Heathrow Launches New Live Music Stage In Airport Terminal

China Bears perform to passengers in the first of a series of surprise gigs at the Heathrow Introducing Stage

The most boring part of travelling has just gotten a little more interesting! London’s Heathrow Airport has just introduced a brand new stage for live music. 

Located in Terminal 5, the stage has been set up in partnership with global music events company Sofar Sounds, and will see some of the UKs hottest up-and-coming music talent.

The hope is for these new artists to catch the attention of music industry moguls, travelling through the airport during its busiest summer season ever.

The stage has been named ‘The Heathrow Introducing Stage’ and will see a wide variety of new British artists across all sorts of genres.

The first artists took to the stage on the 24th of June, with performances from China Bears, The Halfway Kid and R&B artist Olivia Nelson – all artists that were shortlisted for ‘The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition’.

Heathrow have said that it expects to have its busiest summer yet, with crowds of around 30 million passengers expected to be travelling through the airport over the next few months.

“It’s a game-changer for those aiming to break into the industry”

“The Heathrow Introducing stage isn’t just about providing entertainment, it’s about propelling careers to new heights. It’s a game-changer for those aiming to break into the industry,” Karoline Komolafe, UK Regional Director at Sofar Sounds says.

“We’ve loved picking out who we think are the most promising and genuinely exciting acts that are starting out right now, and I think Heathrow passengers are going to have a brilliant time at the gigs.”

In 2023, Heathrow was named the busiest airport in Europe, and the fourth busiest in the world. 1.8 million passengers are set to travel through the airport this week, more than almost any other week on record.  

Director of Services at Heathrow, Tonia Fielding,  comments “Heathrow has long been hailed as the UK’s gateway to the world. We’re proud that we’re providing people from around the globe the chance to experience the best of Britain’s emerging musical talent and a taste of UK culture from the moment they reach the airport, while helping British talent supercharge their careers at the same time.”

If any passengers missed the last show, there are two more to come on Friday 12th of July and Wednesday 24th of July, with a full new set of up and coming artists. Could Heathrow Airport be the Uk’s hottest new concert venue?