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Piraten-Abenteuer Zülpich, Saturday, 24.08.2019, Day 2 at a pirate-festival of freedom and fun

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Raise your glas for Libertalia – lever ton verre à Libertalia

We started early into the day and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at our hotel. I was really looking forward to the new festival day and my husband drove me to Zülpich again, where I arrived at 11 h . He then drove to Aachen, where he found great trails for his mountain biking tour.

Arriving at the Festival-Area I met some folks from yesterday and talked with them. Some families already took a look around the market, but everything and everyone seemed kind of sleepy at the beginning. On Friday we received three different colored wristbands for each weekend day as ticket to get permanent access to all areas.

The official Beginning of the program started with firing the canons. This was really noisy and it was difficult to take pictures of this one second of fire and explosion. The second time did not work at all and the crew was busy to secure the canon and to make sure that no unexpected explosion could happen.

This morning Captain Jeremy arrived for entertaining on Saturday and Sunday, also Ye banished privateers were all aboard today, after some of them were already seen (and heard) at the jam session that night before.

Captain Jeremy started his wonderful and funny programm with juggling, magic tricks and lots of fun in front of the Stockbrot (yeast bread on sticks) Bakery.

A lot of people came to join his program and enjoyed it very much. In the meantime Magician Robert Blake got arrested by the Marines and got a trial in the Market area. Unfortunately I did not see how this ended….but he was able to make his shows later that morning …..

My next event was listening to MacCabe & Kanaka for a while. At 2 o‘clock Pyrolysis played at the Festungsbühne, this really was one of the highlights! I started trying to organize some folks for a spontaneous dancing circle. Ralf Winterhoff, the headmaster of it all talked to some of the musicians and Laurens and Tim from Pyrolysis, as well as ‚Yuan Cloudheart‘ agreed to make music. I found some of the MPS dancers and two guys from the market who would dance too. We wanted to invite the audience to join us and after a lot of thinking which dances to play (and when) we found a solution to play at 5.30h.

But before the dancing was supposed to take place I was told to see Libertalia at the Lagerwiese-Stage, playing their set unplugged and it was really awesome! The French Band from Toulouse normally has more members, this time only three of their crew plus another female singer with a beautiful voice were invited to play in Zülpich. And so they called themselves Libertalia Castaways this time. At first it was kind of strange for me to hear Pirate folk songs in French language, but with the voices of the Quartermaster and the Gunner (how they call themselves) it was perfect! And a lot of English songs were also found in their setlist (without french accent by the way). As it is a bit difficult to google them, here is the link to their homepage:

Libertalia Castaways from France

The sun was really hot and I felt kind of dizzy during the afternoon. So I decided not to stay for the night concerts with the Swedish Pirate Armada. That also meant that I wasn‘t going to see the Ye banished privateers this day….they were THE reason for me to go to Zülpich in the first way….

Watching the stunt show of Kvartett was awesome. Then another show of Captain Jeremy followed, where I was able to make some good fotos. And then it was time for dancing. I met with Tim and Laurens from Pyrolysis together with Quentin with his hurdy gurdy. We found two songs to play and dance and we were 6 dancers. Unfortunately there was a soundcheck on the big stage next to the danceplace. It was so hot and we didn’t find any people from the audience to join us. It was really fun, but not that successful as hoped. But I am really thankful to get to know all these great people who joined me!

My husband picked me up and we found a great restaurant nearby where we had a delicious burger. Going back to our hotel in Nideggen, we had an ice-cream to end this special day. It was fantastic to meet all these friendly people from all over Europe and to listen to new bands and music.

Piraten-Abenteuer Zülpich 2019

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Piraten-Abenteuer Zülpich, Friday, 23.08.2019

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First day at a festival of freedom

This time I‘ve decided to write in English, because the Piraten-Abenteuer Zülpich was visitied by so many interesting participants from all over Europe that English has to be the first choice to report about that awesome festival. All the happenings and sightseeing outside the festival but still belonging to this weekend I will write in a separate Blognews….

Arriving Friday afternoon at 5.30 pm I was surprised to have no trouble to find a parking lot in the middle of Zülpich. Having to walk some metres (and paying just a 50 cents fee) there were no crowds at the entrance, only Marines of the „Royal Navy“ to search us for weapons and immunition. By showing them my camera (which I was allowed to take in, as requested earlier) they let us pass. My hubby accompanied me this time to see where and with whom I would spend that piratish weekend and of course to listen to the great music (in the first place – he knows that we‘re fine with the festivals I choose)

At 6. pm MacCabe & Kanaka started their Concert at the Festungsbühne, a small area inbetween the high walls of the Weiertor. Almost a shady place to sit down and enjoy and sing their songs. The Centerstage was not that far away, but in an area where you needed to pay an extra entrance fee. I bought an Early Bird Weekend Ticket via Internet which allowed me to got everywhere, but as we had a long day behind us, we decided to just pay the fee without extras for my husband which was far less expensive and was the right decision for this evening. After the end of the first concert we bought something to eat and looked around the market. It wasn‘t as big as I expected, but decorated in a beautiful way that created a very special atmosphere. Unfortunately a lot of wasps were everywhere to disturb you while drinking or eating. Then the first really big surprise was to come for us. The dutch band Pyrolysis got on the small stage and performed many songs of their new album Daylight is fading. One could see that they really had fun playing, even though the audience wasn‘t that crowded. One hour of awesome folk music with a hurdy gurdy playing guest from France for the last songs. That seemed to be an important point at the Piraten-Abenteuer: a lot of bands shared the stage with guest musicians from the other bands involved.

We joined the Magic Show of Robert Blake and decided to leave early. That meant, that we weren’t able to join the jam session that lasted into the night and must have been very special!

At the hotel we sat outside on the patio and looked through the photos of this day and relaxed. The Lady of the house brought some melons to snack and so we had a wonderful day gone by at Nideggen and Zülpich.

Piraten-Abenteuer Zülpich, MacCabe & Kanaka, Pyrolysis, Robert Blake

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