Mittwoch, 18. September 2019

Festivalsummer 2019: Summer Breeze Festivalguide

Summer Breeze 2019 Festivalguide

So, you may wonder why the festival guide suddenly is published on Feathers & Goldbears and not on A call to the dreamers. There are some ongoing changes over the next few weeks and A call to the dreamers will be my photography portfolio and Youtube channel, while Feathers & Goldbears will remain my main magazine. I will talk about it in detail when everything is done and I can finally show you in which direction I'm heading, but for now, don't be surprised if the articles posted on ACTD will appear here, as I will move them very soon.

Let's start with what this post is actually about! Welcome to the big, fat festival guide about Summer Breeze that will give you all the information you want ( or not, but you will still get it haha ) about southern Germanys biggest metal festival.


What is it?

Summer Breeze Openair, short SBOA, is a metal festival in southern Germany near the village of Dinkelsbühl between Munich and Nurnberg. With around 45k visitors its one of the biggest festivals in the country and second in the scene after Wacken in the north. It takes place in August, from Wednesday to Saturday while the first day is mainly for arrival, even though the smaller Ficken party stage starts playing smaller acts from the very beginning. There is also the possibility to arrive a day earlier on Tuesday for 10 Euros per person.





How to get there?

The nearest village is a short car or bus ride away, but arriving by public transport is a bit more difficult as its literally in the middle of nowhere. They do run a shuttle service into town every ten minutes, so it is possible to take the train to Dinkelsbühl and then change to the bus. The easiest way by far is by car, you can park next to your camp and nearly everyone is doing it this way. The closest airport is either Munich or Nurnberg, where you could also take a rental car with you or get picked up by friends.



Camping & Facilities

As mentioned above, the camping ground is also the place where you park your car, which is incredibly handy as you don't to carry all of your stuff. Only downside is the danger of a car getting damaged, but people seemed quite responsible but I still wouldn't recommend to show up with your newest Porsche ( even though some people still did ). There are multiple shower and water toilet locations all over the huge camping area, you either have to pay for it or buy a flat-rate band. Dixies are spread all over and are placed in every second alley along the way. There are also at least two food stalls inside the camping ground and the whole party area is placed in between the camping which is closest to the festival site itself. You can either go partying, buy food or drinks here, visit the small supermarket in a barn or get a yummy fresh breakfast. The merch stall, which was highly popular and people queued for hours just to buy clothes, is situated inside of the festival site but close to an exit so its easy to take your shopping back to your camp before a concert.




Music / Line Up

As this is a metal festival, they host bands of every metal subgenre. And their are tons! If you listen to any kind of rock, don't mind it a bit heavier and want to experience the hospitality of metal fans, please go and take part in one at least once in your life! I added the line up below, for a more detailed review please check my post about the concerts themselves -> concerts

Bildergebnis für summer breeze line up






People / Vibe

There is only one word to describe the people: Metalheads are literally the kindest and most open people I've ever met. 45`000 people who are a bit different than what society calls normal come together to celebrate the music they love, with no judgement at all, dressing the way you want to and nobody gives a fuck. In my opinion, this is like the whole world should be. Drugs are basically non existent, except the occasional joint and of course loads of beer and met, but otherwise everyone seems rather responsible. While on mixed festivals there are way more completely wasted folks lying around, Summer Breeze seems much more conscious and even if you fall in a mosh pit or are standing next to one, there is always someone helping you or taking care that you don't get pushed into it.
For more photos of the beautiful festival crowd, click here!






Food & Drinks

The variety of food is enormous, you can get whatever you want and there are tons of vegetarian/vegan options around. A bit special is the drink situation, they also sell plastic drinking horns at the beer stalls and several brands like Ficken or Apfelwein have their own are where you can buy their liquor in a themed environment.  It is also allowed to bring your own horn inside of the venue, even bags are allowed but they will be check at the entrance. There is also a small supermarket with essentials in a barn inside of the party area where you can stock up if you run out of something, a shuttle bus goes to Dinkelsbühl every ten minutes so this is another cheap and easy option if you need to go food ( or beer ) shopping!





Stages

There are four stages in total at the festival, one of them is placed inside of the party area while the other three are on the festival site itself.

The main stage is obviously the biggest of them and has a whole separated part of the site to itself. There are some food stalls around it there is enough space for everyone, even during a headliner show everyone had the chance to take a look and the security was very well organised. Crowdsurfing is allowed and actually wanted, sometimes it is the easiest way to get out and they are prepared to catch you in the front.


T-Stage is named after a founder who died a few years ago, it is the second stage on the left of the entrance. As the area in front basically stretches all the way back there also is enough space, the sound is excellent and there is a big screen on the left side.


Wera Tool Rebel stage is inbetween the T-Stage and the shopping area, which connects this part with the one the main stage is placed on. Mostly smaller or newcomer bands are playing here, but it can get quite crowded if a better known act plays its set. It is also the only one that has a roof and is protected if it rains.



Ficken Party Stage is the last and smallest one of the four, you can find it at the party area inside of the camping ground and it is the place where small local bands get the chance to play, sometimes a metal dj is on or on two occasions they got metal bands for kids playing there and its free of charge for them to come and get a glimpse of this magical circus.


Sustainability

I wrote a big blogpost regarding sustainability and environmental consciousness, so please check it out here!


I really hope you liked the 2019 Festival Summer series, and while this is the last official post there will be an extra one so stay tuned. Otherwise, can't wait to be back at the place where I`m happiest and leave me your suggestions of festivals I should visit next year in the comments!

Love, 

Faye


Freitag, 13. September 2019

Festivalsummer 2019: How to go green on a festival - Summer Breeze Edition

Hi guys,

I talked about good examples regarding sustainability and environment consciousness, and others that need some improvement. But what about the last festival of the season, Summer Breeze? Ok, I got one honorable mention left after this edition, but today we will talk about how great south Germanys metal festival scores!



Camping

At Summer Breeze you are allowed to camp next to your car, which makes it a great option for owners of camper van, caravans or motorhomes. It also makes it incredibly easy to take your trash, and cans with a deposit, with you, as you can just throw it in your car. This is also makes a big difference in terms of people being more careful, as there are cars around and nobody wants to damage one. On Sunday morning the whole field looked like nothing happened, there was basically no trash or any other signs of the fact that 40`000 people had been camping there for four days! They also hand out trash bags at the entrance and encourage you to fill them up, leave them filled at your camping spot and they will collect it on Sunday. There are also volunteers of non profit organisations walking around the campground from time to time and ask for deposit can donations, so you can either bring them to the festivals supermarket and get your deposit back or let the NGOs take it. The showers & toilets are also operated with a water saving system as they only got one pipe from the small village close by but that helps reducing the water used. Thats also the reason why they charge a small fee if you wanna shower or use the water toilet, and in there experience it leads to less people using the water shower or at least not as often as if they were free and they were able to reduce the water usage by nearly 50%!



Vegetarian / Vegan Food

There was a huge diversity of food stalls on the festival site itself, nearly every stall had something vegetarian and there were quite a few well marked vegan ones. Most of them were inspired by the Middle Eastern or asian cuisine, but that's nothing bad and it actually tasted great. There was a burger stall on the campground and they had a extremely tasty veggie burger, the breakfast bakery also had a few options and it was very well declared by each stall either writing the word vegan or using the European sign. Maybe it would help if all stalls would use the same signs but they did a really great job taking care of everyones needs with also loads of gluten or dairy free options.




Waste reducing strategies

This year for the first time hey had a big recycling station for nearly everything in the middle of the campground. As far as I`ve seen the plastic was compostable and nobody reacted weird when I went and ordered food with no extra plate or napkin. As actually everywhere these days, they use a deposit cup system and as its a metal festival, they sell plastic drinking horns you can take home with you or use throughout the festival. 


Non Profit Organisations

There weren't that many NGOs on site, but the ones they had were placed on the right side of the main entrance and you had to either camp there, be a VIP or know where to look for them if you wanted to find them. An organisation I love and that was present too was Metalhead against bullying, a norwegian organisation that encourages to act against bullying in a scene that is known for people who are a bit different, who dress different than the majority and live a lifestyle, listen to music that may makes them vulnerable for bullies. There also was a vegan clothing stall I wanted to mention, as the scene is known for leather clothes which makes it really cool that there was a stall that only sold vegan clothes, it definitely shows the progression of not only the festival itself but the whole scene.



If you got anymore questions or want to know about something I may forgot, please leave me a comment or write me an email and I'm happy to answer!

Hope you enjoyed this years How to go green on a festival series, we hopefully return even bigger and better next year. What festivals would you like to read about next year? 


Faye


Montag, 9. September 2019

Festivalsummer 2019: Festivalpeople - Summer Breeze Edition


Hi guys,

I'm pretty sure most of you have already heard of the fact that metalhead are extremely kind and soft people. There is no better place to experience this beautiful atmosphere than on a metal festival like Summer Breeze, I have never seen mosh- and circle pits as responsible as I have seen them there. Nobody was thrown into a pit they didn't want to get involved with, everybody took care of one another and the most fascinating part, the variety in age was so wide that youngsters and people in their 60s were rocking out next to each other. They also had the lowest crime and accidents rate in years, which is another proof how amazing the crowd is.

Thanks to all of you Summer Breeze people for making this festival such a special experience!

PS: As always, if you find yourself in one of these pictures and want in  a better quality, email me and please give me credits if you use them!








































Love,

Faye