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Hurricane Festival

Hurricane Festival
Genre Rock, Indie, Electro
Dates June
Location(s) Scheeßel, Germany
Years active
  • 1973 as Es rockt in der Heide
  • 1977 as First Rider Open Air
  • 1997–present as Hurricane Festival

The Hurricane Festival, also just Hurricane, is a music festival that takes place in Scheeßel near Bremen, Germany, usually every June. The festival and its guests are generally associated with the alternative part of mainstream music, although the festival has been becoming more and more mainstream over the years.

The Southside Festival, often referred to as the "sister" of Hurricane, takes place on the same three days in the very south of Germany (contrary to Hurricane, which is in the north). Together they are a twin festival, since they are on the same days and usually have the same lineup with only few exceptions.


  • History 1
  • Past lineups 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


In 1973, the first festival was held in Scheeßel, the place where today's Hurricane takes place. It was called "Es rockt in der Heide" at that time (literally translated: It's rocking in the heath) and was attended by 52,000 people.

At the "First Rider Open Air" in 1977, fans caused damage of more than a million marks when riots broke out, because only five of the announced 23 bands could perform—a huge scandal was uncovered few days later, forcing the organizing management to discontinue their festivals in Scheeßel.

In 1997 rock returned to Scheeßel in the form of the Hurricane Festival, with numerous bands performing in front of 20,000 visitors. It has taken place on the Eichenring, a motorcycle sand racetrack, ever since. Audience size peaked in 2008 with about 75,000 guests; from 2002 to 2006 between 40,000 and 60,000 people came. In 2003, the festival was extended from two to three days. In 2007 60,000 and in 2008 70.000 tickets were sold.[1]

In 2004 David Bowie left the stage early, suffering from chest pain. He was flown to the AK Altona by helicopter. There he was diagnosed with a heart attack.[2] This has currently been his final full concert.

Past lineups

(lineups partly differ from Southside)

Year Acts
1973 Argent, Buddy Miles, Chicago, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, East of Eden, Epitaph, Fusion Orchestra, Ian Carr w/ Nucleus, Osibisa, Karthago, Lou Reed, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Odin, Bronco, Richie Havens, Soft Machine, Ten Years After, Vinegar Joe, Wishbone Ash, Home, Beggars Opera
1997 16 Horsepower, 311, Ani DiFranco, Armageddon Dildos, Bad Religion, Chumbawamba, Cucumber Men, Daft Punk, Deine Lakaien, Element of Crime, Fischmob, Hip Young Things, INXS, L 7, Lamb, Lecker Fischbrät, The Levellers, Manbreak, Mansun, Neneh Cherry, Peter Bruntnell, Phish, Primus, Rammstein, Rekord, Sharon Stoned, Sheryl Crow, Son Volt, The Cardigans, The Inchtabokatables, The Jinxs, The Lightning Seeds, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Thumb, Tiamat, Weltempfänger
1998 Alaska feat. Bobo, Apocalyptica, Asian Dub Foundation, Beastie Boys, Bell, Book & Candle, Björk, Chumbawamba, Dave Matthews Band, Del Amitri, Die Sterne, Garbage, Guano Apes, Hazeldine, Heather Nova, Iggy Pop, Madonna Hip Hop Massaker, Matchbox Twenty, Megaherz, Money Mark, Oomph!, Oysterband, Pop Tarts, Pulp, Rancid, Readymade, Sonic Youth, Such A Surge, The Bates, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Notwist, Tito & Tarantula, Tocotronic, Torn!, trieb, Two, Vivid, Ween, Widespread Panic
1999 Blumfeld, Blur, Built to Spill, Bush, Calexico, Catatonia, dEUS, Die Fantastischen Vier, Eat No Fish, Everlast, Faithless, Goo Goo Dolls, Guano Apes, HIM, Hole, Ich-Zwerg, Kashmir, Liquido, Live, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Miles, Molotov, Motorpsycho, Muse, Placebo
2000 A, Ani DiFranco, Blind Passengers, Bomfunk MC's, Bush, Die Firma, Eat No Fish, Element of Crime, Emiliana Torrini, Fink, FM Einheit feat. Gry, Fu Manchu, Gentleman, Giant Sand, Gomez, Groove Armada, HIM, Laika, Live, Lotte Ohm, Macy Gray, Madrugada, Missing Link, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, Project Pitchfork, Rico, Rollins Band, Sandy Dillon, Skunk Anansie, Station 17, Surrogat, The Cranberries, The Tea Party, Therapy?, Tonic, Uncle Ho
2001 Fünf Sterne deluxe, American Hi-Fi, Ash, Backyard Babies, Blackmail, Blumfeld, Deftones, Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Faithless, Fantômas, Fink, Goldfinger, Grand Theft Audio, H-Blockx, Iggy Pop, Incubus, Jan Delay und die Sam Ragga Band, Jimmy Eat World, JJ72, Krezip, K's Choice, Last Days of April, Nashville Pussy, OPM, Paradise Lost, Phoenix, Placebo, Queens of the Stone Age, Stereo MCs, Superpunk, The Hellacopters, The Hives, The Offspring, The Weakerthans, Thomas D, Tool, Weezer, Wheatus
2002 …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, 4Lyn, A, Beatsteaks, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Die Happy, Die Ärzte, Dover, Emil Bulls, Fettes Brot, Garbage, Gluecifer, Heyday, Jasmin Tabatabai, Kane, Lambretta, Less Than Jake, Lostprophets, Madrugada, Mercury Rev, Nelly Furtado, New Order, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Readymade, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rival Schools, Simple Plan, Soulfly, Sportfreunde Stiller, Such A Surge, Television, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Breeders, The Flaming Sideburns, The Notwist, The Promise Ring, Tocotronic, Zornik
2003 22-20s, Anouk, Apocalyptica, Asian Dub Foundation, Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man, Björk, Blackmail, Brendan Benson, Cellophane Suckers, Coldplay, Console, Counting Crows, Danko Jones, Fu Manchu, Goldfrapp, Good Charlotte, Grandaddy, Guano Apes, GusGus, International Pony, Interpol, Kettcar, Massive Attack, Millencolin, Moloko, Nada Surf, NOFX, Patrice, Pinkostar, Radiohead, Röyksopp, Seeed, Sigur Rós with Amina, Skin, Slut, Starsailor, Supergrass, The Datsuns, The Hellacopters, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Roots, The Sounds, Therapy?, Tocotronic, Turbonegro, Underwater Circus, Underworld, Union Youth, Venus Hum
2004 Fünf Sterne deluxe, Air, Amplifier, Anti-Flag, Ash, Backyard Babies, Beatsteaks, Beginner, Billy Talent, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Breed 77, Bright Eyes, Colour of Fire, Cypress Hill, Danko Jones, David Bowie, Die Fantastischen Vier, Die Happy, Donots, Dropkick Murphys, Fireball Ministry, Franz Ferdinand, Gentleman & the Far East Band, Gluecifer, Graham Coxon, I Am Kloot, Ill Niño, Life of Agony, Mando Diao, Mclusky, Modest Mouse, Mogwai, Monster Magnet, Pixies, P J Harvey, Placebo, Sarah Bettens, Snow Patrol, Sportfreunde Stiller, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Bones, The Cure, The Hives, Tiger Beat, Tomte, Wilco, Within Temptation
2005 3 Doors Down, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Ashton!, Audioslave, Beatsteaks, Beck, Boysetsfire, Brendan Benson, Broken Social Scene, Die Ärzte, Dinosaur Jr., Eagles of Death Metal, Fantômas, Feist, Flogging Molly, Ken, Kettcar, La Vela Puerca, Madrugada, Madsen, Millencolin, Moneybrother, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Olli Schulz, Phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein, Sarah Bettens, Ska-P, Slut, System of a Down, Team Sleep, The Dresden Dolls, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Stands, Turbonegro, Underøath (ausgefallen), Wir sind Helden
2006 Adam Green, Apocalyptica, Archive, Arctic Monkeys, Backyard Babies, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Billy Talent, Blackmail, Boozed, Collective Soul, Death Cab for Cutie, dEUS, Donavon Frankenreiter, Duels, Eagles of Death Metal, Elbow, Element of Crime, Everlaunch, Fettes Brot, Gnarls Barkley (Cancelled due to bad weather), Gods of Blitz, Gogol Bordello, Hard-Fi, Karamelo Santo, Klee, Lagwagon, Live, Mad Caddies, Mando Diao, Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System, Maxïmo Park, Nada Surf, Muse (Cancelled due to bad weather), Ohrbooten, The Weepies, The Pale, Panteón Rococó, Pete Blume, Photonensurfer, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Scissors For Lefty, Serena Maneesh, Seeed, She-Male Trouble, Shout Out Louds, Sigur Rós, Skin, Smoke Blow, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cardigans, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Feeling, The Gossip, The Answer, The Hives, The Kooks, The Raconteurs, The Sounds, The Strokes, Tomte, Two Gallants, Voltaire, Wir sind Helden, Within Temptation (Cancelled due to bad weather), Zebrahead
2007 Aereogramme, The Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Bloc Party, The Blood Brothers, The Bravery, Bright Eyes, Bromheads Jacket, Cold War Kids, Deichkind, Dropkick Murphys, Editors, Five O’Clock Heroes, Frank Black, Dendemann, Die Fantastischen Vier, The Films, Fotos, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, The Hold Steady, Howling Bells, Incubus, Interpol, Isis, Johnossi, Juliette and the Licks, Karpatenhund, Kings of Leon, La Vela Puerca, Less Than Jake, Manic Street Preachers, Marilyn Manson, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Mutemath, Modest Mouse, Mogwai, Ohrbooten, Pearl Jam, Placebo, Porcupine Tree, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol, Sonic Youth, State Radio, Sugarplum Fairy, Super 700, Tokyo Police Club, Virginia Jetzt!
2008 Apoptygma Berzerk, Bat For Lashes, Beatsteaks, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blackmail, British Sea Power, Calexico, Deichkind, Die Mannequin, Digitalism, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Donots, Elbow, Enter Shikari, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foo Fighters, Jaguar Love, Jan Delay & Disko No 1, Jason Mraz, Jennifer Rostock, Kaiser Chiefs, Kettcar, Krieger, Maxïmo Park, Millencolin, Monster Magnet, Nada Surf, NoFX, Oceansize, Operator Please, Panic at the Disco, Panteón Rococó, Patrice, Radiohead, Razorlight, Rise Against, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, Sigur Rós, Slut, Tegan and Sara, The Beautiful Girls, The Chemical Brothers, The Cribs, The Enemy, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Kooks, The Pigeon Detectives, The Notwist, The Subways, The Weakerthans, The Wombats, Tocotronic, Turbostaat and Xavier Rudd.
2009 Anti-Flag, Auletta, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Blood Red Shoes, Bosse, Brand New, Clueso, Culcha Candela, Datarock, Dendemann, Die Ärzte, Die Fischer, Disturbed, Duffy, Eagles Of Death Metal, Editors, Eskimo Joe, Everlaunch, Faith No More, Fettes Brot, Fleet Foxes, Frank Turner, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Get Well Soon, Glasvegas, Gogol Bordello, Johnossi, Joshua Radin, Just Jack, Karamelo Santo, Katy Perry, Keane, Kings Of Leon, Kraftwerk, Ladyhawke, Less Than Jake, Lily Allen, Lovedrug, Lykke Li, Moby, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Nneka, No Use For A Name, Paulo Nutini, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Silversun Pickups, Ska-P, Social Distortion, The Alexandria Quartet, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Dø, The Gaslight Anthem, The Horrors, The Living End, The Mars Volta, The Rakes, The Sounds, The Ting Tings, The Whip, The Wombats, Tomte
2010 Alberta Cross, Archive, Ash, Band Of Skulls, Beatsteaks, Biffy Clyro, Bigelf, Billy Talent, Bonaparte, Boys Noize(performance cancelled), Bratze, Charlie Winston, Coheed And Cambria, Cosmo Jarvis, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Danko Jones, Deftones, Deichkind, Dendemann, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Donots, Dropkick Murphys, Element of Crime, Enter Shikari, Erol Alkan (performance cancelled), Faithless, Florence and the Machine, FM Belfast, Frank Turner, Frittenbude, Good Shoes, HORSE the Band, Hot Water Music, Ignite, Jack Johnson, Jennifer Rostock, Kap Bambino, Kashmir, Katzenjammer, K's Choice, La Roux, LaBrassBanda, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, Madsen, Mando Diao, Marina And The Diamonds, Massive Attack, Moneybrother, Mr. Oizo, Paramore, Phoenix featuring Richard Conwaaaaay, Porcupine Tree, Revolverheld, Shout Out Louds, Skindred, Skunk Anansie, Stone Temple Pilots, Tegan and Sara, The Blackout, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gaslight Anthem, The Get Up Kids, The Hold Steady, The Prodigy, The Specials, The Strokes, The Temper Trap, The XX, Timid Tiger, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, We Are Scientists, White Lies, Zebrahead
2011 All Time Low, An Horse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Artig (Schooljam-Gewinner), A-Trak, Band of Horses, Blood Red Shoes, Boysetsfire, Bright Eyes, British Sea Power, Brother, Chase & Status, Cloud Control, Clueso, Comeback Kid, Converge, Crookers, Crystal Fighters, Darwin Deez, Digitalism live, Eels, Egotronic, Elbow, Evaline, Everything Everything, Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Friendly Fires, Frittenbude, Glasvegas, Gogol Bordello, Hercules and Love Affair, I Am Kloot, I Blame Coco, Incubus, Irie Révoltés, Jimmy Eat World, Johnossi, Jupiter Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Kaizers Orchestra, Kasabian, Kashmir, Klaxons, Kvelertak, Letlive, Lykke Li, Miles Kane, Monster Magnet, My Chemical Romance, Parkway Drive, Pete & The Pirates, Portishead, Portugal. The Man, Pulled Apart By Horses, Selig, Sick of it All, Sick Puppies, Sublime With Rome, Suede, Sum 41, Tame Impala, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Chemical Brothers, The Hives, The Kills, The Sounds, The Subways, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Trentemøller, Tusq, Twin Atlantic, Two Door Cinema Club, Wakey!Wakey!, Warpaint, William Fitzsimmons, Yoav, You Me At Six, Young Rebel Set
2012 Die Ärzte, The Cure, Blink-182, Justice live, Rise Against, The Stone Roses, Mumford & Sons, Sportfreunde Stiller, The Kooks, The xx, New Order, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Wolfmother, LaBrassBanda, Casper, Katzenjammer, Kettcar, The Mars Volta, The Shins, Broilers, Florence and The Machine, Madsen, Garbage, Thees Uhlmann & Band, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Temper Trap, Beirut, Bosse, Bonaparte, Boy, Kraftklub, Ed Sheeran, K.I.Z., City And Colour, Bat For Lashes, Jennifer Rostock, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Royal Republic, Pennywise, Lagwagon, M83, Hot Water Music, Mad Caddies, La Vela Puerca, Kakkmaddafakka, The Vaccines, Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, My Morning Jacket, All Shall Perish, My Morning Jacket, The Dø, Adept, Selah Sue, The Bronx, La Dispute, Little Dragon, Disco Ensemble, Band Of Skulls, GusGus, Nneka, Bombay Bicycle Club, M.Ward, Die Antwoord, Spector, Black Box Revelation, Young Guns, Other Lives, Twin Shadow, The Computers, Nerina Pallot, Switchfoot, Eastern Conference Champions, Kurt Vile & The Violators, All The Young, Hoffmaestro, Golden Kanine, Turbowolf, We Are Augustines, Willy Moon, Alt-J, Casting Louis

White Stage: Fritz Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Sebastian, Beardyman, Busy P, Bassnectar, Azari & III, Supershirt, Bratze, Dumme Jungs

2013[3] Alt-J, Âme, Archive, Arctic Monkeys, Arkells, Ben Howard, Billy Talent, Bloc Party, Boysetsfire, Breakbot live, British Sea Power, C2C, Callejon, Chase & Status, City and Colour, Converge, Danko Jones, Darwin Deez, Deap Vally, Deichkind, Editors, Every Time I Die, Fidlar, FM Belfast, Frank Turner, Frightened Rabbit, Friska Viljor, Frittenbude, Gesaffelstein live, Get Well Soon, Gogol Bordello, Goldmouth, Grouplove, Haezer, Heisskalt, Herrenmagazin, Hudson Taylor, I Am Kloot, Irie Révoltés, Jimmy Eat World, Johnny Borrell & Zazou, Johnossi, Karnivool, Kasabian, Kashmir, Kodaline, Kvelertak, Left Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Malleus, Marteria, Masters of Reality, Max Herre, Mikhael Paskalev, Miles Kane, Modeselektor, Netsky, NO, NOFX, Of Monsters And Men, OK Kid, Parkway Drive, Parov Stelar & Band, Passenger, Paul Kalkbrenner, Peace, Portishead, Prinz Pi, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rammstein, Ron Pope, SDP, Shout Out Louds, Sigur Rós, Ska-P, Skaters, Steven Wilson, Swim Deep, Tame Impala, Tegan Sara, The Bouncing Souls, The Devil Wears Prada, The Family Rain, The Gaslight Anthem, The Hives, The Kyteman Orchestra, The Maccabees, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Stanfields, The Vaccines, The Virginmarys, Torpus & The Art Directors, Triggerfinger, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Tyler, The Creator, Who Killed Frank
2014[4] Abby, I Heart Sharks, Interpol, James Blake, Jennifer Rostock, Johnny Flinn, Kavinsky, Konvoy, Kraftklub, Lily Allen, London Grammar, Lykke Li, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marcus Wiebusch, Marek Hemmann, Metronomy, Midlake, Moderat, Moonbootica, Panteón Rococó, Passenger, Pixies, Poliça, Razz, Reignwolf, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Royal Blood, Samaris, Seeed, Selah Sue, Skindred, Sonic. The Machine, Station 17, The 1975, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Black Keys, The Bots, The Durango Riot, Thees Uhlmann & Band, The Kooks, The Naked And Famous, The Preatures, The Sounds, The Subways, The Wombats, Tocotronic, To Kill A King, Tom Odell, Tonbandgerät, Toy, Twin Atlantic, Volbeat, We Butter The Bread With Butter, We Came As Romans, We Invented Paris, White Lies, You Me At Six, Young Rebel Set, Zebrahead

See also


  1. ^ Information from 23 June 2008, Hurricane Website
  2. ^ "BBC News". BBC News. 9 July 2004. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  3. ^ (German) Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  4. ^ [2] (German) Retrieved 12 December 2014.

External links

  • The Hurricane Festival's homepage (German)
  • The Hurricane Festival's homepage (English)
  • Homepage of FKP Scorpio, the organizer
  • Hurricane Festival 2007 on Internet Movie Database
  • Hurricane Festival 2010 All Bands and Stages (German)

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