Well here we are exactly one year after the Meister’s first Sweden Rock Festival and again the intrepid Canadian is back in Scandinavian Sweden for more. Here’s my account of the lengthy travel day to arrive here:
After erecting my domicile (DBHQ) I set out to wander the vendors of food and merchandise set up outside of the actual festival area. I was not even out of the camp area when I had struck up a conversation with a gentleman and before long was passing over a Decibel Geek card! It was damp, cold and misty out as I walked around. There were more t-shirt booths set up than I could imagine and other things for sale from jewellery (might pick myself up a nice skull ring or something), to patches, to CD’s, to phone covers and zippo lighters all rock themed of course!
a good number carried a beer in their hands as they walked. Some had obviously had too much already as they staggered around, but no-one seemed out of control and everyone was partying. Walking past the public campground it was already raucous with music and laughter as anticipation was building for the festival start tomorrow. My camping area was on the other side of the grounds, deemed the quiet area, but rather situated in the middle of everything were what look like cottages. Last year I assumed that these were for the workers but upon further examination think that they that the well-manicured cottage style homes are exactly that. Must be rock fans to choose to live there!
I found myself back at the supermarket and took a better look this time around. There was a decidedly lower number and selection of items compared to last year. There were no camping mats and tents for two. After near freezing to death last year, it was the purchase of a camping mat that saved my life after the first night (no, I don’t think I’m being overdramatic). Not being able to fit one into my knapsack, I had planned to purchase one of the foam life savers here and dispose of it upon my departure, even at one point thinking to do the same with the tent, sure glad I didn’t do that!
Cheers from Sweden,