We went there two years ago, and were thrilled to be invited back for what was billed as the “best of the best” from the past 10 years – huge thanks to Eleonore Hefner for inviting us and sorting everything out. I’ve already posted links to some pictures from the gig – it was brilliant!
While the rest of the band went by Ryanair to Frankfurt Hahn – the German equivalent of “London” Stansted, Amit and I took the posh route to Deutschland and flew from City airport to Frankfurt and hopped on a train to Mannheim. Very civilised.
There may have been a few beers involved…
Ludwigshafen is a charming little town…
…which featured a lady making cowpats as an art statement (as far as I could tell, from my poor translation of the leaflets she was giving out):
Cowpats aside, I highly recommend the home-made lemonade in the Koenig’s Cafe:
All dressed up and ready to play a gig:
Looking good, girlfriend:
Guten abend, Ludwigshafen!
We played a blinder. There may have been more beers afterwards…
After our gig, we were treated to a fantastic set by a band called (I believe) Ziegauner. from southern Germany. They played great funk/ska type stuff, and we were right down the front dancing our socks off:
As well as the music side of it, Inselsommer is a festival that celebrates all aspects of culture. There were some lovely artworks on site which gave the whole proceedings a really magical feeling – here are just a few of them:
I love this picture: