Yesterday (Oct. 23), news spread that Metallica were apparently planning to play a gig in Antarctica. Today, Metallica have confirmed that it will indeed happen on Dec. 8. As outlandish as it sounds, there's no argument that Metallica is the exact band to embark on such a voyage. Furthermore, Metallica fans in South America are eligible to enter a contest for a chance to witness the historic gig.

The press was first tipped off about the Antarctic concert through Coca-Cola's Colombian website. Buried in small print, Metallica's name was found and after a quick translation, the news hit the web. Shortly before, Lars Ulrich dropped some hints about something "very interesting" coming in December, and this seems to be it.

In a statement posted today on their official site, Metallica write:

After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one. That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!! We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we'll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Latin American fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico will be able to enter a contest for the chance to win an Antarctic cruise that sails December 3-10 and will stop at Carlini. We'll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification . . . a real first for us! The show will also be streamed live for our friends in those Latin American countries who cannot join us at the base and filmed to share with everyone at a later date.

For more details about his amazing adventure, check here: To enter the contest to join us in Antarctica, click here: Contest entry begins on October 28th.

Pack up those warm clothes and we'll see you at the bottom of the planet!

Unfortunately, fans outside of the countries listed in the above statement are not in contention to win an Antarctic trip. However, the footage of Metallica's trailblazing gig will become public later on.