Secret Compass Stages a World-First Gig on an Igloo

On Wednesday 11 March in Lapland, UK band TesseracT played a unique gig on top of the world's biggest igloo for Jägermeister's Ice Cold Gig 2015 in an event staged by Secret Compass TV and Film productions.

(2-minute teaser film below)

Secret Compass Television and Film is the media arm of this UK-based expedition company founded by Levison Wood (Walking the Nile) and army colleague Tom Bodkin.

Bodkin said, “Working on Jägermeister’s Ice Cold Gig series lets us showcase what we do best, working with aerial filming experts and extreme photographers in the world’s wildest places.

“In 2012 we did an Ice Cold Gig in Siberia with Charlie Simpson – achieving a Guinness World Record for the world’s coldest gig. Then in 2014 we staged another Ice Cold Gig in Greenland, with UK band The Defiled performing live on an iceberg off the country’s coast.”

(18-minute Ice Cold Gig Finland documentary below)

Philip Tarry, pilot and business manager at Halo Aerial Imaging, oversaw the project’s aerial filming. Tarry said, “Halo was contracted for its experience in extreme environments – I worked on the Greenland Ice Cold Gig – but Lapland presented new technical challenges.

“Conditions were freezing, snowy and icy and our windows of opportunity were brief. Flying at night presented its own hazards and the wind pushed the drone to the edge of its operational capability – we were using a medium lift X8 configured multi rotor, carrying a Canon 5D MK III.”

Tarry concluded “Keeping the equipment functioning required constant attention and drew on all of our experience. Meticulous planning in the UK helped enormously as missing the money shot isn’t an option on such a time-sensitive project!”

Tom Carson, music manager at Jägermeister UK, said, “I’m not usually on location for filming so this ‘gigloo’ project was an education. Having watched the polished Ice Cold Gig films, it was eye-opening to see the amount of behind-the-scenes staff and logistics necessary to make this feat happen without a hitch, to a punishing schedule and in an unforgiving environment.”

Bodkin added, “Challenging projects – with even more challenging deadlines – are what we thrive on. We’ve previously worked with the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and Animal Planet to capture the extraordinary around the world, with presenters from George Clooney to Kate Humble.”


  • Walking the Nile with Levison Wood: Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt
  • Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble: Afghanistan
  • Earth – A New Wild: South Sudan and Uzbekistan
  • Ben Fogle and James Cracknell versus the Arabian Desert: Oman
  • Fishing for Trouble: South Sudan

One producer, Josh Pitt, said, “The Secret Compass team showed a fantastic understanding of the cultural, logistical, financial and editorial requirements of our shoot.”

Secret Compass offers risk assessments, medical support and location to film and TV crews in unusual destinations. Its new film and TV services website launched this February, aimed at ambitious producers seeking to tell incredible stories in inaccessible locations.

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For further Ice Cold Gig press information, contact Clarion Communications on 02 07 479 0910.