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Elderly heavy metal fans sneak out of nursing home to rock out at Wacken Open Air

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Elderly heavy metal fans sneak out of nursing home to rock out at Wacken Open Air
A crowd gathers at Wacken Open Air on Friday. Picture: DPA
10:32 CEST+02:00
Can you ever be too old to enjoy heavy metal music? Not according to two elderly fans who snuck out of their care home to enjoy Wacken Open Air.

According to reports in Deutsche Welle, staff at a German nursing home contacted the police on Friday after they noticed two men were missing from the centre.

The men were reportedly found at the festival, which takes place in the northern German town of Wacken, Schleswig Holstein, at 3am. A police spokeswoman described the men as "disorientated and dazed".

The pair were apparently reluctant to leave the party but were escorted home by police with the help of a taxi and patrol car.

Speaking to broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld said: “They obviously liked the metal festival. The care home quickly organised a return transport after police picked them up.”

The four-day festival, which took place over the weekend, has been described as the “biggest heavy metal festival in the world.”
Headline acts this year included Judas Priest, Danzig, Running Wild and Eskimo Callboy.
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