It was finally time for Deichbrand Festival and Messed!Up’s debut at the festival although Ms Sis has been there a few times in the photo pit some previous years, and after a pleasant train ride from Hamburg we reached Cuxhaven and had a shuttle bus taking us all the way to an open space in between massive corn fields (I have corn fields just in front of my tent).
As always at arrival the first day usually means a lot of walking, and unfortunataly this wasn’t an exception from the rule. Media check-in was in a fire station about a 25-minute walk from the shuttle buses and with a 20-kilo bag I felt like being in a wet t-shirt contest when I finally arrived at check-in. Yet 500 m later I was at the campsite, put up a tent and were about to have a nap when my neighbours started to play a mix of psy-trance, Aqua (Yes, the “Barbie Girl” Aqua) and “Boten Anna” on repeat. Although we appreciate all music at Messed!Up, that mix was too much for us and we just left to find the press area; but the psy-trance/Aqua/”Boten Anna” dudes gave us cold beers – much appreciated because we had needed to walk a bit.
First day at a new festival is always about finding your way around and it’s better to learn to know the area as quick as possible and after asking eight very friendly festival workers about the way to the media camp we arrived an hour later (yeah, it was kind of a detour because we didn’t find an efficient way through the corn fields), squeezed our gear into a safety box and set off for the festival area.
It’s interesting how you shape your perception of places by watching videos, looking at photos and using Google Maps – just to find out that nothing is what you thought. I’ve always been a huge fan of Reading Festival because of the short walk between stages, but Deichbrand is even better! You can easily walk between all stages in just a few minutes. The wide range of food trucks also promises for a good festival and you don’t need to walk far to get something to eat.
However, and here’s the cool thing that make Deichbrand a bit special, the price range at most festivals doesn’t work well with young people’s economy. I ranted about that in our Roskilde report earlier this summer and how you had to live off poorly boiled pasta with ketchup for many years. At Deichbrand they have a deal with Aldi, the German supermarket chain, that put up a massive supermarket just outside the festival area where you can buy food and beverages, including beer, to normal prices. It may sound strange because at most festivals food and beer are a bit pricey because it’s a good opportunity to earn some money, and it still is although it’s much cheaper than at Roskilde Festival or Way Out West that we often visit. Messed!Up just love how Deichbrand makes it possible for people with limited economy to buy food at the festival, and for people as the Messed!Up editor to get his cold morning youghurt (the first festival ever to offer that).
Ms R had enough around 10 PM and left to get some sleep while Ms K and the editor went straight to the biggest festival tent, Palastzelt, to watch a trio of bands playing together under the moniker Superschande. Because our editor is a Swede and knows very little about German music in general and everything that is not industrial music or punk in particular, he’s excused for the lack of knowledge. Ms K. however, born and raised in the tradition of German music, didn’t knew anything either, but that didn’t stop her from start wave dancing already after we entered the tent. And it was a great show! It’s however difficult to pin down their music; at times it was hip hop, sometimes klezmer and yet other times heavy guitar riffs with punk attitude. It doesn’t matter because we had a great time.
Ms K disappeared to one of the open air DJ sessions where they played a mix of Britney Spears, DJ BoBo and Nena; the editor found new friends in the line to the drink bar and simply found out he didn’t need t pay for the drinks as long as he promised to learn the new acquaintances some Swedish words. Simple! Two drinks and two hours later we ended up at Die Happy (yes, pronounced in English) and although it’s not the editors cup of tea music-wise, two drinks get everyone in party mode and he stayed the full show and had quite much fun.
The drink effect disappear rather quickly though, especially when you sweat at the dancefloor and because of an early morning the next day it was not a good idea to keep the drink effect going. It also started to rain despite the fact that Wetter.de had promised no rain. Instead of having an early night and walk home for some sleep we just found ourselves in the Palastzelt once more and watched most of the Subway To Sally gig. Our photographer Ms P is crazy about them and it has that kind of medieval goth touch in the music that usually works out if you’re interested in the industrial scene buy not this night. The drink effect wasn’t there anymore, the lack of sleep was unbearable and I just had to be up at 7 AM the next day. But I didn’t consider how difficult it could be to find my way back through the corn fields. One and a half hour later I was in my tent (do I need to say that it takes fifteen minutes to walk if you just find the way?).