March 29, 2011

Steff Metal at the Veldensteiner Festival!

Tr00 Metal Life

While the rest of New Zealand freezes their asses off in their poorly-insulated houses, CDH and I will be spending the winter cruising through Germany, enjoying sausages, archaeology, metal festivals, and lots and lots of beer. We start in Munich and work our way up, finishing in Hamburg and Wacken Open Air. On the way, we will stay in a castle, hunt out some ancient tunnels, and attend the Veldensteiner festival in Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz.

Veldensteiner Festival

Veldensteiner Festival 2009

Why Veldensteiner festival? Well, it worked in with the dates we were going, it’s a folk/folk metal festival on the grounds of a castle, and they’re shooting me a press ticket, so I get to wander around with a camera all official-like. How could we resist?

The lineup promises great things. On 21 July, we’ll be seeing Blackmore’s Night, who you may or may not recognise as the current project of ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Apparently, Deep Purple keep asking him to come back and do a reunion tour, but Ritchie is perfectly content playing folk rock music with his gloriously hot wife.

On the 23rd we return to the castle of the Veldensteiner Festival, with a lineup of German folk and medieval goodness:

The Sandsacks: The Sandsacks are a Germany folk quartet who play their own unique style of Irish folk and medieval music.

Nachtgeschrei: A folk metal band from Hesse following in the footsteps of Subway to Sally, these guys have a slightly more pared back style, with only two traditional instrumentalists in the group. I’m excited to see how Nachtgeschrei perform, as I imagine we will probably be two of the few non-Germans in the crowd. They are one of those bands where the language barrier really becomes noticeable. I understand about 1/3 of the words, but not enough to make any sense out of their stuff.

Veldensteiner Festival 2009

Veldensteiner Festival 2009

Feuerschwanz: A German folk-comedy band (what? I don’t know!) who are big on the Mittelaltermarkt scene. I’ll be interested to see if I get any of the jokes. Any band with an album called Met und Miezen (mead and chicks) is OK by me.

Eluveitie: One of my current favorite bands and one of the main reasons we chose this festival. Eluveitie rock a Celtic/metalcore sound that totally should not work, but actually does. Also, the lead singer is quite hot.

Letzte Instanz: a metal band from Dresdon who incorporate cello and violin into their songs, Letzte Instanz are beloved by German fans. I’m not too sure about the rap-style vocals, but the other guy … oooooh, a beautiful voice.

Subway to Sally: One of my favourite German discoveries from our last trip, Subway to Sally incorporate medieval and folk instruments into their hard rock/metal sound, producing an ecclectic style that’s uniquely their own. It’s through listening to their songs that I’ve learned a lot of new German vocab. Subway to Sally are playing at Wacken this year but I’m stoked to be able to see them twice.

And this is not to mention the epic castle to explore, the Mittelaltermarkt, the fantastic German festival food (meat-on-a-stick, here I come), the fire dancers and magic shows, and the on-site castle brewery.

Tickets cost 39.65€ for Blackmore’s Night and 42€ for the Festival and can be purchased here. If you’re a non-German trying to purchase tickets email me and I’ll give you an alternate site to purchase from, as this one is a bit annoying.

If you’re in Deutschland and you’re keen to come down to Veldensteiner Festival to hang out, look for the blind chick wandering around looking lost. I’ll either be speaking terrible German or English with a kiwi accent. And I’ll totally give you a hug. All the accommodation in Neuhaus is booked out, so we’re staying in Plech nearby. I’ll be blogging about the festival from our Pension, and I might even post a few vids of me attempting to interview people in German. It will be hilarious.

14 Comments on “Steff Metal at the Veldensteiner Festival!

July 25, 2011 at 5:25 am

I *think* I saw you – at least a girl with binoculars walked past me, which made me wonder (b/c I found it ingenious, considering the stage being usually quite a bit away from oneself), but some time later I remembered you – could it have been you I saw?

July 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

Marcus – was this binocular girl wearing a Wacken t-shirt or long red coat? If so, that was me. I didnät see anyone else around with binoculars – it is a smart idea, even if you´re not blind! Gutted – wish we could´ve said hi. I had a great time at <Veldenstein – got to be right at the front photographin Eluveitie.

June 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Yay, free hug! \o/ Looking forward to it :)

Emily Bleak
April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Eluveitie just came through Boston – if their set at Veldensteiner is anything like the one they played here, you’re in for a treat! Chrigel is indeed a gorgeous man, especially when he’s wailing on the bagpipes…

I’m hardcore jealous that you’re seeing Subway to Sally twice in one year – they never come to the US! Enjoy and give those of us deprived a big writeup when you go, eh? :)

April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

@E – I shall. I am being rather spoilt with good bands in Europe this year \m/

April 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

awesome! I saw Eluvitie at Hellfest a couple of years ago and they were fantastic. I still think about it often.

April 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

@Jo – that’s awesome! We figure we’re never going to get to see them here (although, you never know …) I’m really looking forward to it!

March 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

If it works for your schedule, try to check out the Dong Open air ( It’s the best metal festival in Germany, this year with some pretty famous bands. The view up there is amazing and it’s a relatively small festival due to it’s limited amount of tickets. Tickets are already sold out, but I’m sure you will be able to get a press pass (if you’re really interested I can help you with your questions).

April 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

@adastra – that lineup looks awesome, but unfortunately, we’ll be in a plane over the Pacific Ocean at that time :(

March 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

From a german point of view such festivals are nothing special. Here in the Ruhr-Area we have the “Burgfolk”. Even in my hometown there are sometimes Mittelaätermärkte where maybe some bands will play or at least “Spielmannsleut”.

We have a lot of “Burgen” here. I think there are over 30 in Ruhrarea. And the Ruhrarea is pretty much a industrial area.

And a real bus recommendation: If any of you has the option to check out the middle rhein, totaly do it. There are maybe just a hand full of places on earth that are more beautiful.

April 5, 2011 at 1:25 am

@Mr Polek – you Germans don’t know how lucky you are! In New Zealand we have … no castles. We do have stunning remote scenery, but no castles. It’s a trade-off, for sure.

We were trying to choose between this one and Burgfolk, but this fitted into our schedule better. We’ve got a free week where we’re hoping to explore the rhine area, but we’re keeping it pretty open.

March 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

So jealous! I bet it’s amazing to see Blackmore’s Night live. I would soooo go in costume!
That festival has to be teh awesome. Have a lot of fun. And take pictures!

April 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

I shall! I shall take many, many pictures!

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