18.08.2022 - 21.08.2022
Waldfrieden Wonderland is an unique summer festival! Takes place at the familiar location of Waldfrieden again.
Festival Info24th Waldfrieden Wonderland
The gates to Wonderland will open again at a clearing at the Stemwede mountain. Every summer in the middle of the woods in-between trees and mushrooms, caterpillars and centipedes the valley transforms into a fairytale forest where everything is possible. Countless DJs and yogis, artists and shamans will gather to enchant the forest with you.
On four dancefloors all genres of psychedelic music are played and our open spaces invite for camping on meadows and fields.
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Waldfrieden Wonderland 2022
For many people it is a tradition that is repeated every summer, the Wonderland festival. This year the festival takes place at the familiar location of Waldfrieden again.
Colourful lineup and even more colourful floors
After Hai in den Mai means before the Wonderland, and so between August 23rd and 26th many people from all over Germany and Europe will travel to Stemwede near Osnabrück to spend a weekend in Wonderland. The lineup with names like Parasect, Headroom or Electrypnose invites you to dance extensively on the three floors.
Various workshops and a healing area
At the festival you can spend the day not only on the floors, but also in various forms of yoga and other workshops such as a didgeridoo course. The Healing Area offers space to relax and there will be various more laid-back music styles in the form of live music.
One of the most beautiful locations in Germany
On the wide area there is a lot to discover for all visitors. The beautiful area offers the visitors a lot of other possibilities to spend the day besides pretty good music, you also can enjoy the eponymously lovely nature which encloses the festival area.
Waldfrieden - A living piece of Psytrance history
25 years of Psytrance:There's few other places that reflect this history as vividly as Waldfrieden. The party and festival location grew as if it was a piece of the surrounding nature. Located in the North-West of Germany, Waldfrieden has been an important scene hotspot since the 90s. It's fascinating to see how the history of this place reflects the evolution of Psytrance as a whole. “The scene grew bigger, that's why the dancefloors at Waldfrieden got bigger over the years”, says DJoanna, an artist who has been a part of the Waldfrieden crew since her teenage years. “Also, the music got more and more diverse. That's why we added new floors, like for instance the Hill Top Floor that is dedicated to the darker, faster, more experimental aspects of Goa Trance. Last but not least, there has been a rising interest in workshops and spiritual practice, which finds expression in the Healing Area.” All of this became a part of the unique vibe of Waldfrieden, as if it was the annual rings of a tree. If you want to experience it yourself, Wonderland Festival from 22nd to 25th August this year is an excellent choice. Waldfrieden Events
The Festival on the map
Most of the festivals out there are held on a remote piece of land, and there’s only few weeks for the setup. Waldfrieden Wonderland is different, because it allows a group of eager festival visionaries to run free in their creativity for almost an entire year. “We have a lease for the land all year round, that’s why we have a permanent infrastructure and many permanent constructions, like for instance tree houses, platforms, benches, altogether 8 bars and much more,” the crew explains in a chat with mushroom magazine. “Apart from that, this piece of land is located in the middle of a forest on the slopes of a hill, and there’s an actual house where we have monthly indoor parties.” That’s why Wonderland doesn’t really look like a temporary festival, but rather like a pirate village, like some sort of lush and peaceful land-of-the-fairies-version of Mad Max. Impressive wooden constructions, hidden nooks and crannies, strategically placed plants and flowers – everything is designed to create the ultimate environment for an exciting, adventurous journey. Wonderland was held for the first time in 1997, as one of the oldest Trance festivals in Europe it has grown and evolved for quite some years.
It’s no surprise that Wonderland has long established its place among the most popular open airs of the European summer season. However, it’s not getting crowded: “Actually we have quite a stable number of visitors at Wonderland for many years already. Usually there’s around 7000 visitors, and we are happy with that – because we like a stress-free family vibe.” If you’ve been coming to Waldfrieden for quite some time already, you will have noticed that the place grew organically just as the surrounding nature. That said, there has been a lot of sunshine, but also some serious hailstorms. When we asked about the greatest lesson the crew learned over the years of organizing the festival, they responded: “Not to give up if authorities or neighbours who can’t take a bit of noise every now and then give you a hard time. Often you can benefit from rocks being thrown your way, because it gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you discover cool new solutions.”
In terms of music, Wonderland manages to harmonically join all the different directions of today’s Trance scene, and to provide some amazing surprises along the way. In terms of infrastructure we should mention the Organic Food Area and the free shuttle service from the nearby train stations. Also the other program, like e.g. the very popular Healing Area or the great variety of workshops, helps to create a memorable festival experience.
This year the Wonderland Festival also became an adult according to American standards, which was of course a reason to celebrate. That’s why more than 7500 guests moved to Stemwede in the Waldfrieden to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the festival in one of Germany’s most beautiful locations.
After the traditional opening by the marching band, the mainfloor was followed by a colourful line-up that gave many great musicians the opportunity to present their sound of the enthusiastic crowd. The lineup consisted of international acts like Rinkadink or Laughing Buddha and national stars like Querox and Patara. The beautiful decoration and of course the unique location rounded off the whole thing.
This year for the first time at a Wonderland was the new Dark Floor on which besides Dark and Forest also HighTech and Dark Prog found a place, this new floor was characterized by a creatively composed lineup of such acts as Antagon, Mirror Me and Dsompa.
The weather played along the whole weekend and so it was possible to dance in the sun without any problems, so the colourful decoration came into its own not only at night but also during the day. That’s why most of the guests drove home with a laughing eye due to the amazing experiences and a weeping as there are 10 months left till May, when Hai in den Mai will start.
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