Icestock is McMurdo Station’s eight-hour New Year’s Eve outdoor music festival.

I first learned about Icestock six months before coming down here, and immediately added “play at Icestock” to my Antarctica bucket list.

Dream achieved. Playing with my band Sugarfoot at Icestock was an awesome early birthday present, and even though I had to leave the second half of the party to work night shift, it was still an amazing event.

Where else am I going to don a penguin onesie, play fiddle, ukulele, and melodica, sing an acoustic cover of “Umbrella” by Rihanna with my friend Ashlee, get the crowd going with a solo of “Three Thin Dimes,” and then do the world’s most awkward, cautious stage dive afterwards?


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