Status: 19/09/2023, 20:06 p.m.
By: Thomas Wunder
A sexism debate turned "Layla" by DJ Robin and apron into the Oktoberfest hit of 2022. Which song will Oktoberfest visitors sing along particularly loudly this year?
Munich – The party hit "Layla" caused controversial discussions in 2022. Because of the offensive chorus, the two creators, DJ Robin and Michael Müller alias Schürze, were accused of sexism. Which song will cause a stir at the Oktoberfest this year?
At the Würzburg Kiliani folk festival in 2022, it was therefore agreed between the city and the festival hosts not to play the song. This was seen by Malle singer and music producer Ikke Hipgold, among others, as restrictions on artistic freedom. Even Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann intervened in the debate at the time and wrote on Twitter: "You don't have to like pop lyrics. You may even find them stupid or tasteless. But to ban them by the authorities, I think, is one too many."
Which song will the Oktoberfest visitors sing along with particularly fervently this year? © Sven Hoppe/dpa
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There has not yet been a real scandal hit that could replace Layla this year. "I think that the song 'Layla' will potentially become a Oktoberfest hit again in 2023," believes Michael Peyerl, who plays with his band Cagey Strings in the Hacker marquee. "It satisfies people's need to just party and sing and not be told what to do." Otherwise, no assertive songs are new on the market, but "the classics like 'Fürstenfeld', 'Wahnsinn' or 'Cordula Grün' will of course hold their own."
Erwin Pointinger from "Erwin und die Heckflossen" sees it differently: "We played 'Layla' maybe three times last year in the Bräurosl, this year in no marquee. I think the hype around this song is over." You will hear Pointinger's "personal Oktoberfest hit" more often: "Sweet Caroline" by DJ Ötzi.
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In "Erwin and the tail fins" in the Bräurosl, "Layla" will probably not play a major role. © Erwin Pointinger
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The city also does not want to commit itself yet. Wolfgang Nickl from the Department of Labor and Economic Affairs wants to wait for the first week of the Oktoberfest: "Then you can see whether a trend is emerging, which we can announce in our interim balance." However, Nickl let himself be carried away by a prognosis: "What is certain, however, is that the "Prosit der Gemütlichkeit" will be one of the hits. This song is said to be particularly popular with the innkeepers."