Die Festung Rockt! 2018

Finally, the day has come to invade the castle and fill it with loud music. On my way to Kronach, I already met some festival goers getting in the mood on the train. It was a nice and hot summer’s day what wouldn’t have been a problem at all if the festival area wasn’t on the top of a terrible hill but that couldn’t keep me or the fans away. After going through the security check I was all ready to get set up for the first band.

Starting off this year is Monkey Circus one of the local bands that participated in the band contest and took the third place. And I have to say it was a fantastic start. Their music is hypnotic, full of energy and dynamic. Unfortunately, not a lot of people were on the grounds yet but this is a band I won’t lose out of sight.

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Next up we have Pregnant Boys fixing the people with their brass combo. It is getting hotter and hotter as the young Germans are filling the air with their songs and contagious energy. They also had their fresh EP with them for the first time for the crowd to take home.

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And finally the band contest winner: Lions From Alaska, one of my personal highlights that day. For the first time, that day fans of the harder music spectrum had something to celebrate. Circlepits started to form and the people went wild because of the 5 young guys from Kulmbach that shared their talent. One of the last songs was their new single that unfortunately wasn’t available at the time.

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After the short break, the sun started to leave us but the Grüne Welle began their set and heated up the crowd with their Ska mixed with Rap parts. People were dancing even more than before and the band filled everyone with joy.

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Smile And Burn from Berlin was the band I anticipated most that day. While doing my short round of research before the festival they turned out to be my favourite and I wasn’t disappointed. They took everything a little further and took the people with them with their honest and somewhat goofy way. These guys definitely know how to entertain crowd and light up their fire. That especially showed as the people started a wall of death and even a circlepit with a human pyramid in the middle.

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Now it got a little wild and crazy as The Baboon Show stormed the stage in their fantastic outfits and some incredible music. Especially fascinated was I by the two powerful women with their amazing stage presence winning over my heart in seconds. The Baboon Show is just an extremely energetic band with a lot of positive messages that makes even me want to dance.

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We Butter The Bread With Butter is no stranger to this festival and a lot of fans were waiting for them to come back to Kronach. To be honest, at first I was a little skeptical about their music but that vanished as soon as they started playing. I have never heard anything like this before. The only wish they left unfulfilled for me was that they all should have dressed up as nicely as their bassist Axel did.

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And now my personal surprise of the evening. The sun was finally gone and the Austrian band Russkaja walked on stage and filled the area with their famous Turbopolka. I guarantee that no one could escape the magical sounds of this band that convinced everyone with their contagious energy and wonderful aura. Giving the crowd the last heating up before the headliner Millencollin with their famous songs including Energia.

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I honestly have to say that Millencolin somewhat disappointed me that night. I am not exactly sure why. Was it their music? The fact that it was already that late? Anyway, they gave their fans what they wanted and made a lot of them very happy but unfortunately not me. Don’t get me wrong they are still a fantastic band but not my personal highlight of the festival.

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Location: Festung Rosenberg Kronach

Date: 26/05/2018

Bands: Monkey Circus, Pregnant Boys, Lions From Alaska, Die Grüne Welle, Smile And Burn, The Baboon Show, WBTBWB, Russkaja, Millencolin