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70,000 Tons Of Metal: the final fury

Metal cruise clamax as the Liberty Of The Seas finally lays anchor

All good things must come to an end, and today is sadly the final day of the biggest heavy metal cruise on the planet. Over the past three days we've seen 60 bands play across four decks on a mammoth cruise ship that took a detour to Jamaica, and now we're heading back to Florida to resume our normal lives. But just like any horrific eventuality, if you ignore it it might not happen. So at 10am, when Anvil take to the stage, the alcohol is already flowing and the pool is full of people who need more metal before going back to the day job.

Up at the top of the ship the media are gathering for the final press conference of the weekend, and joining the meeting is the ship's captain Kjetil Gjerstad. He informs us that despite his smart dress he has his heavy metal shirt in his cabin, and that the crew are more relaxed than ever due to the metalheads being really friendly to all crew members. He's joined by 70,000 Tons organiser, The Skipper, who gives the lowdown on everything 70,000 Tons has accomplished in 2015, including having the fifth sold-out year in a row and a high female attendance. Of course, not everything has gone smoothly – primarily the Pool Deck stage — but Skipper informs us “Next year won't be such a Spinal Tap.”

We also discover that next year's 70,000 Tons will take place “most likely the first week of February”. This hopefully won't affect tickets sales, but there are 200 people on board who have been to every 70,000 Tons Of Metal and the festival has 60% repeat customers. “This is a family and people look forward all year to meeting their family,” he says. But metal isn't just any family, heavy metal has the world's biggest camaraderie, and as The Skipper addresses the Pool Deck crowd it's revealed that metal fans from 70 nations are represented on 70,000 Tons Of Metal. “You are the United Nations of heavy metal – thank you!” No... thank you!

For news about 2016's cruise, keep an eye on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal website.

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