2022 (Kopie)

Extraordinary gratitude at the heart of the festival

After the 2020 edition had to be cancelled, it was finally time again: the 35th Open Air Gampel went off peacefully and without incident, in strict compliance with all safety regulations. More than 25 bands, 50 DJs and around 30,000 festival-goers brought some normality back into life after months of forced break during three days. The organizers are extremely happy about the successful event and draw a very positive balance. Not only the numerous musical highlights as well as the cheerful weather, but above all the overwhelming gratitude of the audience, the artists as well as the organizers characterized the 35th Open Air Gampel.


Extraordinary gratitude at the heart of the festival

After the 2020 edition had to be cancelled, it was finally time again: the 35th Open Air Gampel went off peacefully and without incident, in strict compliance with all safety regulations. More than 25 bands, 50 DJs and around 30,000 festival-goers brought some normality back into life after months of forced break during three days. The organizers are extremely happy about the successful event and draw a very positive balance. Not only the numerous musical highlights as well as the cheerful weather, but above all the overwhelming gratitude of the audience, the artists as well as the organizers characterized the 35th Open Air Gampel.


Extraordinary gratitude at the heart of the festival

After the 2020 edition had to be cancelled, it was finally time again: the 35th Open Air Gampel went off peacefully and without incident, in strict compliance with all safety regulations. More than 25 bands, 50 DJs and around 30,000 festival-goers brought some normality back into life after months of forced break during three days. The organizers are extremely happy about the successful event and draw a very positive balance. Not only the numerous musical highlights as well as the cheerful weather, but above all the overwhelming gratitude of the audience, the artists as well as the organizers characterized the 35th Open Air Gampel.


Around 40 bands, dozens of DJs and over 110,000 festival fans transformed the Gampjer festival grounds into a veritable party witch's cauldron over four days and four nights. The organizers draw an extremely positive balance. Stable visitor numbers, numerous musical highlights, a festive but peaceful audience and wonderful weather characterized the 34th Open Air Gampel. Musically, the fantastic stage show of Kygo, who heated up the audience as Friday's headliner, could hardly be surpassed. Somewhat more minimalistic in the presentation, but not the less powerful was the performance of the Finns Sunrise Avenue, who had traveled to the Valais valley bottom in 2019 not only for their gig, but additionally for their honor: They received this year's star on the famous Walk of Stars. Other highlights were Bligg, Lo & Leduc, Anderson.Paak, Loco Escrito and Stefanie Heinzmann.


112'000 festival friends made 'Gampel' the Swiss party hut. One of them cleared the air like no one else this year: Macklemore. His joy of playing is contagious. The show of the electro duo The Chemical Brothers convinced with a lot of laser and video projections. The Irish Kodaline received the star on the Walk of Stars. Also convincing Faber, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Tom Walker, Marteria and for the first time Yungblud .


115'000 festival visitors celebrate exuberantly in Gampel. This meant two visitor records: firstly, in terms of total numbers and secondly, for the first time in the festival's history, a single day was completely sold out with more than 35,000 admissions, namely on Friday evening. The weather showed its sunny and hot side during the four days.

Hard to beat was the 2-hour show of the Toten Hosen, spiced with plenty of power, who kept their promise "We'll be back" after the cancellation of 2015. First dressed as Helmut, but then in his usual getup, Campino and his boys thrilled the 35,000 fans with an energetic performance. The electro acts Paul Kalkbrenner and Milky Chance provided plenty of dancing pleasure, while great moments were guaranteed by Swiss artists. Both during the concert of young star Nemo and Lo & Leduc , the area in front of the Red Stage was bursting and the latter were honored by the municipality of Gampel-Bratsch and were able to unveil the coveted star on the Walk of Stars shortly before their performance. The only downer from a musical point of view was the cancellation of Lil Wayne on Thursday, who could not take the stage for medical reasons.


The magic audience limit of 30,000 visitors was exceeded twice, on Friday and Saturday; on Saturday evening, the festival even set a new record for visitors on a single day with around 33,000. In total, the event counted around 102,100 visitors by Sunday evening. The marketing campaign surrounding the logo change, which caused much discussion in the run-up to the festival, was brought to a worthy conclusion at the festival with a live staging of the song "Iischi Party" by the fictitious band Gerd & da Polis and the logo change from the wolf back to the non-political Capricorn. Musical highlights of the 2016 edition were initially throughout the headliners. First and foremost the Scots of Biffy Clyro with their violent rock and the two danceable concerts of Parov Stelar and Robin Schulz. A great concert in front of a very large audience was also experienced by Patent Ochsner. They were honored shortly before their performance by the municipality of Gampel-Bratsch by inaugurating a star on the streets in the village.


The 30th anniversary edition of the Valais festival set two records: For the first time, the magic sound barrier was exceeded on a single festival day, namely on Saturday, with over 31,000 visitors. In addition, the festival set a new record for attendance by Sunday evening with over 104,000 visitors. Musically, the anniversary edition was marked above all by the cancellation of Der Toten Hosen at very short notice. Within a few hours, Kraftklub could be found as an almost adequate replacement. The band members of the 'Hosen' traveled to Valais anyway and apologized personally to the audience - a great gesture. Also convincing was the light and sound show of The Prodigy, the Canadians of Simple Plan and the merciless party with the "Leider geil" band Deichkind.


For the first time in its long history, the number of visitors broke the 90,000 barrier. Over the four days, the Valais festival counted more than 93,200 visitors. The program was more varied than ever before. The line up included dialect, singer/songwriting, club sound, punk, rock and techno. The headliners were convincing: First and foremost Volbeat with a sensational rock pyro show, the anniversary show of the Fantastischen Vier and the surprising Scooter. Mando Diao with flowing white dresses were also able to convince with their big stadium anthems at the latest. In addition, the shows of model rapper Marteria, Fettes Brot and Casper also thrilled. There were also new discoveries, including clubbers Clean Bandit and the two Swiss combos Lo & Leduc and Yokko.


Satisfied the visitors, who enjoyed great concerts by Tenacious D, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Xavas, Parov Stelar Band, Flogging Molly, as well as Gentleman and Max Herre, with lots of sun and an incredibly beautiful mountain backdrop; here and there the audience also discovered some new bands, such as the Irish high-flyers Kodaline or the sound tinkerers of Kyasma from Lower Valais. But also the organizers are satisfied, who registered a total of 86,400 visitors over four days and can sum up a very peaceful and relaxed Open Air overall.


The 27th edition of the Open Air Gampel is over and one looks exclusively into satisfied faces. Satisfied the visitors, who enjoyed the sensational concerts of Foo Fighters, Placebo, Cypress Hill and Silbermond in great heat and beautiful sunshine, and also discovered some new bands, such as Triggerfinger, Alex Clare and others. Satisfied but also the organizers, who registered a total of 85,000 visitors over four days and can sum up a very peaceful and relaxed Open Air. In 'Gampel', tropical heat temperatures of up to 36 degrees prevailed over the entire weekend. The organizers used a mobile snow cannon for the first time, which sprayed the visitors with water.


The balance of the 2011 edition is almost perfect. More than 85,000 visitors celebrated "iischi Party" in Gampel. The team clearly had the most problems with the heat. In 'Gampel', tropical heat temperatures of up to 35 degrees prevailed over the entire weekend. The program was also "hot": Not only the convincing performances of The Offspring, the sensational light, laser and sound show of Chemical Brothers and the Swiss exclusive comeback of the Berlin dancehall stars Seeed knew how to convince. Smaller acts, such as the likeable DJ Fritz Kalkbrenner, the Norwegian girl quartet Katzenjammer and the melodic punk rock of NoFX also thrilled the masses. Other highlights also included Adel Tawil with Ich + Ich and The Baseballs on Sunday, as well as the German number one rockers Guano Apes.


A total of 80,700 visitors celebrated "iischi Party" in Gampel. Thus, 'Gampel' has secured its place in the major league of Swiss festivals also in its anniversary edition. The program was convincing. Especially the three exclusive performances of the headliners Queens of the Stone Age, Limp Bizkit and the birthday gig of the Toten Hosen. The fact that hip hop does not need to be "ashamed" at a rock festival was proven in the most impressive way by Greis, Blumentopf and especially German rapper Sido.


The 24th Open Air Gampel was marked by infrastructural changes. The new smaller and more cozy arranged area was well received by the audience. The biggest change was probably stage 2: It was now called "PlayStationStage" and was no longer covered, but "Open-Air". Changes that were very well received by the audience. Musically, the two British headliners Snow Patrol and Kaiser Chiefs, the newcomers The Ting Tings as well as the Swiss Stress, Patent Ochsner and Bligg were convincing. Over four days, around 72,500 visitors attended the Valais festival.


Around 78,000 visitors over four days brought the Swiss festival summer to a good close. The musical highlights were the performances of the epic rockers Nightwish with their brilliant pyro show and the top German bands Beatsteaks, Die Fantastischen Vier and Fettes Brot. The performances of the Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Nozuka, the Danish newcomer band Grand Avenue and, above all, the concert by the English independent band The Hossiers can be described as discoveries. Stefanie Heinzmann experienced her baptism of fire in 'Gampel' on the main stage. Accompanied by a 12-piece band, the Valaisan celebrated a lot of joy in playing, which finally culminated in a homage to her home canton with the song "Chumm ins Wallis".


The last big open air of the Swiss festival summer 2007 was a successful one: Clearly more than 80'000 open air fans paid a visit to the small 'Gampel', in the middle of the Valais pampas. Musical highlights were on Thursday evening Tool with their brute video staging, Within Temptation with sex and a lot of voice; on Friday evening Gypsy-Punk by Gogol Bordello and mass phenomenon Die Ärzte; on Saturday Nobel-Hip-Hopper Stress, Sportfreunde Stiller and the Scottish rockers of Travis provided a lot of goose bumps. On Sunday, Gentlemen thrilled with its swaying reggae and the Canadian top quartet Billy Talent.


The 21st edition of the Open Air Gampel ended with a new attendance record: For the first time in its 21st year history, the limit of 80'000 visitors was cracked. This success was due on the one hand to the musical rejuvenation in the direction of 'rock' and on the other hand to the excellent weather. On Thursday evening, the two headliners Seeed and The Prodigy were particularly convincing. Friday evening was clearly dominated by the British top-shot Muse. Their show will go down in the annals of 'Gampel' and can only be described with superlatives. Saturday evening brought, among others, the Swedish rock combo Mando Diao and the Scots Franz Ferdinand, the very best kind of rock. Also on the final day Jovanotti and Patent Ochsner heated up the numerous audience mightily.


In 2005, 'Gampel' celebrated its 20th anniversary. The promoters set off a veritable fireworks display of highlights. Thursday was the real highlight: At the birthday party, guests from the past 20 years performed. Led by Joe Cocker, who first ensured a full house in 2000; followed by raggae legend Jimmy Cliff and German rockers Reamonn and Liquido. Besides, it was a festival of innovations: For the first time, they launched an actual party zone, which was open almost around the clock; a stage 3, where more cover bands or local up-and-coming bands played after the end of the concert and with GampelFM, they even launched their own festival radio. And there was something else that made the anniversary edition special: As with the first edition, it only rained once - from the beginning to the end of the festival.


The Open Air Gampel broke all records again in 2004: A total of 79,000 visitors attended the festival in Valais on the third weekend in August. This means that the previous year's record was increased by an incredible 25,000 visitors - albeit on four days, rather than on three days as was the case last year. With this unexpected attendance, 'Gampel' clearly became the number one in German-speaking Switzerland in terms of visitors! Musically, P!nk on Thursday, Die Toten Hosen on Friday, The Rasmus, The Offspring and Dick Brave & the Backseats on Saturday and Everlast and Toto on Sunday were convincing. For the first time, thenational broadcaster DRS3 broadcast "live uf dr Gass" the Valais Festival.


Three days full program - three days sold out! With 54,000 visitors, the 50,000 mark was broken for the first time. Thus, Gampel ranked second among the festivals in German-speaking Switzerland - directly behind OpenAir St. Gallen, but ahead of the Gurtenfestival. At the end of the Swiss festival summer, Gampel presented an actual program of headliners: Simple Minds, Him, Melanie C, Eagle Eye Cherry, Heather Nova, Keziah Jones and Seeed!


What no one believed, the Gampjer also managed in 2002: A new visitor record! With 46'336 visitors, the previous year's record result could be increased by 3'000 visitors. And the fact that the weather also played along can be called a well-deserved crowning glory of this major event in the Valais. On Friday, raggae star Gentleman, Die Happy and H-Blockx - all from Germany - were particularly convincing musically. Motörhead, the supposed headliner of Friday, could not convince the whole audience equally. Many found their hard sound simply too harsh and therefore preferred to watch the action on the main stage from afar. Saturday took place in front of a sold-out crowd: Around 18'000 visitors enjoyed the three headliners Nek and UB40. As expected, Sunday was the real highlight of this festival summer from a Swiss perspective: With Patent Ochsner, Züri West and Polo Hofer & Schmetterband, three big names played together on one stage for the first time ever in one afternoon.


In 2001, Gampel once again wrote a success story: 8,000 spectators on the Special Day with DJ Bobo before the festival and around 43,300 visitors from Friday to Sunday at the festival itself brought the Valais Open Air another record number of spectators. Thanks to the adapted spatial distribution of the site and the improved infrastructure, the crowd could be handled without any problems. Musical headliners were without a doubt Deep Purple on Saturday evening. Their show, packed with good old rock'n'roll, thrilled more than 16,000 visitors on Saturday alone. Other treats were Papa Roach and Reamonn.


In 2000, Gampel already celebrated its 15th anniversary. And this birthday was celebrated extensively with a new spectator record of 36'500 spectators. For the first time in its history Gampel could announce "sold out". Mainly responsible for this record is without doubt the performance of the legendary Woodstock veteran Joe Cocker on Saturday. The highlight of Friday can be called Die Fantastischen Vier. The German rappers celebrated on stage with incredible power their very big hits "Die da" to "MfG".


In 1999, over 30,000 visitors stayed in Gampel for the three days! This was the first time that the Open Air exceeded the magic limit of 30,000 people. A Swiss named Gölä stole the show from all the established international guests. Boy George and his Culture Club also put on an unforgettable performance. A glamorous conclusion was achieved by the organizers with Gianna Nannini and the many white doves which rose as peace ambassadors into the Valais sky.


The poster from 1998 is based on a somewhat misshapen figure by the Visper artist Maria Ceppi. Hardly any other poster in the 15 year history of the Open Air polarized as much as this one! For the first time Roman Pfammatter, owner of the artist agency Artistpool, was in charge of the program. He immediately succeeded in creating a musical drumbeat! The cult band The Cure came to Gampel. The dressing room of singer Robert Smith had to be specially decorated. It had to be darkened and instead of light he only wanted candles! In addition, Dog Eat Dog, the Leningrad Cowboys, Gotthard, Del Amitri and Jethro Thull also performed.


In 1997, for the first time, the organizers were able to win over not only DRS3 but also its French sister Couleur3 as a partner! Musically it was a year of change. One wanted to correct the image of the Oldie Treff. Clawfinger, Therapy?, Apollo 440, Keziah Jones, but also "more mature" music greats like Angelique Kidjo and Jimmy Cliff were present. The first lady of Swiss dialect rock Sina could stand on the home stage for the second time in 1997.


In 1996 techno was in, like never after. The organizers wanted to take this into account and provided the visitors with a techno tent. All night long the techno disciples could dance there. However, this also provoked complaints from visitors to the campsite and other residents, as they felt disturbed in their night's rest. Musically, the headliners were Manfred Man's Earth Band, Vaya Con Dios, Freak Power, Züri West and also a then unknown band called Lovebugs. But again Marla Glen wrote history. After getting lost on her way to Wallis in 1994 and thus arriving too late for her gig, she was anything but absent in 1996. Her party after her concert is legendary. The manager's search for her as well...


In 1995 the organizers celebrated their 10th anniversary. As a big musical innovation, the musical HAIR was performed on Sunday. And this performance pleased the audience and probably also the weather god, because just as the troupe sang the well-known banger "Let the sunshine in" the sun came out and drove away the rain clouds. Zap Mama, Bob Geldof, Johnny Glegg and Neil Young were also on stage.


Musically, the Gampjers offered a wide range in 1994: Midnight Oil, Zucchero, The Pogues, Die Toten Hosen and for the first time the Gamplerin Sina, who just in this year with her first CD appeared at the top of the national charts. Another classy woman, however, wrote the more interesting story: Marla Glen got lost on her way to Wallis and arrived in Gampel - but too late. Unfortunately, the organizers had to cancel her gig.


The poster from 1993 was designed by Zermatt artist Heinz Julen. With DRS3, the organizers were able to win the national radio station for the Open Air for the first time: their sphere is probably still remembered by many. Musical highlights this year were: Fish, Inner Circle, Eduardo Bennato and Mother's Finest.


After the unsuccessful excursion to Raron, the Open Air moved back to Gampel in 1992 to the site that is still valid today. It was the year of consolidation. And yet the organizers were able to put together a great music program. Marillion, John Parr and Gotthard played.


For the first and only time, the Open Air Gampel did not take place in Gampel, but in Raron. The organizers tried to make a big splash and set up an area for a total of 30,000 people. The expectations of the organizers were not fulfilled - only 8,000 people made the pilgrimage to the Open Air. In order to minimize infrastructure costs, the festival was extended from two to three days for the first time. As the first Open Air in Switzerland, the organizers offered the visitors a real supporting program with bullriding, mud fight, artists and a trial show. The music program also brought something new. For the first time there was a theme night. Friday belonged to the women with Guesch Patti, Nina Hagen and Vera Kaa. Status Quo and Mory Kanté were also on stage.


For the first time in 1990, the Open Air was held on the current site - clearly on a much smaller scale. For the first time, the organizers had to cope with a weighty cancellation: Guesch Patti, who was at the top of the charts with "Etienne", had to cancel the gig for health reasons. Uriah Heep were a worthy replacement and thus made their second appearance in Gampel after 1987. In addition, the Austrian Etta Scollo, the original rockers Rare Earth, Luther Alison and the Upper Valais rock bands Family Force and FBI also performed.


While in the two previous years the stage was still in the hangar building, in 1989 the stage was placed in front of the hangar. For the first time, the logo with the ibex, still known today, appeared on the advertising posters. This logo was created by Thomas Tscherry, the head of Open Air at that time. Next to Emma Zita and the Upper Valais band Slaves of Jazz, a very famous Upper Valaisian was on stage: the rock musician Steve Thompson. He appeared with a Valais flag.


In 1988, the open air was called "International Rockfest" for the first time. The guard of Swiss rockers Jammin' the Blues and Polo Hofer made the festival a financial success despite the rain. As in the previous year, a good 3,000 visitors made the pilgrimage to the Hangar. Nazareth played as the absolute headliner.


Due to the extremely positive experiences of the first edition, Thomas Tscherry came up with the idea of organizing such a festival every year in 1987 and founding a separate association for this purpose. For the first time the festival was extended to two days. Because of this, visitors could now also camp on the grounds. In addition to camping, the still young festival had a canteen and two stalls on offer. The organizers moved from the sports field to the hangar, using the hangar building as a stage, while the approximately 3,000 visitors listened to the music "open air". Headliners were Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.


In 1986, on the initiative of the Gampl rock band Family Force and the music & light equipment company FREEPOWER MUSIC, a rock festival was held for the first time. Family Force wanted to show their musical skills at a bigger gig. The rock festival lasted only 1 day and took place at the old sports ground in Gampel. A camion trailer served as an improvised stage. Despite the rain, 500 people visited this rock festival. Headliners of the first rock festival were besides Family Force the Bernese Span.