The highly anticipated WORLD CLUB DOME Zero Gravity event took off from Frankfurt Airport this past Wednesday, February 7, becoming the first club event in history to be hosted in weightlessness.
The flight was the official pre-party to the “Hollywood Edition” of BigCityBeats’ WORLD CLUB DOME scheduled for June 1-3, 2018 in Frankfurt.
Together with the ESA, Fraport AG and the City of Frankfurt, BigCityBeats has shown what is possible when the fascination of science meets the joy and fun of entertainment.
A Zero-G Airbus normally used only for training by scientific teams and the European Space Agency (ESA) was transformed into a club for the WORLD CLUB DOME Zero Gravity event. International DJs Steve Aokiand W&W joined over 50 other people, including winners from countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Korea, India and Germany, on a 90-minute flight that combined the power of music and the novelty of zero gravity. Anyone wanting a shot at securing a place on board had to apply via a 20-second video. Demand for tickets was astonishing with over 30,000 applications submitted.
Media organisations around the world were abuzz with news of WORLD CLUB DOME Zero Gravity. TV stations such as CNN, BBC, ARD, ZDF, N-TV, Deutsche Welle, RTL and Pro7, big-name daily newspapers from the Daily Mail and The Sun to Die Welt, El Pais and Frankfurter Allgemeine and a plethora of other outlets (Time Magazine, DJ Mag, Focus, The Verge and others) all reported on the event.
The lucky winners from Germany were Jan Skusa (19, from Zang) and Pascal Hug (26, from Pfullendorf).
“What a feeling!” said Jan after returning to earth. “Total loss of control, but an awesome experience.”
The DJs, too, were blown away. At the press conference afterwards Steve Aoki said: “WORLD CLUB DOME is one of the best festivals out there. When I got the call from BigCityBeats asking me if I wanted to be part of the Zero Gravity event I jumped at the chance. Only BigCityBeats could come up with something like that. And now I feel like an astronaut.”
W&W were no less exhilarated: “We were pretty nervous, but after the first jump it was, like, indescribable – even though any actual DJ-ing was all but impossible in the weightless conditions, because you were always swimming away from the console.”