"Nobody had a clue and everybody joined in." That's how the organisers of the Party.San Open Air describe the first steps of the festival on their homepage. The festival began in 1996 as a private party with some live music on a meadow in Bad Berka. Today, its is one of Germany's most popular festivals for black- and death-metal. Though the organisers sometimes book melodic bands like for example Die Apokalyptischen Reiter in 2007, the festival mainly presents harder bands like Boldthrower from Great Britain, Behemoth from Poland or the German Band Endstille, who all played in 2008. During the first festival in 1996 the profit was mainly made by 200 beer drinking friends. By now, up to 8000 visitors come to the Party.San Open Air annually.