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14th-16th July 2023


Galopprennbahn, Bad Doberan

Zappanale # 32 News * News * Newsletter 05/2023

Dear Zappanale fans!

today we have an interim status on the preparation of Zappanale. The preparations are gradually running at a slightly faster pace, then the tortoure stops in 43 days and for that we are well on schedule. 😃 (...)


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Besides the news we already shared on this website, there is also a challenge this year that we didn't expect at all. Gong has cancelled the concert at our site despite contract and down payment of the fee.
We are currently checking which band we want to sign instead of Gong and will of course keep you informed. How good that we have so many applications. The choice is always big, so let us surprise you.
This year we have changed a few things, which is an improvement for all of you. Finally there is "Pipi for free" on and in front of the festival grounds. No more counting small change, no more 10 time-card, all history. Finally equality for all sexes and age groups on the festival ground and in front of it!
And for the men among you, please use only the pee gutter and toilets. Please do not pee on the construction fences, they will have to be touched and taken down again by our staff. 🤢🤮
For quite some time there has been a desire to at least be able to get water for free when it's hot. After several not-so-happy attempts, we finally have a solution to this issue. This year we will comply with your request 😃
We have continued to push the issue of "rejuvenating our audience". On Thursday we don't only want to "warm up", but additionally the residents of Bad Doberan should also celebrate with us. Like all visitors, they will be given free access to get an impression about the site..
For the younger generation from the surrounding area but of course also for all Zappanale visitors we will organize a "Silent Disco" in the big tent in front of the Mainstage.
There will be 3 music channels in the headphones and a DJ who will make us all dance. One channel will exclusively play Frank's music. So bring suitable footwear and then we "dancing fool" the hole night long. Either in front of the stage or in the big tent or both.
Most of the vendors are already on the site from Thursday on and are looking forward to supplying you with "food" and "nonfood".
Parallel to the further development of the Zappanale, to make it more interesting for the younger generation and still protect what is so important to all of us, we have been occupied for some time with a vision there have been developped now the first precise ideas.
Wolfhard's vision is to develop Bad Doberan into a worldwide pilgrimage center for all Zappa fans and those who come after us. The emerging museum should also offer live acts and special exhibitions and will later be transformed into a foundation and handed over to public ownership.
Collections will be purchased, managed and exhibited. Scholarly papers on Frank Zappa would be archived. There could be collections of books and publications of all kinds about FZ, made available to visitors.
The museum should be the magnet of all international Zappa cells. Of course, everything should be specified more concretely, but this is a start for now.
There are many artists and small groups around the world who paint or otherwise creating Zappa in an artistic way. They can exhibit their works in the museum, contribute themselves in the way they wish to.
Of course, the Zappanale should also be a part of the museum, we have plenty of pictures and film material and there are also a lot of old relics.
Wolfhard has been offered collections etc. by widows many times in the past. Since he already has a lot and it seemed strange to him to accept such offers privately, he has always refused them. He saw it as an unnecessary enrichment.
With a museum it would be something else. It is quite conceivable that quite a few collectors bequeath their estate to the museum/cooperative/foundation because they know that otherwise it will be lost.
In this context, Wolfhard can imagine the integration of his own collection, because for him that also means letting go. The result should not be a one-man show, but a mindful approach to contemporary culture.
You will know more about this topic in the next newsletter.
Many greetings
See you at the Festival Ground
Music is the best!
Your Zappanale Team


Children and grandchildren warmly welcom

Dear Zappanale fans,

how can we still pass on the music of Frank? Start with your children and grandchildren and bring them to Zappanale.

Children from 0 to 15 years old are admitted free of charge. They will also get a ribbon at the box office.

Every year we have a team on the Zappanale grounds, also with trained professionals, who come up with quite a few things for the little ones.

Also a few of our dealers offer the children something to pass the time. For example, felting, or making ceramic pendants themselves, or design.

The offer for children (even the "grown-up") 😉 include

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Design t-shirts
games in the group
painting, handicrafts etc. jewelry
make-up for children

Since this year we have new neighbors. The Bernsteinreiter. They have a petting zoo next to the site. Not only that, there you can also go for a ride/walk with the pony.

In addition, the beach is not far from the festival ground. In front of the festival ground there is a bike rental every year, if you don't bring your own. Bikes for children you have to ask extra at


If you bring children and want to take them to the stages, remember the Mickey Mice for the sensitive hearing.

We are looking forward to your offspring.

Your Zappanale Team

Fun with hammock


Flying at the trampoline

Kosmische Brocken
compiled and mixed by Jörg Wulff

KOSMISCHE BROCKEN at the Kamp-Kino on Bad Doberan
By now it has become kind of a tradition for many fans to open the Zappanale with the film KOSMISCHE BROCKEN at the Kamp-Kino in Bad Doberan. For the hardcore fans and for those who are here for the first time, the documentary offers a comprehensive overview of the festival, its history and its makers - and of course about the musician and bandleader Frank Zappa.
The filming of KOSMISCHE BROCKEN began almost thirty years ago: three days after Zappa's death, writer and director Jörg Wulf did the first interview with Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner and Don Preston in 1993. Over the years, many more interviews have been added at the Zappanale, so that now more than twenty musicians in the film talk about their collaboration with Frank Zappa, about his music and its significance.

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Over twenty years of festival history with a lot of musical and emotional highlights, as the inauguration of the Zappa bust in Bad Doberan, the visit of Candy and Bob Zappa, the farewell of Jimmy Carl Black or the legendary performance of Z3.
In addition, many fans have their say, a number of whom have been with the Zappanale from the very beginning. It's hard to get a better overview of the festival, its history, the highlights and the makers: The documentary KOSMISCHE BROCKEN runs before and during Zappanale in several screenings at Kamp-Kino in Bad Doberan - with English subtitles!
With: Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, George Duke, Ali N. Askin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ed Mann, Ike Willis, Ray White, Denny Walley, Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, Adrian Belew, Jon Hiseman, Garry Lucas, Claudia Roth, Dave Muscheidt, Jim Cohen, Peter Wawerzinek u.v.a.
Germany 2018/2021, 95 Min., OV with English subtitles

Zappa "nale" is everywhere a little in Bad Doberan

The Film

Kamp Theater Bad Doberan

Jörg Wulff

Dedication Frank Zappa monument

Vaclav C.

Candy Zappa

Bob Zappa


Some fan crowd and this music keeps tight.

Actually, the faeces are the contrast medium solution in our vigorous body and Frank Zappa is my positive contrast medium that I have incorporated into my body. Frank Zappa has his very own pedestal now that being dead is so easy to be. Will he see him again, the visitor to this town by the sea? He should smoke and wear a pen; both are granted. Because every arrival presumes a confusion, there are many who carry another with them. The fan and his idol depict the idol and himself, inside and further out in this town by the sea.
Everyone knows his city. It was Baltimore where Frank Vincent Zappa was born and it is Hollywood that Zappa died within perceptible proximity. Was it really like that? Didn't I just see Frank Zappa here on the horizon in a rare (but what can be rare here) in the middle of a mirage? Hi, Frank..."It can't happen here!" But this city hasn't pretended anything, many have erected a bronze bust of Frank Zappa here. It is very real and not a mirage when a human approaches from the far-off part of a landscape, as many, far too many have done that day.

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Americans, English, Czechs, Hungarians, Brandenburgers, Saxons, just Zappa fans. It's possible here in the east that fans keep that particular Z-cult alive with all its outsider airs, but there never would have been a band Mothers Of Invention in a small town eastbound. Here, in addition to the conviction, it was the reality that cynically stood by, confiscated ZAPPA's crazy records and simply took the guy who was listening to this music out of life. Because every authority has understood their meaning very well, not only because Zappa's attitude can be heard clearly. This meteorologist's son was a terrified citizen and kept his head up. Even then, when Zappa was finally able to rise from the underrated US underground to the outstanding moment of pop culture with hits like "Bobby Brown" and "Valley Girl".
Yes, the renewed Ur - Vater - Mirage of the counter-culture stands here in the far north in the heat and in the sand. Frank Zappa has his very own pedestal - now that everything is so easy, everyone in this place revolves ABSOLUTELY FREE around this man from hell. There are freaks surrounding his current state with beer and banners. The plush parrot above his marble skull snarls arf-arf-arf when siblings Bob and Candy Zappa pull the sheet off the bust. Some have tears in their eyes, others touch their taches as if to assure themselves that they are present. But since local politicians don't fit into any Zappa mirage and don't even make a local absurdity with their parade of congratulations and memorial stones, they, like the vegetables at their feet, make their way into a glorious perspiration. Everything goes to the veterans of the band Mothers Of Invention "Thank you, Frank, for being different". Here, too, Frank Zappa remains a critical person, who wasn't always easy and sometimes a little weird! Says who?
An American on site translated: "A visionary human being!" and what next? Many years ago, a young K. heard the first Zappa record in this place. In 1990 this Mr. K. founded the Zappanale, and the Arf-Society became the registered association for Zappatists, soon all over the world. This gigantic growth really tempted to erect a monument to the idol, yes, a monument as absurd as a mirage....because a Zappa monument appears on a blue-curved surface here in the middle of the town by the sea... But for every Zappa fan, the senseless is just another air of grace on this stage of in-significance.
So the chronicle says: culture committee-city council-citizen discussion-monument dispute! Yes, give us a bust for the folk poet E.W.! But don't we finally want something unreal absurd? Yes, of course. In the end, the elevated policy unanimously agrees. Very Zappa established.
... yes, let the Czech Vaclav C. model a little Frank Zappa for us, in final artistic quality, so this fellow artist and fan freak makes it real.
Everyone coming from the train station has to pass him. The dead live, but it's good to be dead once in a while. But Zappa laughs from his all-too-bar-squatting pedestal, and he's by no means embarrassed when he's kissed early in the morning. In the spa gardens of the freshly recovered worker from the old days and always with a cathedral on his back, in a town by the sea. Alas, in its affection East, like West, like North and South, was overripe for the Zappa Frank asteroid, which in meaningful association made unique records, the meaning of which is understood because every kind of hidden subtle mockery is clearly translatable. Zappa's philosophy still orbits our planet in its own insulting way. But also Zappa comes from reality, and the power of all his works comes from the protection of his extended family. Even now, it is as imperturbable as a whale soaring into the sky.
Will I dream? This year at the racecourse of a town by the sea at Zappanale number 13?
There will be e-guitar solos again, which don't have a pre-existing, but an open form, and all the bands with mirage like names like the Lewinskys, Landplage, Beistelltische, Dwarf Nebula, Cosmic Debris, Ozric Tentacles...
Without this attitude, the special cult surrounding rock star Frank Zappa would never be so new and would never be proof that a freak was present here at the Zappanale in a town by the sea. In the summer sun festival, directly behind a mirage. Because Frank Zappa used to hire every musician, then completely revamp them and throw them out again - Arf.Arf.Arf - many personalities exist in his Zappa-cunning name today.
There's Ike Willis and Don Preston, Roy Estrada, Mike Keneally, Bob and Thana Harris, Napoleon Murhy Brock, and the Indian Jimmy Carl Black. Everyone celebrates the songs properly and without hesitation in the confusion on stage.
I see someone dancing to the rhythm here in the background, singing along to every word to the letter, even though he can't sing or dance.
This rock 'n' roll is common to all. Everyone plays the Zappa song. He now stays everywhere all over the little town by the sea.
"Are there pigeons in Bad Doberan?" asks someone from the Zappa clan in the state-approved spa, yes there is...some fan crowd and the spirit of Frank Zappa, sent out over all of us. But the rest of the world seeps indignantly into shared toilets, from the walls of which Zappa can look down on every excitement.
"Stick it out."
Frank Zappa-1940-1993
A. Cant 2002

Zappa "nale" is everywhere a little in Bad Doberan

monument preservation

Music is the best!

Helmut King

What is Helmut King doing between two zappanale

Helmut King: Music is the best

Bregenz artist Helmut King (born 1950) has captured key scenes of the Rocking Sixties and Seventies in an extensive cycle of works. He is also a big fan of Frank Zappa's music. Garish, colorful, shrill, edgy. Strong black lines, dotted or filled with clear colors. This is how the paintings of the Vorarlberg artist present themselves.
Each picture contains a myriad of details. King tells real stories with his ironic, funny paintings and drawings. It is as if he condenses entire comic strips into a single image.

actual: Exhibition Theaterhaus Stuttgart from 02.04.-02.07.2023

Exhibition theaterhaus Stattgart

Music is the best!

Visit from Napoleon Murphy Brock

The Arf Dossier

Inside Arf-Dossier VOL. 115...

The guitarist Christian Kuhn has been with us with his band KUHN FU - with Zappaesque prog-punk-jazz, which he will also bring to this year's Zappanale, at least if he also brings this great lineup from 5 different countries, because both bands exist with different lineups.

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 What's spinning on the recordtable? Still Jeff Beck (and also the YARDBIRDS). this great guitarist unfortunately died on January 10. In June he would have been 80 years old. For me remain unforgotten his concerts (Hamburg and Dortmund I saw) with Terry Bozzio on the tour to the LP "Guitar Shop" 1990! Well then Jeff, rest in peace Best regards, Ulli

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Zappanale #32


"Warm up" this year on the festival site

Start on July 13, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at the Mystery Stage Admission free

Zappanale #32 from 14.07.-16.07.2023

Buy your Festival & Camping Ticket now


Good News

Camping from 07.07.-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


Dear Fans of good music!

Next ZappaTime at will take place on June 11, 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!

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 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

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.

With the Molli

We are very happy about the establishment of our special stop, which is set up by the Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH especially for the Zappanale.

We would like to thank them very much for this!

For all campers, you can arrive already from 07.07.2023 with the Molli to the Camping place.

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