It has played host to plane enthusiasts, weddings and conferences but now Manchester Airport’s Concorde hangar is attracting a new crowd
– after welcoming a rock band who were filming their video.
Hotly-tipped group My Forever shot the video for their single The World Won’t Wait at the spectacular venue, becoming the first band to be granted the privilege.
And the footage has taken off – with MTV in talks to broadcast the video on its music channels worldwide and BBC Radio 1 selecting the track as its record of the week, where it received rave reviews from DJs Fearne Cotton and Greg James.
The song was written by lead singer Dave Ingham and the group were keen to film the accompanying video at an aircraft hangar.
After discussions with their management, the band, from Thirsk, north Yorkshire, approached airport bosses – and were allowed to use the location for the day.
The video was shot in secret to stop fans from turning up - and the filming proved so successful that chiefs now hope other acts will use the complex for their videos.
Band spokeswoman Jen Corrigan, from Fierce Management, said: “It was an amazing day shooting the video with Concorde at Manchester Airport – one we’ll all remember.
“It was an absolute dream for the band and they loved every second of it.
“The staff at Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park and British Airways couldn’t have been more helpful and we’re all extremely happy with the result.
“People are still talking about the video from the UK all the way to Australia and Mauritius. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys or the video.”
Last August, Salford music legend Elkie Brooks performed under the wings of Concorde in the first ever concert at the airport’s runway visitor park.
Chiefs decided to host the concert after tests revealed the venue had good acoustics and they also wanted to take advantage of its quirkiness – and now hope it has an even brighter musical future.
Natalie Rose, runway visitor park manager, said: “We are very pleased for the band and the video is a fabulous showcase for the visitor park – hopefully it will help introduce Concorde to a new generation of fans.
“Elkie Brookes performed live and Rufus Hound filmed scenes for ‘The Wedding Video’ here recently, attracting lots of interest and visitor numbers continue to grow.
“A couple of years ago we invited Tinie Tempah after he sang he never got to go on Concorde in his song ‘Pass Out’, but we haven’t heard back yet.
“Thankfully, Concorde remains a superstar attraction even 10 years after her retirement and we look forward to welcoming many more thousands of people to enjoy this British icon in the future, too.”