2 elderly men escape nursing home to attend huge heavy metal festival

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Deutsche Welle reports that nursing home staff contacted police after they noticed the two men were missing from their rooms during the nightly role call.

Wacken Open Air, aka W:O:A, is a four-day heavy metal festival held every year, usually near the beginning of August.

The men were reportedly reluctant to leave the fest but were returned to the nursing home safely, according to DW.

Although Wacken has the notorious reputation of being the muddiest open air event in the world, this year organizers warned fans against fire and dust due to enormous heatwave.

"The nursing home quickly organized transport back for the seniors", police said in a statement.

After the nursing home alerted police to the men's disappearance, they were discovered at 3AM on the festival grounds as the final performers were winding down.

Two elderly German men proved that you're never too old to rock.

Police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld said the pair met police outside the festival at about 3pm.

Police said in a press release that officers in a patrol auto spotted the men, "who were apparently intrigued with the metal festival". Festivalgoers saw acts like Danzig and Judas Priest, and were mostly on their best behavior, DW.com reported.

Approximately 75,000 people attend Wacken each year, growing since its beginnings in 1990.

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