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125,000 across Hurricane/Southside weekend

FKP Scorpio has announced dates for the 2019 events after welcoming 60,000 and 65,000 people, respectively, to Southside and Hurricane 2018

By Jon Chapple on 25 Jun 2018

The Kooks, Southside 2018

image © Matthias Rhomberg/FKP Scorpio

Organisers FKP Scorpio and MCT welcomed a total of 125,000 people to last weekend’s twin Southside and Hurricane festivals.

Southside – which takes place in Neuhausen ob Eck, in southern Germany – sold out, reaching capacity with 60,000 attendees, while Hurricane – at the Eichenring motorcycle speedway in Scheessel – was attended by 5,000 more. Both events were headlined by Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Billy Talent and the Prodigy.

Other performers included Justice, Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand, the Kooks (pictured), the Offspring, Portugal the Man, London Grammar, James Bay and NOFX.

“We are very pleased with the progress of the festivals”

Although Hurricane’s attendance is down, from 78,000 last yearattributed by FKP founder Folkert Koopmans to years of bad weather, rising costs and a saturated festival market – the company’s CEO and head of festival booking, Stephan Thanscheidt, is happy with the performance of its flagship festivals.

“We look back on a weekend of great concerts, impressive headline shows and, last but not least, a thoroughly music-loving crowd,” he comments. “We are very pleased with the progress of the festivals and immensely proud of our local teams who make it all possible.”

Hurricane and Southside 2019 will take place from 21 to 23 June.


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