Because I won´t make it to the Amphi Festival this year (my baby will be very small when the festival starts), I decided to go to another festival instead. And my choice was the Etroplis Festival which is organized by the same people as the Amphi Festival.
The Etroplis Festival is a one day, inside Festival in Oberhausen (Germany).
This festival was in many ways new for me, because this is my first pregnancy and therefore I have never been pregnant at a festival before.
Which of course means no alcohol, no smoking (which I never did, but didn´t want to be close to people smoking), not being in a too crowed place and not too much noise.
All things which are pretty much what a festival means/is :)
Well no alcohol was easy, but I did have a fun experience with it.
People were smiling when they saw that I was pregnant, but when I decided to drink an alcohol-FREE beer, I go really hatefull looks.
Which is good on the one side, because you definitly shouldn´t drink when you are pregnant, but on the other hand sad, that they didn´t even think that I would go for the non-alcoholic version....
Smoke was also not a problem, smoking inside wasn´t allowed but there was a seperate smoking area outside which I could easily avoid.
There were many people in the "Turbinenhalle" (hall), but it was only really crowed infront of the stages. Because I wanted to avoid too loud music, I didn´t have any intentions to go there anyways.
So I enjoyed the music either from the every end of the stage halls or from the neighbouring rooms. Since I normally always use ear plucks when I go to concerts (this time
not), I knew right away whether the music was ok for the little one or not. :)
So this all sounds like a lot to consider, but I really enjoyed going out again and listening to some good music. And the Etroplis Festival was definitly a good place for it.
They had two stages and a pretty good lineup. I didn´t see much of the stage shows, because I was in the side rooms most of the time, but I am pretty sure that it was awesome to be in the middle of the crowd in front of the stages.
I especially enjoyed listening to Front Line Assembly, Assemblage 23 and Hocico.
Besides the stage halls they had as well a big eating/resting area and some small shops.
Food and drink prices were definitly ok and I was very happy that they had a shop ever there sold a lot of vegan food.
I am pretty sure that you could have a completely different festival experience when you are not pregnant. - With drinks, loud music and a lot of dancing. (I missed dancing a bit). And of course with the after show party which I skiped because I didn´t think that the music would be quiet enough for the baby. ^^ But I can definitly recommend the Etroplis Festival and I think I will go there again without a little on in my belly to get the full festival experience. :)