Southside Festival

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Southside Festival
GenreAlternative rock
Location(s)Neuhausen ob Eck Airfield, Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany (2002–present)
Years active1999–present
Attendance40,000 (2015)[1]
WebsiteFestival Website

The Southside Festival (simply known as Southside) is an annual music festival that takes place near Tuttlingen, Germany, usually every June. The festival as well as its artists and audiences are generally associated within the alternative part of popular music.

The Hurricane Festival, often referred to as the "sister" of Southside, takes place on the same three days in the very north of Germany (contrary to Southside, which is in the very south).

General Information[edit]

The name Southside refers to Southern Germany where the festival takes place. Festival organizers are FKP Scorpio and KOKO & DTK Entertainment. The festival site consists of 800,000 square meters of former military and airport precincts and features four stages.[citation needed] The festival first took place on the former military airport of Neubiberg (Munich) with approximately 15,000 visitors. In 2002, the number of visitors had risen to 30,000 and kept rising up to 60,000. The revenue for one festival weekend, according to the organizers, amounts to between five and ten million euros.[2] The paramedic service is provided by the Malteser Hilfsdienst, the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (regional association Bodensee-Oberschwaben[3]) and the German Red Cross.[4] Throughout the entire weekend, around 400 helpers do approximately 12,000 hours of work.[5] Crowd surfing is strictly against the festival's safety policy.


Southside Festival in 2005

The Southside festival first took place in 1999 as a counterpart to Hurricane festival. In 2000, it was moved to Neuhausen ob Eck. Recurring musical acts included:[6]

2007 (storm incident)[edit]

On the Thursday evening preceding the start of the festival, a storm demolished the tent stage and hurled large and heavy poles through the air. One such pole went through the roof of a paramedic van parked near the stage, killing one occupant and seriously injuring the other. The tent stage acts had to be canceled as a consequence. Festival organizers considered canceling the festival, but decided against it on advice of police, local authorities and even the paramedics team. The two main stages also suffered damage but were sufficiently repaired in time.


In 2008, the festival took place from 20 June to 22 June. It sold out at around 50,000 tickets and registered a new visitor record.[7] The number of visitors and the hot weather led to a water shortage on Sunday at 11 am.

Musical acts on all three stages consisted of:

Apoptygma Berzerk, Bat for Lashes, Beatsteaks, Bell X1, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, 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, Johnny Foreigner, Kaiser Chiefs, Kettcar, Krieger, Madsen, Maxïmo Park, Millencolin, Monster Magnet, Nada Surf, NOFX, Oceansize, Operator Please, Panic! at the Disco, Panteón Rococó, Patrice, Paul Heaton, Radiohead, Razorlight, Rise Against, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, Shy Guy At The Show, Sigur Rós, Slut, Tegan and Sara, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Beautiful Girls, The Chemical Brothers, The Cribs, The Enemy, The Flyer, The Kooks, The Notwist, The Pigeon Detectives, The Subways, The Weakerthans, The Wombats, Tocotronic, Turbostaat, Wrongkong, Xavier Rudd.

In addition, the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2008 were broadcast on the big screen.[8]


In 2009, the Southside Festival took place from 19 June to 21 June. After increasing the capacity to 55,000 visitors, the festival was not sold out with 50,000 visitors. The headliners were Die Ärzte, Kings of Leon and Faith No More.


The Southside Festival 2010, which took place from 18 June to 20 June, was sold out with 50,000 visitors.[9] According to the organizer, it would have been possible to sell 100,000 tickets – two times more visitors than the terrain could hold.[19] For the first time a fourth stage, called "White Stage", got introduced. This tent complemented the main stage ("Green Stage"), the side stage ("Blue Stage") and the second tent ("Red Stage"). In the late afternoon, Electro music was played in this tent. The motto of the second, new tent was "Electric Circus".[citation needed] Headliner of the 2010 festival were Billy Talent, The Strokes, Massive Attack, Mando Diao, The Prodigy, Deichkind and Beatsteaks. With a big screen, the organizer made a broadcast of the FIFA World Cup possible. Due to continuous rain the entire camping and festival terrain turned into mud.[10] In the night of 17 to 18 June, an event of heavy rain (precipitation: 80 L/m2) required an array of workers, iron sheets, over 500m² of wood chips and several semi-trailers of hay, as well as heavy technical equipment to make both entries to the festival terrain passable again.[11]

In addition, the period reached cold temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius.[citation needed] For this reason, the community opened the Homburghalle, and many residents provided private accommodation and showers.[12] On the day of departure, many vehicles got stuck in the mud and had to be salvaged by farmers with their tractors. Furthermore, the Bundesstraße 311 was so slippery from the mud, which the cars brought from the meadow to the roadway, that it had to be cleaned again and again with special machines.[12] A total of 1800 employees were employed on the grounds during the festival, including 420 paramedics and doctors, around 400 security guards and stewards, as well as stage technicians and other helpers.[citation needed] At the end of the events, 450 mobile toilets had to be emptied and 80,000 rubbish sacks had to be disposed of.[citation needed] The amount of rubbish was immense due to the weather in 2010.[13] Since the festival visitors had left more rubbish behind this year than usual, but it sank into the mud and became solid again, some areas had to be ploughed or dug up, levelled, filled up and reseeded.[12] The festival's visitors had to be able to use the waste for the first time in their lives.


Neuhausen ob Eck was the venue of the Southside Festival for the twelfth time from 17 to 19 June 2011. Two days before the line-up began, the festival was sold out with more than 50,000 visitors. For the festival 81 artists were engaged: Also in 2011, there were four stages - two open-air stages and two tent stages. On the fourth stage, called the white stage, which was usually reserved for electric acts,[14] there were additional shows consisting out of acrobatics underlined with electronic music. Newly introduced measurements to protect the environment were, "Green Camping", CO2 reduction due to new ways of arriving at the festival and avoidance of creating paper waste.[15] The manager of the estate park outlined at the Southside festival in 2011, that it would be the last one for the time being. Reason for that was the weather. The previous 3 years have been rainy which resulted in the ground being completely sodden, so there was a possibility of the festival not being held for the next 2 to 3 years so the ground could regenerate. The consequences of the mud in 2010, were that the grass only could spear sparsely which is why the soil was then even more in danger. The wood chips which were spread out in front of all the stages also massively acidifies the soil.[citation needed] Als Vorkehrung gegen eine Verschlammung wurden an vielen Stellen Plastikmatten ausgelegt.[16] As a measurement against siltation, some places of the festival area were carpeted with plastic mats.[31] As the festival 2011 was still going on the promoter already announced on 19 June, that even though they have been having mud problems in the years of 2010 and 2011 there is again going to be a festival in Neuhausen ob Eck in 2012, no matter the weather. For this purpose a five-year contract was closed.[17]


Two headliners for the Festival in 2012 were confirmed: Blink-182, who was supposed to perform in 2011, and Die Ärtzte, who already performed at the Festival in 2002, 2005 and 2009.[18] Due to problems in the past years, six-figure sums of money were invested into the preparation of the ground. Many of the lawns were supposed to be graveled.[17]


The Southside Festival 2013 took place from 21 to 23 June. It sold out, totaling 60,000 visitors.


The Southside Festival 2014 started on Friday 20 June and ended on Sunday the 22nd.


The Southside Festival 2015 took place from 19 to 21 June. The line-up was:[19]

Placebo, Florence + the Machine, Farin Urlaub Racing Team, Paul Kalkbrenner, Deadmau5, Marteria, Alt-J, Jan Delay & Disko No. 1, Cro, Madsen, The Gaslight Anthem, Katzenjammer, Milky Chance, LaBrassBanda, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Parov Stelar Band, Of Monsters and Men, George Ezra, NOFX, Die Antwoord, Angus & Julia Stone, Death Cab for Cutie, Alligatoah, Frittenbude, Death from Above 1979, 257ers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Irie Révoltés, Suicidal Tendencies, Future Islands, The Notwist, Counting Crows, SDP, The Cat Empire, Backyard Babies, Danko Jones, The Tallest Man on Earth, Kontra K, Olli Schulz, All Time Low, Band of Skulls, The Vaccines, Lagwagon, Millencolin, Jupiter Jones, Chet Faker, First Aid Kit, Sheppard, Kodaline, Casper, Back and Fill, Antiheld, Montreal, AronChupa, Superheld, The Mirror Trap, Oscar and the Wolf, Little May, The Bohicas, Gengahr, Nothing But Thieves, Schmutzki, SomeKindaWonderful, We Are The Ocean, Big Sean, Archive, Burning Down Alaska, uvm.[20]


The Southside Festival 2016 should have taken place from 24 to 26 June. Due to severe thunderstorms after the first concerts in the early Friday evening, the festival had to be postponed. Later on, it had to be cancelled completely so that none of the headliners were able to play.[21] Only 18 of 88 bands that were booked were able to perform. The concerts of Tom Odell, Elliphant and Flogging Molly had to be ended prematurely.[22] 82 people were slightly injured. 25 of them were brought to the hospital in Tuttlingen while 57 could be treated on-site.[23]


The festival took place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Because of technical difficulties affecting the Green Stage, the concert of Green Day had to be paused and finally cancelled after two hours.[citation needed]


The Southside Festival 2018 started on 22 June and ended on the 24th.


The festival took place from 21 to 23 June 2019.[24]

Past lineups[edit]






The Hives singer Pelle Almqvist at the 2004 festival


Turbonegro performing at the 2005 festival




2008 festival








  1. ^ "Southside Festival 2015 in Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – 19-21 June 2015 – Festicket". Festicket. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ Vera Romeu (vr): Musik-Festival kommt auf den Flugplatz. Gespräch zwischen Veranstalter und den Gemeinden laufen – Grobes Konzept ist entworfen. In: Schwäbische Zeitung 22 December 2011.
  3. ^ Julia Ebner: Rund 2500 Mal Dienst am Nächsten. In: Südkurier 19 June 2009.
  4. ^ Hermann-Peter Steinmüller (hps): Southside: Nasse Sachen und fröhliche Menschen. In: Südkurier 20 June 2011.
  5. ^ Ulrike Ebner: "400 Helfer sind hier im Einsatz". In: Südkurier 20 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bands on previous Southside (Memento of the original dated 4 August 2010 in the Internet Archive) on (Bands from 1999 until 2000 are missing, which is considered here). Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  7. ^ Anja Arning (aa), Sebastian Pantel (sep): Southside – heiße Beats zum Festival-Abschluss. In: Südkurier 23 June 2008.
  8. ^ Elena Bücheler: Besuch auf dem Southside-Festival in Neuhausen – Unterhaltung garantiert. Vier Tage Ausnahmezustand pur. In: Südkurier 24 June 2008.
  9. ^ Hermann-Peter Steinmüller (hps): Festivalfans trotzen miesem Wetter. In: Südkurier 21 June 2010.
  10. ^ Vergnügen trotz Schlammschlacht bei Southside-Festival. In: Südkurier 21 June 2010.
  11. ^ Sebastian Pantel (sep): Southside-Festival in Neuhausen ob Eck startet bei Sonnenschein. In: Südkurier 19 June 2010.
  12. ^ a b c Hermann-Peter Steinmüller (hps): Die Fans gehen, der Müll bleibt. In: Südkurier 22 June 2010.
  13. ^ Hermann-Peter Steinmüller (hps): Werbung ist wichtiger als Müll. In: Südkurier 8 July 2010.
  14. ^ Jeremias Heppeler: 50 000 Fans waten in Schlammside 2.0. In: Südkurier 20 June 2011.
  15. ^ Rockfestival wird grüner. In: Südkurier 9 June 2011.
  16. ^ Michael Hochheuser (hoc): Top: Southside startet mit Sonne statt Schlamm. 50 000 Fans haben zum Auftakt des Festivals ihren Spaß – und die Helfer viel zu tun. In: Schwäbische Zeitung 18 June 2011.
  17. ^ a b (klw): Southside bleibt in Neuhausen – und bringt „Die Ärzte" und „Blink 182". In: Schwäbische Zeitung 20 June 2011 (retrieved 19 June 2011)
  18. ^ Southside Festival bestätigt schon jetzt zwei Headliner für 2012, Eigenangaben des Veranstalters 18 June 2011, retrieved 18 June 2011.
  19. ^ Line Up fürs Southside Festival 2015, Angabe des Veranstalters 6 March 2015.
  20. ^ Der Vorverkauf für das Southside 2015 startet am Montag um 12:00 Uhr, Eigenangaben des Veranstalters 21 June 2014, retrieved 24 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Southside Festival 2016 nach Unterbrechung abgesagt" (in German). FKP Scorpio. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  22. ^ FKP. "Line-Up 2016 – Southside Festival". (in German). Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Southside Festival nach Unwettern mit 57 Verletzten abgebrochen" (in German). Sü 25 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  24. ^ Aldi inspiriert, Ausgabe Mai/Juni 2019; S. 48–49 als PDF-Datei und; online im Internet: 14 May 2019.

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