February 05, 2011

Show Me The Metal Germany! (Part One)

Apart from Adolf Hitler, Beer festivals, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Rammstein - Germany is well-known for it’s Metal Festivals which take place all year round.
In fact Germany is estimated to have a staggering 20 large scale festivals annually! Los Gehts!

Walpurgis Metal Days

Here is another History lesson brought to you by yours truly. Walpurgisnacht is a cultural celebration related to May Day (30 April/1 May). Heavily influenced by German tradition - this day is believed to be the Witches Celebratory night where they call to their Gods around a large bon-fire.

In modern day, northern Europe, Walpurgisnacht became a time to eat, drink and make merry for the beginning of spring.

The Walpurgis Metal Days festival is not directly linked to Walpurgisnacht but certainly shares the same modern day theory. The festival began in 2000 and has been going strong since then. Despite the hurdles the festival initially faced there have been killer line-up’s on the stage all with respectful Metal! Walpurgis Metal Days takes place over three days during the Walpurgisnacht. So, celebrations all round!

As usual visit http://www.walpurgismetal.de/ for listings and venue schedules.


 

Wacken Open Air
There is so much hype around this open air festival that it is hard to believe that it began in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. When at Wacken Open Air (W.O.A) expect an approximate 80 000 Metalheads, 4 stages, 70 Metal bands from across the Globe, provided grounds for camping and a mosh pit of epic proportions.
It is 3 days of intense Metal wet dreams!

The billing changes every year but the Big Four will always almost make an appearance as well up and coming bands. In fact, every sub-genre of Metal is expected to make an appearance.
W.O.A should be highlighted, underlined and made bold on every Metal Heads calendar. So I hope to see you at Schleswig-Holstein in Wacken for 2011.

To get the details and tickets (because tickets sell by May!) visit http://www.wacken.com/



(Above Photo from festival2go.com)
 

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park

These two synchronized festivals take place in West Germany; Rock am Ring at Nürburgring and Rock im Park at Nuremberg. Rock am Ring and Rock im Park are boasted to be the largest festival in Germany with approximately 150 000 people attending. Freaking awesome for a festival that started in 1985 as a short once-off festival which grew into a phenomenon over the years.

In 2011 expect to see the likes of In Flames, The Gas Light Anthem, System of a Down and Avenged Sevenfold.
If you can get a good ticket for 3 days - it is worth every Euro!
So visit the websites at http://www.rock-am-ring.com/ and http://www.rock-im-park.com/  for further billings and details.
(Above photo from deviantart.net)

As you can tell Germany has a lot to offer - so stay reading with the up coming Blog post!

Yours Truly - The Metal Goat