December 5, 2010 is a date bound to make hard core punk history! After a three-year break, BoySetsFire, the quintet from Delaware, are back on a stage. Drums and guitars are shivering with anticipation, while Germany is looking forward to Nathan’s voluminous voice to burn through the Velodrom in Berlin. They started out in 1994, as a live band without a record, but a political message instead – and they established themselves as a mind-blowing live act in no time. Their first album – “The Day The Sun Went Out” – was released in 1997, followed by “After The Eulogy” (2000), which featured the hit record “Rookie”.
In 2003 they published the album “Tomorrow Come Today”, and keeping the three-year-release rhythm, “The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years” came out in 2006. Their sound might have gone a bit more emo over the years, but the political messages, and the impulsive live energy have remained the same. After a lot of touring, their success became an international breakthrough in 2005, when BoySetsFire signed a contract with the Swedish record label Burning Heart Records. Surprinsingly, the band announced their break-up in 2007, and they played their very last live gig on European soil at the very first edition of the Telekom Extreme Playgrounds in Herten. BoySetsFire are back where they left! There are some more world class names on the sports roster of Europe’s most successful action sports event series.
In Skateboard Street, last year’s top 4 riders meet acting European Champion 2010 Nassim Guammaz (NED), World Cup Skateboarding Tour 2009 Champ Rodolfo Ramos and his buddy Rodil Junior (both BRA). In Skateboard Vert, the 2009 heroes meet Marcelo Bastos (BRA), Paul-Luc Ronchetti (UK) and Berlin-based vert legend Jürgen Horrwarth! BMX Vert has Germany’s only partaker Benjamin Kopp butting heads with last year’s third-placed Austin Coleman (USA). Freshly confirmed for BMX Street are 2009’s third Alessandro Barbero (ITA), as well as 2010 whizz kid Alex Coleborn (UK) and Germany’s super talented Bruno Hoffmann from Cologne. Following the Telekom Local Support Street Challenge last weekend, the roster also features Markus Braumann (Berlin), Ondra Slez (CZ), Janek Wentzky (Essen), as well as Amateur and WildCard winner Mattis Hansen (Flensburg).
Ticket sales for the Telekom Extreme Playgrounds have already begun. Tickets for this music- and action sports highlight at the Velodrom in Berlin on Dec. 5th, are available for just 25 Euros (plus fee). Alternatively, there’s the 5-Friends-Ticket (100 Euros plus fee), which costs for four, but admits five persons. Either way, tickets are available through www.telekom-playgrounds.de and most official box offices. Info & tickets: www.telekom-playgrounds.de