Virgin creates 'airborne' ice-cream van

The pop-up is part of a campaign for its loyalty scheme Virgin Red.

Virgin Red: consumers will be able to visit the ice-cream van held aloft by red balloons
Virgin Red: consumers will be able to visit the ice-cream van held aloft by red balloons

Virgin is celebrating its loyalty scheme Virgin Red with an apparently levitating ice-cream van on the South Bank.

The one-day event, which takes place on 14 July, is inspired by the brand's spot, "Whatever blows your bubble" by Glow London and Truant London. This features a woman blowing a chewing-gum bubble so large that she becomes airborne.

The van, which will appear to be borne aloft by red balloons, will feature a 15-foot-high ladder that can be climbed by guests who want to pick up some ice cream. The ice cream on offer will have customisable options in the shape of a variety of red toppings, ranging from sweet sprinkles to paprika crisps, chilli flakes and ketchup.

The ad is set to a cover version of Nena's 1980s hit 99 Red Balloons, Virgin Red will be playing the song throughout the day to highlight prize-winning moments. In keeping with the song, 99 people will be selected to receive prizes including Virgin Points, which can be used on Virgin Atlantic flights, monthly Virgin Wines deliveries and tickets to shows.

The pop-up is part of a multimedia campaign entitled "Find what blows your bubble". It spans TV, video on demand, social and digital display. The Persuaders is working alongside One Green Bean to deliver the activation.

Kelly Best, chief marketing officer of Virgin Red, said: “This summer, we wanted to bring to life how rewards really do revolve around Virgin Red’s members by creating a truly unique experience on London’s South Bank inspired by our new brand film 'Find what blows your bubble'.

“From sausage rolls to spaceport tours, Virgin Red has more than 150 remarkable rewards and experiences for whatever blows your bubble, so what better way to display this than with a summer ice-cream extravaganza that’s not only customisable but also truly memorable.”