Are you looking for a punk rock bar on a tropical island? Are you looking for the closest music shop in Vienna? Do you need to find a place where you can repair your guitar before your next show? Or are you trying to find a nice restaurant with vegetarian or vegan food in Moscow?

The Punk Planet Travel Guide provides travel tips, recommendations, entertaining and useful articles for musicians, music lovers and people who stray from the beaten path. It’s a travel and tour planning site for bands, punk rockers and all kinds of alternative travelers.

I already listed and will continue to list lots of useful places, but all your tips are very welcome. If you know places to stay for musicians on tour, a great vintage guitar shop, a new veggie restaurant or the best punk rock bar in town, write a comment or send me a message.

I visited some of the places myself, others I found online or got recommended from other travelers. Although I’m constantly updating the Punk Planet site, I cannot guarantee that the places are still where they used to be, that they still exist or that you like them.

I will publish articles in English and German about tour and travel planning or about useful and/or entertaining experiences. “Punk rock” is meant in the broadest sense here. If you care about rock music, live shows and if you are generally aware of the ethical, social and political consequences of your actions, you are at the right place. If you are interested in big techno parties, package holidays, five star hotels, design clothing or fast food restaurant chains, you are definitely at the wrong place.

Keep checking back… Punk Planet will grow constantly.

How to save money on tour in Europe

How to save money on tour in Europe

Many bands still think that the key for covering their costs on tour or even being able to save some cash is to earn higher fees. That might be the case for popular bands, but if you usually play in front of less than 200 people, then you also need other ways to save money. Continue reading

The right kind of fuel on tour

On tour in Europe you can get confused with all the different names for petrol/gasoline, especially if you only find an automated fueling station in the night and there’s nobody to ask for help.

If you make the mistake of pumping petrol/gasoline into a diesel engine you’ll know pretty quickly. I once rented a van to a band which did that in Czech Republic, the motor broke before they left the ground of the gas station. The list below shall help to prevent that from happening (ever!) again.
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South Korea’s punk scene and the rest of the country

In October 2014 I had the opportunity to check out the South Korean punk and indie scene. How and why I got there, you can read later in another article.

The first big surprise was how much the Koreans can drink. And I’m from Germany. In the same time I put away a bottle of beer (5-6%) the others tossed down a bottle of soju (20 %). But the second big surprise helped with the first: after the shows the bands and their audience went eating (and drinking) together instead of (just) drinking in a bar. That was quite nice. Continue reading

What you should bring on tour in Europe

Sleeping bags and travel pillows

In most European countries venues and promoters usually provide sleeping places for bands. That can be simple mattresses at private places or venues, hostels, hotels, band rooms or whole band flats at the venues. You should always have sleeping bags with you, even if you mainly stay in hotels.
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Beijing Bubbles – Punk and Rock in China’s Capital

Desillusioniert, aber neugierig wagt sich der heimische Punkrocker ins Kino zur Vorführung von „Beijing Bubbles – Punk and Rock in China’s Capital“. Beim Betrachten der Doku werden seine Augen feucht und er zieht ein Taschentuch, bedruckt mit Totenköpfen oder „Punk’s not dead“-Schriftzug, aus seiner bei Ebay erstandenen, bereits mit Nieten und Aufnähern komplettierten „Used Look“-Lederjacke.

Denn während die Punks in Europa mittlerweile mehr mit der Vermarktung ihres Lifestyles als mit bürgerlichen Vorurteilen oder Polizeirepressalien zu kämpfen haben, spukt der Geist des Punk nun frisch auferstanden in China herum. Continue reading

Between the lines – Indiens drittes Geschlecht

D/IND 2005. Regie: Thomas Wartmann.

Obwohl dieser Dokumentarfilm von armen, gesellschaftlich ausgegrenzten Indern handelt, kann man sich das Taschentuch für die bitteren Tränen der Betroffenheit sparen. Dies ist kein weiterer Film, der mit phantasielosem Buhlen um Political Correctness langweilt. Keine Message drängt sich auf, keine suggestive Forderung nach mehr Verständnis oder Toleranz. Bei Between the lines ist Spaß erlaubt, ungewöhnlich, wenn man bedenkt, daß es ein Film über Menschen ist, die betteln oder sich prostituieren, um ihren Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen.  Continue reading