UPDATE: Two seniors escape from retirement home so they can go to the Wacken metal festival

If this story hasn’t been optioned for a movie yet, it’s just a matter of time.

Sometime Thursday night (August 2), the night staff at a German nursing home in Dithmarschen noticed that two men were missing. Panic ensued and the police were notified.

The story ends well. Both men (aged 58 and 59)  were found around 3 am Friday at the Wacken Open Air Festival, the biggest all-metal festival in the world. Some 75,000 people were at the sold-out event to see everyone from Danzig and Judas Priest to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, er, Witch Taint.

The men were well, but a little “disoriented and dazed.” (Spoiler: Alcohol may have been involved.) However, they were a little reticent to return to the nursing home because they seemed to be enjoying themselves. A police escort needed to be arranged to get them back to their rooms.

There’s no word on how they made it to the festival or if they actually got inside the gates.

(Via Deutsche Welle)

UPDATE: Damn. You know that this was just too a story to be true. German police have corrected the account to say that the men left a mental health centre (NOT a nursing home!) to attend a party in the town of Wacken, not the Wacken. Open Air Festival.


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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