Open Air Gampel
|Open Air Gampel|
|Next event||August 20 - August 23, 2020|
|Last event||August 15 - August 19, 2019|
|entry||74 SFr - 350 SFr|
|organizer||Rock Hock Club|
international rock festival
|Genres|| Rock , alternative , electro ,
house , punk , metal , hip-hop
Open Air Gampel AG is a company commissioned by the Rock Hock Association, which plans, organizes and implements a cultural festival once a year. The festival comprises different areas such as program planning, media work, sponsoring, infrastructure, traffic and security as well as administration and catering.
1986: On the initiative of the rock band "Family Force" from Gampel and the company "Freepower Music", the Open Air Gampel took place for the first time under the name "Rockfestival". At that time, a truck trailer still served as an improvised stage for the 500 guests. In addition to Family Force , the Bernese band Span were the headliners of the first open air .
1987: Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors last year, Thomas Tscherry decided to hold such a festival every year. For this purpose he founded his own association . Thanks to the success, the Open Air Gampel was extended to two days. It was also possible to camp on the festival site for the first time. The organizers moved from the sports field to a hangar . However, this was only used as a stage, and so around 3,000 visitors could continue to listen to the music "open air". The headliners this year were Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash .
1988: This year saw the first name change. Instead of a rock festival it was called the "International Rock Festival". Many nationally known Swiss musicians were also guests for the first time. Despite the rain, the festival was financially successful. As in the previous year, around 3,000 people made a pilgrimage to the hangar. Nazareth played as headliner that year .
1989: This year the stage was set up in front of the hangar building for the first time. This year the logo with the ibex, which is still known and used today, appeared for the first time . This logo was created by Thomas Tscherry, the head of the Open Air at the time.
1990: In 1990, the open air took place on the present site in much smaller dimensions. Guesch Patti , who was at the top of the charts at the time, had to cancel the performance for health reasons. Uriah Heep stood in for her as a replacement . This year's headliners were Rare Earth and Luther Allison .
1991: For the first time, the Open Air Gampel was not held in Gampel, but in Raron . A site was set up for a good 30,000 people, but only 8,000 came. The festival was also expanded from two to three days for the first time. Food stands were also made available to visitors and there was a free shuttle bus for the first time . As the first open air in Switzerland, the International Rock Festival was also able to enjoy a supporting program with bull riding , a mud fight, artists and a trial show. The headliners this year were Nina Hagen , Status Quo and Morj Kanté .
1992: After things “didn't go well” in Raron, they moved back to Gampel that year. Because of the financial difficulties last year, a lot had to be scaled back. The name "Open Air Gampel" was also used for the first time. Nevertheless, the organizer tried to offer a great music program and then achieved this with headliners such as Marillion , Gary Moore and Eric Burdon .
1993: With DRS3 , a national radio station could be won for the first time for the Open Air this year. The poster was designed by the artist Heinz Julen at the time. It was also the baptism of fire for the Sixties Club . The headliners were Magnum , Edoardo Bennato and Fish .
1994: The gampler Sina topped the national charts that year with her first CD. Accordingly, she was also allowed to perform at the Open Air Gampel. The organizers also had to deal with the second cancellation in history. Marla Glen got lost on the way to Valais and arrived too late in Gampel. Headliners this year were Midnight Oil , Zucchero and The Pogues .
1996: Thanks to the great success of Techno in the 1990s, a suitable tent was made available to visitors. This year 's headliners were Manfred Mann's Earth Band , Vaya Con Dios , Marla Glen and Züri West .
1998: Roman Pfammatter put together the program for the first time. On the poster lies a misshapen figure by the Visper artist Maria Ceppi. Headliners next to The Cure this year were Bell, Book & Candle and Del Amitri .
1999: Over 30,000 visitors came to Gampel this year. The drummer smashed his instrument on stage after the gig. Headliners were Boy George , Culture Club and the Guano Apes as well as the Blues Brother Band .
2000: The 15th anniversary of the festival was attended by 36,500 spectators. For the first time in its history, the event was sold out, among other things because of the appearances of Joe Cocker and Die Fantastischen Vier .
2004: For the first time, the open air took place over four days. Accordingly, 79,000 visitors visited the festival in Valais this weekend. With 25,000 additional visitors, the festival was the largest festival in German-speaking Switzerland this year. Musically, Gampel was able to present Pink , Die Toten Hosen , The Offspring and Toto as headliners.
2005: Gampel celebrated its 20th anniversary. Gampel also tried to invite several bands from the last 20 years. Also, for the first and only time, a 3rd stage has been offered for slightly smaller bands. As a highlight of the festival, the local band Family Force was a guest. Headliners were Joe Cocker , Korn , Shaggy and Söhne Mannheims .
2015: 104,300 visitors were counted in the four days of the festival. In the first wave of bands, bands like Die Toten Hosen , The Prodigy , Adel Tawil , Beatsteaks , Simple Plan and Enter Shikari were announced. Die Toten Hosen had to cancel their concert at short notice because the lead singer of the band had lost his voice. They were replaced by Kraftklub . Die Toten Hosen came on stage without their front singer for two songs and played them together with Kraftklub. The Beatsteaks also had to end their concert early because of the fronstanger's voice problems.
2016: There were around 102,100 visitors. With around 33,000 visitors on Saturday, a new visitor record was even achieved on a single day. In the run-up to the festival, a marketing campaign for the logo change provided a lot of discussion. The ibex in the logo has been replaced with the wolf, which is unpopular in Valais . In the course of the festival, however, he was symbolically shot and the ibex took his place again. Musical highlights of the 2016 edition were the headliners Biffy Clyro , Parov Stelar and Robin Schulz . Acts like Asking Alexandria , Parkway Drive and Sum 41 also convinced . As has been the tradition since 2016, this year a band from the community of Gampel-Bratsch was honored again. Patent Ochsner , accompanied by the Lonza music company, were able to inaugurate a star in the village square of the community.
2017: 115,000 visitors visited the Open Air Gampel. For the first time in the history of the festival, with 35,000 admissions, even a single day was completely sold out. There was a violent thunderstorm on Friday. Due to the early response, however, there were no major injuries or damage. Musical highlights were Die Toten Hosen who kept their promise from 2015 and came again. Other headliners were Paul Kalkbrenner , Cro and Lil Wayne . The Lil Wayne concert had to be canceled at short notice due to illness.
2020: Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic , the Open Air Gampel had to be canceled and did not take place for the first time in history.