The state needs new brass

The Brass Wiesn Festival in Eching

The state needs new brass

The Brass Wiesn Festival in Eching

Resounding trumpets, jumping crowds of people and conviviality in lederhosen: At the Brass Wiesn Festival in Eching, the Bavarian attitude towards life is celebrated in the summer – and differently to how you would expect. This is not a folk festival with beer. At the Brass Wiesn Festival, everything revolves around a single phenomenon: the rediscovery of brass music.

Thousands of visitors celebrate the new brass music

The first thing that anyone who arrives at the Brass Wiesn camp site near Munich sees is: a lot of Bavaria. A "Goaßlschnalzer" whip-cracker cracks their whip between the tents; whilst visitors dressed in traditional costume wander between the hay bales and old agricultural machines towards the stages. Anyone who doesn't have their own barbecue can get grilled fish on a stick, chicken and knuckle of pork. They are eaten at beer table sets with a view of meadows and wheat fields. This is Bavaria as we know it: traditional and with a lot of rural charm.

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The organiser of Brass Wiesn, Alexander Wolff: "Without a doubt, we wanted to cultivate traditional Bavaria, the traditions and the feeling of attachment to one's homeland at our festival. But we didn't let that limit us." Anyone who looks again will see that the visitors casually combine the traditional dress with trainers and T-shirts. Or they are not wearing traditional dress at all and look like typical festival goers. By the time you experience a performance on the large open-air stage by the new brass heroes, you can see that the Brass Wiesn Festival is a completely modern music festival.

Songs in dialect

Bands such as Kapelle Josef Menzl, dicht&ergreifend, Sunnseiten Tanzlmusi or Die Fexer get the visitors fired up: Tubas, trumpets and horns, with modern beats, make thousands dance, jump and sweat. "Die einen schnupfa, die andern dringa, die andern hupfa, die andern springa", sing with a thousand voices, as they join in with the dicht&ergreifend song "Schnupfa & Dringa". They sing the words "Heit is mei Alte g‘storbn" to the song of the same name, which is not altogether serious, by the Kapelle Josef Menzl. The song texts become a way of preserving dialects. The music sounds like home and, at the same time, like the wide world. It expresses the Bavarian attitude to life, which is always swinging between tradition and modern influences.

Partystimmung im Zelt

Since 2013, the Brass Wiesn Festival has been taking place on a weekend in the summertime – and it is constantly attracting more fans. One of the reasons is the venue for the festival in Eching, which is made for a perfect Bavarian summer. The guests can easily get there by S-Bahn from Munich. In spite of the proximity of the metropolis, the site is embedded in idyllic, rural surroundings. A particular advantage: the lake Echinger See is right nearby. Anyone who has got too hot dancing can find the perfect spot to cool down within walking distance.

The next Brass Wiesn will take place from 2th – 5th August 2018.

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