Getaway Rock Festival 2013 at Gasklockorna Gavle,Sweden

October 15th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Friday

A new day dawned and it didn’t stop raining until 6 in the morning. As always when you sleep in tent you wake up pretty early and this time was no exception.  We did our morning business and then we headed over to the supermarket to get something to eat. The camping site was even muddier than the day/night before and we noticed that many had already left the festival during the night. It was impossible for the cars at the parking to get somewhere and they got stuck in the mud trying to make their way out from the camping. The volunteers at the camping stood on the side watching and didn’t help out at all.

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When we got back we once again got searched for prohibited content, come on, we only went to buy some breakfast. These searches bordered almost to being inhuman. What does the organizers thinks going on at the camping? When we got back to the tent it was time for Anders to check the camera and see if it had made it during the dreaded rain. And it hadn’t, something was wrong with the camera and it wasn’t possible to take pictures. It was out of order. Despite the cautions Anders took during last night the camera couldn’t be saved. He tried to fix it with any possible means but nothing happened. We took the decision to leave the festival. It felt impossible and wrong to stay at the festival but to not take photos of the bands. We re-booked our train tickets and went home. It was the saddest decision ever to make because this has never happened before. However, it felt like the smartest and safest thing to do at the moment. Why stay if we couldn’t work? It’s not fun to be reading about a three day festival with no photos from two days.

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Our experience of the festival was that it was a great line-up and we were really sad that we didn’t got to see many of the bands that we wanted to see during the next two days. Just as the last year the male visitors lacked urinals which made them pee at the fences. What is it with Getaway Rock and urinals? Last year there were no urinals and the same this year, come on. Why let the bands at the Green and Red stage collide with each other. The main stage was also too high just like last year so when  you were in the photo pit it was hard to even see the band. Please take a look at that before next year.

We spoke to people that was really upset that their favorite bands had collided and that they had to choose. Sure, that happens but not in the amount like this year. The food was once again really expensive. But there was a bigger variation of food this year so that was a positive thing. The exaggerated search through at the camping was too much and it felt like we were at an airport. The information to the journalists and photographers regarding the location of the media lounge was not working at all. The info to the media didn’t work too good overall. If the festival takes a look and fix those things to next year it sure going to be one of the best festivals in Sweden.

It was positive that the focus on the beer house was gone and that it was possible to walk around on the area and drink your beer. We really hope that stays intact next year. The area felt bigger and much more spacious than earlier year which was good and it didn’t get so crowded. Getaway Rock Festival is a nice and intimate festival and it always use to have a solid line-up and we’re looking forward to see the line-up of next year. It was sad that the weather was so bad but that couldn’t the festival do anything about. According to the organizers were there 13500 visitors this year and it was a record.

 

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Thanks to Ami Mörén at FKP Scorpio the head of press at Getaway Rock Festival for help with press/photo-pass to the festival.

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