Hurricane Festival, held in Scheessel in Lower Saxony, Gerany, every year since 1997, really does feel like a hurricane sweeping across the stages. Around 100 bands combine to create a rock spectacular in a class of its own. Hurricane is held in parallel with its sister festival Southside, and together these two festivals attract over 100,000 spectators. Many come from abroad, mostly from the Netherlands, the UK and Scandinavia.
The bands that make the Hurricane one of the biggest music festivals in Germany lie along a broad spectrum covering rock, alternative, metal, indie and electronic. A great safety record and seamless organisation make everything that bit sweeter, and camping out is simple and cheap, whether you bring a camper van, motorhome or caravan. There's more than enough space after all: the Eichenring motorbike racetrack in Scheessel is not only big enough but it's also easy to reach thanks to its location between Bremen and Hamburg.
Since 2003 the Hurricane Festival has been held over three days – Friday to Sunday – in the second half of June with a line-up of international bands, popular German acts and always a fresh crop of newcomers.