A gigantic Iceberg has been turned into the most unlikely of gig venues in the Greenland Sea, as UK metal band The Defiled (Nuclear Blast Records) performed on top of the floating platform for the JÃ¤germeister Ice Cold Gig â€“ which sees artists put to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice cold conditions.
Braving freezing temperatures and fast flowing ice, the group performed the special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
As an internationally touring band and part of the JÃ¤germusic program, The Defiled are used to spending long stretches on the road together, which helped prepare them for the unusual nature of this tour. Flying from the UK to Iceland, the group then transferred to the island town of Kulusuk, Greenland, before trekking over-land and sea to their base on the neighbouring island Tasiilaq which has a population of just over 2000 inhabitants.
Prior to taking to the icy-stage, Frontman Stitch D, along with keyboard player The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time getting to meet local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. Renowned for their distinctively dark and imposing on-stage dress â€“ which provided a stunning visual contrast to the bright white ice cold surroundings â€“ The Defiled played a 30 minute set featuring tracks from their latest album Daggers.
Stitch D said, â€œThis has to be one of the most insane gigs weâ€™ve ever played! You see these things on TV documentaries but itâ€™s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I donâ€™t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away.”