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Bang Your Head festival 2012 – recap

Bang Your Head-weekend in Balingen, Germany, is over. It’s been two interesting days. Part one has been published in the Firewind-blog here.

It’s not every day that you see Venom in the catering or Cronos walking around in his stage outfit in broad daylight (or have the dressing room across from the ladies room for that matter).

Swedish sleaze/glammers Crash Diet were like glued to their chairs in the backstage area all day on Friday. The only time they moved was when it started pissing down in the evening, and theyhad to move inside. After that, they didn’t move from the catering tent until god knows when. When I left after Venom on Friday night, they were still sitting there.

I forgot that Elize Ryd from Amaranthe was with Kamelot. She walked into the catering as well, right after Kamelot finished their set, being very particular with what was on the menu and what she could eat. :)

Another piece of entertainment was seeing a few half-naked musicians both days when going to and from the ladies room (not my fault it was in the dressing room area, lol…!). 

Some guys who were working at the indoors-stage were staying at the same hotel as Anett and me and one morning, at breakfast I heard them talking, in German (I can pick up on a lot of German as long as they don’t speak too fast or at the same time). One guy was somewhat upset about what had taken place the night before.

– I couldn’t believe it…! Four girls in the front row called EXODUS singer to come over, and when he went there, ALL FOUR of them FLASHED their tits in his face! What the fuck! This is a THRASH-concert, it’s not a fuckin’ STEEL PANTHER-show!

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a guy complain about chicks flashing their boobs, but this guy certainly didn’t like it, lol! :-)

I could enjoy listening to a “private show” on the stage right after Firewind, when Armored Saint‘s singer John Bush was warming up. Usually you hear singers warm up with scales, but he was singing at the top of his lungs, as if he was already on stage. Pretty cool. :)

Walked into the indoors arena on Friday afternoon, as they had signing sessions there during the day. Arch Enemy had a looooong line of fans standing in line to meet “Barbie of death” Angela Gossow and the guys.

Some fans were so taken by the situation that they just stood there like paralyzed staring at Angela and wouldn’t move. There were cameras and people everywhere. I left, couldn’t see much but could establish that the band was as popular off stage as onstage. :)

When Thin Lizzy hit the stage, it was raining again. The festivals this year have been haunted by bad weather. Ricky Warwick walked out on the runway, fearless of the rain and stated: Here’s the deal. YOU get wet – WE get wet!  He stood by his word.

It was guitarist Damon Johnson‘s birthday that day and he looked like a happy kid in a candy store when looking out over the crowd. :-) Excellent show!

[Birthday child]

Went to the VIP tent after Thin Lizzy because the rain kept getting worse. But shortly after there was a loud bang and it was the beginning of Venom’s show. The rain was really pissing down at this point. When I came to the stage I was surprised – it was almost empty. I could easily walk to the front of the stage. There were fireworks and fire and god knows what else in Venom’s show but… the crowds were gone.

DAY 2. (Axxis, Primal Fear, Primordial, Sabaton, Gotthard, Pain)……….. coming up. 


Festival time – again!

Only 2 days until I leave for Balingen, Germany and the Bang Your Head-festival…

I’m not a big fan of festivals, really. People are asking if I’m going to Wacken for instance. I tend to avoid festivals the size of Wacken or Roskilde. It’s too far away from all civilization and the main criteria for me is that it needs to be accessible by car and there has to be a HOTEL/hostel nearby.

After the Midfyn festival in Denmark back in 1994, which turned into a nightmare, I just knew I would NEVER do that again.

All I remember is not sleeping for 2 days, drunks everywhere, stolen items and shared showers.
I wasn’t exactly dying to do THAT all over again.
I’m not a fan of tents, I don’t drink at festivals or gigs and I need a good nights sleep and a SHOWER (and I don’t mean shower with a bunch of strangers, I prefer privacy in the bathroom/shower thank-you-very-much).

Cause you’re out there walking around all day long, you barely have time to eat or go to the bathroom or whatever from early noon til after midnight – and then you’re being pushed and shoved everywhere you go – not to mention standing in the front row at the shows.

Being a girl doesn’t get you any favors. Metalheads aren’t known for being the greatest gentlemen in the world, so in that sense I guess that the metal community is the most coequal. You get treated like any other dude. Take it or leave it. :)

But the point is – festivals are challenging. Unless you’ve got VIP/guest pass, that makes things a lot easier of course. We were offered Wacken-passes this year and I didn’t even respond, didn’t want to go.

Sweden Rock Festival is cool, it’s not far from home, I can drive home every night and get some sleep. Graspop is just a weekend and it’s definitely near civilization.

Bang Your Head? I have NO idea. It’s totally new to me. :) Was talked into it by Jon Oliva’s former tour-manager, she said I had to come and check it out, that I would enjoy it.

Why not – I’m off on Friday! :-) She’s arranging everything so for once, I’m just tagging along. :)

At the time I didn’t even know who was on the bill. Talk about a BONUS when I noticed that FIREWIND are playing pretty early in the afternoon. Looking forward to that!

Speaking of Firewind – there will be more of them three days later when I fly back to Thessaloniki, Greece, to see them play in their home-town.
This time I’m prepared. I know now that Greek fans are crazy, lol!

THAT trip will be in the Firewind-blog, http://www.firewindtour.posterous.com

I’ll never forget my trip to Thessaloniki LAST year, you can read all about it here:

Part 1: http://lita77777.posterous.com/rockin-thessaloniki-day-1

Part 2:http://lita77777.posterous.com/magic-and-nightmare-in-greece

Part 3: http://lita77777.posterous.com/current-destination-london-sonisphere

I think it will be easier this year though – hotel is closer to venue. That helps!

Looking forward to meeting Panagotis from the Greek site MetalPaths too, always nice to get to know new people. :-)

Will be a busy week, but that’s the way I like it. If I’m home more than a month I get restless and bored. The road is calling! :-)