While the number of visitors has soared, the idea behind the event remains unchanged. Bochum Total is a rock and pop festival with the emphasis on progressive and original music. The organisers have always been keen to experiment and have had a nose for big stars of the future. Whether it’s ‘Wir sind Helden’, the ‘Donots’, ‘Silbermond’ or ‘Seeed’, they all came through their baptism of fire at Bochum Total on their way to national fame. With a perfect sponsoring concept, the organisers, in close cooperation with Bochum’s Office for the Arts, selects the very best out of a whole host of bands – and success proves them right: Up to a million visitors spend four days partying in downtown Bochum. Maybe you’ll be among them next year – it’s worth it. And admission is free!