There are a handful of people who have attended 70,000 Tons of Metal since the beginning, and 2018 will find it sailing into its eighth journey. During this past holiday weekend, Andy Piller, the Skipper of this four-day voyage, started the band announcements on Facebook. We are one day away from ticket sales for “survivors,” and we’ve discovered the first 16 of the 60 bands to set sail. The event will take place on February 1-5, 2018 from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands.

The first 16 bands are as follows:

Aeternam, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Tranquillity, Enslaved, Goatwhore, In Extremo, Insomnium, Korpiklaani, Meshuggah, Necrophobic, Obscura, October Tide, Rhapsody, Septicflesh, Sepultura, and Sonata Arctica.

70k GOLD survivors (festival goers who have attended three or more times) will be able to purchase tickets starting tomorrow (7th), at 12 PM EDT. Silver survivors (festival goers who have attended 1 or 2 times) will be able to purchase tickets on Monday, July 17th at 12 PM.

The Skipper made the following comments on this adventure:

“Every year I book a very diverse line-up trying to cover all sub-genres of Heavy Metal. The only thing that’s even more diverse are our Survivors. Last year we welcomed Metalheads from 74 (seventy-four!) different Nations on board, making 70000tons of Metal truly feel like the United Nations of Heavy Metal… at Sea! Just imagine having people from all over the Globe on the same ship. Origin, race, language, religion, lifestyle, all of that does not matter anymore. You can feel the vibe on board that everyone is equal. That’s what makes me most proud about 70000tons of Metal.”

This is the original and the world’s biggest heavy metal cruise on a luxury ship performing across four stages. The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas is one of the biggest cruise ships in the world and will hold approximately 3,000 metalheads. For additional information, go to their website here.