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A Summer’s Tale Festival with child | Great fun for the whole family ✌
We have been to the A Summer’s Tale Festival for the last three years, which is a great opportunity for us to experience music as a family. Below you’ll find our report from last year and a few tips to make sure you have a great time. But first let’s see what the Family Festival 2019 has to offer.
The musical highlights at A Summer’s Tale Festival 2018
My musical highlight will definitely be Rayland Baxter, who will play a small gig on the Waldbühne on Sunday, the 4th at 14:15. Daniel and I heard his first album on our four-week road trip through the USA. The concert will bring back some old memories.
For a better overview I will sort my personal selection of further musical highlights according to festival days.
Thursday, August 1st
The first day of the festival begins relaxed. Whitney and the nerves of steel are on our agenda.
Friday, August 2nd
On the second day it gets more and more varied musically. I didn’t know the singer-singer-songwriter Meadows yet. I will do that at the concert in the Grüner Salon. In the evening the Britpop legends Suede and Maximo Parkwer will play and we won’t miss it to really rock out. Before we go we’ll definitely stop by Joan as a Police Woman.
Saturday, August 3rd
Hard to believe, but true. The golden lemons get together again and play one of their legendary punk concerts. No one should miss this. Before that the Australian Xavier Rudd and the Swiss Faber will play, whom we will definitely watch. ZAZ already promises a concert in a good mood and Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar are guaranteed to get the crowd dancing in the afternoon!
Sunday, August 4th
The last day is already filled to the brim from noon on with bands that we should all see. For us it already starts at 13:30 with one of our favourite bands: The highest railway. Then follows Rayland Baxter, where we are guaranteed to be in the front row with Noam. One song that used to be on EVERY Britpop party is “The only one I know” by the Charlatans. We will dance with them.
If you watch the great series Big Little Lies, you know a song by Michael Kiwanuka. It’s the title song. I’m very excited about the concert in the afternoon. Also on globetrotter Mogli, who uses impressions from Alaska, Mexico and everything in between in her songs. As the crowning musical conclusion of the A Summers Tale Festival, Elbow from Manchester play their rock anthems.
- One of the highlights last year was the Hamburg pub choir, which sang amidst the enthusiastic crowds. You have to see it!
For perfect preparation there is the official playlist on Spotify. I find it perfect for preparing and discovering bands that you don’t know yet or haven’t really had on your screen.
The supporting programme at the festival with child
This year again there will be many great offers besides the music, like readings and workshops for a more conscious life, which sound so good that we can hardly decide. We would all like to do … . What we will not miss in any case:
- Ronja von Rönne, because she is one of the most important German voices of the present and her blog Sudelheft is very worth reading.
- Noam is unfortunately still too small, but the radio play workshops of NDR Info are certainly exciting for little creatives.
- We haven’t made it to the Molotow Pub Quiz yet. But now!
- The Hamburg pub choir even performs twice this year. You mustn’t miss it. What the singers perform is great.
- Bully boys and trumpets lure kids from the age of three with a lot of children’s disco
- When I do yoga, there is usually a cat or noam on the yoga mat. Maybe we’ll just try Family Yoga.
- Noam wants to karate for kids.
- And we do bliss balls or hot shots.
- We will certainly also visit the workshop “Small Animals – Great Potential”, where insects are used for cooking.
The whole program and other musical highlights can be found at A Summer’s Tale
Our review of the A Summers Tale Festival with child last year
We have been looking forward to this year’s A Summer’s Tale Festival for a long time. All the more so because we were allowed to be part of a #Blogger class trip and it looked like a great troop. It should be especially exciting for those of us for whom it should be the very first festival. At the age of 21 I was at such a music event for the first time, the Immergut in Neustrelitz, and at that time I found myself toootal old as a festival newcomer. Many visitors of the festival in the Lüneburger Heide can’t say that about themselves, because even the youngest ones are allowed to join and Noam was already at the start last year, at the tender age of two, at the A Summers Tale. What we have experienced this year, you will find out if you continue reading.
Camping or going home in between?
As we were preparing for the last A Summer’s Tale, we played with the idea of camping there to get the real festival feeling. Just like before, when we crawled out of our tent at 8:00 a.m. at the Hurricane, so we wouldn’t die of a heat death. Or where we were woken up at night by loud cries for the infamous HELGAAAA. Once again feel like we were in our mid-20s. Would that work? And even more with a child, for whom we didn’t know if he would be up for it.
Unfortunately our plans were thwarted, because friends got a spontaneous wedding date and so it was clear that we would not be able to stay the whole Saturday and Daniel should help there already on Saturday morning. So we decided to spend Friday at the A Summer’s Tale together and drive home afterwards. It was somehow easier and a good decision, because after a long day in nature and with many new impressions, we were tired and very happy to lie in our own comfortable and above all dry bed. Well rested Noam and I drove to the festival again on Saturday morning in order not to miss some of our highlights.
So if you’re not standing on tents and live in Hamburg or the surrounding area, driving home is quite feasible and recommended. There’s nothing going on along the way at night and you’ll be home in no time at all.
A lot of fun at the A Summer’s Tale Festival
What struck us immediately: This year there were many more children to see on the festival grounds than during our first visit there. In the meantime, it felt as if only a third of the guests were without children. Wherever we looked, (mostly) good-humoured kiddies jumped around. The play area, where there was only one tent last year, had grown by another one and a construction wagon with playful content had been added. There was so much going on that we didn’t see Johanna Pinkepank, who had also travelled with her family, a single time on that day, even though we had assumed that she would.
While in Zeit’s tent Leo was mainly making things, in the other tent there were disguise things, Lego Duplo and many other toys. On the square in front of it, the children could build houses with the great Tukluk mats, romp or stack car tires and hide in them. If you were tired, you could lie down in a hammock – just like last year. For us parents it was especially relaxing because our children quickly found new playmates and were able to discover the play area with them.