The festival site is just outside the city of Frechen-Grefrath (50226) on Kieswerkstraße. Once you’re there, the rest of the way is signposted.
For those arriving by car, we recommended you navigate to the festival coordinates with a GPS.
The coordinates are: 50.885743 latitude and 6.763114 longitude.
If your navigation system doesn’t accept the coordinates, Kieswerkstraße, Frechen (50226) is the closest existing address. Kieswerkstraße is a forest road, which connects the B264 with the L277. The only turn on the entire route and will lead you directly to the parking area of the festival.
From the motorway to the festival:
Take the A1 to Exit 105 Gleuel. Follow the signs to Frechen, B264. Turn left onto the B264 and follow it for about 2 km. Turn right onto Kieswerkstraße. Follow the road through the forest for about 1 km. Turn left onto the first asphalt road. The road ends directly at the festival parking area.
Take the A61 to Exit 21 Türnich. Follow the B264 for about 2 km. At the roundabout, take the second exit towards Frechen. After the Westfalen gas station take the first left onto Kieswerkstraße. Follow the road through the forest for about 1 km. Turn left onto the first asphalt road. The road ends directly at the festival parking area.
Bus lines 976, 960 and 964 will take you to Frechen-Grefrath. The bus stop is "Grefrath". These buses are connected with Horrem S-bahn and regional train station as well as with tram line 7 (Frechen-Benzelrath). Once you arrive in Grefrath, follow the festival signs to the festival site.
You can report an emergency at anytime by calling 112 (please note: anonymous calls aren’t possible) or by notifying security, paramedics or the box office. Security can be found at the festival entrance, at emergency exits and throughout the premises. Please don’t hesitate to tell us if you experience any strange incidents, even if you're not sure if it’s an emergency. Please watch out for each other and help those who appear to be in need of it.
It’s important to drink enough water - especially in warm weather. Beer is a great thirst quencher, but it also drains liquid from the body. This could lead to dehydration, headaches and dizziness - and even unconsciousness. It’s easy to prevent: drink plenty of water! Avoid a painful sunburn by lathering up with sun cream, keeping your head covered and wearing light coloured clothing.
In the event of a storm, the safest place is your car. It’s important to avoid forested areas and trees. If it begins to storm, please leave your tent as well as the campsite and festival grounds immediately and head to the cars for shelter. Please take visitors without vehicles with you! In the case of a storm, the camping area and festival site will be temporarily closed. In this situation, an evacuation plan with specific instructions for clearing the area will be played over several loud speakers. Emergency exits are signposted. Please follow the procedures directed by festival organizers and marshals.
A storm isn’t the only event that could lead to an evacuation of the festival site. In the unlikely case of any serious danger on the festival grounds, procedures directed by festival organizers and marshals must be followed. Emergency exits are signposted. In the situation of any serious danger, an evacuation plan with specific instructions for clearing the area will be played over several loud speakers. We will also keep you informed over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the Festival website and the Trafo app.
We do our best to make every square meter as safe and stumble-free as possible, and to remedy any sharp edged zones immediately. However, we can’t rule out the risk of tripping or getting cut. Therefore we ask that you enter the festival grounds with appropriate footwear, clothing and necessary caution. Please report any dangers so that we can remove them.
For safety reasons, grills and open fires are not allowed at the camp site. If you want to grill, please use our open grill within the festival grounds (see "Catering").
Forbidden on site: animals, hard drugs, grills, liquid fire accelerators, bulky waste, pyrotechnics and extremists of any kind. In addition, you will be checked by security for glass and plastic bottles, cans, weapons, deodorants.
There are two control stations on the Trafo grounds. The first bag and identity check is at the entrance to the camping area, and the second at the entrance to the festival site. To facilitate the process and to avoid long queues, it’s helpful to avoid large bags and backpacks - especially when entering the festival site.
Paramedics are on site at all times in case of acute medical complaints or injury.
There is no possibility to withdrawl money at the festival.
You'll find the merch tent at the box office/entrance area. This year's Trafo merchandise will be on display and for sale along with merchandise from bands playing on that respective day. Trafo merch includes T-shirts with different designs and motifs, bags and buttons.
At the Trafo kiosk, various other (small) items (insect repellent, etc.) will be offered at low prices. Info on exact prices can be found on site at the kiosk.
Lost items can be handed over at the box office, and you can ask for your lost items there too, of course.
Each festival visitor who has bought a camping ticket must pay a garbage deposit of 5 € with the ticket booking. After you’ve provided a full garbage bag and presented your ticket to the box office at the festival, you’ll get your deposit back.
There are toilets and portable showers on the festival grounds and at the entry points to the camp ground. Unfortunately, there are no facilities in the form of permanently installed showers with running water.
There are water containers at various locations on the festival grounds. Please note: they do not contain drinking water!
We try to ensure the most enjoyable volume level possible. Nevertheless, we recommend wearing hearing protection. You can pick up complimentary ear plugs at the box office.
The festival site is located in the forest, and is therefore difficult for wheel chair users to access. But this is no reason not to come! There are many nice people at the festival willing to help - no matter if they are other visitors, marshals or festival organizers!
The forest around the festival grounds is natural reserve! We kindy ask that you don’t enter the wooded area and that you please keep - and leave - the festival grounds and the camping area clean.
The environment concerns us all, and we should therefore respect and protect it! We - the festival organizers - strive each year to leave the grounds as clean as they were before we arrived. You can help us by taking advantage of the garbage deposit system and gathering trash.
Please note that your own drinks are only allowed in the camping area.
There are a number of vegetarian, vegan, and also meat-based delicacies from Asian and Oriental cuisine available at the festival. There is also an open-grill area where you can grill your own meat and vegetables. Food stand prices will be made available at the festival, while the open-grill is free.
On Saturday and Sunday breakfast is available for a low price from 9AM to 11AM. Coffee, eggs and bacon, amongst other things, will be offered.
The designated camping area can only be accessed with a camping ticket, as space is limited. Camping with a camper is possible, but not recommended, as the vehicle can only be parked in the parking area where there is neither electricity nor water supply.
If you are using electricity at your campsite, please remember that water and electricity do not go well together - an electrical outlet or cable shouldn’t find it’s way into a puddle.
You can consume your own food and drinks in the camping area.
If you’ve chosen a camping ticket, camping gear will be at the top of your list. Quality pegs are an advantage! In addition, we recommend you pack gumboots and rain ponchos.
Basic Pack List:
We adhere to the Youth Protection Act. Please note that minors must have a written permission from a legal guardian. You can find the form on our website. This must be filled in and signed by the legal guardian and shown together with necessary identification at the the box office at the festival.
We - the Kulturtrafo Frechen Association - welcome everyone who would like to help. On the contact page of our website you’ll find the opportunity to apply as a helper in order to support us either onsite or in advance. If you’d like to become a member of our association, check out the "Association" page. You will find more information about us and registration for joining.