Subculture in the Bavarian Hinterland – Jugge Open Air 2017

If one thinks about the Bavarian ‘Hinterland’ – roughly translated outback – stereotypic pictures arise: Lederhosen and Dirndl. Beer and Cows. Mustaches. Farmers. Dialect. Sadly also – racism and scepsis towards everything that is diverse from the patriarchial-determined normality. If one takes a closer look though one can find little bastions of resistance to this normality.In what way people step up to this situation really differs – possible it is a pediatrician that organizes people against deportations or an autonomous organized youth center that brings subculture to the middle of nowhere – where there is only ‚Edge’ cellphone connection and the next gas-station a fifteenminute car ride away.
On a early summer weekend in June buddy Max Marquadt and me travelled to the Hinterland and had a blast at Jugge Open Air.

Photo by Max Marquardt
Hinterland – photo by Max Marquardt

Parking our two mini Coopers – yep we are that stereotypic journalists – we set up our basecamp and watched the setting sun. About three-hundred were camping on the grounds prepared by the organizers. Got to know our neighbors – very cool people – guys and girls from villages around Dorfen. Made friends with them pretty fast. As the light was getting better we got to work.


The stage – photo by Michael Trammer


Summed up the broad variety of music played was just vast. Reaching from singer-songwriter type music to electro-punk in carton suits every taste was met. We enjoyed some great HipHop by e.g. Johnny Rakete and Illflow. Jumped into pogo – yes with our cameras – enjoying loud angry Ska-punk sounds by e.g. Undenkbar. Or just enjoyed the sun in the afternoon listening to blues performed by the Noksyur Soksow Ensemble. The final act – Sputnik Booster – made it rumble with electro-punk and nintendo sounds. What a blast. Concerts ended every night at approximately 2 AM – but the party then continued.


Sourrounding the Center Stage organizers set up small tents for different activities- colleague Max took part in a motivation course – utterly necessary when working at a news desk. Max also retrieved the foosball table he learned playing  on when he was a little youngster-metal-head underdog. To explain Max grew up close to the youth center that organizes the event. In the past years the foosball table has been very well taken care off.  You all cannot imagine that happiness.


To really sum it up: These two days of camping and just enjoying sub-culture in a comfortable environment felt like a week of vacation. Yes this might have to do with the absence of an Internet connection and the always rushing world out there. I really recommend you to take your gang next year and join the Jugge Open Air – if there will be another one. Support those guys rocking the Hinterland with subculture.


Protest against Deportations to Afghanistan in Munich

After a massive bomb attack on the diplomatic district of Kabul, violent scenes going viral of police deporting a pupil from school in Nuremberg and protest by politicians and the public, deportations to Afghanistan have been – partially – paused since the evening of June 1st. The past two days protestors had been taking it to the streets all over Germany – and also in Munich, showing solidarity with refugees in danger of deportation.

Demonstration on Wednesday, May 31st

More then 400 people attended, of whom many were refugees themselves to stand up against deportations to Afghanistan. The event was very peaceful, only when riot-police showed up the atmosphere got worse. Also smaller scuffles with police broke out when a bystander showed a Hitler salute towards the demonstration walking down Ludwigstrasse in downtown Munich. Police arrested the bystander.

Rally by Bellevue di Monaco on June 1st

Many politicians and celebrities from Munich joined a rally in front of the ministry of education and cultural affairs on Wednesday night to especially protest against deportations out of schools – but also deportations to Afghanistan in general. Munich Hip-Hop/Brass band Moop Mama played a few songs.

Raving Iran – an experience of projection and DJ-set at Harry Klein

Raving Iran is a documentary, displaying daily problems of people that try to enjoy their lives and a little amount of freedom in the theocracy of Iran. Shot in 2014 in Teheran, Iran and at ‘Lethargy’ festival, Zurich the authenticity is unbeatable. Hidden camera cellphone material delivers never seen scenes from inside Iranian authorities, problems with publication for artists and repression imposed by the Iranian regime’s vice squad.

‘They caught me once and almost beat me to death’, Anoosh

Artists and close friends Anoosh and Arash make their way to Europe conquering all obstacles as they have the chance to perform in Zurich. Accompanying thus at Iranian underground raves and witnessing the incarceration of one on screen, touches. The movie is rounded up by a great soundtrack and leaves the viewer with a feeling of hope and despair at the same time.


Director: Susanne Regina Meures / Edit: Christoph Senn

Live-Set ‘Blade and Beard‘ at Harry Klein
Blade and Beard play amazing live set at Harry Klein club in Munich.

Sold out far in advance the event by prestigious dok.fest at techno club Harry Klein in the city centre of Munich was a great overall show. The club was stuffed with people eager to listen to the DJ-set played by Anoosh and Arash. The combination of the movie projection and seeing the DJs live in action leaves an imprint. Sound played by Anoosh and Arash or ‘Blade and Beard‘ builds up very well over time, delivers a great feeling of warmth, is topped off by strong bass and a fast beat and very few vocals. I advise anyone having a chance to see the duo in a live club near them to enjoy ‘Blade and Beard‘.

To follow Blade and Beard on their further way as DJs and check out their social media:

“Wir” concert Munich – 25.000 attend the free festival welcoming refugees and thanking supporters

Last night the city of Munich and “Bellevue di Monaco” hosted a free concert on Königsplatz, Munich. As Dieter Reiter – Munich mayor – stated: the free concert is a unique happening to thank Munich citizens for their extraordinary help as refugees started arriving in Munich and also to welcome all refugees that made it here yet. Then Dieter Reiter himself opened the concert with the band “Dreiviertelblut” playing a song addressing all people filled with hatred against refugees and fear (such as Horst Seehofer): “mia san ned nua mia” [roughly translated: it’s not only us]

Bands play in Munich for refugees and supporters on Königsplatz for free.
Bands play in Munich for refugees and supporters on Königsplatz for free.

After that various bands and activists followed to adress people that gathered on Königsplatz – between bands a minute of silence was held to also remember every refugee that has died trying to flee to Europe. I found this minute of silence quite touching:

All together the evening showed a great sign that refugees are welcome in Munich – and as the frontman of the band “donots” stated nazis are definitly not.

Michael Mittermaier – local comedian – also commented on PEGIDA Munich’s statement about him – approving them that he is politically left oriented, but joking about them even existing.

My pictures of last night:

Open Air – somewhere in the middle of nowhere

Last night I had the great pleasure to accompany a little open air party with my 6D. Even though it was raining a little some people still danced and I caught some emotional stills – even though I was mainly there to film.

I want to share some of those:

Protest against Xavier Naidoo – Regensburg

As Xavier Naidoo visited Regensburg a demonstration against antisemitism, homophobia, fundamentalism and “Reichsbürgertum” was held – for more information about Reichsbürger visit my collegues blog:

Xavier Naidoo has been getting lots of attention due to statements that suggest Germany is still occupied.

Some impressions from Regensburg: