Traditions are there to be maintained but the boot midway party is one that everyone is only too happy to follow. Starting with the debut staging of boot 37 years ago, Messe Düsseldorf invites exhibitors to a jolly evening filled with music and good food.
Exhibitors got through hump day
So it was that once again this year, according to custom, half way through the world's No. 1 event for yachting and watersports, the big boot bash brought exhibitors together in the CCD.South/Stadthalle to celebrate "their" evening on Wednesday. More than 3,000 arrived for the night's multifaceted programme of fun. The air was humming with the whole spectrum of musical styles - from jazz through Caribbean sounds to revival bands and disco beats.
Popular singers kept spirits high
The first of the highlights in the ballroom was the appearance on stage of popular German singer Michael Holm. Almost an hour later, just when everyone thought the mood could hardly get any better, Sascha Klaar & Band got behind the mics and went one better. Just before midnight, the immensely popular Rhine Area Pipes & Drums kept things thumping.
Belly dancers and a tribute to Rabbie Williams
In the foyer which was grooving under the motto "It's a jazzy world", belly dancers warmed up the audience before the N' Awlins Brass Band and Big Daddy Wilson, among others, took over. One of the greatest entertainers of our times was also present in a manner of speaking - the "Tribute to Robbie Williams" show brought the British Superstar faithfully to life. In the wee hours, as the last guests made their way home from the midway party, one thing was certain: This is one tradition worth keeping up!