How you turn one of Germany’s biggest festivals into one of its bests as well (namely by not only working for the big names but also for diversity) Hurricane demonstrates from June 17 to 19 at the nicely wooded Eichenring near Lower Saxon Scheessel. So not only Dave Groh’s Foo Fighters and Incubus (with their first album in five years and an exclusive appearance) are this year’s headliners, but also the more subtle Arcade Fire. Acts as the Arctic Monkeys or Kaiser Chiefs return to Hurricane, Suede can play out (loud) all the old gentlemen coolness they still got and Sweden’s The Hives can prove us that they don’t need to yet, while Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats compete for the juvenile hearts among the crowd. Big emotions are guaranteed by William Fitzsimmons (interview) and Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, heavy guitar sounds come with Kasabian, Monster Magnet, Klaxons and our secret tip Pulled Apart By Horses. There will also be the great weirdo pop of Darwin Deez himself.
Admittedly and sadly the line-up is pretty dominated by male musicians, so (if you leave Arcade Fire aside for a moment) it’s only the grand dame Beth Gibbons of the always innovative and in 2008 returned Portishead holding up the feminine flag in the top area. But a bit down below talented solo artists as Lykke Li or I Am Blame Coco await you right next to the four dynamic women of the great Warpaint. Of course, Blood Red Shoes, The Sounds, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour (interview) and Australia’s Cloud Control, who’ll meet their fellow countrymen of Tame Impala at Hurricane, work on the gender-balance, too. Not to forget is the magic Alisson Mosshart of The Kills.
For everyone, for whom Chemical Brothers’ and Friendly Fires’ Saturday night gigs at the Blue Stage are not enough dance fever, White Stage is offering an own festival area featuring the likes of Hercules and Love Affair, Digitalism, Crookers (interview) or Anders Trentemøller (you remember Roskilde 2010, don’t you?), and German act Frittenbude (interview) by being dedicated to all different kinds of electronic music. And there will be a circus for non-music-related fun.
You can still get yourselves tickets for the festival at hurricane.de/de/tickets. We’ll be covering the weekend for you from the festival side and there will also be special opportunities to relax and refresh yourselves between the single days, but more on that later. Below you can find the complete line-up with all of our personal recommendations highlighted. Hurricane’s sister festival Southside will take place at the same time with an almost identical line-up at Neuhausen ob Eck – see it’s website here.
Foo Fighters, Incubus, Arcade Fire, The Chemical Brothers, Portishead, Artic Monkey, Kaiser Chiefs, My Chemical Romance, Clueso, The Hives, Suede, Kasabian, The Subways, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Elbow, The Wombats, Jimmy Eat World, Sublime With Rome, Two Door Cinema Club, Boysetsfire, Monster Magnet, The Kills, Lykke Li, Selig, Kashmir, Glasvegas, Band of Horses, The Sounds, Bright Eyes, Sum 41, All Time Low, Klaxons, Eels, Kaizers Orchestra, Sick Of It All, Parkway Drive, William Fitzsimmons, Blood Red Shoes, Jupiter Jones, I Blame Coco, Irie Révoltés, Young Rebel Set, I Am Kloot, Friendly Fires, Darwin Deez, Comeback Kid, Converge, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Portugal. The Man, Warpaint, The Vaccines, An Horse, British Sea Power, Sick Puppies, Pulled Apart By Horses, Kvelertak, You Me At Six, Brother, Tame Imapala, Cloud Control, Miles Kane, Yoav, Everything Everything, Letlive, Wakey Wakey, Evaline, Twin Atlantic
White Stage Line-up
Digitalism (live), Crookers, Trentemoller, A-Trak, Hercules and Love Affair, Frittenbude, Chase & Status, Crystal Fighters, Egotronic