Leipzig: “Sunset feeling” – Again numerous picnic concerts planned for the summer

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“Sunset feeling”: Again numerous picnic concerts planned for the summer

From Anna Gumbert

Leipzig – Dancing exuberantly and listening to a great concert: Such opportunities were rather rare in the past Corona year. Despite the adversity of the pandemic, a few were able to “Picnic Concerts” take place under strict hygiene requirements – the same concept should return this summer, as the Landstreicher concert agency announced in an interview with TAG24.

Picnic instead of mosh pit: During the concert series, it was rather leisurely.  They danced anyway!

Picnic instead of mosh pit: During the concert series, it was rather leisurely. They danced anyway! © Picnic Concerts / Karolin Schmidt

Laughing people on colorful picnic blankets, artists playing their music in front of a breathtaking sunset: the pictures and video clips from last year seem like from times long past, when it was still possible to dance and celebrate in crowds.

The series of “picnic concerts” organized by the concert and booking agency Landstreicher was already a resounding success in 2020 and is set to repeat itself this year.

“We are very optimistic that the concerts can take place again. The incidence values ​​are falling, the number of vaccinations is increasing. In the best case scenario, we can even make the concerts bigger,” said press spokeswoman Jessica Droll in good spirits.

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Last year, the concert series initially only took place in Leipzig, Berlin and Dresden. In 2021, numerous cities such as Cologne, Münster, Magdeburg and Erfurt will also be there. In Leipzig, the concerts with around 1000 planned visitors will find ample space in Agra Park in the south of the city.

“There is a huge meadow available to us there – if the current easing allows, we can then increase the ticket quota even further,” said Droll.

There is dancing and partying at the picnic concerts - all in compliance with the hygiene rules.

There is dancing and partying at the picnic concerts – all in compliance with the hygiene rules. © Picnic Concerts / Michael Bomke

Anyone who leaves their picnic blanket, for example to go to the toilet or to the front, must wear mouth and nose protection.

Anyone who leaves their picnic blanket, for example to go to the toilet or to the front, must wear mouth and nose protection. © Picnic Concerts / Michael Bomke

Face mask compulsory away from the picnic blankets

Musician Thees Uhlmann (47) at the picnic concerts 2020 - it was a great pleasure for all artists to be able to play in front of a live audience again.

Musician Thees Uhlmann (47) at the picnic concerts 2020 – it was a great pleasure for all artists to be able to play in front of a live audience again. © Picnic Concerts / Chris Ludwig

In order to protect visitors from possible infection and the spread of the coronavirus, the Landstreicher team worked out a comprehensive hygiene concept.

“The concept had to cover as many eventualities as possible. In advance we considered where there could be” traffic jams “, for example in front of the beer or food stands or the toilets. Contact tracking also always had to be possible,” reported Jessica Droll.

The tickets of the visitors are scanned contactless at the spacious entrance, the guests are then guided via marked paths to their seats, where they can spread a picnic blanket at a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

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You can bring your own food and drink to avoid queues at the snack stands – those who leave their picnic blankets must wear mouth and nose protection.

Headliners for picnic concerts still secret

What worked so well last year is now to be continued this year.

The extraordinary concerts are also an asset for the artists. “The feedback from the musicians was consistently positive, they were very happy to be able to play,” said press spokeswoman Jessica Droll. The selection of artists is currently limited to national musicians in order to avoid long journeys and the associated quarantine.

Nevertheless, the Landstreicher team managed to create a colorful mix. “We were looking for artists who fit the sunset feeling and where we can guarantee that not everyone runs forward to a mosh pit.” There are also bands for families and children, such as ‘Your Friends’, who perform in the afternoon instead of in the evening.

If you want to secure a ticket for one of the ten concerts in Leipzig, you will find it >>> here an overview of the artists: Among others there are reggae star Gentleman or the Kiel indie rockers Leoniden. A secret “headliner” of the concert series will also be announced shortly.

Cover photo: Picnic concerts / Karolin Schmidt

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