Facing a freezing gig on an iceberg!
A gigantic iceberg has been turned into the most unlikely of gig venues in the Greenland Sea, as Jäger-supported The Defiled became the first band ever to perform on top of a moving ‘berg for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig.
Studiomaster recently supplied a full PA system for the world’s first ever live gig atop a floating iceberg. The UK firm was approached by Jägermeister, which hosted the gig as part of its Ice Cold Gig Series, to supply a PA system tough enough to perform in Arctic conditions.
“It was a brief we could confidently commit to, given the robust build quality of Studiomaster product,” explained assistant general manager, Patrick Almond. “In fact it presented a perfect opportunity to prove the near-military grade construction of the new Horizon powered mixer. The very look of the all-British design says how tough it is – and then there’s 1000 watts a side of class-D power amplification; more than enough to provide sound coverage on an iceberg.”
The firm’s 2012 powered mixer was partnered with a pair of XPX 12 moulded cabinets on stands, providing the best possible power to weight ratio; weight being a critical consideration in not tipping the band and all their equipment into the freezing water. Studiomaster KM92 dynamic mics also featured in the performance.
Commenting on the value of the promotion for the firm, Almond said: “This was a great opportunity to create some amazing brand exposure and we are going to be following that through with related promotional campaigns at retail level, to provide some of that benefit to our dealers. Watch out for our forthcoming Iceberg Horizon bundles and some in-store Jägermeister co-sponsorship promotions.”
Jägermeister music manager, Tom Carson, added: “As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems. The Studiomaster gear more than met the environmental challenges of this unique ‘venue’.”
Production manager and operations director for the event was Tom McShane, whose company, Secret Compass, was formed by ex-Parachute Regiment officers to conduct exploratory expeditions to remote post-conflict areas and endangered ecosystems in places like Afghanistan, South Sudan, Madagascar and Panama. “The trip went fantastically and the Studiomaster gear performed superbly,” he commented. “I was massively impressed with the set-up and it sounded great. The little generator we had actually put out enough power to run all of the gear, so thanks so much for your advice and selection of the equipment. It was also a really light set-up too.
“I had to set-up all the backline and the PA and soundcheck it. But I managed to get it all up and running within five minutes; it was really simple.”
You can check out video footage of how the event was put together.