For the last few years, every winter I get involved in a seriously cool project. It is to run the Ice Cold Gig series for Jägermeister. It started a few years ago when we took Charlie Simpson to Siberia to play the World's Coldest Gig. I then started at Secret Compass and took the Defiled to play the first gig on an Iceberg in Greenland (see previous blog), then last year took TesseracT to Finnish Lapland to play a gig on the World's largest Igloo. I wanted to up the game this year, and we performed the first ever continuous gig from air to sea to land.
As well as organising and producing the whole project, I would be directing the film and taking the stills pictures. It was a big ask, but I revel in the challenge. Jägermeister sponsor a number of bands and they informed us that the lead singer for Bullet for my Valentine, Matt Tuck was on-board. My idea was to get him to perform a gig whilst skydiving from a helicopter. As it was only acoustic, and we couldn’t get the full band play in the air, I wanted the audience to be some of his best mates that have supported him through his career. We would do this in Northern Norway in Lyngsfjord as I knew the snow will be down the the fjord level.
Matt performed the air phase of the gig whilst strapped to a tandem skydive instructor. He played and sang which was then transmitted live using radio mics to his mates also strapped to a tandem instructor.
When they landed they headed off to the water’s edge and took off in a speedboat to cross the fjord and Matt continued the gig on the sea. Once at the other side they were met by husky mushers, and Matt played the land phase on a dog sled. The huskies took the four of them into the mountains where they were met by a Sami couple in traditional tents where Matt ended the gig. The project ended with toasting a glass of Jägermeister under the Northern Lights. Hope you enjoy the video!