Road To Wacken
At last the day we waited for was here! Studiefrämjandet had helped to print posters and flyers and now it was time to use them. Mary, Sandra and Erik got up and put up all the posters and later the whole band went and handed out the flyers. Funny how almost 600 flyers can seem like a small amount, in a festival crowd of 75.000 people that is no problem. The posters probably worked better!
The rest of the day was spent checking out instead, bars and shopping opportunities and later to prepare for the gig.
When the evening came, everything went really fast. Wacken picked us up with vans and moved the gear, the band and the crew to Headbangers stage. We had our own little tent as back stage area and hurried to change to stage clothes and to get warmed up.
The stage was much bigger then we pictured it and the audience was bigger then we ever could imagined! Lucky for us we had our crew with us that did the line check and everything so we didn’t need to worry aobut that before the show. The stress was big enough anyway!
A live clip from the show
The show was unforgettable for us even though we didn’t win. After the show we had three days s to relax, have fun and to see other bands. Too bad it started to rain so some days it was more mud then festival – haha!
Some of the highlights of the festival:
On the trip down we were nervous and exited as hell! We had five crew members that would make everything work smoothely for us. The crew and also our friends was: Ralph Santolla (tour manager), Kenneth Larsson (guitar tech), Christian Lennartsson (vocal tech), Mikael Andrén (bass tech) and Saimon Lindberg (drum tech).
We were going in two cars. Firstly because ten people simply doesn’t fit in a van, and two to rent a buss is expensive and also demands that we have a bussdriver which we don’t. That we thirdely had bagage that filled up two car trunks and a pack liner was of course part of the issue.
The plan was to take Swedens main road E4 across the country and then take the ferry to Helsingør, Denmark , drive through Denmark and then take a second ferry to Puttgarden, Germany. Then we stop and take a break for a big shopping round at the Bordershop Puttgarden! But wait a minute? Didn’t I forget something here? Yes… We did make another stop…
Here is Martin from Speedmetal.se and his daughter when Elizabeth is trying out some of his new creations!
We are sponsered by the custom metal and jewlery shop Speedmetal.se and Martin had driven to meet us in Jönköping at 11 am try try out new stuff! As you see above, here is one of the things we tried out. Below is also some necklesses he made for Mary.
After about 30 mins of trying stuff, measuring arms, bracelets and microphones(!). We left to catch the ferry. The ferrys both took less then an hour so no long trips on the sea, good for us!
Sandra and Erik ready to go shopping at the bordershop! Everybody stocked up on alcohol, soda and stuff they wanted to bring to the festival and we tried our best to stack it up in the already overfilled cars. Elizabeth sat in the middle of the GMC with 3 cases up beer under her feet the rest of the way to Wacken.
Mmmmh, yummie opposites do match!
WE ARE HERE!!!! It was so exciting to finally reach the Wacken Festival site and check in!
First we checked in and got explainations to where we should camp and our artist passes. The guy said “it will be dark and then you’re gonna feel lost, but you are not, just keep going and you’ll see”. So we did but somehow we ended up in the middle of nowhere in the great huge forest driving on what seemed like forever, exactly like a horror movie! Luckily after our “detour” into the forestroads we found ourselves back on the road into the check-in and we started all over and went left instead of right which lead us to this sign: Welcome Metalheads! BINGO!