Charlie Simpson plays world coldest gig in Syberia
04 December 2012
Charlie Simpson and his three-strong support team travelled for four days to reach the remote Siberian village known as the ‘pole of cold,’ famed for being the coldest, permanently inhabited place on the planet to perform the World’s Coldest Concert.
The British singer/songwriter, took on the brutal -30˚C temperatures of Oymyakon, Siberia to perform the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which has officially gained entry into the Guinness World Records.
Temperatures in Oymyakon are so extreme that few visitors are able to bear more than five minutes out in the elements. However, in order to set the world record, Charlie had to play his set for a full 15 minutes, whilst only taking up to 30 second breaks between songs.
Charlie said, “This has been a trip of a lifetime and a gig unlike anything I thought I’d ever experience in my career. The town has no TV or radio, so they’ve had little to no contact with rock music before. This was definitely a world first in many respects!
“It was unbearably cold and playing guitar with gloves on wasn’t an option. We had to pack hand warmers into my sleeves before the performance to keep my blood warm and stop my fingers from getting frostbite!"