A Finnish metal band has taken publicity stunts to new heights.
Ancara, who plays a tamer sort of British-inspired hard rock/metal than what we normally think of as Scandinavian black metal in 2016, has just released a video of its record-breaking gig from November 15, 2015. The band had travelled to Nepal and spent 18 days trekking to a height of 14,468 ft. to perform the world's highest live rock concert and to also introduce sherpas to the exciting and glamorous world of rock roadies.
The band performed for just over 20 minutes at the extreme elevation in the Nepalese Himalayas. They brought two guitars, a bass and — mercifully for the sherpas — electronic drums. The band engineered its own sound mix using a 16-channel QSC TouchMix 16 compact digital mixer, which weighs less than six pounds, and a pair of QSC K Series powered loudspeakers. It’s unclear how large the speakers were, but most likely they were the smallest available, the 1000W, 27 lb. K8, with 8-inch cones.
We’re also not sure how they powered the set-up, but a portable generator was almost certainly necessary for the location.
The show took place near the village of Dingboche, Nepal, a popular stopping point for trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp and beyond. It was a beautiful setting to be sure, however, the PR claim that the band climbed Mount Everest to perform a show only holds up to the most liberal interpretation.
Their height of 14,468 ft. is about the height of Mount Whitney in California, and certainly high enough to induce altitude sickness in people who haven’t acclimatized (the band had), but is less than half the height of Everest’s peak.
Mount Fuji (tallest peak in Japan): 12,388 ft.
Ancara’s world-record concert: 14,468 ft.
Mount Whitney (tallest peak in California): 14,505 ft.
Everest Base Camp: 17,600 ft.
Denali/Mount McKinley (tallest peak in N. America): 20,310 ft.
Mount Everest (tallest peak in the world): 29,029 ft.
So check out the video, and see what you think. The next world record could be yours!