Two German elders trade nursing home for ‘world’s largest’ heavy metal fest

Carla Harmon
August 6, 2018

Two elderly German men escaped the confines of their nursing home on Friday to attend Wacken Open Air, police said.

The two elderly men were discovered by police at Wacken Open Air at around 3am in the morning in a state that a police spokesperson called "disoriented and dazed".

"They had obviously liked the metal festival", she told NDR, in a statement we use Google Translate to interpret. Once located, they were reportedly reluctant to leave, but were eventually escorted from the festival in taxi and patrol vehicles.


Because it turns out the pair had ditched the squares at the home and gunned it for Wacken Open Air Festival, about half an hour's drive away.

"The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up."The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up".

The 4-day festival had an estimated 75,000 attendees during its sold-out event that included acts such as Danzig, Judas Priest and Hatebreed.


The festival in Schleswig Holstein is often inundated with mud, but this year a heatwave saw organizers warn fans against fire and dust risks.

Police praised all the people attending the worlds largest metal festival and said that apart from some drug seizures, the crowd was incredibly well behaved.


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