The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is heading south with the rock band Metallica for their first concert on Antarctica. The concert will take place on the 8th December on the Argentinean base Carlini in the South Shetland Islands.
“After 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth, except for one,” says the band on their website. “That is all about to change as we are set to travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played until now…We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the aurdience via headphones with no amplification…a real first for us”.
A contest will take place to decide on which fans will travel to see the gig but will consist of nationals from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico and the cruise will depart from Ushuaia on the 3rd December. Much preparation is needed to organise the project including an Environment Impact Assessment in line with the Antarctic Protection Protocol (Madrid Protocol).
Although tickets for this event are not available we can still organise a cruise to the Antarctic on board the same Ortelius vessel between November and March each year.