I put it to the Irish public to share their personal do’s and do nots for Time Warp Mannheim. Essential reading for the weekend ahead….
Stephen Flynn: ‘’Never get a taxi to the event from your hotel. Not really sure how much they charge you in Mannheim but certainly stay away from them in Holland.’’
Aaron Nolan: ‘’Fly into Frankfurt but don’t stay there. Travelling to and from the event is a lot more comfortable if you are staying in Mannheim itself. Don’t go to the actual event too early – 2/3/4am is grand.’’
Paul Gill agrees with Aaron: ‘’Fly into Frankfurt main. Stay in Mannheim. I stayed in both Frankfurt and Mannheim and Mannheim is the wiser option. That train back to Frankfurt after time warp is tough going. Also when in the actual event don’t go mad buying tokens for drinks, you’ll probably end up going back to your hotel with pockets full of them.’’
Patrick Dowdall: ‘’The Dorint Hotel in Manheim is a good place to stay, it’s the official Time Warp Hotel. Bumped into Villalobos, Cox, Hawtin, Vath and loads more over the years. Hit Murphy’s Law on the Sunday for the cure!!!’’
Eoghan O Maonaigh: ‘’Ask before taking a cup of water from 2 Slovakian gals. Well that’s a story best told by a certain Miss Young one.’’
Seosamh Ó’Raghallaigh: ‘’Don’t wear gold chains because the Italians will tear it from your neck.’’
Mark Greene: ‘’Oh this is so cool. Right well my bit of advice would be:
1.) Make sure you book your flight and accommodation at least 6 weeks in advance as prices sky rocket as the festival gets close.
2.) If you want to attend the pre-party or just want to make a full weekend of it then fly in on the Friday to either Frankfurt Hahn or Main (we fly to Hahn because it’s cheaper with Ryanair) .Then get a 30 euro bus return ticket to Mannheim. (The public transport ticket that comes with your TW ticket does not cover this because you are there a day early).
3.) Once you arrive in Mannheim go check out the Irish bar ”Murphys” which is located right beside the tram tracks and it is where you will meet loads of Irish, English, Italian etc. like minded festival partiers.
4.) The reason I recommend flying in on a Friday is you get a free pre-party ticket with your festival ticket and you can attend a night that is usually hosted by Chris Liebing and his CLR buddies. But if you do not want to drop into that you can chill out around Mannheim and meet more festival partiers. 5.) The next day when you are getting ready to go to the show make sure you only bring cash as it is pick pocket central in there and unfortunately a lot of people get phones, cards, passports etc. robbed
6.) Get your drink tokens at the start of the night as you don’t want to have to leave during one of the legendary sets to go get tokens that you have to Q for half an hour for.
7.) Stick together because the next day phone batteries die and it is next to impossible to find each other.
8.) Don’t wear sunglasses because you will only look like an absolute dickhead.’’
DO’s: ‘’See Sven Vath and Richie (this is the TRUE Richie you will see, unlike any of his other sets).’’
DON’T’s: Be careful with the security, searches are quite thorough; also don’t get too many drink tokens and be left with loads at the end.’’
Diana Philipino: ‘’Get flight to Frankfurt am Main on Friday, excellent train connections. Get hotel either Ludwigshafen or Mannheim (if looking for good rest after all the madness, get InterCity Hotel in Mannheim or Best Western Ludwigshafen). Best book all above at least 2 months in advance. Always take train or tram, always on time. Go to Time Warp around midnight. Do not buy too many tokens (if u will u can get your money back – 10euro at the time, you can always make few rounds). DJ? It’s up what kind of music you into, personally would recommend: Marcell Dettman, Ben Klock and Chris Liebing, as well as Joseph Capriati and Adam Beyer.’’
Brenna O’Reilly: ‘’Always stay in Mannheim, been there a load of times and none of us ever stayed in Frankfurt, always buzzed around Mannheim great little spot, try and bring Karen Young if you can. Don’t drink the water it’s full of caffeine, over 12 hours you will definitely have adrenaline induced shakes.’’
Darren Daly: ‘’Number 1 is, the minute you get off that plane Saturday morning is to not pay for public transport cause you will get away with it, even though its says 3pm. Park Inn Manheim is an amazing spot to stay for an easy going hotel, its tram parks right outside it… stock up, go to Timewarp about 11 or 12 have the best night off your life. Check out Hawtin the dome and a few different acts like Dj Rush and so on. Go for a stroll, soak it up, don’t leave early like some lightweights…. wait till the end, then back to the after-party or whatever you are able for….. Enjoy!’’