thie.me | Jens Thieme views and discussions

thie.me | Jens Thieme views and discussions

thie.me | Jens Thieme views and discussions

Editors, Biffy & Placebo

Another Great Open Air Festival

Area4 in Germany's West has a great line-up this year and I am happy to report that I just got my tickets in the mail.

Since Southside did not excite me too much this year because of line-up that remained rather slim and timing of bands competing for best time slots I decided to branch out and look elsewhere. In fact Southside's aftermath newsletter offered a sneak peak into Area4 which I liked so I researched some more. 

Besides some neat website features Area4 offers (personal calendar, online ticketing, videos) I was happy to find the possibility to park my car in the RV section for sleepover's as long as I have some sleeping utensils visible there. So I will do as I haven't in many moons and pack a mattress and pillows and take off to that show with all these great acts:

PLACEBO 

BLINK-182 

BILLY TALENT 

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM 

EDITORS 

WIZO

MONSTER MAGNET 

GOGOL BORDELLO 

BELA B y LOS HELMSTEDT 

CALIBAN 

BIFFY CLYRO 

THE SOUNDS 

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB 

DONOTS 

ALL TIME LOW 

COMEBACK KID

PARKWAY DRIVE 

THRICE 

FRANK TURNER 

MINUS THE BEAR 

STATE RADIO

ALAIN JOHANNES 

THE OCEAN 

KYLESA

TWIN ATLANTIC

I will post some pics afterwards again and some reviews of the show (and weather).

Class Reunion

Missed the first and only one

Sad to say that there was only one single school class reunion in so many years last year and I missed it too.

A classmate dug up this photo now that shows three buddies and me in some funny moods. Rene Mann, Thomas Finke and Stefan Schultheiss in below's photo from Leipzig 1981.

Let's hope we will arrange for another one soon. Did you find me yet?

 

Southside 2010

Massive Festival

Can't wait for Southside 2010. I will update the lineup and some background info here. Hoping for some major acts and lesser known as I liked the Silversun Pickup's best last year.

Southside will add details as they emerge so I am checking their web site regularly. 50-60'000 folks expected as in every year and a grand collection of top line acts as always. Tickets are for sale in early 2010 for €99.

The event is on June 18-20, 2010.

UPDATE Feb 2010: Current Lineup:

Archive
Beatsteaks
Bigelf
Boys Noize
Deichkind
Dendemann
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Donots
Dropkick Murphys
Element Of Crime
Enter Shikari
Faithless
Florence and the Machine
Frittenbude
Horse the Band
Hot Water Music
Ignite
Jack Johnson
Jennifer Rostock
K's Choice
Katzenjammer
La Roux
LaBrassBanda
LCD Soundsystem
Madsen
Mando Diao
Massive Attack
Moneybrother
Phoenix
Porcupine Tree
Revolverheld
Shout Out Louds
Skunk Anansie
Stone Temple Pilots
The Gaslight Anthem
The Prodigy
The Strokes
The Temper Trap
The XX
Two Door Cinema Club
White Lies

"First time visitor's guide"

You have heard of the Southside Festival feeling and want to be part of the community?

This guide will help you make the most of the festival experience – and help to avoid possible mistakes. If you are experienced or not, ther is some useful information on the official website.

Welcome!

As soon as you arrive at the festival site you will have to exchange your ticket for the festival wristband. You will need it to get to the camping and festival site. If you travel in a group ask your friends to look after you luggage while you fetch the wristband. At the counter you also get an information booklet. It includes some essential information and a map. And you will get the waste bag and the chip. With the delivery of the filled garbage bags and the chip festival you will receive your 5 euro deposit.


The camping ground

At the entrance of the camping site the stewards are ordered to search your luggage. Please keep in mind that for safety reasons glass bottles aren't allowed. Broken glass has caused many injuries on the camping ground and life is easier since only cans and plastic are accepted. Then it is time to look for a nice place where you can pitch your tent.

When your tent is raised and you enjoy your first can of beer you are already part of the festival life. Take care to relocate your camping ground, try to fix a significant point near your tent and use the emergency routes so that you will find home easily. Especially in the night it is quite difficult to find your tent at once.

Head for the band!

You should enter the festival site in time if you like to hear a certain band. At both entrances you will be searched again for glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans and weapons and you must show your wristband. Now, let’s go!..."

Some photo impressions below...

 

 

 

December 12, 2012

Mayan Prophecy

The Mayans had a very precise understanding of our solar system's cycles and believed that these cycles coincided with our spiritual and collective consciousness. The most significant of which has much to do with the December 12, 2012 prophecies.

As many historians have pointed out and others have wrongfully labeled the end of all time or crafted some apocalyptic phantasy about, Mayan scholars and scientists of ancient times put this event as a time of transition from one World Age into another.

Described in very detail by the Knowledge of Reality Magazine and used in the upcoming epic apocalyptic thriller 2012 by Roland Emmerich revolving around this Mayan prophecy, Mayans prophesied that from 1999 we have 13 years to realize the changes in our conscious attitude to stray from the path of self-destruction and instead move onto a path that opens our consciousness to integrate us with all that exists.

According to the Mayans we are living today in the cusp of the Mayan end times, the end of a galactic day or time period spanning thousands of years. One galactic day of 25,625 years is divided into five cycles of 5,125 years.

The Great Cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on the winter solstice of 2012 A.D. Following Mayan concepts of cyclic time and World Age transitions, this is as much about beginnings as endings. In fact, it was considered by the ancient Mayans to signify the creation of a new World Age. We are almost at the end of the fifth and final 5,125 year cycle!

I was fascinated by this story I found at a decidated website on the topic and can't wait to experience the world in some state of reflection around that time and hopefully some level of consciousness that we will have to keep a watchful eye on our resourcefulness and sustainability.