‘Young Pilgrim’, Charlie Simpson takes a four-day venture into ‘the pole of cold’ to endure “one of the most powerful experiences of his life.”
Charlie Simpson has now been crowned a record-breaker for performing the world’s coldest gig. He played a 15 minute set in Omyaken, a village known for being so cold that few people are able to stay outdoors for longer than 5 minutes. Yet, armed with hand warmers in his sleeves and a guitar threatening disintegration, Charlie played a full set, determined to bring the curious locals their first taste of rock music. The Siberian village has no TV or radio so the natives had had no previous contact with the genre and they almost didn’t get to hear it on this occasion. Simpson was warned that the glue in his guitar wasn’t strong enough to withstand the extreme temperatures and his fingers nearly suffered frostbite. Charlie has since said that “after the second song, I honestly didn’t think I could go on. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life.” However, the former ‘Busted’ and ‘Fightstar’ front man ploughed through the -30 degree conditions to bust straight into the record books with no more than 30 second breaks between songs. And the curious locals? “The crowd were quite receptive,” says Charlie. “So, yeah. We’ve done it.”
The venture raised a total of £1,543.55 though 77 generous donations for Cancer Research. So, not only was a record broken but it was made even more worthwhile by the valuable money raised.
Sinpson’s album ‘Young Pilgrim’ went on sale August 2011. We now wait in anticipation to see if these arctic adventures will inspire some fresh material from the artist this year.