The 2013 Hannover Maschseefest – As Experienced by an American Expat in Germany

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“Go home American. You are drunk.”

The Hannover Maschseefest is a big celebration occurring every year between July 31 and August 18. It is a massive gathering of beer gardens, food stands and concert stages around the man-made lake known as the Maschsee. The Wife and I visited the 2013 Maschseefest several times, and we learned there are exactly 3 things to do there: eat, drink and listen to music until you are bleeding from every orifice.

In the following video, you will see a young Hannover-based band called That’s Why playing an acoustic version of Johhny B. Goode. These guys are awesome; they’re talented, they have stage presence and enough energy between them to power a nuclear submarine. One guy even played a melodica. (What’s it really called? A pianica? Key-flute? Blow-organ? …because all these names sound incredibly porno…) Anyway, he stands up and plays this wacky thing on his buddy’s back (which also seemed rather porno), and that’s when I decided this band was goin’ places. In fact, I predict you’ll see these handsome bastards in an American music video with a hit single before the end of 2015. Just you wait.

In this video, you’ll also see members of the Hannover DLRG (German Life Saving Association, which teaches search and rescue stuff, swimming classes and First Aid, among other things) floating down the Maschsee, eating and drinking as if they aren’t wading ankle-deep in goose shit. The Maschsee is just filthy; you’d think a bunch of trained First Aid volunteers would promote their organization with a little more respect for fecal-borne pathogens. But seriously, God bless ’em for all the lifesaving work they do.

Finally, you’ll see a band performing at the Löwenbastion called Die Rexis und das Polyester Orchester, and they are exactly what you would expect from a band named after stretchy grandma pants.

This next video was recorded a few weeks later, on the last day of the Maschseefest. In it, you will see the Blaue Jungs Bolzum Shantychor Fankurve, which is an exhausting way of saying the All-Male Hamburg Pirate Choir. (Just kidding. They’re not really pirates.) As these gentlemen sing ditties of sailing woe, everyone in the crowd starts swaying in what is known in Germany as ‘Schunkeln.’ (You can see similar behavior in our Hannover Oktoberfest videos.)

And finally, here are a few terrible photos with comments. Click one to start the gallery, and as always, we hope you can dig ’em!

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26 thoughts

      1. Well for one, we have the best festivals here in Bavaria. lol Also, if you guys decide to head down to Oktoberfest perhaps the four of us could meet up. We go every year and we are pretty flexible as to when we go.


  1. I was delighted to hear the wife’s lovely voice. Hanging on to the hope that, one day, I will catch a glimpse of your face, too. Maybe like in some NCIS episode where they take the reflection in a random passers-by’s sunglasses and enhance it to get a passport-picture quality snapshot of the baddie.


    1. Haw haw! I am keenly aware of reflections and things like that. But you are absolutely right. Someday I will screw up and post a picture of a highly reflective vase or something and you’ll see me and my naked American body in all it’s glory. :)


      1. Jeez, can we start with a picture of you fully clothed, please?! Just so that I can get used to the perfect teeth and athletic American body before we move on to “glory”!


  2. I never made it to Hannover, and I wish I had. I did a study abroad in Luneburg, and they had a summer streetfest while I was there. Pretty much a long weekend of city-sponsored drunkenness. It was fun!


      1. Originally about 90 miles SW of the wonderful city of Chicago. Then I inched north to the western burbs for college (NIU), and now I live in Madison, WI.


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