Frauenfeld continued its growth since being reinvented as a mainly hip-hop festival with an average crowd of nearly 25,000 a day packing on to the old horse racing track just outside Zurich, Switzerland.
Reporting a 60 percent increase on the 45,000 that showed for last year’s event, Andy Locher from
As it was, it passed by. Much of the German-speaking part of the country had at least a shower or two but not a drop fell on Frauenfeld.
The event, which has always been something of a poison chalice, has certainly benefitted from a switch to a rock and hip-hop bill.
By 2000, Gert Hubatka’s Event AG had taken over but the festival took it into bankruptcy – as it had done Conti – with estimated debts of about 300,000 Swiss Francs (US$240,000).
The problem of only being able to use the site on alternate years because the army has it for a training camp every other summer has been solved.
Locher said a regular slot in the Swiss outdoor calendar and the switch to a style of music that draws a younger audience are the main reasons for Fraunfeld’s resurgence.
Among the acts heating things up June 23-25 were
– John Gammon