When you do something for the first time, it rarely goes to plan. However, this only applies to a limited extent at the Munich Superbloom festival. Because the creator of the two-day event at the Munich Olympic Park is none other than Fruzsina Szép. She already managed well-known brands such as Sziget in Budapest and Lollapalooza in Berlin. He is currently the program director of Superbloom, the first large outdoor festival in the Olympic Park since 2016.
“I just got there,” Szép said in a news conference on Sunday afternoon. “I felt the park vibrate.” She and the event team are incredibly grateful that the festival, after being postponed twice due to the coronavirus, was finally able to take place.
Not all fans could see Calvin Harris perform
There were 60 concerts on six stages, reportedly about 50,000 people were guests – reason enough for Szép to announce, “We’ll play Superbloom next year too.” The first weekend of September has been rescheduled as the date. Until then, the event team wondered how best to avoid this year’s mistakes. “We listen and face criticism,” said Szép, looking at the first day of the event.
On Saturday night, guests complained that despite the tickets they were unable to see Calvin Harris, one of the main performers. “They made people wait in front of the standing area for centuries and then put them in the ranks,” reported a guest on TikTok. However, the front floors were completely overcrowded, so the entries to the Olympic stage were soon closed.
“I totally understand that the audience is angry, I would be too,” said Szép. However, she and the event team are responsible for the safety of visitors – and to guarantee this, they had to suspend entry on Saturday night.
An hour and a half rain on the first day also made it difficult to continue the program. Many of the shows might not have started until later, and the Years & Years show was even canceled altogether. It was discussed intensively on social networks and the festival was criticized. But the mood on the site didn’t change on either of the two days.
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On the contrary: those who arrived early enough experienced a motivated crowd on Saturday afternoon in front of the Super Stage. “I know it’s still early Munich. But I want to see the greatest pogo ever, ”Monk exclaims to the audience. The rapper belongs to the hip-hop team BHZ from Berlin-Schöneberg. Known for songs such as “Powerade” and “Atzenmodus”, the group is now one of the most successful German-speaking rap bands.
AnnenMayKantereit’s performance on the Olympic Stage on Saturday night was calmer but with an equally motivated audience. “Well, I’ve played a lot of concerts in my life, but I’ve never had so many lights,” said vocalist Henning May with a view of the sea of lights during the song “Barefoot at the Piano”. The former street music band from Cologne is now a regular guest on major German stages – and is therefore also part of the Superbloom.
In addition to the concerts, the festival also includes many non-musical program items. Acrobats perform in eleven so-called experience zones, podcasts are recorded live, there is comedy by Kurt Krömer and Kaya Yanar, as well as magic, yoga, art and lectures.
When booking, the organizers attached great importance to diversity. In addition to such stars as Megan Thee Stallion, Rita Ora and Willow, there will also be other, less known, international musicians – such as Ukrainian rapper Alyona Alyona or Hungarian singer Deva. The top charts Lea and Nina Chuba are represented from Germany, the Munich electro duo Umme Block from Bavaria and the singer and songwriter Cosma Joy.
While there are relatively large numbers of women in the squad, the headliner shows the men’s game again late in the evening. On Saturday, audiences celebrate “Summer” and “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris. On Sunday, the attention will be focused on the American rapper Macklemore, who performs such hits as “And We Danced” and entertains the audience with a dance battle between the viewers. At the same time, Belgian musician Stromae will play his last festival performance this summer.
The singer was silent for seven years before making a statement on French TV in January of this year: When the presenter asked if the music had helped him break out of the loneliness he faced while singing his songs, Stromae intoned his new single “L’enfer” and chatted live and in prime time about his personal hell, depression.
The song is also part of his performance in Munich, where Stromae shines not only with an extraordinary musical performance, but also with a cinematic show on stage. In the end, he plays his biggest hit “Alors On Danse”, and then a surprise awaits him: he returns to the stage to play a cappella number “Mon Amour”. The audience, who had just come out, singing and jumping, thanked him with a tense silence.
But in the Superbloom finals it has to explode again. At the Olympic Stadium, French DJ David Guetta will do – including fireworks.