70000 Tons of Metal
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70000 Tons of Metal is an annual heavy metal music festival at sea. Taking place on board a cruise ship, the event features performances from over 60 international heavy metal acts on multiple stages, including “The World’s Largest Open Air Stage to Sail the Seas”. 70000 Tons of Metal boasts unrestricted festival access, a friendly and social environment for artists and fans, an All-Star jam, clinics with featured artists, a belly flop contest and a host of other activities.
The event is a five-day festival at sea, including one shore day at a selected Caribbean destination.
The initiator and founder of 70000TONS OF METAL is former Swiss concert promoter and tour manager, Andy Piller. According to Piller, the idea of 70000TONS OF METAL was conceived in 2006 when he observed cruise ships from his apartment balcony in Vancouver, British Columbia. Piller then began a four-year process of planning, organizing, and finding investors for what would become 70000TONS OF METAL.
In 2011, the inaugural voyage of 70000TONS OF METAL set sail on January 24 from the Port of Miami toward Cozumel, Mexico and returned on January 28. The festival took place on board the Royal Caribbean MS Majesty of the Seas. The line-up consisted of 42 international heavy metal acts to play two sets each during the 5-day cruise.
Ship: MS Majesty of the Seas
Sailing dates: January 24 – 28, 2011
Route: Miami, FL – Cozumel, Mexico – Miami, FL
Number of guests on board: 2038 (48 countries represented)
Musicians and crew: 422
Ship crewmembers: 900
Total number of passengers on board: 3360
Performers: Agent Steel, Amon Amarth, Arsis, Blackguard, Blind Guardian, Circle II Circle, Cripper, Dark Tranquility, Death Angel, Destruction, Dusk Machine, Ensiferum, Epica, Exodus, Fear Factory, Finntroll, Forbidden, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth, Korpiklaani, Malevolent Creation, Marduk, Moonspell, Nevermore, Obituary, Rage, Raven, Sabaton, Sanctuary, Saxon, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Swashbuckle, The Absence, Trouble, Twilight of the Gods, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Voivod, Witchburner.
The second voyage of 70000TONS OF METAL departed from the port of Miami on January 23, sailing toward the Cayman Islands, to return on January 27. The festival took place on board the Royal Caribbean MS Majesty of the Seas. 42 heavy metal acts performed on board in 2012. 2051 guests attended 70000TONS OF METAL in 2012, 51% of which had attended the festival the previous year. Of the 2051 guests, 55 countries were represented from all continents, surpassing the previous year.
Ship: MS Majesty of the Seas
Dates: January 23 – 27, 2012
Route: Miami, FL – George Town, Cayman Islands – Miami, FL
Number of guests: 2051 (55 countries represented)
Musicians and crew: 452
Ship crewmembers: 879
Total number of passengers on board: 3352
Performers: Alestorm, Amorphis, Annihilator, Atheist, Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, Channel Zero, Children of Bodom, Coroner, Crowbar, Dark Funeral, Diamond Plate, Edguy, Eluveitie, Exciter, God Dethroned, Grave Digger, Hammerfall, In Extremo, Kamelot, Kataklysm, Massacre, Megora, Moonsorrow, My Dying Bride, Nightwish, Orphaned Land, Overkill, Pestilence, Pretty Maids, Riot, Samael, Sapiency, Stratovarius, Suffocation, Tankard, Therion, Tristania, Venom, Vicious Rumors, Virgin Steele, Whiplash.
The third voyage of 70000TONS OF METAL embarked from the Port of Miami on January 28, sailing toward the Turks and Caicos Islands, to return on February 1. The festival took place on board the Royal Caribbean MS Majesty of the Seas. 42 international heavy metal acts performed on board in 2013.
In addition to the 42 heavy metal acts that performed in 2013, the guitarist and founder of heavy metal band Annihilator, Jeff Waters, organized an “All-Star Jam”. The All-Star Jam included artists such as Petri Lindroos (Ensiferum), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro), and Mille Petrozza (Kreator). The classical Ukrainian pianist, Vika Yermolyeva, was also featured in 2013, performing popular heavy metal piano covers such as “Raining Blood” by Slayer and “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. Also initiated in 2013 was the 70000TONS OF METAL Pool Girls, a hostess team with custom apparel provided by Toxic Vision.
Ship: MS Majesty of the Seas
Dates: January 28 – February 1, 2013
Route: Miami, FL – Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands – Miami, FL
Number of Guests: 2037 (55 countries represented)
Musicians and crew: 466
Ship crewmembers: 892
Total number of passengers on board: 3395
Performers: 3 Inches of Blood, Anaal Nathrakh, Anacrusis, Angra, Arkona, Cryptopsy, Delain, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Doro, DragonForce, Ektomorf, Ensiferum, ETECC, Evergrey, Fatal Smile, Flotsam & Jetsam, Gotthard, Heidevolk, Helloween, Helstar, Holy Grail, Immolation, In Flames, Inquisition, Kreator, Lacuna Coil, Lizzy Borden, Metal Church, Nightmare, Nile, Onslaught, Rage and Lingua Mortis Orchestra, Sabaton, Sinister, Steel Engraved, Subway to Sally, Threat Signal, Tiamat, Turisas, Týr, Unexpect.
The fourth voyage of 70000TONS OF METAL departed from the Port of Miami on January 27 toward Costa Maya, Mexico, and returned on January 31. The destination for 2014 was selected through a voting process open to fully ticketed passengers on the 70000TONS OF METAL official website. The vote consisted of 5 potential Caribbean destinations: Cozumel, Mexico; Freeport, Bahamas; Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands; Nassau, Bahamas; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Costa Maya was announced as the destination winner with 40% of the votes, followed by Cockburn Town with 38%. The festival took place on board the Royal Caribbean MS Majesty of the Seas. 41 international heavy metal acts performed on board the event in 2014.
Ship: MS Majesty of the Seas
Dates: January 27 – 31, 2014
Route: Miami, FL – Costa Maya, Mexico – Miami, FL
Number of guests: 2051 (61 countries represented)
Musicians and crew: 458
Ship crewmembers: 869
Total number of passengers on board: 3378
Performers: Atrocity, Bonfire, Carcass, Cripper, Cynic, Dark Tranquility, Death Angel, Death DTA Tours 2014, D.R.I., Fear Factory, Finntroll, Freedom Call, Gloryhammer, Haggard, Hatesphere, Izegrim, Keep Of Kalessin, Leaves' Eyes, Massacre, Nekrogoblikon, Novembers Doom, Obituary, Orphaned Land, Overkill, Poltergeist, Raven, Rising Storm, Satyricon, Septicflesh, Soilwork, Swallow The Sun, Swashbuckle, Symphony X, Terrorizer, Pungent Stench, The Haunted, Twilight Of The Gods, Unearth, Vicious Rumors, Victory, Xandria.
The fifth edition of 70000TONS OF METAL took place on January 22 – 26, 2015, sailing to Ocho Rios, Jamaica on board the Royal Caribbean MS Liberty of the Seas. 3000 tickets were available to the public and 60 artists performed on board, each band playing two sets. Four stages were constructed for the event to accommodate the additional 20 artists, which included stages in the Platinum Theatre, the Sphinx Lounge, Studio B, and the Pool Deck which hosts the "Biggest Open Air Stage to Sail the Seas". Over 70 countries were represented by the fans on board in 2015, making 70000TONS OF METAL, according to the "Skipper", Andy Piller, the "United Nations of Metal at Sea".
70000TONS OF METAL hosted an array of special on board events 2015. The fifth edition of 70000TONS OF METAL saw the return of the Jamming in International Waters with Jeff Waters All-Star Jam. The All-Start Jam included a hard-hitting lineup with featured on board artists including members of 1349, Annihilator, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, D-A-D, Destruction, Ensiferum, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Michael Schenker, Napalm Death, Primal Fear, Soulfly, Therion, Threshold, and Venom.
70000TONS OF METAL 2015 also hosted Exclusive World Album Premieres for Apocalyptica's "Shadowmaker"; Blind Guardian's, "Beyond the Red Mirror"; Korpiklaani's "Noita"; and Venom (band)'s "From the Depths".
An array of clinics were hosted by on board artists. which included guitar, bass, drums & blastbeats, tambourine and a Folk and Pagan seminar.
Ship: MS Liberty of the Seas
Dates: January 22–26, 2015
Route: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers: 1349, Alestorm, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anvil (band), Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy, Artillery, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Crucified Barbara, D-A-D, Dark Sermon, Einherjer, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Gama Bomb, God Dethroned, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Jungle Rot, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani, Lake of Tears, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Origin, Pretty Maids, Primal Fear, Refuge, Riot V, Soulfly, Tank, Therion, Threshold, Triosphere, Trollfest, Trouble, Venom, Whiplash, Wintersun
The sixth edition of 70000TONS OF METAL took place on February 4 – 8, 2016, sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica on board the Royal Caribbean MS Independence of the Seas. The event hosted 60 international artists each of whom played two concerts across 4 stages. 70000TONS OF METAL sold out for its sixth consecutive year with 3000 tickets available to the public. According to Piller in a press release, of these 3000 Sailors 72 nationalities worldwide were represented on board.
In addition to the 120 concerts performed by the onboard artists, 70000TONS OF METAL 2016 also saw the return of the Jamming With Waters in International Waters All-Star Jam hosted by Jeff Waters of Annihilator. The All-Star Jam featured performances from artists in bands such as Delain, Gamma Ray, Lacuna Coil, Firewind, Moonspell, Hammerfall, Iced Earth, and more. Other special events included an acoustic pub jam by Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie, an exclusive listening party for Delain’s then unreleased album “Lunar Prelude”, the annual Belly Flop contest, a live screening of the Super Bowl, and clinics hosted by select artists.
Ship: MS Independence of the Seas
Dates: February 4–8, 2016
Route: Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Falmouth, Jamaica - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Performers: Abinchova, Ancient Rites, Arkona, At The Gates, Aura Noir, Belphegor, Bloodbath, Carach Angren, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Dead Cross, Delain, Dia De Los Muertes, Diamond Head, Distillator, Dragonforce, Eluveitie, Epica, Fallujah, Firewind, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Gamma Ray, Ghoul, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Iced Earth, Incantation, Insomnium, Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Koyi K Utho, Krisiun, Lacuna Coil, Manilla Road, Moonspell, My Dying Bride, Nervosa, No Raza, November's Doom, Painful, Paradise Lost, Raven, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Skalmold, Sodom, Squealer, Starkill, Stratovarius, Subway to Sally, Susperia, Thyrfing, Tsjuder, Turisas, Twilight Force, Týr, Vader, Vallenfyre, Visions of Atlantis.
The seventh edition of 70000TONS OF METAL set sail on February 2 - 6, 2017 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back. The event took place on the Royal Caribbean MS Independence of the Seas.
70000TONS OF METAL 2017 featured 61 artists, performing 123 live performances on board. The event sold out for its seventh consecutive year. Of the 3000 fans in attendance, 74 nationalities were represented.
The Jamming With Waters in International Waters All-Star Jam featured artists from Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Carcass, Death Angel, Draconian, Dying Fetus, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Overkill, Scar Symmetry, Serenity, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Therion, TOUCH THE SUN, and Xandria. Other special on board events included artist clinics, exclusive listening parties, the annual 70000TONS OF METAL belly flop contest, karaoke in the solarium, and a live screening of Super Bowl Sunday.
The Pool Girls, the International Heavy Metal Ambassadors of 70000TONS OF METAL returned this year, outfitted by Kylla Custom Rock Wear.
Ship: MS Independence of the Seas
Dates: February 2–6, 2017
Route: Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Labadee, Haiti - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Performers (announced so far): Allegaeon, Amaranthe, Amorphis, Angra, Annihilator, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, Avatarium, Axxis, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Cryptex, Cryptopsy, Dalriada, Death Angel, Demolition Hammer, Devil Driver, Draconian, Dying Fetus, Edenbridge, Equilibrium, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Manegarm, Marduk, Misery Loves Co., Moonsorrow, Mors Principium Est, Nightmare, Omnium Gatherum, Orphaned Land, Overkill, Pain, Powerglove, Psycroptic, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Scar Symmetry, Serenity, Stam1na, Striker, Stuck Mojo, Suffocation, Testament, Therion, Total Death, Trauma, Trollfest, Touch the Sun, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid, Witchtrap, Xandria 
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