At the end of July it's time again: "The mountain calls!" Then the "Burg Herzberg Festival" in Breitenbach in eastern Hesse opens its doors to thousands of old and young hippies. This time under the motto "Back To The Garden", based on a line of text from Joni Mitchell's anthem "Woodstock". As usual, there's something for almost every music lover: Blues rocker Walter Trout is there, punkivaldi Nigel Kennedy fiddles Jimi Hendrix, the noble German rock chansonnier Element Of Crime are performing for the first time at Herzberg, the Belgian retro rockers DeWolff could be won for the now cult final chord at the "Freakstage".
But anyone who has ever been part of the colourful hustle and bustle in Breitenbach knows that music is not everything here. "The line-up is important," says Herzberg booker Elmar Feuerstein, "but in the end the atmosphere at our festival, which is characterized by the eternal hippie charm, counts." The 48-year-old, who has been an honorary member of the festival team since 1991, is convinced: "We will all create a magical buzz together in 2016 as well"
eclipsed: What are you looking forward to most at the festival this time?
Elmar Feuerstein: (laughs) On the mats, which are supposed to make sure that the access routes remain passable for the cars. But I don't really have to worry about that, because with a few exceptions, the sun is shining all the time for heart Berggians. The weather god is definitely a hippie and we are well-disposed.
eclipsed: For what else?
Feuerstein: That the great slam poet and cabaret artist Lars Ruppel announces the artists on the main stage in a humorous way. And that the same man will host the poetry slam finale at freakstage. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun with this guy.
eclipsed: Will there be special performances in addition to the regular concerts?
Feuerstein: They've always existed. There will be this year, too. After all, these spontaneous gigs are an element that makes our festival special and original. It lives not least from this charm.
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