A while ago I wrote a blog post about how much money it was worth paying to go to a festival. This was in response to the Matador records 21st anniversary festival that was held last year in Las Vegas. It was not just an event filled with some of the best acts in alternative music, but it was also the most luxurious festival I’d ever heard of. Suffice to say I wasn’t able to go due to the expense of the event.
Now an even more luxurious festival event has come to my attention, the Weezer cruise. The cruise takes place January 19th to 23rd 2012 (taking in my 40th birthday) and sails between Miami and Cozumel in Mexico whilst Weezer and a host of other bands play on board.
Weezer are one of the most successful crossover bands of all time, no other act spans the geek pop, indie rock and classic rock as well as they do. It is no surprise to see them collaborating with the Flaming Lips, sharing a bill with Slipknot, co-writing with Ryan Adams or supplying the song for a Disney/Pixar film. Rivers Cuomo is a smart songwriter and a master of pop hooks, and over the last 17 years they have produced dozens of great singles over eight albums.
Even keeping this versatility and individuality in mind the concept of the Weezer Cruise is an inspired, if odd, idea. The band play with a selection of their favourite acts for your pleasure as you enjoy all the fun and luxury of the on-board cruise ship activities, with dinner included in the price. Had enough of slacker act Wavves? Well then hit the casino, go for a dip in the pool or play some bingo. In lots of ways it is like a super-deluxe ATP on a boat.
The line-up is an interesting one featuring a mixture of acts that came out of the late 1980s including Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Dean Ween as well as some more recent acts like Yuck, Book Bip and Antlers. The bands will play more than once so you’ll get a chance to see each and every one of them at some point during your time on board.
OK, all this luxury and indie-rock cool has a big downside, the price of entry. At the time of writing (with a number of cabin options having sold-out) the cheapest option is $599 per head for a verandah interior five berth. Add to this the price of flying to Miami and back and the cost of carbonated drinks and alcohol (not included in the price on board) and you are looking at getting little change from £1250 before you take into account activities when you go ashore in Cozumel. At it could cost a lot more if you decided to go the whole hog and opt for one of the suites.
So, short of getting an unwise loan or re-mortgaging, I’m not going to be able to afford to board the indie-ship in January. Not unless Weezer decide that a Neon Filler review of the event is important enough to send us some tickets, which seems unlikely. But hey, you never know, that Rivers Cuomo seems like a really really nice guy, and did I mention it was my birthday?
Find out more at http://www.theweezercruise.com.