View.

Actually, I don’t think “space balloon company” is how World View refers to itself, but it basically plans to float passengers up into the stratosphere in a capsule attached to a big balloon. So, what else am I supposed to call it? Either way, Chainsmokers will play their next gig in a space balloon.

Actually, not their next gig. This isn’t going to happen until 2024 when the company opens two of the spaceports it’s building around the world.

“We have always dreamed of going to space and are stoked to collaborate with World View to have this adventure and experience”, say The Chainsmokers. “We know the views of both Earth and space are going to be incredible and inspiring and we hope to leverage this flight for creativity on future projects”.

Now, the people travelling with them might be a bit too distracted by those views to actually pay attention to their performance. Who cares though? Presumably The Chainsmokers will be happy just getting a free trip to (almost) space even if no one really listens to their music.

Especially so, given that World View is charging $50,000 a seat on standard flights, which will last six to twelve hours. That’s still only a fraction of what other companies in the emerging almost-space tourism sector are charging, mind.

World View has also made a big deal of the fact that, unlike with some of its competitors, its flights won’t burn up a shitload of rocket fuel just to let a load of rich people have a quick look down at the planet. It also says that it hopes that the experience of the trips it plans to offer will inspire passengers to want to take better care of the Earth.

“We think about inspiring new perspectives and how those new perspectives can lead to a radically improved future for our Earth,” says CEO Ryan Hartman. “To be able to reach the audience of The Chainsmokers … contributes to our mission as well. It’s something that I’m personally inspired by and excited about”.

Oh yeah, they are also going to record the near-space performance so that the duo’s fans can watch it. Which is another reason it doesn’t matter if no one on board pays attention.

So that’s all good then. Though, fingers crossed the trip doesn’t end up as a reenactment of the video for the duo’s track ‘High’: