Where Are You This Week: I believed I would comply with up the chaos of the week extended Sziget Festival with a relaxing weekend at a smaller Austrian festival. I was wrong. The Austrians are as crazy as any group of festival fans that I’ve run into so so far.
Inform Me About the Festival: The annual Frequency Festival, hosted by the FM4 radio station, is a three day bender held just outside of Vienna in St. Pölten. It’s a beer-fueled smorgasbord of rock, metal, indie, and electronic music. Austria is a land land fabled for its majestic mountains, rich history of classical music, and inspiring baroque architecture — none of which I saw, but I did see a ton of artists. Estimated Attendance: 30,000/day
Artist Sampler: Parov Stelar, Bring Me the Horizon, Die Antwoord, The Temper Trap, Paul Kalkbrenner
What Makes This Festival Stand Out: The lineup. The roster of talent that FM4 lines up for this festival is just wild and they pack it all into just 3 brief days. It is a roller coaster of music, and I had to make some tough options with the overlapping sets. The strangest combination of the weekend had to be sampler friendly EDM wizard Zedd opening up for metal folk heroes Bring Me the Horizon.
Who Attends This Festival: It may possibly take place in St. Pölten, but this is extremely much a Vienna festival. Daytrippers can get from downtown Vienna to St. Pölten in thirty minutes on the the higher speed train.
What’s the Venue Like: It’s a pretty easy layout at Frequency. There’s two primary stages on opposite ends of the park with smaller sized stages scattered in among. A huge indoor auditorium hosts a non-quit lineup of DJs.
What Would You Modify: The attitude of Austrian campers. I’m no stranger to festival camping ecological nightmares (Germany, Switzerand, and The Netherlands to name a couple of horrors), but the Austrians took it to the subsequent level by adding their litter to the quite river that flows by way of the campground. Also, if you’re going to take a shit in the woods, at least dig a hole and bury it. I cannot unsee what I saw that day when I took a brief-reduce through the trees behind my tent.
The Green Scene: To combat the sea of plastic cup litter, FM4 Frequency charges a one particular euro deposit for every single drink, which you get back when you return your plastic cup to one of the bars.
Payment System: Everything in the festival ran on a cashless card program related to the one at Sziget Festival. You purchase a card, put funds on it, and use it for all food and drinks.
Household-Friendly Element: 2 out of 10. The festival crowd here may a bit also exuberant to bring the kids along. I would suggest leaving the youngsters with a trustworthy nanny. Would You Go Back: The lineup is worth of a return, but I would most most likely attempt to rent an apartment or remain in Vienna.
The MFW Beer Index: $ five.00 for a pint of beer.
Information, Specifics, Specifics
Exactly where is it and How Hard is to Get There: Frequency is positioned 60 km west of Vienna. Higher-speed trains depart downtown Vienna at least after an hour and only take thirty minutes to reach St. Pölten. There also seemed to be plenty of vehicle parking.
Obtaining To and From the Festival: A shuttle departs from the train station each and every thirty minutes from 10:00am to 1:00am each day.
Exactly where Do I Sleep: Camping is provided with the festival ticket, but be warned, it’s absolutely on the wild side. If you’re going to camp, don’t program on sleeping. Like a tone-deaf version of The Sound of Music, Austrians tend to loudly sing until the sun comes up. St. Pölten appears to have a couple of rooms as properly as a couple low price range hostels.
Consuming and Drinking: Common festival food — burgers, pizza, fries — so don’t get your hopes up with specialty food trucks. There’s a couple of diverse beers to pick from and mixed drinks can be discovered everywhere.