Finally! Hardly to believe (if you look out of the window) we
managed to reach the merry month of May starting into the open
air festival season, of course kicked off by the annual ROCK
HARD FESTIVAL on the Pentecost weekend at the lovely •
• in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. And yes, everybody was
downright starving to lie in the sun while great bands are playing
the arena. But... well… For the first 2 festival days the
weather mode was switched to winter again. It was grey and cold
but luckily no rain. As for that we got roasted on day 3 with
excessive sun under a blue sky, including sunburn…
Of Ares - Attic - Audrey Horne - D-A-D - Denial Of God - Desaster
- Ensiferum - Fleshcrawl - Gospel Of The Horns - Hellish Crossfire
- Horisont - King Diamond - Mustasch - Naglfar - Orden Ogan -
Orchid - Queensrÿche - Sepultura - Slingblade - Tank - Threshold
Stories :: Friday
:: Saturday :: Sunday
Photos :: Friday
& Fun ::
Last year’s line-up already led to a lot of discussions
and these ones got even lit up at this year’s edition of
ROCK HARD FESTIVAL.
[Psycho] And this was not only due to the nominally weaker
billing generally but most of all because of the Friday with its
running order. It was really difficult to comprehend why a band
without any record out got the co-headlining slot on such a festival.
And it should turn out to be a heavy burden for ASHES OF ARES.
[Sui] Unfortunately I spent most of the Friday afternoon
in traffic jams. So I’m not really able to judge if the
billing on Friday was as disputable as previously stated. I traveled
to the ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2013 without big expectations
as well as without big fears, probably due to the fact that the
line-up did not contain that many big names.
From an organizational point of view nothing has changed, everything
went smooth. At least I did not hear about bigger problems. Steady
prices for drinks and food, only the parking garage increased
from 4.50 up to 6 Euro each day. And while roaming the food mile
I had the impression of a better waste management. I saw many
big rubbish bins that either did not get full or got emptied regularly.
There was significant less waste lying around anyway. Thumbs up!
If same can be said about the camping area… I actually don’t
[Psycho] Unfortunately there were still no bins or bags
in the theater, so it did not take a long time till the echelons
got filled with trash.
What actually has changed was the absence of the Karaoke shows,
an inherent part of the festival during the last years and - as
I sensed out - something people really liked. I could not find
any statement or announcement about this.
Furthermore there have been new clothing booths introducing itself
the worst way - outrageously expensive. A zipped hoodie for example
was priced at 55 Euro. Well, established competitors will have
liked the more of buyers at their own booths.
As already mentioned, food and beer booths have been the same,
some variety wouldn’t have done any harm either. Why there
was a booth for wooden dildos I guess only sexdog Albrecht knows…
What attracted my attention was the fact that the stage was significantly
bigger (at the photographers expense, but only for Friday), after
I have seen the KING DIAMOND show on Sunday I know why
And once again I would like to send out my special thanks and
gratitude to • CCS
• our security company at ROCK HARD FESTIVAL
(and many other concert events I attend) for their service and
assistance for us photographers :)