Amphi Festival 2012
I spent the weekend in Köln, attending the 8th Amphi Festival. 16 000 visitors dressed in black invaded the German town for an overdose of electronic music.
Some of the favorite concerts were Combichrist, Project Pitchfork, SITD, Nachtmahr, Seabound and Spetsnaz. Unfortunately Front Line Assembly canceled their planned gig to work on the upcoming album, but instead we got former FLA-member Rhys Fulber with his side project Conjure One. I also had a look at Sisters of Mercy, Apoptygma Berzerk, Camouflage, Blutengel, The Crüxshadows, Corvus Corax, Eisbrecher, DAF, Coppelius, Mind In A Box and more.
The Tanzbrunnen area featured several stages and lots of merchandise. The sunny weather invited for spending hours at the beach club, situated next to river Rhine.
The first day started with a party in Alter Wartesaal, the old station waiting room at Hauptbahnhof. A lot of Kölsch was examined and the dance floors were excellent! There may have occurred some consumption of Spießbratenbrötchen, but denial is policy.
We also walked across the beautiful Hohenzollern Bridge, crossing the Rhine river. It is the most heavily used railway bridge in Germany, since it connects Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Messe/Deutz stations. It was also one of the most important bridges during World War II, until destroyed by German engineers during the Allied assault in 1945. The southern sidewalk was crammed with love padlocks.
Had a look inside the Kölner Dom, the largest church in Germany. Construction began in 1248 to store the remains of the three wise men (Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar), brought from Milan by the Roman Emperor Barbarossa in 1164. According to legend they had previously been stored in Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, brought from Palestine by Saint Helena.