Hurricane vs. Southside Festivals: a 2013 festival guide

The brother and sister act of the German festival scene

Photographer:Jason Downes

Matt Miles - 20 May 2013

The original German festival giants, Hurricane and Southside Festivals, in Scheessel and Tuttlingen respectively, take place just 460 miles apart and share much of the some features, most notably a rich line-up of international talent.

So North and South of the twin sister festivals, how can you decide which sister is the one for you? (The holy trinity whilst definitely the preferred choice is just never going to happen. They’re on the same weekend.)

 

North vs. South - Travel

Hurricane Festival takes place in Scheessel near Bremen in the north and Southside Festival near Tuttlingen in the south of Germany. So is there any real distinctions between the locations?

Whilst you can fly to both festivals, in the interest of being green we've explored the greenest travel options: definitely train or coach.

Prices and times are all true at the time of publishing and should be considered as a rough guide.

Coach

Hurricane: To get to Hurricane Festival by coach you travel to Hamburg by National Express and then it’s a short train ride from Hamburg to Scheesel on the S-Bahn train to Luxon Balcony. The trains should come every 10 minutes and you can get a ticket at the station. From Scheessel the festival site is just a mile away and you can either walk or get a cab.

Open return National Express to Hamburg: £104. S-Bahn from Hamburg to Scheessel: £24 each way.
Total: £152.

Open return National Express to Hamburg: 17 hr 30 min. S-Bahn from Hamburg to Scheessel: 1 hr 20 min.
Total time: 18 hr 50 min.

Southside: Southside is a lot further via coach. You get The National Express to Munich and then from there a few trains from Munich station to Tuttlingen. You will want to book these trains in advance to keep the cost down. At Tuttlingen station there will be a shuttle bus waiting to take you to the Southside Festival site.

Open return National Express to Munich: £95. Munich to Tuttlingen on the train: £35 each way.
Total: £130

Open return National Express to Munich: 22 hr. Munich to Tuttlingen on the train: 5 hr.
Total time: 27 hr.

Train

Hurricane: For Hurricane you can get the Eurostar to Paris and then book a train to Aachen or one straight to Scheessel with a change. From Scheessel the festival site is a mile away and you can either walk or get a cab.

Eurostar to Paris: Return £69. Paris to Aachen: Return £39.50. Aachen to Scheessel Bahnhof: Advance £30 each-way.
Total: £168 (Estimated)

Eurostar to Paris: 2 hr 15 min. Paris Nord to Aachen HBF: With no changes 2 hr 35 min. Aachen HBF to Scheessel Bahnhof: 5 hr 30 min

Total time: 10 hr 20 min

Southside: Southside by train is a similar deal, get to Paris however you wish. Eurostar is normally cheapest. Once at Paris you book yourself on a train to Tuttlingen station where there will be a shuttle bus waiting to take you to the festival site.

Eurostar to Paris is £69 return. Paris to Tuttlingen costs an estimate £100.

Total: £169 (Estimated) 
Eurostar to Paris: 2 hr 15 min. Paris to Tuttlingen: 6 hr 40 min (with just 2 changes) 
Total time: 8 hr 55 min

Plane

Hurricane: Get a plane to Hamburg, then again it’s just a  short train ride from Hamburg to Scheesel on the S-Bahn train to Luxon Balcony. The trains should come every 10 minutes and you can get a ticket at the station. From Scheessel the festival site is a mile away and you can either walk or get a cab.

Plane to Hamburg: Return £105. S-Bahn from Hamburg to Scheessel: £24 each way.
Total: £153

Plane to Hamburg: 3 hours. S-Bahn from Hamburg to Scheessel: 1 hr 20 min.
Total: 4 hr 20 min.

Alternatively Ryanair fly, at a far cheaper rate, to Bremen Airport which is just 45 minutes drive from the Southside Festival site and also within reach of Scheessel by train.

Southside: Get a plane to Munich. From there follow the guide above again, you will have to first get a train to the main train station though. A couple trains will take you all the way to Tuttlingen where you can get the shuttle bus for free to the site.

Plane to Munich: Return from £111. Train from Airport to train station: £10. Munich to Tuttlingen on the train: £35 each way.
Total: £191

Plane to Munich: 3 hr. Train from Airport to train station: 1 hr. Munich to Tuttlingen on the train: 5 hr.
Total: 9 hr.

Cost of living

As with many festivals, the food and drink inside the festival arena isn't cheap and you are advised to search for as much as you can outside of the festival site. The festival websites encourage festival-goers to bring water, beer, tinned food, bread, sausage, jam, cheese and fruit with them to the festival. You're also allowed to bring a "small lunch packet" into the arena with you.

Simple grills and gas cookers with small gas cartridges are allowed on site, as are cans and plastic bottles.

There isn’t a major difference in the cost of living between the two Festivals so this shouldn’t be a contributing factor in your decision.

Banned!

Home furnishings such as sofas and armchairs are all banned. Bulky power generators or aggregates, grill lighter fluids, refrigerators, megaphones and drinks in glass bottles are also banned from both festival sites.

Open fires are also prohibited on both of the festival sites.

Weather

June is the hottest month of the year in Germany and both sites enjoy highs of around 20-25 degrees celsius, with lows of approximately 10 degrees celsius at night. Bring warm clothes and clothes suitable for wet weather as June is also one of the wettest months of the summer in Germany.

Line-up

Highlights from this years line-up include Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Portishead, The National, Sigur Rós, Arctic Monkeys, Belle & Sebastian, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tame Impala, Tyler, the Creator, The Gaslight Anthem, Alt-J, Bloc Party, The Vaccines, Frightened Rabbit, Jimmy Eat World, Bouncing Souls, The Maccabees, The Hives, and many more.

Tickets

Tickets for both Hurricane Festival and Southside Festival in 2013 have sold but you still have a final chance to attend!

All UK and Ireland residents now have the chance to win a pair of tickets to either of the festivals in 2013, check out this competition at Germany.travel.


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