The Trafostation 61-Festival originated in 2009 and 2010 in the former Frechener bands "Dill" and "Grandma Death"’s rehearsal space.
Besides crazy jam sessions and smaller gigs, it slowly became clear that there should be something bigger.
Their music, as well as music of other bands within their circle should be brought to the big stage in a concentrated way.
The general idea:
„We buy a few crates of beer, build up a stage and invite 15 bands from various genres. On this basis, we can party for two days with friends and anyone else who’s up for it. If we don’t end up losing money in the end, it’s all good.“
Under the pretext of a birthday party, the Trafostation 61-festival - aka Trafo - took place in 2011 for the first time.
Shortly before the last band took to the stage, it was broken up by police. Before that, however, everything had run amazingly well.
It was clear that it needed to happen again, but the next time it would have to be done right - including everything that comes with it.
2012 was the first official year of Trafo: the department of public order, fire department, police and the mayor were on board for preliminary planning. The two day event became three. The organization, legal affairs and event finance management led to the founding of the non-profit Kulturtrafo Frechen association, which, as of March 2016, has 135 honorary members, donors and volunteers.
Since then, Trafo has always taken place on the second weekend of August on the eponymous Trafostation 61 site, an old grill area on a forest clearing near Frechen-Grefrath. So far the festival has welcomed over 80 bands from Australia, Belgium, Germany, France, Japan, Czech Republic, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands to the stage.
With a modest camping area, diverse food and sales stands, various music, art and environmental sustainability workshops, as well as the fact that there is only one communal grill for all visitors, we offer the opportunity for young and old to grow into one large community in less than three days.
In contrast to the larger festivals, Trafo’s focus is on close proximity and contact between bands and visitors. We offer bands one of the best party crowds, good sound, delicious food and sufficient liquids to prevent dehydration. There are no limits to the music and its genres: from quiet to refreshingly dancable, energetic to grunge, hard-paced to a psychodelic rhythms - we have it all. As soon as the sun sets, the yearly changing light show together with sculptures and artistic installations begin to dance. After the stage dims, each respective day ends with legendary electronic musicians who follow with accentuated aftershow parties, which are welcomingly interrupted by collective drumming sessions.