UK band perform World’s first ‘Gigloo’ in freezing temperatures

Ice cold set on giant igloo entertains local Finnish villagers and tribesmen

A gigantic igloo, thought to be the world’s biggest and spanning the equivalent of 3.5 double decker buses in Ylläs Village in Lapland, Finland, was transformed into an ice stage for the world’s first gig on an igloo.

The show saw UK progressive rock band, TesseracT perform on top of the immense snow structure for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which puts artists to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice cold conditions.

More used to rocking out music venues and recording studios, the JägerMusic sponsored five-piece band braved the freezing cold conditions to help put the finishing touches to the most extraordinary stage set. Measuring 16 metres in diameter, the stunning location played host to the hour long show to complete the fourth Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, pulling in villagers some 20-50 kilometres away.

Snowmobiles and neighbouring igloos lit up the performance, comprising a stunning array of colours which coincided with a mesmerising display of the Northern Lights overhead. Crowds were wowed as the band emerged from a tunnel carved deep within the brightly lit igloos below, before playing to the 200-strong audience on guitars and drums lined with illuminating electro-luminescence.

Awarded 4 K’s by Kerrang Magazine for their last album, the band took time out of their jam packed tour schedule to take up the challenge and play out their track Nocturne. The track, which has had huge traction amongst their UK fans, with over 800,000 hits on YouTube, was this time performed to a very different, but equally enthralled, audience of Lappish people, skiers and reindeer.

Prior to the performance, chief songwriter Acle Kahney, along with fellow guitarist James Monteith, bassist/producer Amos Williams, vocalist Dan Tompkins and drummer Jay Postones, invited Sami tribesmen and other residents to come and witness their unique performance.

Guitarist James Monteith said: “We’re great mates first and foremost, so we’ve shared some amazing moments. But even after playing the main stage at Sonisphere last year, the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig was definitely TessaracT’s most challenging performance to date, and what an amazing experience it was. Something we’ll remember forever!

“The final stage build was tougher going than we expected – we were shifting 150kg blocks of ice to create the steps leading up to the stage. Fortunately, we had a team of locals to help us and the effort was well worth it; we drew in spectators that lived some 20 to 50 kilometres away. It was absolutely freezing, but as soon as we saw the crowd of people adrenalin took over, the hard work was forgotten and we battled through the gig.”

Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager added: “For 2015 we really wanted to create something special. The Ice Cold Gigs have become such a prominent feature for our Jägermusic programme that not only do we want to challenge our artists, but we like to challenge ourselves by doing something that’s never been done before.”

When it comes to ice cold gigs there’s no obstacle too big for Jägermeister to overcome. In 2014, Jägermeister hosted the world’s first gig on an iceberg with UK metal band The Defiled. The band performed a special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk Greenland, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.

And in 2012 Charlie Simpson performed The Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig and set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Coldest Concert. Braving brutal temperatures of -30˚C the singer, songwriter and Fightstar front man performed to a small crowd in Oymyakon, Siberia – the coldest permanently inhabited place on the planet.

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