International Festivals: 150,000 At Hurricane/Southside; Nick Cave At Meo Kalorama Debut

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What it’s all about: Idles getting close with their fans at Hurricane 2022. (Picture by Anna Wyszomierska)

Germany’s twin festivals Hurricane and Southside together welcomed some 150,000 guests per day, as well as the majority of artists originally announced for 2020.

The list of acts taking the stage at both events, June 17-19, includes Kings of Leon, Rise Against, Seeed, Deichkind, Martin Garrix, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, and K.I.Z.

Stephan Thanscheidt, CEO of promoter FKP Scorpio, is very satisfied with the return of the company’s flagship events. “It is not a given that events of this magnitude run so smoothly after a two-year break,” he commented, “all of us in our team are burning for our jobs, and we can finally do what we love again. We have worked hard, even during times full of imponderables, to bring our festivals back at a high level.”

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OK Kid surfing the crowd at Southside. (Picture by Ludwig Gross)

The authorities involved – fire department, police and ambulance services – drew a positive conclusion as well, reporting calm festival days and fewer operations than in previous years.

Many concert highlights from Hurricane festival are still available on Arte Concert, which also livestreamed the event. Southside has a cooperation with O2 Telefónica in place, showing concert highlights on the media library of O2 Music.

Dates for the next editions of Hurricane/Southside are June 16-18, 2023. The presale started today, June 21, tickets start at €189 ($198) for Hurricane, and €199 ($209) for Southside.


Meo Kalorama Debuts In Portugal

The first edition of Meo Kalorama Festival, whic orbits around music, art, and sustainability, debuts Sept. 1-3, at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds lead a lineup that also includes Arctic Monkeys, The Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Róisín Murphy, Years & Years, Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Jake Shears, Bonobo, James Blake, Peaches, and many others.

Day-tickets are available at the price of €61 ($64) (+fees) with weekend tickets currently available from €160 ($168) (+fees) until July 14.

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