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Thursday, September 2, 2010

"70,000 Tons of Metal" festival sounds like the best vacation of all time

I recently found out about the "70,000 Tons of Metal" music festival.  It's called that because it is going to feature 40 awesome metal bands and takes place on a massive cruise liner in the Caribbean.
This cruise liner.

The ship has a casino, indoor concert hall, various pools and hot tubs, a day spa, rock climbing wall, fitness center, and of course there are several bars and lounges.   Tickets are fairly expensive, as you might guess.  Maybe if I got a cabin in steerage...
Hey, it worked for them.  Kinda.

The lineup of bands (so far) is actually fairly impressive: Ensiferum, Exodus, Fear Factory, Finntroll, Iced Earth, Korpiklaani, Testament, and more have all signed on to perform on the high seas.  Though I've never heard of them, I have a feeling the Swashbuckle performance is going to be especially awesome.  There's still 16 slots for bands, and if the quality remains as high as the 24 on the bill, this is going to be one seriously sick lineup.  Here's hoping they're able to sign Alestorm for this thing.

Yeah, they'll fit right in.

The festival's website looks like something from 1999, but this concept is quite original and new.  If I had the kind of money and free time that it takes to do something like this, it would be hard to keep me from going.  I can only imagine what it would be like to watch Amon Amarth (yeah, they'll be there) play a show on the deck stage one night (yes, there's a massive stage on the deck) and then see Johan Hegg chowing down at the ship's gourmet buffet the next morning.  Maybe you'd catch Korpiklaani throwing down some beers in the lounge, or see Testament hitting the elliptical machines. 

Either way, 70,000 Tons of Metal sounds like a metalhead's dream vacation, and if it turns into an annual thing, I might have to go some day.

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