music outside the norm


19th-21th July 2024


Galopprennbahn, Bad Doberan

Warm up

18th July 2024

Zappanale #33 - Lineup


July 17th, 2024


Vernissage / Exhibition Helmut King / 50 Years Apostrophe (')

HAMBURG, St.Katharinen


July 18th, 2024






Blanck Zappath


July 19th, 2024



Die miserablen Husos


Compound Chemistry

Cats & Breakkies


July 20th, 2024



Blanck Zappath

Jeff Hollie Quartet


Jim Cohen


The Wrong Object


Die miserablen Husos

Glasgow Coma Scale


July 21st 2024


Versammlung Arf Society e.V.


Frank Out! & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Good Bye Session


Fused Trio

Urgent Update from Zappanale Festival

Dear Zappanale fans!

as we wrote in our newsletter "Obituary Z #32 and Preparation Z #33", we made a big loss at the 32nd Zappanale.
Time and again, we receive statements that some people don't want to come because of the ticket and camping costs, which are real.
This makes our situation considerably worse.
We would therefore like to remind you once again of the seriousness of our situation. If we don't manage to generate the necessary income, then the Zappanale can no longer take place.
Wolfhard has subsidized the Zappanale every year from his own salary. Out of love for Zappanale, Frank's Music and your shining eyes. Now he no longer has a source he can tap into because he has retired. There is no longer a company in the background with which he can sponsor.
At last year's Z #32, there was a serious mistake in the development of the new camping concept, which has really fallen on our feet. We can't set the camping prices the same way as last year.
This year, Wolfhard has made every effort in all negotiations, whether with bands, suppliers, freelancers or the city, to ensure that things can continue. Everyone was committed to the Zappanale and gave up a lot so that Zappanale 33 could take place.
We would especially like to take this opportunity to thank a small circle of private sponsors from Zappanale visitors who have provided us with contacts that have also enabled us to reduce costs. Thank you very much, we were very touched by this and of course it helped considerably.
We have found a funding pot where we won't fall through the cracks and we very much hope that we will receive approval for the funds we have applied for.

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There are many entrepreneurs among you, perhaps you have ideas on how you can support us. We got the tip from a visitor in a phone call last year. Feel free to ask us, maybe something will work.
Now it's up to you, our visitors, if you want to experience Zappanale 33, then come along and, despite all the understandable anger about all the price increases that have occurred everywhere, bring everyone who has never been to this fantastic festival and, above all, come yourselves.
This is the only chance we have not to disappear from the festival market for ever.
We would like to thank you in advance for your years of support and the wonderful times we have been able to spend together for 32 years!
We very much hope to welcome you in large numbers at the Rennbahn for the 33rd edition of Zappanale!
For all of you who already have your ticket for Z #33, we are looking forward to a great Zappanale, the contracts with the artists are all signed, the program is ready and will be online soon. There are more highlights that we will inform you about in the next newsletters and of course on our website and social media.
We love the Zappanale!
Music is the best!

Competition Stage design
And the winner is...

Zappa(nale) sunset

Zappa(nale) sunset

mens velum parachutum es tormentum numquam desinit


Red Sofa

Zappa upstaires

Luminated area

Dance the Julymoon

werden und vergehen

Dear Zappanale fans,

we have a winner! You have chosen “Zappanale 33” as your favorite.
Your “Open Space Stage” now has a stage design by festival visitors for festival visitors!
We will print this stage design on a tarpaulin the size of a building fence (3.40 x 2.00 m) and use it as a backdrop for the “Open Space Stage”. It will be a beautiful stage for everyone who performs on the “Open Space Stage”!
We congratulate the winner “Michael Kimmerle”, who can look forward to his festival ticket and a stage design that can be seen worldwide!
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open”
Thank you for all submissions!


Zappanale Team

Good News

We would like to thank the ZAPPALOT event team for informing us about their event.

You can find more information here


Tickets & more

Dear Zappanale fans,
Every guest using the campsites needs the combination of:
Camping Ticket + Parking Pass (either Green or Sun Camp) see below.

Every guest using the campsites requires a "Camping Ticket". This camping ticket is valid for 7 nights, from 16.07.2024-22.07.2024. The price is a flat rate of 69 €, regardless of how long the campsite is used, and is valid for the Green Camp and Sun Camp.

Parking Pässe

Parking passes
Sun Camp
Each vehicle requires a parking pass for Sun Camp.
The parking pass for Sun Camp costs €50. It is valid for any type of motor vehicle: motorcycle, car, minibus or motorhome. In addition, a tent, gazebo (3 x 3 m) or trailer can be placed next to the vehicle. Each guest also requires a camping ticket.

No electricity connection is possible at the "Sun Camp".

Green Camp
Each vehicle requires a corresponding "Parking Pass" for the Green Camp. The parking pass for the Green Camp costs €80. It is valid for any type of motor vehicle: motorcycle, car, minibus or motorhome. In addition, a tent, gazebo (3 x 3 m) or trailer can be placed next to the vehicle. Electricity within a radius of 50m is included. Each guest also requires a camping ticket.

The number of Green Camp tickets is limited, first come, first serve.

"Zappa Time"
Next program 05.05.2024 at 8 pm
moderated by
(Steffen Schindler)

Zappanale Pensioner-Revolution - Basic "Pensioner Sozial Ticket"

Good news  * Good news  *  Good news

Dear Zappanale Fans,
there is always good news!
This time the "good news" is for all pensioners among you who receive a “basic pension. (Germany)”
We want you all there at Zappanale!
We have been looking for a long time for a way to support pensioners who have worked all their lives but only receive a very small pension to be able to experience the Zappanale without having to bring another ticket onto the market (prevention new costs).
That is our offer:
Those "Zappanale pensioners" who receive the “basic pension (BRD)” can order a social ticket on presentation of your certificate. You order your ticket online in the Arf Shop and then send your certificate by e-mail.

With our offer for "basic pensioners", we hope to give additional visitors access to the Zappanale to enjoy Frank's music and the unique ambience.
We look forward to seeing you on the Festival ground!
Music is the best!
Your Zappanale Team


dive into the world of "the other people"

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!

Open Space Stage Z #33

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open."
(Frank Zappa)

Dear Zappanale fans,
following this quote from Frank, this year we have a little surprise for all the creative minds among you!
An idea from the audience has inspired us! We would like to realize this idea this year, a small

"Open Space" Stage

On this stage (approx. 3x4 m) you can perform something and share your contribution with all festival visitors.
The stage will be set up in the area shown in the photo.

You can present music, poetry, dance, performance, etc.

We would like to encourage you all to fill this new "Open Space" Stage
with life. You will need to bring your own equipment.

Now it's up to you, what would you like to be part of? If you have any questions, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Music is the best!
Your Zappanale Team

flyers & posters!
Dear Zappanale fans,
We are pleased that you want to support us in making the Zappanale even better known by distributing flyers and posters. Your help is very important to us and we are grateful for everyone who gets involved.

If you would like to distribute flyers and posters, then write the number an size and your full name and adress in an e-mail
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Plakat A4
Plakat A3
Plakat A2
Plakat A2 lang (42 x 59,4 cm)
Flyer groß (9,8 x 21 cm)
Flyer klein (5,2 x 14,8 cm)

Thank you for your commitment!
Music is the best!
Your Zappanale Team

Am Markt 3 18209 Bad Doberan

This year, the exhibition at the "Zappanale Zentrale" has the motto "The Crux Of The Biscuit".

And as if that weren't enough...

...we once again have works from the treasure trove of the Vorarlberg artist "Helmut King" as an artistic highlight.

The focus is on his objects created from plastic canisters; colorful, creative faces...

Real "Plastic People" - they could mutate insanely...

Helmut King will also be bringing along antler works from his archive.

There are also new works to celebrate. Last year, King dedicated himself to the artists "Arther Brown" and "The Who"

From Friday to Sunday, we start the festival day as usual with spectacular events on the top floor of the exhibition rooms.

The Husos, Blanck Zappath, Inventionis Mater and The Jeff Hollie Quartet will be there, among others.

Details will be announced soon.

Drinks, hot waffles for breakfast and ice cream (café) are also available again

What´s new for the

Festival 2024
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 Journey from England to the Zappanale

by Zappanale visitor Andrew Greenaway for Zappanale visitors

Thank you for this support!

Deutschland-Ticket: valid for these tourist destinations 

Mecklenburg coast from Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn
The Molli runs all year round after two stops in Bad Doberan via Heiligendamm to the start and end station Kühlungsborn West.
In order to offer summer vacationers an attractive intermediate destination, it stops at the "Steilküste" station from June to September.
From there, a 300-metre-long dirt track leads down to a sandy beach with leisurely lapping Baltic Sea waves.

Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH sets up a special stop at the racecourse (festival ground) especially for the Zappanale.
This special stop is valid from

We would like to thank you, also on behalf of all Zappanale visitors,
to the Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH

Festival classics that you can reach with the Deutschland-Ticket
DB MOBIL shows highlights of each season and their special features
By: Tabea Zabel
Zappanale, Bad Doberan/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Not all festivals have to be gigantic to make an impression. The Zappanale serves a niche and enchants with its special charm. For three days in July (2024: 18-21 July), the music, world view and humor of US rock musician Frank Zappa will be celebrated at the racecourse in Bad Doberan.
He was known for his unique rhythms, quirky lines and non-conformist style. Several thousand visitors have gathered here every year since the 1990s, some dressed up with the typical Zappa moustache, hat and wig.
How to get there: From Hamburg, take the RE 1 to Rostock, change there to the RB 11 to Bad Doberan, then take the traditional Molli train (only a supplement is required with a Germany ticket) directly to the festival site - the special stop is set up especially for the event.

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.

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!

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