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New festivals to launch in UK and Germany

By | Published on Thursday 9 November 2017

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Two new festivals are to launch in Europe next summer, it has been announced. In the UK (still part of Europe, dickheads), SJM Concerts will launch the Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington. Meanwhile, in Germany, FKP Scorpio will host Rolling Stone Park.

Neighbourhood Weekender will take place in Warrington’s Victoria Park, the original site of V Festival’s northern edition. Taking place over the last weekend in May, it will clash with AEG’s new All Points East in another Victoria Park, that one in Hackney.

The new festival is an extension of SJM’s Neighbourhood Festival, a one day city-based event, the second edition of which took place in Manchester last month. The weekend park-centric bash is expected to have a daily capacity of 25,000, with around 50 acts performing.

“Victoria Park is the perfect space to host our new festival”, say promoters Luke Temple and Jack Dowling. “We can’t wait to come back for what is going to be an amazing weekend of live music across three stages along with a hub of local food and drinks on offer”.

Meanwhile, in Germany, FKP Scorpio has partnered with the German edition of Rolling Stone, published by Axel Springer SE, to launch Rolling Stone Park.

The new festival will be a sister event to the existing Rolling Stone Weekender, which is due to take place this weekend on Germany’s Baltic coast. The new edition will take place at Europa-Park in Rust on 16 and 17 Nov 2018. Both events are using venues which are also holiday destinations and therefore include accommodation.

FKP Scorpio MD Folkert Koopmans says of expanding his company’s partnership with Rolling Stone: “In 2009, we organised the Rolling Stone Weekender on the Baltic Sea for the first time together. At that time, we had to explain to the audience the benefits of combining rock n roll and short vacation. Now, the festival is sold out well in advance. Similar events are missing in the south of Germany and with the Europa-Park we have found the perfect location to close this gap”.

Rolling Stone Germany’s Head Of Marketing Volker Schadt adds: “As Germany’s leading music media, Rolling Stone is pleased to be able to expand on its successful co-operation on award-winning indoor festival the Rolling Stone Weekender”.

Tickets for Rolling Stone Park are on sale now.



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