Under A Blood Red Sun

The festival Dieter Boes is nurturing on the southern outskirts of Munich, Germany, pulled 6,000 per day – 1,000 more than last year – and the Koko Entertainment chief is happy with the steady progress.

Although Boes plans to grow his event, called Sonnenrot, which means “red suns,” he said he prefers to do it steadily and hopes to draw 10,000 per day crowds within the next five or six years.

“Of course I want to make it bigger, but not bigger and bigger and bigger. I’ll be more than happy when we get to 15,000 per day but that would probably be it as it’s meant to be a platform for developing bands,” he explained.

Sportfreunde Stiller, Blumentopf, Donots, and Kettcar were among the German bands ensuring the event built a core crowd. Meanwhile, international acts including The Hives, The Futureheads, Shout Out Louds, Johnossi, and I Am Kloot found it a useful place to raise their profiles.

The 62 acts playing across three stages August 1-2 also included Chikinki, Fertig Los!, Itchy Poopzkid, The Kilians, The Seesaw, M.I.A, Zoot Woman, and Get Well Soon.