Snow Patrol’s Former Manager Planning Offshore Festival on the Sea
Snow Patrol‘s ex-manager Keren McKean intends to hit the high seas with some of the world’s biggest bands. The former concert booker for the T in the Park festival revealed plans to launch a seven-day cruise to travel around the Mediterranean next fall.
According to Daily Record, McKean has been planning the voyage for about five years now, and was inspired by taking paddle boat trips with her grandparents. “My late grandpa was the president of the Waverly Preservation Society, and my granny used to knit hats in the style of the red and black funnels,” McKean says. “I loved sailing on the paddle ship as kid, up past Paul McCartney’s house on the Mull of Kintyre.”
Called Offshore, the festival will launch on Sept. 21, 2013, starting from Venice and going through Turkey, Croatia and Greece. All-inclusive tickets start at £2000 ($3087.80) and 18 bands are scheduled to play on the 2,500 capacity ship the Norwegian Jade, with the lineup being announced this fall.
Those who regularly go to music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza will feel right at home, unless you get sea sick easily. “It will operate exactly the same way as a festival does — we’ll have five stages, outdoor at the pool deck, the theatre and another two clubs and a central atrium,” McKean explains. “The difference with ours is that instead of walking for miles across a festival site through mud, you can just walk from one of end of the ship to another.”
McKean is promising some pretty stellar acts who normally play in front of thousands of people.
“Some of the big names will be arena level bands — they’re the band who will regularly play to 10-15000 capacity venues,” she says.