Rock Out in Germany: Rock am Ring and Rock im Park
Germany's biggest music event is back again in 2012 for its 27th year, taking place June 1-3 in the form of two festivals - Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. These twin festivals occur simultaneously at the Nurburgring Racetrack in Nurburg and the Frankenstadion in Nuremburg, respectively. Although they occur at the same time and are approximately 400 km apart, the two locations feature the same lineup, just on alternating days - similar to the set up of Reeding and Leeds Festivals in the UK and Falls Music & Art Festival in Australia.
Rock am Ring, German for Rock at the Ring, and Rock im Park, meaning Rock in the Park in English, boast an almost exclusively rock, punk, and metal lineup - exhibited with this year's headliners Linkin Park, Metallica (playing "The Black Album" in its entirety), and Die Toten Hosen. However, dance, electronic, and rap fans can find solace in acts like Azealia Banks, Skrillex, and Crystal Castles who are also set to perform at both festivals. They'll share the stages with Soundgarden, The Offspring, Tenacious D, Kasabian, Enter Shikari, Marilyn Manson, Anthrax, The Hives, and many more over the course of the weekend.
When the festival began in 1985, it was meant to be a one-off, one-stage celebration of the newly renovated Nurburgring racetrack, where it took place. However, with more than 75,000 in attendance to see the stellar lineup - which included U2, Joe Cocker, and Foreigner - the only logical move was to add more stages, bands, a camping area, another location, and to bring it back annually. Despite a brief hiatus in '89 and '90, Rock am Ring, and Rock im Park have consistently provided Europe's music fans and metal heads with weekend-long, head-banging, and mosh-inducing lineups across three stages - The Centerstage, the Alternastage, and the Clubstage - all within two of Germany's most historic sporting complexes.
Tickets for Rock im Park can be purchased HERE. Unfortunately, tickets for Rock am Ring have already sold out, however, there are a few up for sale on Germany's Ebay site. Alternatively, you can try your luck in the S.Oliver Band Contest by submitting a video of you and your band performing an original song. Three finalists will go on a tour through Germany, and the winner will play on one of the Rock am Ring stages. From March 5, you can submit your application and receive additional information on the contest HERE.
Photo: Night Ranger at the inaugural edition of Rock am Ring in 1985.