Haldern Pop Festival, 2011
Woohoo, trailer party! Some hours after Retro Stefson’s enthusiastically acclaimed show at Haldern Pop Festival, we head over to their trailer to see if the seven Icelanders are still in party mode. Well, there was little doubt about that anyway. They quickly set up in the small mobile home and start improvising, joking, shaking the car, drumming on everything that’s available, telling us we should film Þorbjörg when she skypes with her boyfriend in the bathroom, and doing funny stuff for the camera. So it is not only a pleasure to film Retro Stefson performing their positively crazy songs „Senseni“ and „Kimba“ in this weird impromptu setting in the backstage area of the festival, it is also a great and joyful experience to just be around these guys for a while and realize with how much energy and creativity they make and play their music. Listen and watch, and you’ll inevitably find yourself in high spirits!
Haldern Pop Festival
Once upon a time a few alter boys from the small town of Haldern based in the idyllic Lower Rhine region of West Germany organised a party. Their party eventually grew and the young men invited bands to play there. At some point the pastoral festivity turned out to be more of a music festival hosting a well worth seeing Indie pop line-up. Now every August many music enthusiasts visit Haldern with its’ less than 6000 inhabitants to enjoy their favourite bands on a former riding ring. When strolling from this bigger festival area to the town square, where Haldern Pop Bar with its’ smaller stage ist located, people pass cow and horse paddocks. The atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming and even though the festival has become fairly popular, you can still recollect its’ pastoral roots: some shows take place in the local church!