“Elderly men” didn’t escape their nursing home to go to metal festival, police reveal

In a newly released update, German police said the men weren't "elderly" and that they didn't attend the metal festival after all. Gutted.

The story about two “elderly men” who reportedly snuck out from their “retirement home” last Friday (August 3) to attend a German metal festival was updated by police in Germany yesterday (August 8). 

German media outlet Deutsche Well, who first broke the story, is now reporting that the police gave the media “misinformation” in their media statement last week.

The initial statement detailed that two men escaped from their nursing home to attend the Wacken Open Air music festival.


However, a new statement has revealed that the two men were in fact 58 and 59 years old and details how the pair made their way out of a mental health facility, not a nursing home. Furthermore, the two men didn’t attend the festival but did go to the town of Wacken to “party”.

The police statement said: “They have mental health issues … both went to Wacken [the town] to party and also consumed alcohol,” a police spokesperson said, adding that the two ended up in a “helpless situation.”

The two men were taken to a medical tent for festival goers, leading to the cause of confusion.

Wacken Open Air took place last weekend (August 2-4) in the northern German town of Wacken.  The festival has been described as the “biggest heavy metal festival in the world.”

Deutsche Welle initially reported that nursing home staff contacted the police after they noticed the two men were missing from the centre. They were found at the festival at 3am in a state that a police spokesperson called “disoriented and dazed.”


Acts who appeared at this year’s Wacken Open Air included Judas Priest, Hatebreed, Danzig, In Flames and Running Wild. An estimated 75,000 people attended the four-day festival.

Earlier this year, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was to quit touring with the band after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He has been replaced in the band’s live setup by Andy Sneap.