So on Saturday March 29 I set off in the afternoon from Cologne, the city where I currently reside, and reach Essen by bus; there I meet my friends Sabrina and Daniel, and, since it is a nice sunny day, we eat an ice cream before going to the concert, which is held at a place called Zeche Carl. The door opening is scheduled at 6:00 pm and the beginning of the concert is scheduled at 6:45 pm.
Zeche Carl is a beautiful location: it is an old abandoned factory that is now being used as a place for concerts; it is a very nice place, typically German I'd say: the interior is relatively large and in the outdoor area there is the inevitable Biergarten. A very high mark goes to the merchandising stalls that have CD’s, patches and t-shirts of any kind of band and a lot of rarities; there is also a negative note: after writing emails and making phone calls in order to get a press accreditation, I discover to my big disappointment that there is no photo pit for photographers, and therefore I will have to take my photos from among the crowd, with all the difficulties and hassles that this entails. Strange indeed for an important event like this.
The festival ends a little later than 1:30 am, the scheduled closing time. I was disappointed by some bands from which I was expecting more, but it was a nice day anyway, and this is important.