Hurricane Goes Like The Wind

FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH‘s twinned Hurricane and Southside festivals have sold out in record time, shifting all 90,000 tickets within three months.

“Last year, we started the sale December 22 and sold out two to three weeks before the event. This year, we didn’t start until February 14 and they’ve all gone six weeks before the events,” FKP press officer Matthias P├Ątzold said.

Acts appearing on this year’s Hurricane/Southside bills June 23-25 include The Strokes, Manu Chao, Seeed, The Hives, Wir Sind Helden, Arctic Monkeys, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Muse, The Kooks, Snow Patrol, Within Temptation, The Cardigans, and Delays.

FKP’s new Area 4 Festival, which began last year as a one-dayer on a 20,000-capacity site next to Oberhausen Arena, has confirmed Audioslave, Seeed, Jimmy Eat World, and Less Than Jake for this year’s September 1-3 renewal.

It also has upcoming shows with James Blunt, Scissor Sisters, Placebo, Coheed and Cambria, The Subways, Turbonegro, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Kooks, The B-52’s, Madsen, and Dungen.

Kaiser Chiefs, Gentleman & The Far East Band, Broken Social Scene, Less Than Jake, Danko Jones, and Kettcar are among the latest acts to confirm the company’s Highfield Festival.

Others on the August 18-20 bill at Stausee Hohenfelden (near Erfurt) include Massive Attack, Mando Diao, Sportfreunde Stiller, and Wir Sind Helden.

John Gammon