Shiva Moon Open Air Psychedelic Trance
Festival 2005, Germany
Tips for visitors from the UK and Ireland
P R E S S R E L E A S E July 2005
now well over ten years since the first psychedelic trance parties began in Germany in the early 1990s, originally inspired by travellers
returning from Goa. The psychedelic trance open air festival scene in north Germany is now firmly established with a series of annual, dependable
and well-attended parties each summer weekend.
Unlike the UK, where only a handful of relatively expensive festivals exist each year and
devotees are philosophical about waiting a whole year for Glastonbury to come round again, northern Germany has a far wider choice of happenings
throughout the summer months. From June through September there are sometimes as many as six open air parties of varying sizes every weekend
across Germany. At the summer's peak in July and August there is at least one major event every weekend - the larger, and by now traditional
open air festivals, attracting between 10 and 20 thousand trancers, each lasting 3 days or more. Entry to these major events costs around 30-40
euros which is only 20-25 pounds, something like a sixth the cost of a ticket for 3 days at Glastonbury.
The larger German "must go"
events in July/August are Fusion, Full Moon, Voov Experience, Shiva Moon and Antaris Project. There are also many medium-sized events for between
2,000 and 5,000 people at a variety of beauty spots in the German countryside and coastline, going under such names as: Psychedelic Circus,
Tshitraka, Nation of Gondwana and Indian Spirit - each costing 10-25 euros for the weekend, as well as a string of smaller outdoor parties for
several hundred people, some of which are free.
Whereas the Voov Experience keeps their lineup a close secret, Shiva Moon publicises an
impressive list of top international DJs (including Raja Ram and Tsuyoshi Suzuki this year) and live performances, offers two dance areas
including a massive main area with a suitably massive sound-system - all surrounded by gigantic UV decoration of glowing three dimensional
objects - the product of a fantastic imagination on a grand scale: such as dinosaur-sized insects, aliens strolling through fields of mushrooms,
a terradactyl and a mayan pyramid. The intention of Shiva Moon's unique decoration, world-class laser show and outstanding international lineup
is to transport you to another world, one where your spirit can fly free.
Shiva Moon is the inspiration of Jan Engel. Jan began by
decorating the first Voov Experience parties but quickly realised his dream and has been creating his own Shiva Moon Festival since 1995.
Admittedly he is no longer a young man but demonstrates more than enough drive and energy to conduct this mega event successfully every year. The
hallmark of the party is always a commanding pyramid sound-stage flanked by a massive upturned crescent moon, the symbol of the Hindu God Shiva,
as illustrated on the flyer. Jan also promises new decoration and UV theatre performances for 2005.
Unless you bring your own car, this
year's Shiva Moon Festival (August 5th to 7th, 2005 - with camping and ambient music continuing through to Monday 8th) is best got to by train
from either Hamburg or Berlin to Ludwigslust (costing 20-30 euros and bookable at www.bahn.de). From Ludwigslust railway station there is a
special shuttle bus to the party. It is more direct, and consequently faster and cheaper, to go via Hamburg than Berlin.
can arrange private lifts on the internet after signing-up for free membership with Goabase at www.goabase.com or simply hitch-hike from a
continental ferry port. Lifts are easier to get in Holland and Germany than in France and Belgium, so it might save you time to take a train from
Calais to Aachen, just over the German border, and hitch-hike from there. Another option is to take a ferry to the Hook of Holland instead of a
Midweek flights are the cheapest with Ryan Air at www.ryanair.com (from London/Stansted, Dublin/Shannon or Glasgow/Prestwick
to Hamburg/L?beck), or from Air Berlin at www.airberlin.com (from Manchester to Hamburg). There are also regular flights by the main carriers
from other UK airports like Bristol and Birmingham to Hamburg or Berlin. Overnight coaches also leave from most cities in the UK to Hamburg - see
www.nationalexpress.com for details.
Entry to Shiva Moon 2005 can be paid at the gate, costing 40 euros per person for arrival on Friday
or only 30 euros after 2pm Saturday. Armbands are worn during the party to ensure everyone has paid and a 5 euro rubbish deposit is due from each
car arriving, which is repaid on return of a full rubbish sack.
For further information, including detailed driving directions and
pictures of previous parties, visit the festival website at www.shiva-moon.com
[ Text by Kernel for Shiva Moon - July 19,