These elderly men broke out of their nursing home for a heavy metal concert

Grandpa, is that you?
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Two elderly men broke out of their nursing home to attend a yearly German music festival. But, it wasn’t just any ol' festival — they pulled an escape act for the sake of a heavy metal concert.

 

The German news site Deutsche Welle reported that the older gentlemen went to the 29th annual Wacken Open Air, which took place from August 2 to August 4 and attracted a crowd of nearly 75,000 fans to the village of Wacken.

 

Headline acts included metal bands like Hatebreed, In Flames and Running Wild.

 

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After the nursing home called German authorities, they located the two men on festival grounds. If you’re wondering what time it was, reports say the concert-goers were found at 3:00 a.m. (casual).

"They obviously liked the metal festival," a police spokeswoman said. "The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up."

The German music festival already came out with a trailer for next year's 30th anniversary event, and over 50,000 tickets have reportedly been sold as of today.

Watch the Wacken Open Air German music festival trailer

Here’s a promo for Wacken Open Air 2019:

"The biggest metal party of the year with metalheads from more than 80 nations is still raging on the Holy Ground," reads a description from WackenTV. "But of course we can't wait to offer you a glimpse of what will happen at Wacken Open Air 2019, our 30th edition — here are the first bands for our big anniversary."

Wacken Open Air 2019 will take place from August 1 to August 3, 2019, and who knows, maybe these older metalheads will make a run for it again.

Wacken Open Air really does welcome the oldest rockers in the game. The official Twitter account for the German music festival even made a point of noting that there’s "no discrimination of seniors."

Let metalheads be metalheads because, as they justly point out, "you’re never too old to rock."

 
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