Elderly men escape from nursing home for German heavy metal festival

Elderly men escape from nursing home for German heavy metal festival

On Thursday afternoon, the 29th annual Wacken Open Air festival kicked off in the German town of Wacken.

Two elderly men have escaped from their nursing home to attend the world's biggest metal festival. They weren't happy about leaving and had to be escorted out of the festival grounds in a taxi and patrol auto.

After being alerted by the nursing home, authorities reportedly located the missing pair at a casual 3 a.m.at the festival - that's when the last stages finish up for the night, so these guys are pretty hardcore. However, police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld told public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, "They obviously liked the metal festival".

Unsurprising enough, the men were reluctant to leave the four-day event so police had to escort them home with the help of a taxi and a patrol vehicle.

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Seriously, can you blame them for living after midnight at a massive four-day fest that boasted a lineup that included the likes of Judas Priest, Ghost, Danzig, Behemoth and more?

Although mud is usually an issue with outdoor festivals, Deutsche Welle reports that a heatwave caused concern for fire and dust risks.

Police praised revelers this year for good behaviour with little interference needed - it looks to me like everyone saw this pair and chose to respect their elders.

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