UK progressive metal band TesseracT have performed a show on what might well be the world’s first “gigloo”.
An igloo the size of three double-decker buses was constructed in Yllas Village, Finland recently as part of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig series, and formed the basis of the stage for TesseracT’s live set.
Snowmobiles and neighbouring igloos were used to provide lighting, combining with the spectacular natural sight of the Northern Lights as a backdrop. Audience members seemed suitably impressed as the band emerged from a tunnel carved deep in to the ice structure, before taking to their instruments that had been specially prepared for the occasion with electro-luminescent edging.
Said TesseracT guitarist James Monteith: “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 TesseracT’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 kilometers 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.”
As part of last year’s Ice Cold Gig series, UK metal band The Defiled became the first act in the world to play a gig on an iceberg.
You can watch a mini documentary about TesseracT’s set below: