The Hamburg-based concert, and festival organizer FKP Scorpio is making major investments in the site of the company’s flagship Hurricane Festival in a bid to rainproof the venue.
According to German music news site Rock Scene, FKP Scorpio is investing a “seven figure” amount in upgrades for the festival site at Scheeßel, that includes a new rainwater retention basin.
The basin, completed in cooperation with the Lower Nature Conservation Agency and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, will also provide a habitat for plants and animals.
So far, FKP Scorpio has spent approximately 350,000 euros on the upgrades and plans to triple that investment to provide an extensive drainage system for Eichenring, the speedway race track, in Scheeßel Germany that has hosted the fest since 1997.
The approximately 30 inch thick pipes to be used in the drainage system will not require pumping but will use inclination and the power of gravity to feed water into the retention basin.
The upgrades come after rains have proved disruptive for the festival, most notably in 2016 when torrential downpours left the festival site flooded, and leading to the cancellation of performances on Saturday night.