Elderly Men Sneak Out Of Nursing Home To Go To World’s Biggest Metal Festival

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Two elderly men snuck out of their nursing home to attend the world’s largest metal festival, in what surely has to be one 2018’s most inspirational stories.

Police came across the pensioners at 3am in the crowd at Wacken Open Air music festival in Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The old boys didn’t want to leave the shenanigans, leaving police to send them home in a taxi, escorted by a police car.

Workers at the nursing home, alarmed by the absences of the two men, alerted police quickly.

A local police officer said the pair were ‘disoriented and apathetic,’ and that ‘the care home quickly organised a return transport after police picked them up’, according to the Metro.

Wacken was sold out with 75,000 estimated to have attended the four-day bonanza which takes place in northern Germany, 50 miles northwest of Hamburg.

The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event with around 800 visitors and a mere six local German bands. Wacken is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts four days. Currently considered the biggest heavy-metal festival in the world, in 2011, the festival attracted 80,000 festival visitors and 6,000 personnel for a total of an estimated 86,000 attendees.

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The festival traditionally ends on the first Sunday in August, and at midnight the following Monday tickets go on sale for the next year. So no lousy waiting about while still in the grip of festival-fever.

All 75,000 tickets were sold out within 48 hours for 2014, 12 hours for 2015,[10] and 23 hours for 2016, despite the fact that the lineup had not been announced.

In 2017, the festival was sold out thirteen times in a row. The non-optional basic ticket price for all four days, including camping for a week, was €220 in 2017 and 2018.  In 2017, over 170 bands were playing on eight stages.

It’s no wonder these two gents were itching to be in attendance. Keep doing you boys.

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