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Ex-Arsenal star launches mega festival in Germany

The Glücksgefühle festival took place at legendary F1 track, the Hockenheimring, in September

By Lisa Henderson on 16 Oct 2023

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski

image © Flickr/Ronnie Macdonald

This story has been updated since its original publication on 16 October.

Renowned football player Lukas Podolski launched a new mega festival in Germany last month.

The ex-Arsenal F.C. and Germany international star welcomed tens of thousands of fans to his new event, Glücksgefühle, which translates to ‘happy feelings’.

Glücksgefühle festival took place across four days in September at Hockenheimring, the legendary F1 track in Baden-Württemberg.

The four-day festival debuted with acts including Steve Aoki, Robin Schulz, Paul van Dyk and ATB

Acts including Steve Aoki, Robin Schulz, Paul van Dyk and ATB performed across two stages dubbed the Cloud 9 stage and the Euphoria stage.

Sarah Connor, Cro, Marteria, Sido, Nico Santos, Gentleman, Felix Jaehn, Clueso, Wincent Weiss, Donots and Stella Bossi also performed at the inaugural edition.

In addition to live music, attendees enjoyed football tournaments, a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, carousels, a go-kart track, yoga courses and other activities.

The World Cup Winner, who now plays for Polish team Gornik Zabrze, teamed up with Markus Krampe from the eponymous event management company on Glücksgefühle.

The festival is set to return to the F1 track between 12 and 15 September 2024 and first release passes have already sold out.


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