Germany Constructs Beer Pipeline for Metalhead Music Festival

All serious metalheads want to make at least one pilgrimage to Wacken, the most prestigious all-metal music festival in the world. Those who do make the annual summer trek are very thirsty once they arrive. The only way to slake that thirst is with beer. Lots and lots and lots of beer.

Statistics collected over the years show that the average Wacken attendee will consume 5.1 litres of beer over the three-day event, compared to Rock Am Ring, another big German festival, where the average concertgoer will suck down just 3.1 litres.

This metalhead demand for beer has caused logistical problems in the past: How to get all that beer through 75,000 parched people at the festival site so it can be poured in a quick and efficient manner, twenty-four hours a day for the duration of the festival? Trucking hundreds of kegs into the site–and then removing the empty ones–proved problematic, creating unacceptable details for those waiting in line. Besides, the land–which is used for farming the rest of the year–was constantly being chewed up by an endless parade of beer trucks. There had to be a solution.

And there was. A seven-kilometre-long beer pipeline.

Construction is underway on the pipeline–a 30 cm pipe buried 80 cm below ground–that will pump beer with enough pressure to allow festival taps to pour one beer per second. Over the course of the event, some 400,000 litres (105,000 gallons) of beer will be distributed this way.

This year’s Wacken runs August 3-5 and will feature 150 bands, including Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Amon Amarth, Volbeat, Marilyn Manson, Accept, Status Quo, Turbonegro and Dillinger Escape Plan.

(Via Tom and DW)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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