Inselsommer 2011: Cowpats, corsets and culture in the Rhein Valley

A week or so ago, Sunday Driver packed our bags and headed off to Ludwigshafen on the Rhein for the last ever Inselsommer  festival.

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!

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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.

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There may have been a few beers involved…

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Ludwigshafen is a charming little town…

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…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):

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Cowpats aside, I highly recommend the home-made lemonade in the Koenig’s Cafe:

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All dressed up and ready to play a gig:

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Looking good, girlfriend:

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Guten abend, Ludwigshafen!

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We played a blinder. There may have been more beers afterwards…

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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:

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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:

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I love this picture:

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