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Hörnerfest 2017 Festival Preview

Nine Treasures, MNS, Drakum, Off Limits, Troll Bends Fir, Mr Irish Bastard, Skalmöld, TANZWUT, KNASTERBART, Ithilien, Haggefugg, Lagerstein, Mythemia, Heimataerde FEJD, MUTABOR, SKYCLAD, EENSIFERUM
in Friday, 30 June 2017 at Schierenhöhe
by Erika Kuenstler

Living in Germany, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to Metal festivals. With festivals happening year round, there are dozens to choose from, ranging all the way from world famous festivals like Wacken Open Air through to Summer Breeze Open Air. But in my experience, it's the little festivals that are the most worthwhile: the real gems are the little ones that are tucked away, with small and cozy atmospheres and friendly people. And in terms of small festivals catering to the Pagan and Folk side of Metal, the festival to be at is Hörnerfest. Taking place from the 30th of June to the 1st of July, this is one weekend of festivities you do not want to miss!

This year sees the festival in its 11th installment, and will feature a whole range of both big and small bands from all around the world, such as NINE TREASIRES from China, LAGERSTEIN from Australia, Russian TROLL BENDS FIR, DRAKUM from Spain, and SKYCLAD from the United Kingdom, to mention a few. For those of you more inspired by Tolkien’s work, be sure to check out ITHILIEN, a Belgian band who weave together traditional folk elements such as the hurdy gurdy with a Metal sound, delivering a riveting performance. And for those who have already been to previous chapters of Hörnerfest, several bands that have played in previous years are making a return this year, including HEIMATAERDE, OFF LIMITS, FEJD, and MUTABOR. One of the performances I am most looking forward to is FEJD, Swedish masters of bombastic and catchy Neofolk scene. Headlining Friday night is the incomparable KNASTERBART, a German Folk Rock band. For those of you who might not have heard of them, this band is as well known for their infectious and up-beat music as for their drunken humour. And the headliners of Saturday night, ENSIFERUM, need no introduction; they are always a pleasure to see, and will be sure to deliver an unforgettable end to the festival. Check out the full lineup here.

And that’s just a bit on the music side of things. What makes Hörnerfest one of the most unique festival experiences in Germany is the medieval market complete with it’s own stage, fire shows, and stalls selling every medieval-related thing your heart could desire, from food to beverages like mead, all the way through to clothing from the middle ages, leather-work, handcrafted goods, and much more. And what would a medieval market be without entertainment? Jugglers, jesters and more will be showcasing their crafts throughout the festival.

In short, if you've had enough of thronging masses found at larger festivals, and are looking for a small, intimate, and well-organised festival, with awesome music and friendly people, look no further than Hörnerfest. It provides a welcome alternative to the more commercialized festivals available, making for an cozy weekend, surrounded by like-minded people and a fantastic lineup of excellent bands. What better way to spend your weekend? Metal Temple looks forward to seeing you there!

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