One - Diary Of Dreams - IAMX - Apoptygma Berzerk - Rabia Sorda
- Mono Inc. - Absolute Body Control - Solar Fake - Autodafeh -
- Eisbrecher - Combichrist - Letzte Instanz - Assemblage 23 -
A Life Divided - Reaper - Sono - Stahlmann - Blitzmaschine
This year’s edition of BLACKFIELD FESTIVAL was kind
of star-crossed. There’s first to mention the billing: as
for me too little surprises and/or exclusive acts. Seems I was
not left alone with this opinion, the crowd was manageable.
[Dajana] In fact a lot of bands on this year’s billing
already played the BLACKFIELD FESTIVAL in the past, we
can easily compare since we attended all festivals so far. Same
bands play also the other festivals and events, all in a quite
short period of time. The summer festival season… you know.
So I once again have to state that also the Electro scene is big
and rich enough of interesting and unique bands worth to be seen
live on all these festival stages without repeating them year
Live stories :: Saturday
:: Sunday :: Pics
Another thing to notice were technical problems as during the
set of Apoptygma Berzerk show or during the change-over to IAMX.
[Dajana] Technical problems? That’s said way too
lenient! Let’s face it: stage tech and stage/sound procedures
were the most unprofessional and half-assed I ever experienced
at a festival! Really. Both days have been affected by mishaps,
missteps, and misfortune. Micros failed, PA failed, instruments
fell down… and no one cared. Stage crew? Negative report.
Stage-techs? Negative report. Stage PA? Too often unfilled, despite
bands playing. Much more, at this beastly weather the stage PA
was left uncovered. Ergo, especially on Sunday we had to go through
many sound problems, short-circuits and feedbacks thanks to a
foundered PA. Sound generally left a lot to be desired. All in
all… Sit down - that's a fail! Organizers should quickly
search for another, professional company taking over these duties.
Apropos… beastly weather… it truly went on nerves.
Totally. It was raining ALL day. Not that heavy but enough to
feel permanently cold and damp. It happened that rain stopped
first during Diary Of Dreams co-headlining show. But right after
a choppy and cold wind came up… perfectly made for all these
Despite of adverse circumstances there are still enough reasons
to take the ride towards Gelsenkirchen. Beside the bands the location
is just beautiful and perfectly made for such kind of festivals,
the security is as nice and relaxed as possible and the markets
at BLACKFIELD FESTIVAL are huge.
Though I think they should not leave their concept on the current
level but continuously develop.