Freising: rock classics and big old town festival

A little sense of direction is necessary if the people of Freising want to find their way around at the Altstadtfest on Saturday, July 16th. Of course, as before, its heart is on Marienplatz. But then you have to rethink. Because of the many construction sites on Obere Hauptstrasse, there will be no hustle and bustle this year. Stands, stages and seating are therefore moving to Untere Hauptstrasse and possibly even to General-von-Nagel-Strasse. To get in the mood for the old town festival, Freising musicians present well-established classics of rock music the evening before.

Freising’s Lord Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher trusts in the experiences that the citizens have had with the construction sites in the city center in recent years. “Different topography from week to week,” he said during a press conference in City Hall. But people would definitely find their way around. Now everything depends on the weather: After two years of Corona-related abstinence, the anticipation of the old town festival and the rock classics is certainly great. The disappointment would be all the greater if it rained on the weekend in mid-July, because there is no alternative date.

Rock classics and old town festival in Freising: The many construction sites on Obere Hauptstrasse make it impossible to celebrate.  That's why part of the old town festival takes place on Untere Hauptstraße.

The many construction sites on Obere Hauptstrasse make it impossible to celebrate. That’s why part of the old town festival takes place on Untere Hauptstraße.

(Photo: Marco Einfeldt)

Eschenbacher officially opens the old town festival at 6 p.m. In Freising’s largest beer garden, the beer mugs are filled and delicacies are offered from 4 p.m. Helpers from over 15 sports clubs in the city lend a hand. As far as musical entertainment is concerned, there is a program for all generations. From 4 p.m. the city band, conducted by Jürgen Wüst, will play at Marienplatz. Meanwhile, the Big Band of the Camerloher Gymnasium keeps everyone entertained on Untere Hauptstrasse. At 6 p.m. at Marienplatz, the Holledauer Musikanten under the direction of Helmut Schranner will entertain the audience, on Untere Hauptstrasse the formation “Berni and Co.”

At the end of Untere Hauptstraße, the city youth welfare service’s play bus offers children an entertaining programme. The bar closes at the Altstadtfest at 11.30 p.m., glasses can only be returned until 12.30 a.m.

The city center becomes a pedestrian zone from Saturday noon

The city center becomes a pedestrian zone from the Bahnhofstrasse to the General-von-Nagel-Strasse on Saturday from 12 p.m. until Sunday morning at 1 a.m. There is no access, even for local residents. All parking bays must be cleared. For safety reasons, the city will have parked vehicles towed away. There are alternative parking spaces for the severely disabled on the way out of town on Bahnhofstrasse. Bicycles are not permitted on the festival site.

Visitors come to the Old Town Festival via the five main entrances on Obere Hauptstrasse, Bahnhofstrasse, Ziegelgasse, Rindermarkt and Unteren Hauptstrasse. All other lanes will be closed. There are security checks at the entrances. Visitors should therefore leave larger bags and rucksacks at home, as well as “snack knives”.

“Illustrious people from Freising’s rock history” play according to Yogie Lang from the band RPWL on Friday evening from 8 p.m. on the festival stage at Marienplatz. Ralf Richards, Louis Thomass and Peter Voice will open the musical round at 6 p.m. Richards mixes elements of New Country, Rock and Folk in his music. Thomass has already worked with Helene Fischer, Claudia Koreck and Barny Murphy from the Spider Murphy Gang songs recorded. Together with Peter Voice from Allershausen he is currently often on the road as a duo.

Rock classics and old town festival in Freising: Memories of the time before Corona: Rock music fans celebrated enthusiastically at the Open Airs on Freising's Marienplatz.

Memories of the time before Corona: Rock music fans celebrated enthusiastically at the Open Airs on Freising’s Marienplatz.

(Photo: Marco Einfeldt)

The “All Stars” of the Freising rock scene enter the stage at 8 p.m. and play the most popular classic rock hits from the 1960s to the 1980s for four hours. The Altstadt-Open-Air has been around since 1987. It is presented by the city’s public order office, the city’s youth welfare department and Yogi Lang and Kalle Wallner from the Farm Studios and RPWL. To Lang’s regret, Günter Janovsky cannot take part for health reasons. He should have actually worked on a Stones special together with Wolfgang Beck. But the organizers are sure of one thing: “The rock giants of the 60s and 80s will make the place tremble.” Due to the open air, the city will set up a pedestrian zone between Amtsgerichtsgasse and Ziegelgasse from 5:30 p.m.

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