THE EYE HAS IT!

The unique event is to help promote fair trade...

Performers including TURIN BRAKES, DAMON ALBARN and BETH ORTON are to take part in a unique gig-going experience aboard the LONDON EYE this summer.

The event (June 21), called Flight 5065, is the brainchild of coffee company Cafedirect, who have organised the airborne arts fest to promote fair trade.

There will be three separate 30-minute “departures” during the evening, although passengers will not be able to pick their capsule according to the performance inside.

Damon Albarn will be showcasing new African music from his Honest Jon’s label, while Turin Brakes will play an acoustic set featuring material from their new album ‘Jackinabox’, released on May 30.

“It’s such a bizarre and brilliant concept,” said singer Olly Knights. “If you want to make a noise about African issues pick the biggest, oddest landmark in London and shout really loudly from the top of it.”

The event will focus on celebrating African culture and questioning western attitudes to the continent in the run-up to the G8 summit of major powers to be held at Gleneagles, Perthshire in July.