This year Lollapalooza celebrated its first European edition, back in my home country and in no other place than our magnificent and diverse capital Berlin. Situated in the very heart of Europe with an international flair, catering to everybody's taste to grow it into a full holidays-abroad experience and fairly easy to reach, they could have made no better choice.
In addition, the festival took place at one of Berlin's most loved and frequented places, the former area of Airport Tempelhof. Green surroundings, much space to offer, easy to handle logistics regarding artists, audience, VIPs and press and a ground that wouldn't go all muddy or dusty in unpredictable weather - the perfect set-up really to present some the world's finest artists at a sold-out event.
One of the weekend's highlights was for sure the impressive performance of MUSE, which gave a good taste for the upcoming Drones World Tour in 2016. So not to put you on the rack, here are some of my shots of what was an incredible headliner for an amazing festival experience at the end of summer. Enjoy!
„I’ll spend my summer in Wacken!“ – Some people might wonder why you chose a tiny rural place of 1 840 inhabitants as spot for your vacation in Germany. Easy answer: Only to attend the world’s largest Heavy Metal festival!
From July 29 to August 1 2015 the village will grow into a buzzing town of more than 80 000 metalheads from all over the world.
Being sold out for the 10th time in a row and within 12 hours after last year’s edition wrapped up, this promises to be beyond fantastic! There were plenty of delighted uproars when the first bands were announced at the last day on the festival site in 2014. With highlights like JUDAS PRIEST, BIOHAZARD, IN FLAMES, OPETH, ROB ZOMBIE, WITHIN TEMPTATION and the comeback after a ten-year stage hiatus from SAVATAGE that’s no surprise.
Besides great live shows you can experience almost everything your heavy metal heart desires: The bandwidth reaches from shopping merchandise of all kinds over diverse activities in the Wackinger Village with all it’s raw flair, fire performances, Wasteland Warriors, wrestling and cage fights all the way to band competitions, cinema and swimming pools – just to name a few.
In general W:O:A is a top organized event where you don’t need to worry about any issues – help and a solution for all your needs is always near.
Although the festival is sold out you probably can get tickets from visitors that have to give up their place for that special metal experience.
See you in Wacken, Rain or Shine!
Line-Up and Running Order for Wacken Open Air 2015
Alkbottle, Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Ancient Bards, Angra, Annihilator, Architects Of Chaoz, Armored Saint, Asrock, At The Gates, Avatar, BalticSeaChild, Bembers, Beyond The Black, Biohazard, Blaas Of Glory, Black Label Society, Black Spiders, Bloodbath, Blood Red Throne, Breakdown Of Sanity, Butcher Babies, Cannibal Corpse, Combichrist, Cradle Of Filth, Crossplane, Crytopsy, Danko Jones, Dark Tranquillity, Deadiron, Death Angel, Dream Theater, Ensiferum, Epica, Europe, Exumer, Falconer, Godsized, Grailknights, Haudegen, Ill Niño, In Extremo, In Flames, John Diva & The Rockets Of Love, Judas Priest, Kataklysm, Khold, Kommando, Kvelertak, Kärbholz, Lord Of The Lost, Mambo Kurt, Mantar, Mod, Morgoth, Mushroomhead, My Dying Bride, New Model Army, Noctiferia, Nuclear Assault, Obituary, Oomph!, Opeth, Powerwolf, Queensryche, Rob Zombie, Running Wild, Sabaton, Samael, Santiano, Savatage, Sepultura, Shining, Skiltron, Skindred, Skyline, Steve N Seagulls, Stoneman, Stratovarius, Subway To Sally , Suicide Silence, The Answer, The BossHoss, The Gentle Storm, The Original Rock Meets Classic, The Quireboys, Thyrfing, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Truck Fighters, U.D.O., Uli Jon Roth, Victims Of Madness, Waltar, Within Temptation, Zodiac
Capacity: 75 000
Nearest airport: Hamburg or Lübeck – from there you can get coaches directly to the festival site
Nearest trainstation: Itzehoe main trainstation – from there you can get a shuttle bus directly to the festival site
Accomodation: camp site, Hotels near Wacken
With yet another Wave Gotik Treffen coming to an end tonight I'm getting a bit nostalgic to miss the annual worldwide and probably largest gothic scene meet-up for the second year in a row. I might have grown out of that everyday extreme gothic appearance that I used to have in my teenage years, but in my heart I guess it's save to say that I just can't help it but to stay goth in some way. ;) I'm still listening to the same old music, most things black still works best for me (if it wasn't branded 'goth' then I'd go for Coco, stating that it just matches everything), still a nyctophile person,...
Missing this festival also means to miss another opportunity to shoot some of the gorgeous visitors for the magazine Pfingstgeflüster, which I contributed to for five years. Organizing the shootings for this occasion definitely helped to meet some really great and inspiring people.
This year will be the 10 year-anniversary edition of Pfingstgeflüster, so in order to celebrate with them, here are my favorite pictures from all shootings I had over the years:
I think it's time to say that the period of great indoor concerts officially kicked off. It's finally Rocktober!!
On the other hand I find it hard to believe that September is gone already. Time flew by like nothing and especially the transition between the months was pretty busy and packed with challenging lights, dynamic performances, good music and nice memories.
For example when I met Guillaume of RIUCHI before and after his stunning circus-meets-lightshow-performance at Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. It was great to watch the artist warming up before the actual performance and have a peek into what happens before the curtain lifts up - or in this case before the audience gets into the venue.
The next great stop was DRAGONFORCE. Not just the band itself in a smaller intimate venue like Whelan's, but the fact that I shared a 'pit' again with Shaun. Double-teaming for The Thin Air and Goldenplec is always a pleasure and makes me love being a concert photographer even more.
Not much after this I attended the what appears to be best concert I experienced this year: The magical sounds of YANN TIERSEN, known besides his great albums for the soundtrack to "Amélie". See my brief review about shooting this performance at gig-photographer.com.
After a short intermezzo outside my usual range with XZIBIT, B-REAL and DEMRICK in Dublin's Voodoo Lounge I signed up for another contribution - shooting LA based band ALLAH-LAS at The Workman's Club. After various rants I doubted I would get anything beyond 'terrible', but the lights were actually great and the band was a blast. They were even up for a chat after the show was finished, really great lads.
Rocktober started with another film composer I really admire: The amazing JOZEF VAN WISSEM brought his lute to Dublin and charmed the audience with bits and pieces of the "Only Lovers Left Alive" soundtrack and other pieces he composed. Very atmospheric, very intense, very nice man. I'm more than glad that he was up for a spontaneous portrait after his performance.
The week went on with a great festival called HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES which provides advice for upcoming bands, gives them a platform to promote their music and gets them in touch with important national and international festival bookers and agents.
While covering this festival I had other appointments inbetween: DARKEST ERA at Voodoo Lounge and MADBALL the day after at Fibber Magee's. What a schedule. I'm not complaining though - rather looking forward for all things to come!!
What gigs will you cover in Rocktober, fellow photographers? Which concerts are you eager to attend, music lovers? Discovered an awesome new band recently? Get in touch and let me know about it!