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"37th International Guggen Music Festival - colourful and imaginative costumes and 'mad music.'"

guggen rockersOn February 15th and 16th Schwäbisch Gmünd, like every year was overtaken by ‘mad music.’ 
20 Guggen bands consisting around 800 musicians arrive from Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany and descend on the oldest Staufer town, now also referred to as the “Mecca” of Guggen music.

The 37th International Guggen Music Festival, the festival of weird tones, starts on Saturday.
At 11am a parade starts with the fool's tree at Bockstorplatz. Two Guggen bands lead the Narrenbaum to the market square where the tree is set up by the masked group "Rudos" with the help of the Wetzgau fire department.
The weekend is also an opportunity to welcome back and hear Guggen groups that have not been guests in Schwäbisch Gmünd for a long time.

With the early arrival of many supporters, there are always very colourful and imaginative costumes worn by the supporters themselves to admire around the town centre bars on the Friday night.

You have to be very careful though, it can be somewhat scary ......... can anyone recognise what must definitely be
‘the oldest rocker in town’ spotted in Gmünd last Friday? Told you it was ‘mad.’

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