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- The festival takes place on the cruise boat M/S Romantika that departs from Stockholm – Värtahamnen
- The check-in opens at 1 PM and closes at 4 PM and you may check in at the counters
- The boarding starts at 3 PM and ends at 4:15 PM
- Please plan your journey accordingly so you may get to the terminal in good time
The address to the Värtahamnen terminal is:
Hamnpirsvägen 10, 11574 Stockholm
Keep in mind the time-zone difference between Stockholm and Riga. As you may leave the ship when it arrives in Riga please return in due time before the ship is scheduled to depart. You have to be back on the boat on Sunday by 5:00 PM (Latvian time).
More information available here www.tallinksilja.com/stockholm-vartahamnen
At the terminal: As you probably know, the cruise is sold out. There are no spare tickets at the box office. In order to access the festival, you have to show a valid ticket (the pdf-file that you received from Tallink Silja) as well as a valid national ID/passport. Driver’s license is not accepted! Receipts, order confirmations or anything else than valid tickets will not be accepted. Upon checking-in you will receive a wristband that will be your festival ticket for the rest of the weekend. The boarding card that you will receive is also your cabin key.
It is absolutely forbidden to bring any sharp objects, harmful liquids or any kind of weapons (including tear-gas spray). Bringing alcohol or food is also strictly prohibited.
Onboard the ship – M/S Romantika: The cruise ship has several restaurants onboard and a duty-free shop. You may not bring alcohol purchased in the duty free into the festival venue. All shops and bars accept debit and credit cards. For more information about the ship, please check here www.tallinksilja.com/romantika-tallink-cruise-ship
Cameras and luggage: System cameras are allowed, but you are not allowed to bring into the concert hall any kind of backpacks or bags for your camera. Camera accessories, including camera bags should be left in the cabin. We appreciate if you limit the use of your phone/camera to film or take pictures during performances. It would be most considerate of you to think of the other fellow festival attendees and enjoy the shows together. NO FLASH!
The venue: Starlight, the concert venue, has two bars: one on the main floor and one on the balcony. Access to the venue is possible from deck 6 and 7 on the left side only. Exit is possible on deck 6 and 7, on the right side. In case of emergency all entrances can be used as exits.
Smoking: Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Smoking in the cabins is forbidden.
Security: Our goal is to make this a pleasant experience for everybody while also complying with strict rules and regulations. Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. Please report it to the security guards. If you or anybody around you is feeling unwell, contact the security staff and they will show you to the ship’s doctor.
Merchandise: The merchandise area is on deck 7, in the concert hall. Opening hours: Saturday 6.30 PM – 1.00 AM (Swedish time) and Sunday 6.00 PM – 2.00 AM (Latvian time)
Merchandise can only be paid in cash, EUR or SEK only: 1 EUR = 10 SEK.
There is no ATM machine onboard the ship so please make your cash withdrawals in advance. We recommend people interested in buying festival merchandise, to do so already on Saturday as the festival merchandise is limited.
Pre-party: On Friday the 13th there will be an official pre-party at Nalen Klubb. To access the pre-party you will need a separate ticket that can still be purchased following the link. Opening hours for the pre-party: 8 PM to 1:00 AM.
See you on the Baltic Sea!
The official pre-party for Waves of Darkness on the Baltic Sea!
We hereby invite you to a warm up evening before we set sail the day after. This is also your chance to purchase festival merchandise in advance.
Strictly limited to 250 tickets, get your ticket in advance!
?Dear sailors, neo-folk and dark-wave fans,
We are as excited as you are to be able to finally bring this event to life and while we do appreciate your interest in this cruise, we may have to apologize in advance that we are not able to reply to each and one of you.
Having this said, we have during the past hours compiled a quick Frequently Asked Questions which will hopefully bring some light among the Waves of Darkness.
When will the tickets be released❓
✔️ On Friday the 29th of March at 12:00 Central European time.
How much do the tickets cost❓
✔️ The prices vary depending on how many people are sharing a cabin. To give you an idea about the prices we can say that if 4 people are sharing a cabin without sea view the price per person would be roughly 90 euro per person, our cheapest tickets.
If 2 persons share a cabin with sea view the price will be roughly 125 euro per person.
The cheapest single bed cabin starts at 145 euro.
✔️ All tickets include accommodation. So, you do not have to purchase a separate ticket for the festival.
✔️ All cabins have private toilets.
If me and my friend(s) want to share a cabin, can we book the tickets separately❓
✔️ No, only one of you must make the reservation if you want to share the cabin. Upon booking the tickets you need to know the full name of the passengers, as well their nationality and birth date.
What if I change me mind or cannot join the event❓
✔️ If you for any reason are not able to use the ticket, you may sell or give away your ticket to somebody else. After selling the ticket you need to get in touch with Tallinksilja and ask them to change the name on the booking. The name change is free of charge.
I suffer from monition sickness and I’m sceptical about the idea of being at sea for 2 days, will I be affected by that❓
✔️ While we cannot guarantee you that you will not get motion sick, we do expect the people to look a bit into the facts before starting to complain that the event is taking place at sea. Firstly, we’re talking about a huge vessel, almost 200 meters long and 30 meters wide. The larger the ship, the less the chance that you will feel anything. If you do discover that you feel sick, there are motion sickness-pills available at the reception that is open 24/7.
✔️ Secondly, mid-September is usually the end of high session on the Baltic Sea. Thousands of passengers cruise these waters every day at that time of the year and sea storms are very seldom. We do hope for great weather so we can use the sun deck, but the concerts are not influenced in any way by the weather. The concert venue, Starlight Palace has direct access to the side deck, so you can always go out for a smoke or for a drink outside.
✔️ Some people are asking what the point is of being at sea, if we’re going to be inside anyway. Well, the point is that we will be moving and it’s hard to ignore that fact when the venue has large windows on both sides. Moreover, isn’t it fantastic, that we can do all this, while moving and be just a few meters away from everything, restaurants, bars and even your own bed?
✔️ Finally, we encourage non-believers and people that are afraid to stay home. This is a special event done under special circumstances.
We’re gathered a line-up that we ourselves would do anything to experience live. If you do not feel like joining for any reason, we respect that but you don’t need to inform us ❌
Where can I find more information about the boat❓
✔️ By following the link bellow you can find information regarding the different types of cabins available, the restaurants and bars on-board, spa and other facilities.
Yes, there will be vegan and vegetarian alternatives and the bar prices are lower than in Scandinavia.
When is the boat departing and how does the travel schedule look like❓
✔️ The boat departs on Saturday the 14th of September at 5:00 PM. However, the check in is closing one hour before departure so you must be checked in by 4:00 PM.
✔️ The boat docks in Riga on Sunday morning and it is anchored there from 11:00 am (local time) to 5:30 pm (local time).
This means that you have about 6 hours to explore the Latvian capital. Make sure you’re back at the terminal in Riga by 5:00 PM.
✔️ There will be no concerts onboard during day time. Concerts start in the evening around 7 PM.
✔️ The boat gets back to Stockholm on Monday the 16th of September at 10:30 AM.
✔️ In other words, this is a short cruise from and back to Stockholm, not a one way trip to Riga.
When will you release the concert schedule❓
✔️ There is no point to announce it way in advance for the simple reason that once on-board you cannot leave. Secondly we want to avoid schedule change announcements. So, it’s best to wait until our crew, the boat crew and the artists have confirmed the logistical details around the event.
You cannot buy a one day ticket only. The tickets are valid for both evenings. You may go off in Riga, but you cannot join the festival in Riga if you have not checked in Stockholm.
Will there be band merchandise on-board❓
✔️ Of course.
Am I allowed to bring my system camera❓
Is there any age limit❓
✔️ Yes, access to the concert venue is not possible for people under 18 years.
All aboard!!! ???
This is it, an event that we’ve been working on for more than half a year and we can now finally reveal it: WAVES OF DARKNESS ON THE BALTIC SEA!
When we started planning the 30th Anniversary of the legendary label Cold Meat Industry we said right from the start it would be a one-time only event. We are of the opinion that in order to create something unique one must invest a lot of time and energy and we knew that it wouldn’t be the same if we were to continue and make it into a yearly event.
So, we decided to take it to the next level and as crazy as it sounds, we’re moving the festival to the sea! We are excited to be able to present for you our final project of this kind, once again in conspiracy with Cold Meat Industry.
The cruise ship, M/S Romantika, departs from the waters of Stockholm on Saturday the 14th at 5:00 PM and it returns to Stockholm on Monday morning at 10:30 AM.
You may choose between different cabin categories, prices vary depending on how many people share a cabin, with or without sea view. Tickets on sale starting this Friday!
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