East rock band Karussell at MOL: This is how the concert in Quappenhof near Neuhardenberg went


Karussell was founded in Leipzig in 1976, incl. by former members of the recently banned team Renft. They had their biggest hit in 1986 when I came out. Their last album was released in 1990. After the Wall fell, the band broke up and only recovered in 2007. Two new albums were made, and there were many performances. Every year at Pentecost they play their concert in Quappendorf – also on Sundays. MOZ.de asked the visitors what makes their music so attractive.
For the eleventh time, Karussell plays at the Quappenhof, a small square courtyard that has been regularly transformed by the “Rural Culture” association into a concert hall for over 20 years. With big bands for a small price.

rush before take off

The carousel still draws crowds. Half of the village is parked, you can see vehicles from Märkisch-Oderland, Oder-Spree, Frankfurt (Oder), Berlin, Teltow-Flämig – even from Magdeburg and Chemnitz. The line at the entrance is long. Many of them are regulars and consciously have folding chairs with them as seating is rare.


At the entrance to the Quappenhof: When Karussell Whitsun plays for Quappendorf, fans come – and many with folding chairs. So also Pentecost Sunday 2022.
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Entry costs 20 euros, a bargain considering how much the bands in Berlin are currently costing. “We had to increase by five euros this season because everything has become more expensive. But our delivery prices are still fair, ”says club boss Reinhard Gesche, MOZ.de.

The grill team at the concert: Detlef Krüger sizzled sausages and meatballs, Anja handed out food and Howa's friend collected money - all volunteers from the association

Barbecue crew at the concert: Detlef Krüger sizzled sausages and meatballs, Anja served the food, and Howa’s friend collected money – all volunteers from the association “Culture in the countryside”. There was no complaint about the prices.
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The club boss brought Ostrocker to MOL

What does he associate with the carousel? “I grew up with their music, we were attracted by a long-haired person after Renft was banned, also because their musicians played there,” recalls the club boss. He has been a fan since 1978, followed by a carousel. After resuming operations, the scene connoisseur simply called the band in 2007 and invited them to the Quappenhof. On Sunday night, he also spoke to Wolf-Rüder Raschke – the founder and boss of the band – about the band’s initial skepticism as to whether there would be any visitors at all. “He’s just the hero of my youth,” said Gesche, while the Quappenhof clearly fills up – with an older audience who grew up on the merry-go-round. Much more than expected.

Photo with the boss: Dörte and Karsten Hildebrand from Luckenwalde (from left), Ute Ronz from Stendal from Karussell-Fanclub Reisegruppe (un) loved

Photo with the boss: Dörte and Karsten Hildebrand from Luckenwalde (from left), Ute Ronz from Stendal from Karussell-Fanclub Reisegruppe (un) geliebt “, took the opportunity to enter the Quappenhof for a commemorative photo with the band founder and keyboardist Wolf-Rüdiger Raschke” The hero of my youth, ”said Quappenhof club boss Reinhard Gesche (right), who brought the team back to Quappendorf.
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The founder of the carousel praises the Quappenhof

Raschke smiles gently. He likes to remember his beginnings on the farm. There were 60 people at the first performance. There were more of them. “We already had over 300 here,” says Raschke. The reporter estimates that this number will be easily reached tonight as well. Karussell enjoys being in the Quappenhof, and they have been good friends for a long time. Food is also good.

A clear announcement: A stand only for beer and snacks - this took the strain off the queues for drinks.

A clear announcement: A stand only for beer and snacks – this took the strain off the queues for drinks.
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Being close to the audience on stage is really fun, says the carousel veteran. “And you can talk to people up close, it’s like a big family. Playing Pentecost is a must for us, ”says Raschke of the Quappenhof.

Finally back on my Corona tour

After a long hiatus in Corona, people are glad to be here, it would actually be the 13th concert. “But for two years, nothing worked.” Since 2007, new albums as well as films and documentaries have been created. He is currently giving concerts. The new album will be released next year, adds Raschke. “Half the songs are ready.”

Fans of the fan club “Grupa Travel (un) popular” also like to hear it. “The name was created in January 2015 by the Baltic Sea. Another team resigned there, so Karussell stepped in. We’ve been fans ever since, ”explain Karsten and Dörte Hildebrand (Luckenwalde) and Ute Ronz (Stendal). They like Ostrock’s music. “Karussell is very attached to the audience, we like to be here despite the long journey,” they praise.

Your music evokes emotions

Michael Macht from Frankfurt (Oder) took part in almost all concerts in Quappendorf. She proudly wears her carousel shirt. He has been a fan since the band was founded. The music is great, the lyrics are wise. And the musicians are nice. “Plus, the fans in Quappendorf are a nice family,” says Macht. “It’s just magical in here,” adds Micha from Bad Freienwalde, who belongs to the male group.

Group of men: Michael from Bad Freienwalde (right) was also one of the concerts at Karussell in Quappendorf, as was Michael Macht from Frankfurt (Oder, second from left) who liked to wear a Karussell shirt.

Group of men: Michael from Bad Freienwalde (right) was also one of the concerts at Karussell in Quappendorf, as was Michael Macht from Frankfurt (Oder, second from left) who liked to wear a Karussell shirt.
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Monika Köcheritz came from Trebnitz with her husband. “I was studying in Halle at the time and heard a lot from the carousel. Their music touches my emotions – he explains. This is her third concert at Quappenhof.

Many fans grew up with music

Susann and Dirk Boeck from Jacobsdorf near Frankfurt (Oder) also want to remember their youth. Overall, there are many couples. Michael Pöge, like the team, comes from Leipzig, but has been living in Tempelberg since 2010. “I’m looking forward to the evening,” he says. Meanwhile, the mayor of Quappendorf, Hans-Jürgen Röchow, is seated in the front row in a folding chair. “The carousel is just a memory,” he says, and praises the great work done by the club. His favorite carousel song? “When I left,” says Röchow immediately – as do many others.

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The concert begins with a classic

The concert begins with probably the greatest hit, sung at the time by Dirk Michaelis – in acoustic form, played on stage by Wolf-Rüdiger Raschke. There is applause as the rest of the band arrive on stage.

Big crowd: Lots of fans returned to Karussell's concert at the Quappenhof on Pentecost Sunday.  Some sat on the floor, others brought chairs - and applauded enthusiastically as soon as the band entered the stage.

Big crowd: Lots of fans returned to Karussell’s concert at the Quappenhof on Pentecost Sunday. Some sat on the floor, others brought chairs – and applauded enthusiastically as soon as the band entered the stage.
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Below is the alternation of old and new songs. A generational change has long entered the scene. Joe Raschke, the founder’s son, sings most of the songs. But veteran Reinhard “Oschek” Huth also receives a lot of applause.

Generations on the carousel: bassist Jan Kirsten (from left) guitarist and veteran Reinhard

Generations on the carousel: bassist Jan Kirsten (from left), guitarist and veteran Reinhard “Oschek” Huth and Joe Raschke, son of founder Wolf-Rüdiger Raschke at a concert in Quappendorf.
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With teddy sheep on stage

He becomes contemplative with Less Go, celebrated with words of praise about the Quappenhof. The fact that the place is now full up to the gate also makes the musicians smile. “We love being here,” says Joe Raschke. There is also a matching song “Lied für dich” and the classic “McDonald” from Dörte, The Happy Sheep, should not be missing. Respectively, fans wave their stuffed sheep from the audience.

Nothing without happy sheep Dörte: Joe Raschke sings the famous carousel song

Nothing without Glücks-Schaf Dörte: Joe Raschke sings the famous carousel song “McDonald” on the Quappenhof.
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Fans, some of them wearing Renft forever T-shirts, recognize the songs from the very first sounds. There are also ecstatic “Ah” in “Who Worships the Rose”.

“Fischlein aus dem Eis” should not be missing

The dead members of the band are remembered by “Bruder-Blues” and their “Lied für Leipzig” as the Saxons’ commitment to their cosmopolitan hometown is also applauded. It is played without interruption on purpose. It has long gone dark. When Reinhard “Oschek” Huth sings “Fischlein aus dem Eis”, the audience joins in. The text echoes in the courtyard from hundreds of voices. Goose bumps are spreading.

Old and new songs: Karussell once again offered an atmospheric concert at Whitsun in Quappenhof, thanks also to their singer Reinhard

Old and new songs: Karussell once again offered an atmospheric concert in Whitsun in Quappenhof, thanks also to their vocalists Reinhard “Oschek” Huth and Joe Raschke (front).
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Play in front of the stage to the end

He really rocked – and then also in front of the stage – at the latest with “Autostopp”, another classic.

Party in front of the stage: from

Pre-Stage Party: From “Hitchhiking” at the latest, fans were close to the Quappenhof carousel – and sometimes took over the sung parts.
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The finale is “When I Left” in its most beautiful form. Mobile phones are pulled out, films are recorded. He is hugged and kissed. And the band lets the audience sing again.

Let's celebrate: carousel at the concert on Pentecost Sunday in Quappenhof.  In the

Let’s celebrate: carousel at the concert on Pentecost Sunday in Quappenhof. In “When I Dropped Out” the audience also sang along with the melody part.
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It is only after two encores that the musicians are released into the night – and it is clear to everyone: on the next Pentecost we will return to Quappenhof.

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