Virgin Atlantic installs music studio for rock stars at Heathrow airport


Ever find yourself at the airport, humming a chart-worthy melody that you forget by the time you land, forgoing your chance of penning a sure-fire pop hit?
Such an experience may be a thing of the past for musicians flying from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic.
The carrier has installed an industry standard recording studio in its swankiest airport lounge, the Clubhouse, a space that already offers eyebrow tinting, hot stone therapy and retro video games.
Virgin claims its services from London to New York and Los Angeles are well-used by members of the entertainment industry, hence the idea to provide equipment for musicians to record tracks while they wait to board a flight.
A short scan through musical history throws up a number of famous songs that have been written while waiting for a train, bus or plane.

Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel, for example, was written while waiting for a train at Widnes Station, in Cheshire.
The studio forms part of the Clubhouse, the carrier’s £11m flagship lounge, which is designed to feel like a private members’ club. The compact suite offers the digital editing and mixing system Pro Tools, and allows users to email or upload the track directly to the record company, broadcaster or producer.
Ben Nemes of Avid, the company behind the suite, said: “The music and media industries have changed dramatically recently, the pace of creation and consumption is quicker than ever and deadlines are tight, requiring fast turnarounds and the ability to produce the finished article on the move. Virgin Atlantic’s decision to create the world’s only airside production suite is the recognition of these needs in creative customers.”


  1. Cloud released their debut single Free My Soul from the Virgin Atlantic Avid edit suite yesterday.

    Angus Havers from Cloud said ‘ Releasing our debut single from the Virgin Atlantic edit suite was great, it had everything we needed, and Free my Soul is an apt single to release from Heathrow, we are really proud of it.’

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