music outside the norm


14th-16th July 2023


Galopprennbahn, Bad Doberan

Zappanale #32 - Line-Up


July 12th, 2023

HAMBURG, St.Katharinen


July 13th, 2022



July 14th, 2023


Jazzprojekt Hundehagen

Paul Green Rock Academy plays Zappa



July 16th 2023


Versammlung Arf Society e.V.


Banned From Utopia
(Robert Martin, Chad Wackerman, Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robbie Mangano and Jamie Kime)

Good Bye Session


Good News

Life on the racecourt

Dear Zappanale fans,

the construction of the observation tower is no longer an issuer..., but there is even more going on on the racetrack.

There are new tenants of the area in the inner course of the racecourse, the "Bernsteinreiter". The usable area of the "Bernsteinreiter" also extends over "our grounds". We have had good conversations with the owner and have already discovered that we can combine traditional things with their actions. 😊

There are now horses / ponies and a small petting zoo on the inner run, a great offer for those of you who travel with the whole family, especially with children.

We took a look at it with 2 founders of the Arf Society e.V. on site for you and can recommend it to you: Do it this year in the spirit of the "Western Genre" of Frank, grab a hat and then *RUN HOME SLOW* 😊

Here you can find more information about the Bernsteinreiter:


Dear Fans of good music!

Next ZappaTime at will take place on April 9, 2023.

ZappaTime is a monthly broadcast. Here you will get actual information about Zappanale. Better bookmark the link to the entire series!

Listen to the music and get in the mood for Zappanale!

By the way: has been broadcasting live from Zappanale since 2010!

Camping from 10.07.-18.07.2023 - book your indivduel period of stay

Of all the events that take place at the racetrack, Zappanale visitors are the only visitors who have been allowed to use the Green Camp every year so far. According to the town plan, camping is not permitted. We have no legal right to use this area. Because of your exemplary behavior we have always received a special permit for camping, you are great, thank you very much. Please continue to be so careful with the site so that we can continue to receive the special permit in the future.

And now for you the new prices for the #Z32

Camping fee per pitch and regardless of the number of people as follows:

Thu. 13.07. – Mon. 17.07. one-time 60,00 €
Mon. 10.07. – Wed. 12.07. per day 25,00 €
Tue. 18.07.      25,00 €
Thu. 13.07. – Mon. 17.07. one-time  25,00 €
Mon. 10.07. – Wed. 12.07. per day  15,00 €
Tue. 18.07.     15,00 €

Example of your ticket purchase plus camping

You want to arrive on Tuesday, July 11th and stay until Monday, July 17th to combine your vacation with the Zappanale Festival and not have to look for an extra pitch for your camper or tent somewhere else, then your order looks like this:

Greencamp:   60,- plus 2x25,- = 110,- € regardless of the number of people

Suncamp:       25,- plus 2x15,- =   55,- € regardless of the number of people

Please remember: the sale for our Christmas special ends on December, 31st 2022 00:00 (CET)

Dear Zappanale fans!

Don't you think that we'd get bored at the racetrack. A resourceful investor had thought about building a 40 meter high tower in the middle of the Sun Camp (see report from the OZ on the right).

We had several discussions with the city to explain what the consequences would be for us. In the end, the city representatives' meeting REJECTED the construction of the tower and we could breathe a sigh of relief. It is well known that challenges are there to grow with them.

Stay healthy & keep yourselves brave! See you soon

Your Zappanale team

"OZ-Bericht zum geplanten Ausbau der Rennbahn"

(Above in German: OZ Article about the tower plan)

This image shows how it was supposed to look like

Zappanale # 32 News * News * Newsletter 12/2022

Dear Zappanale fans!

There is a lot at stake and only many people together can make it.

We have learned in the Zappanale team that the only thing that is constant is change. Thanks to your creative and financial support, we have always managed to adapt to the changes in such a way that we were able to celebrate Frank's and related music live on the racetrack with you every year. (...)

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For this we are very grateful, namely to all of you, our Zappanale audience.

From the musical point of view, we were very happy about the numerous band suggestions, thank you for that and please keep your ears open. 😊

 During the last months, you have also sent us great suggestions for the organization and implementation of the Zappanale and we would like to thank you very much for your great interest. We have incorporated all the points and will implement them already next year as far as we can.

Every year we assumed that our plans now fit and that we don't have to change anything anymore. In the 1970s we could have planned maybe 10 years ahead with the changes. Today, and you all know this from your own life, sometimes we can hardly turn our heads and, bang, there's another change. This is frustrating for us, because we would like to give stability to the Zappanale and thus to you in these "unsteady times".

And there it is again, the change. We'll have to love it to continue with Zappanale. Frank kept changing his music, surprising us with it and it wasn't always easy for him. I still remember the musical leap from "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" to "Yellow Shark", which is celebrated in all major philharmonic halls today, Frank would certainly be happy about that.

Frank Zappa showed us all how to deal with change.

In order to be able to view more perspectives for the future with the difficult topics, due to the result after the #Z31, we asked our production manager Rimbert Schickling to present them at the annual general meeting of the Arf Society e. V. and then put them up for discussion. The discussions were very productive.

We were looking for a feasible solution for everyone, even though knowing that inflation and the associated price increases not only affect us, but also you. We are fully aware that due to rising costs, every Zappanale could be the last Zappanale. And that's why we're working hard to ensure that Zappanale will continue for a long time to come.

In order to save costs, we decided to hold the "warm up" on the racetrack. Admission is of course still free! Be excited by the new look of the "Warm up Party".

We have been looking for a sustainable solution for everyone, even though we of course know that inflation and the associated price increases not only affect us, but you too.

The price increases for the production of the Zappanale are essentially based on the sharp rise in personnel and material costs, not on exceeding the musical budget. In these areas there will be a funding gap next year, which must be closed so that the festival can take place on a secure basis.

 Together with the members of the Arf Society e. V., we looked for and found a solution that was met with broad approval. There were only 2 abstentions.

Now we have made a decision that we hope you will support, because without you we cannot implement it.

Before we present the result to you below, we would like to take this opportunity to emphasize once again that the Zappanale is a non-profit festival. If there is a surplus, it will be included in next year's budget. The Zappanale would be unthinkable without the many volunteers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of these helpers, you are great!

The increased production costs are compensated for by charging a camping fee and also by adjusting the entrance fees.

Deviating from the newsletter of November 4th, 2022, the ticket prices for the festival ticket will increase by €20 and the day ticket prices by €10, with the exception of the special tariffs for school and university students and the social ticket. This does not apply retrospectively.

If you want to earn your ticket through your work at the festival, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., there you will receive more information.

Your Zappanale Team

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Journey / Overnight stay

Overnight stay
On the terrain

When arriving at the terrain, the question arises: Sun- or Greencamp? Each has its advantages. The Sun-Camp is brighter during the day, the GreenCamp darker at night. The on-site guides will certainly help you decide.

Usually the campsite is equipped with sanitary facilities from Wednesday to Monday. Please check the current announcements.


You prefer a real bed? Bad Doberan and the surrounding region offer accommodation in all price categories. The Zappanale takes place in a summer vacation region, so you have a clear advantage as an early booker. Please ask at the tourist information.

by train

Whether you are coming from Hamburg, Berlin or Bratislava, heading for Rostock is the right decision. If Bad Doberan is indicated as the next stop, this is the time to prepare for the exit. When you arrive in Rostock, get on the next regional express in the direction of Wismar, which you then leave in: Bad Doberan.

From there you have several options: Traditionally with the Molli train, it stops directly at the festival area, or you can get a ride from one of the easily recognizable Zappanale fans. You can meet them at the Zappa monument or at the nearby supermarket - both are five minutes away from the train station.

by car

Your navigation device will surely bring you to the racecourse (54.124677,11.869512) in Bad Doberan. If you don't have a navigation system: Exit Bad Doberan, direction Bad Doberan/Heiligendamm.

  • from direction Hamburg/Hannover:
    A1 towards Lübeck, at the Lübeck interchange take the A20 towards Rostock, exit Bad Doberan.
  • from Berlin:
    A19 in the direction of Rostock, at the Rostock interchange take the A20 in the direction of Lübeck/Wismar, exit Bad Doberan.

In Bad Doberan - at the first major crossing with traffic lights - turn right in the direction of Kühlungsborn/Heiligendamm and pass the Frank Zappa monument (about 100m after the crossing).

The racecourse is halfway between Bad Doberan and Heiligendamm, first you have to pass the festival area. If you are not the first, this is easy to recognize. In the following traffic circle you take the last exit and can slowly switch to live music mode.


If you would like to make yourself comfortable on a back seat, look for a ride share. Either via the community or e.g. here:

by plane

You arrive by plane? Then Hamburg oder Berlin (Tegel/Schönefeld) are the airports from which Bad Doberan can be reached the fastest. By train it takes about 3-4 hours from both airports.

There is a smaller airport in Rostock (about 50 km from Bad Doberan), which is mainly used by domestic airlines.

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