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Why I love music festivals (and Rock im Park in particular)

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Hey there, I’m sorry it’s been a little quiet on here lately, but summer has finally arrived, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time out in the sun as possible. When I’m not working that is. I’ve also just returned from a week-long holiday that took us to Nuremberg for a music festival and to Lake Constance for a few days of much needed relaxation after rocking out for 4 days. The weather was just amazing every single day, even though it was almost a little too hot for my taste, but hey, I’m not complaining about that. Of course I want to tell you all about our recent adventures and I’ll start with the music-side of our trip which took us back to Rock im Park, one of Germany’s biggest and personally my favourite music festival. We’d already been there last year and since we had a great time it was clear we needed to be back.

It seems there are basically 2 different types of music lovers – the ones who love festivals and the ones who hate them. I’d always wanted to visit one, but I have to say that a lot of things I’d heard and seen about festivals made me doubt if it would actually be enjoyable for me. First of all, I don’t really like camping. It’s not the hygiene or lack thereof that I’m worried about. But I need a decent night’s sleep. I don’t function well without it and something that’s supposed to be fun can easily turn into a nightmare if I’m sleep-deprived. So the prospect of sleeping in a tent on uncomfy ground being kept awake by drunken party people didn’t seem very appealing to me. Then I’m not the biggest fan of huge crowds. I love going to concerts, but being stuck in the middle of thousands of people makes me feel utterly uncomfortable. So the thought of 70.000 people piling up in front or constantly moving between stages kinda scared me. And while I like drinking and having fun, I’m definitely not a person who enjoys being pissed 3 or 4 days straight or to the extent of not being able to walk, talk or stand properly. Neither do I like being  harassed by people who act this way while trying to enjoy the music. These were the thoughts I had before I went to Rock im Park for the first time. And you know what? None of them were actually true in the way I had imagined them. Except for the camping part of which I had my fair share at Southside festival where I basically didn’t sleep for 3 days because it was a) freezing cold and b) the only place we could find for our tent was on a hillside. But: there’s a solution to this which you’ll find, among others, in my reasons for loving music festivals.

1. Music, music, music – all day long

Of course, for me the main reason to visit a music festival is the music itself. I always have a few bands I definitely want to see. This year for example these were Portugal. The Man (who I’d seen as a support band in March), Maximo Park (who always make for a great show), Metallica (because I’d never seen them before and well, it’s Metallica) and Linkin Park. But I also love to explore new bands who I have or haven’t heard about before. We often just wandered from stage to stage and stopped when we liked the sound of the band playing. This year I really enjoyed Kasabian, Fall Out Boy and New Politics and I’ll definitely buy a few albums of theirs. I know a lot of oldschool festival-goers have been complaining that the lineups, especially of Rock im Park and Rock am Ring, have become very mainstream over the past years and the “Rock” in the title has been neglected more and more. I do agree with that at least to some extent, but I’ve always been able to find plenty of bands I like.

2. It’s not like they show you on TV

As I said before, my opinion of festivals was highly influenced by the way it was depicted by media. Drunk, half-naked, screaming people, garbage, dirt, pee, puke everywhere. Of course you get that, too, at least to some extent. But it’s not like you won’t enjoy yourself if you’re not the 24/7 party animal. I actually found the festival crowd to be a very pleasant bunch of people. The atmosphere was always very relaxed and everybody was just trying to have the greatest time they could have, whatever that means for the individual person. Of course, you will get hit on by a drunk person from time to time if you’re a girl. But as long as it doesn’t get annoying, that’s ok. And the boyfriend always made sure they left quickly. Of course, several 10.000 people will leave their traces, so garbage definitely is an issue. But it’s not like you can’t sit down on the ground anymore or something like that. Just make sure you don’t wear your newest clothes and especially shoes (you most likely won’t want to wear them anymore judging by all the undefinable things you’ll find on their soles). Using portable toilets definitely isn’t for the squeamish, but it’s bearable if you know how to breathe through your mouth and make sure not to look around too closely. And be cautious if a toilet is free despite there being a huge queue. You don’t wanna have a look into that one. As always there’s also a luxury option if you really can’t bring yourself to use a portable toilet. The normal version usually costs you a little fee (at RiP it was 0,50€) and you’ll probably have to bear with quite some waiting time.

3. Moshpit or chilling in the back? You can have it all!

One reason I like Rock im Park so much is how the festival area is laid out. There’s lots of space in front of the stages, so if you don’t like being in the middle of the crowd you can just sit down on the grass in the back and still see something thanks to the huge screens on the side of the stages. There are also a few trees around, so we were even able to stay in the shade when the heat was too unbearable during the day. This actually saved me because I don’t really cope well with heat. We had temperatures of around 35 degrees for almost all 4 days, so it was really, really hot. On the last day, I dared to step into the sun in front of the stage to see Maximo Park at 2 pm. I jumped and danced around, but after their set was over I was in desperate need of some shade and water. The barriers in the crowd are also set out pretty nicely, so it never gets overcrowded (at least from what I’ve seen) in the area in front of the stage. We went to the front of the main stage to see Linkin Park playing and there was still plenty of space in the back. The only time when it can get a little tight and pushy is when entering the front area, especially right after a band has finished playing. But it’s never been too bad when I went.

4. You don’t have to sleep in a tent

The great thing about Rock im Park, especially for me as a camping-hater, is its close proximity to the city center of Nuremberg. The train will take you from the main station to a stop nearby the festival area in a few minutes and then it’s only a short walk and you’re in the middle of it all. It’s so convenient! We stayed in a hotel near the main station, had a nice lie-in, then went for breakfast and showed up at the festival well rested and showered. I know a lot of people think that camping is part of the real festival experience. But for me it’s just the perfect way.

I’m currently looking into other festivals to attend this summer. Probably only for a day trip since I’ve already planned most of my holiday. I really, really recommend to visit a music festival if you’re into music. It’s so much fun! I’m really dying to go to one again soon.

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Where I am

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On the way home from work earlier today, I sat on the train staring out of the window into the darkness of the underground tunnel. And suddenly it hit me. I’m so happy right now! Not for one particular reason. Just overall happy with where I’m at in my life at this very moment. And that feels damn good! When I walked home under the grey sky through the streets that were still wet from the previous rain I thought how this year has really been a fight for me in some ways. And how well life has treated me in other ways. I mean I feel like I went through what’s been one of the darkest times of my life with my breakdown and all. And it took me a long while to dig myself out of that black hole. I actually don’t like dealing with myself when I’m not fine. And more than that I hate to show that I’m not fine. Noone does probably. But this time I had to deal with it. For my own sake and the sake of others. And to be honest, it was a great chance. Over time I had accumulated a lot of rage. Because I felt I was forced into that situation and that I had no chance to change it. And all that rage sucked the last bit of energy out of me. Which meant that not only did I have no energy at work. It also affected my private life because I also didn’t have the energy to do the things I love. Or at least not to the extent I wanted to. Which made me even more outraged.

It took a long time to get that rage under control. To get back into balance. And I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing things that have happened in my life at the same time. Sometimes I can’t believe how blessed I am. Like seriously! We’ve been really living this summer. We’ve been to concerts, festivals, in the nature, on short trips, a wedding. And all this while I’m living in a relationship that’s all I’ve ever dreamed of and more. Speaking of that, the most exciting thing probably is that we’ve decided to move in together. To be honest, when I was single I couldn’t understand how people could decide on moving together within the first year of a relationship. Just because I couldn’t imagine I could ever be capable of feeling this strongly for someone. It was just a natural decision because it really is how people say: Love is not who you can see yourself with. It’s who you can’t see yourself without. And again we’ve been extremely lucky. We’ve scored this amazing apartment in a newly constructed building right by the river. It’s gonna be a dream and I can’t wait to finally move in and make it our home.

I got back up again and I’m ready for the next adventures! There’s plenty to come fore sure. I’ll keep you posted!

The heat of summer

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I cannot emphasize enough how much I love this summer! I mean I’ve been complaining a lot about the heat that’s been holding Germany and the rest of Europe in its hot grip for the past few weeks (except for the past 2 days, phew!). Which probably isn’t surprising if you’re working in an office with no air-con and jump from joy if the temperature in your bed room finally reaches less than 27 degrees because it actually feels cool. I’m absolutely not made for heat. Or any other extreme temperatures for that matter. But even though I like to moan about it all the time, I wouldn’t want to trade it for those shitty rainy summers we’ve had in other years.

While I’m slowly running out of short-sleeved and -legged clothes to wear, I love the fact that you can wear flip-flops all day long and never need to bring a coat because it just never gets cold. I love spending time outdoors and exploring all the opportunities to enjoy life around here. Grab your love and some friends and have a barbecue down by the river while watching the sun set behind the skyline. Watch a movie in the drive-in cinema cuddled up on the back seat. Go to an open-air concert over-looking the Rhine valley. Spend a Sunday afternoon by a beautiful lake in the woods. These are all things I’ve done this summer already and I hope to do plenty more. Because you know what!? Summer doesn’t only come with heat and sweat and mosquitos hungry for your blood. It comes with this vibe that makes life just a bit more easy, a bit more carefree.

It’s that time of year that calms down that travel bug that usually keeps nagging  me all. the. time. That urge to be free and just go with the flow. Because you can “travel” while being at home and still feel like you’re on holiday. Because it feels like life becomes more of an adventure when everything is covered in sunlight. Even everyday life changes during summer. Of course, it can be a torture to spend all day in the office when you’re dreaming of eating ice cream in the sun. But with clients on holidays and bosses who occasionally allow you to leave the office early when the heat is too gruesome it’s actually quite bearable.

While I wish this summer would never end, I hope that when the temperatures are finally going to drop again and the leaves fall, that summer vibe will still last, at least for a bit. At least until the next holiday comes along.

How has your summer been so far? I hope you’re having plenty of adventures!

The summer of music

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OH. MY. GOD. I can’t actually believe how long it’s been since my last post here. All the things that have happend in the meantime. And the ones that didn’t happen. And everything in between. I don’t really wanna bore you with what I’ve been up to the past 2+ months. It’s basically been the usual. Work. Music. Love. And trying to find my way in between all these things. I’m just gonna focus on the here and now and I’ll try to go back to business as usual in Maybeland. I hope you forgive me for the break and will continue with me on this journey.

This summer of 2013 is all about music for me. So far, I’ve been to an amazing concert of my favourite band (30 Seconds to Mars, who would’ve guessed) in Berlin. I’ve been to 2 awesome music festivals – Rock im Park and Southside – where I’ve seen countless of awesome bands. And you know what? It did something amazing to me. While on the one side I’m pretty happy with my life the way it is and the path I’ve decided to take, there’s always been a part of me that’s been a little dead. Many times when something amazing happened I felt like I was wrapped in cotton and wasn’t able to fully appreciate it. Everything seemed a little indifferent. But these days full of music changed something for the better. Back to the way things used to be. My heart opened and I could feel again, with all my senses. And that was a great feeling and I hope it’s gonna last. I will make it last.

Oh, and then something even more amazing happened. We played our very first little gig! Yes, that’s right! That moment we’ve been working towards for the past year was finally there last week. We played acoutic versions of 3 of our songs at an Open Stage night at a little bar in Frankfurt. We’d been talking about doing this for months now and I finally convinced myself to go for it. I was super nervous before our performance and I was scared that this would affect my voice in a bad way. But it didn’t at all. For the first minute or so, I didn’t really know what to do with myself, but I slowly started to relax and actually enjoyed it. It was so much fun and so amazing, I can’t even find words for it. The crowd was very nice to us and applauded after every song. We also had some friends there who cheered for us and took pictures and photos. It was just great! And when I got off that stage, I thought: Damn it, I want to go back there. Over and over again. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life. And I hope we’ll get the chance to do so. It was proof for us that we’re actually able to do it. That we have the right to share our songs with the world. We definitely needed this after we were let down by our band mates once again a few weeks back. But we won’t give up. We’ll continue just the 2 of us until we’ve found the right people to actually become a full act.

If you’re interested in our little performance, you can have a look at our Facebook page here. We’ll add video footage soon. So have a look and maybe leave a like!