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Sea 'n' Beats: Sink Or Swim?

The good people over at Sea ‘N’ Beats want you to get your swim trucks and your flippy floppies to embark on a 4 day adventure that would see you being shipmates with the likes of Alison Wonderland and The Kite String Tangle. However, with so many land locked music festivals struggling to keep afloat how will one set on the high seas fair?

 

It sounds like briny bliss; collect a dozen or so of Australia’s hottest artists, shove them on a ship, invite 2000 or so fans to join and just enjoy the result.  Not to mention that there is a secret island party on day two at a very secret location that is definitely not going to be Stradbroke Island. All of this for the low, low price of $957. Quad share. In an interior cabin….I know there’s nothing I like more on my holiday than hearing my mates mate be seasick into the bin in a windowless room.

To be fair Sea ‘n’ Beats also offers rooms with windows, their packages run from the cheapest interior cabin all the way up to a twin share Suite. It’ll only set you back $2995 per person. Also all suite rooms come equipped with Nespresso machines so it would be silly to not to upgrade.

You can see what Sea ‘n’ Beats are going for here it’s kind of upper class Stranded festival which saw punters ferried from Marina Mirage to South Stradbroke for a day festival. Priced a lot more modestly the debut Stranded was so popular that a second one was planned for just a couple months after.  So we know the kids are into the combination of maritime and music but the question remains; what kid has a spare couple of grand lying about?

It raises thoughts about correlation of the price of music festivals and their success. We’re already hit hard in Australia with music festivals being twice or three times as much as European counterparts. Then again, if people are willing to pay $600 to be camp at Splendour for 3 days maybe they will pay more to float in the lap of luxury.

The Seas ‘n’ Beats Facebook page is rife with potential sea dogs questioning the price for the calibre of acts included. Not that the line up doesn’t have some talented musicians coming aboard but it also doesn’t have any acts that charge more than sixty bucks for a ticket at a regular show. How many people would really pay an extra couple hundred to watch the same thing but while swaying slightly?

With Future Music Festival dismantling not a month ago, Big Day Out’s future still looking bleak and a figurative boatload of grassroots festivals popping up all over the country it’s hard not to doubt Sea ‘n’ Beats. We could be the ones with egg on our faces though as Facebook also reveals that after tickets went on presale tickets today only three of the most premium suites are left. So, in the end, it seems that only time will tell if Sea ‘n’ Beats can keep their head above water and we got a whole eleven months of waiting.

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