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The Chainsmokers to become the first band to perform in space in 2024

By AYIE LICSI Published Jul 20, 2022 1:45 pm

The Chainsmokers will be making history as the first musicians to perform at the edge of space in 2024.

Duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have partnered with space tourism company World View for the performance, which will put them into a pressurized capsule tethered to a stratospheric balloon 20 miles above the earth.

“We have always dreamed of going to space and are stoked to collaborate with World View to have this adventure and experience,” said The Chainsmokers in a statement. “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.”

According to the Associated Press, World View's balloon capsules is planned to seat eight passengers, so there might be room for audiences for The Chainsmokers' space concert. Additionally, flights will last six to 12 hours.

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According to World View CEO Ryan Hartman, the company hopes the event can inspire other artists to "do something different than they would have otherwise done."

The CEO's choice of performers was influenced by his younger son, and it's an effort to excite younger people about space travel.

"I have just seen firsthand and personally how their music reaches a lot of different groups, a lot of different age groups and just how passionate they are about their music and their art. It matches our passion for what we do," Hartman said.

The Chainsmokers are known for their hits Closer, Paris, Don't Let Me Down, and Something Like This. They released their fourth studio album So Far So Good in January 2022.

World View is one of the private space exploration companies offering seats to the public. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic also hope to make space tourism accessible.