On tour with PICTURES

“I hope I see you next year”

I recently travelled out to Germany to see my favourite band around at the moment PICTURES on the last two dates of their winter tour. Starting on Friday 19th January in Munich and continuing on to Nuremberg on Saturday 20th, the boys brought songs from their debut album Promise and a couple of new efforts from their forthcoming LP to Bavaria to close a nine-date tour of Germany which started before Christmas and concluded with five consecutive January dates.

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In Focus: The Allianz Arena

Munich’s Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern and on occasion the German national football team, is one of the world’s best examples of how a new build football stadium should be designed.

Like another of Germany’s more interesting attractions, Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, the existence of the Allianz Arena is owed to a regional referendum, where almost two thirds of voters backed plans for the new stadium. After ground was broken in 2002, Bayern moved in to the 346 million euro arena during 2005 and announced that by the end of 2014 they had recouped the building cost, years ahead of their 2030 target. Minus the sponsor’s name (a financial services firm headquartered in Munich), it was used for six matches in the 2006 World Cup including the opening game and a semi-final, hosting Germany twice in two wins.

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