17,500 ravers flock to SEMF 2015If thousands of young ravers head to the exhibition halls of Messe Stuttgart to experience one of the largest techno events in Germany, the festival organisers and trade fair team may take this as proof that they have picked the right location. That is the case once again for the Stuttgart Electronic Musical Festival (SEMF), as it prepares to welcome around 17,000 electronic music fans on 12 December 2015 for the fifth year running..
“The spacious, self-supporting halls of Messe Stuttgart create a festival atmosphere that is only possible at very few indoor events in Germany,” explains Andreas Brunka, managing director of SEMF. The festival will play out on 30,000 square metres. On four floors, international top acts like Sven Väth and Tale Of Us join forces with local heroes and newcomers to the Stuttgart music scene. Headliners include Chris Liebing and Len Faki and read like a Who’s Who of electronic music. While the line-up is impressive, the location is a key to success, too. Thanks to the modern design and state-of-the-art infrastructure, complex stage and floor constructions can be mounted on hundreds of suspension points directly on the hall roof without scaffolding. For SEMF, this means an astounding 30 tonnes of lighting and sound equipment, which will use 47,000 kWh in the long party night or, in other words, as much energy as 31 households in an entire year. Revellers can enjoy a change of pace with a chill-out stage in the atrium as well as bars, live visuals and performances.
“The ravers like the venue, also because of how convenient it is to reach using public transport and the motorway,” says Andreas Brunka. Extra-long suburban commuter trains will operate in the evening and throughout the night, shuttling 1,600 visitors to and from the event at a time.
Logistics at the venue are also remarkable. Unlike at trade fairs, thousands of ravers will enter the exhibition grounds over the course of just a few hours. More than 200 people will be on hand to ensure that admission and security checks run smoothly and stress-free. Between the partner companies, exhibitors and SEMF staff, there will be approximately 1,200 workers.
“The previous success and the run on 2015 tickets show that the festival has ultimately made our venue its home,” says Stefan Lohnert, Division Director Guest Events at Messe Stuttgart, and adds: “We are happy to have this opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of Messe Stuttgart to a very young audience.”