Q&A Scene: Eli Akerlund – SWEAT TOURS

Tell us about Sweat Tours?

Sweat Tours is a travel company offering all-inclusive tours to music festivals. Our tours are offered to people aged between 21-35 and include accommodation, festival tickets, private transfers, meals and an array of activities in a group setting. We work closely with all our festivals, accommodation and activity providers, and have test-run each and every aspect of all our tours to ensure quality and an unforgettable, hassle-free and truly EPIC few days!

What’s your favourite tour at this point in time? 

As this year is our first year running our tours, it’s difficult to chose a favourite. They are all very different as well and so are difficult to compare. The underground music scene in New York City though is an awesome experience! We worked with countless locals to suss out all the hidden live music gems, and so I’m most excited to introduce our participants to that scene during our Gov Ball tour.

Tell us a quick, anecdote from your experiences in getting Sweat off the ground.

The entire process has been an insane journey and a massive learning experience! I am an avid traveller and live music enthusiast, however have never worked in related industries, so it has been a long process getting to where we are now. However hard work and determination is definitely starting to pay off and I’m extremely grateful everyday.

What, or who, inspires you?

We have each been inspired and continue to be inspired by our travelling and live music experiences.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Haha I think the world is grateful that I haven’t written a song- I am not creative in that way.

What’s next for you?

I’m really eager to see how far we can take Sweat Tours. We would ideally like to eventually include festival tours from every continent, but for now we are starting slow and steady to ensure quality. I would like to add a festival from perhaps Asia next, but you’ll have to stay tuned.

What’s your scene?

I personally have a very eclectic taste in music and so my scene depends on my mood. I grew up listening to Latin American music because my mother is from Colombia and I am classically trained and so enjoy Mozart in particular, however I also love everything from punk-rock to rap, dirty hip-hop, Melbourne bounce, alternative and even jazz. My first great love was punk rock though, so in between tours this year, I’ll be headed to The Warped Tour for sure!


There’s no denying that Aussies love a banging music festival and we have a few rippers to choose from when summer rolls around – but what about all those alluring lineup announcements from festivals beyond our shores?  That’s where Sweat Tours comes in, a boutique travel provider with a hankering for killer live music has just launched, offering three unique international festival experiences over the next few months, including an already sold out Ultra Music Festival tour to Miami in March, Governors Ball New York City in May, and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in June.

With accommodation, private transfers, meals, drinks, VIP experiences, sightseeing led by local tour guides and much more included in each carefully tailored package, Sweat have gone above and beyond to curate a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their thrillseekers punters.  Each tour is meticulously customised to showcase the best of each city, while attending the hottest festivals around the globe in serious style.

Founder and director of Sweat Tours, Eli Akerlund, is thrilled to launch the project, Sweat Tours was created because I have an intense passion for live music and travel – however, the majority of tour companies in the market today place a heavy emphasis on sightseeing, which means most of the time spent on the tour is in transit.  They have never particularly interested me!”

Aside from offering guaranteed good times with fellow music and travel lovers, each Sweat tour available in 2017 offers a varied, unique adventure for music lovers.

First up is Ultra Music Festival and it’s already sold out!  This bad boy celebrates warm weather, the beach, and the Latin influences that permeate the sun-soaked city.  This unbelievable adventure includes private yacht parties, a stunning South Beach Hotel (just a stones-throw away from Spring Break beach parties and lush clubs), and even an overnight stay in the Bahamas.

The tour to Governors Ball has been tailored to appeal to the hipsters and hip-hop, rap and rock lovers, and celebrates the one and only New York City!  Although there is traditional sightseeing in this tour, participants will be introduced to the underground scene that the NYC boroughs are hiding.

The last tour features Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, and features pimped hotel suites, day and night VIP parties, champagne breakfasts, and the unparalleled production value seen at EDC.  Akerlund is proud to present the 2017 tours, as she believes, “Festivals provide the perfect platform for the gathering of music lovers – so combine this with travel, summer weather, new experiences and new friends and you have a recipe for literally the best time of your life!  To say that I am excited about Sweat Tours and 2017 would be an understatement!”

by @Philippe Wuyts Photography

For tickets and more information, head to www.sweattours.com or call 1800 SWEATTOURS.

MARCH 20-27
MIAMI, U.S.A. 21+
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About Mary Boukouvalas 1220 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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