It's not just the ticket prices for Rock im Park that are getting more expensive. The festival also reaches out when it comes to beer. Meanwhile, employees are wondering about serious salary differences.
Nuremberg - For real rockers, there is hardly a party without beer. Especially at music festivals like Rock im Park, many fans often reach for the much-loved barley juice. The official festival brewery alone poured an average of three litres of freshly tapped Warsteiner beer to each rocker last year, explains Simone Lápossy, spokeswoman for the official beer partner of the three-day rock party in Nuremberg. Only a large brewery can quench this enormous thirst of festival fans, Lápossy is sure, pointing to the enormous effort involved with more than 100 dispensaries.
Warsteiner spokeswoman Simone Lápossy defends the new beer price at Rock im Park: The freshly tapped Halbe costs 6.50 euros on the festival grounds this year. © Nikolas Pelke
Power coolers ensure a "perfect" drinking temperature at Rock im Park
In particular, the use of the approximately 70 power coolers, which cool the hop stock between barrel and tap to the desired drinking temperature between 4 and 8 degrees, is a feat of strength.
However, the logistical effort comes at a price. "Half a Warsteiner beer costs 6.50 euros at Rock im Park this year," explains Lápossy, saying that breweries in particular are now struggling with rising inflation after the Corona lull.
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100 taps, 70 power coolers: According to Lápossy, the effort for Warsteiner at Rock im Park is enormous. © Nikolas Pelke
Working at the festival for the minimum wage
Carla and Emma will probably also have to struggle with the onslaught of thirsty festival guests up close from Friday. "We work as service staff at Rock im Park to earn some money," the two Nurembergers proudly say. The friends do not yet know the exact location. But at least the hourly wage is already fixed.
Carla and Emma work for 12 and 15 euros per hour as service staff at Rock im Park. © Nikolas Pelke
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"I get minimum wage," says Emma. "I get a little more at 15 euros per hour," says Clara happily. The small but subtle difference in earning prospects cannot really be explained by the two Nurembergers themselves. According to the organizers, a total of around 1500 catering staff will take care of the physical well-being of the festival guests.
Rock fans have to dig deeper into their pockets
Festival spokeswoman Julia Popp, on the other hand, can explain why the ticket prices of Rock im Park have risen sharply by around 70 euros this year from just under 200 to well over 250 euros. "On the other hand, prices were not raised immediately after the Corona pandemic," Popp defends the relatively rapid price increase. "In addition, we have a really exclusive music program this year," Popp says happily.
Festival spokeswoman Julia Popp defends the relatively rapid price increase and refers to the large music program with 72 bands over three days. © Nikolas Pelke
The list of headliners alone is impressive. In addition to the German punk heroes of the "Toten Hosen", the American grunge gods of the "Foo Fighters" would also be on stage in the Franconian metropolis. In addition, expenditure on logistics, personnel and the like has risen drastically. Meanwhile, the organizers expect only around 60,000 visitors this year. Last year, 75,000 music fans made the pilgrimage to Nuremberg. The music festival starts on Friday with 72 bands in three days around Nuremberg's Zehnteich.
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