Sunny M’Era Luna

More than 23,000 Goths basked in the sunshine at FKP Scorpio’s M’Era Luna Festival in Germany.

Some of the acts lined up to play the former military airfield at Hildersheim – including The Prodigy and Apocalyptica – didn’t have the obvious Goth connections of previous bill-toppers but the crowd size was a little up on recent years and FKP Scorpio chief Folkert Koopmans was happy with the result.

He was also upbeat about Chiemsee Reggae, the annual dance music festival Aug. 14-16, where presales hit 20,000 with a week to go.

Last year nearly 25,000 expected to soak up some sun and music at Chiemsee, but the heavens opened and the site turned into a quagmire.

The event has a muddy history to rival the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival. In 2005 it was such a mudbath it took tractors nearly two days to pull all the cars off the parks.

This year Koopmans says the weather forecast is much brighter and he expects the Chiemsee crowd to at least equal last year’s 25,000.

The other acts at M’Era Luna (Aug. 8-9) included Nightwish, Subway To Sally, Tiamat and The Birthday Massacre.
The Chiemsee lineup included Raggabund, Dennis Alcapone & Winston Reedy and Jan Delay & Disko No. 1.