Grass Is Greener At Interlaken

The fourth Greenfield Festival had its best year so far and attracted 24,000 fans per day to the picturesque site at Interlaken.

The festival appears to have overcome the local opposition it met when it was set up in 2005, when the Germans were perceived to be muscling into the market, and has established itself on the European outdoor circuit. Greenfield is a co-production between Germany’s FKP Scorpio and Ko-Ko Entertainment and Swiss promoters Act Entertainment and Jungfrau World Events.

It was a good weekend for Scorpio as Nova Rock, a 50,000-capacity event it co-produces with Nova Music just across the border in Austria, sold out in advance.

Die Aertze, Beatsteaks, NOFX, Bullet For My Valentine, In Flames and Panteon Rococo were among the acts to play both.

The only downside for Greenfield was the non-appearance of Linkin Park. One of the band members fell ill after Finland’s Provinssirock Festival, which also led to it canceling its slot at Sweden’s Hultsfred Festival.

The other acts on the June 13-15 Greenfield bill included The Offspring, Sick Of It All, Apocalyptica, Rise Against, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Enter Shikari.