A host of '80s pop stars helped do their bit for charity while also making their way into the record books yesterday, after performing the highest ever gig.

Bananarama and Go West entertained passengers as they waited in the departure lounge, before singer Kim Wilde and Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley performed a history-making gig at 43,000ft (13,000m) on a Boeing 767 aeroplane.


In order to break the record, which had previously been held by James Blunt who performed at 12,825 metres (42,080 feet), the artists needed to perform a 15-minute set accompanied by musical instruments.

In accordance with Guinness World Records guidelines, all musicians had to be live and in person, with no singing along to backing tracks.

Kim and Tony's set in the end lasted for 22 minutes and 36 seconds, with Wilde playing her hits 'You Came', 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' and 'Kids In America', while Hadley performed acoustic renditions of 'True', 'Gold' and a cover of Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'.


The veteran stars also showed they still have their fingers on the pulse by taking part in a second record, this time for the highest ever 'Harlem Shake', with Tony and Kim joining the plane's 128 passengers to perform Baauer's viral craze dance.

The concert - titled 80s Gig InThe Sky - was hosted by TV star Shane Richie, and took place to raise money and celebrate 25 years of the UK anti-poverty charity Comic Relief.


The attempt was organised by British Airways, who have helped raise over £4.5 million for Flying Start - the airline's charity partnership with Comic Relief.

Guinness World Record Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday who adjudicated the event, said: "I was on board the British AirwaysHighest Stand-Up Comedy Gigin 2011, when the airline set its first Guinness World Record. I didn't think that they could top that, but having witnessed today I'm proud to say that they most certainly have. The Harlem Shake has to be one of the most amazing records I've ever witnessed!"

The record double follows on from BBC chat show host Graham Norton's feat for Comic Relief last Thursday, which saw him set a new record the most questions asked during a TV chat show.

Graham fronted a six-hour show on BBC3 in which he quizzed a continuing roll call of guests asking a total of 175 questions, in turn helping to raise more than £1 million for the charity.

Fellow comedian Sanderson Jones and friend Mikey Lear also did their bit for Comic Relief by attempting a record-breaking charity hug, remaining locked together for strenuous 25 hours 22 minutes 36 seconds on 2 March 2013.

For more information about Comic Relief, and how you can help to raise money on Red Nose Day this Friday, head to www.comicrelief.com