Mega event for ravers in Stuttgart
10th SEMF with international DJs and party-goers from across Europe – sophisticated technology allowed for two dancefloors per exhibition hall
It was a party weekend attended by 2,000 ravers in Stuttgart’s trendy club Rocker33 back in 2006 that first sparked the Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, or SEMF for short.
Marking the 10-year anniversary, over 15,000 party-goers from all around Europe flocked to Messe Stuttgart on the second Saturday of December 2016 to rave it up all night long. International DJs, as well as local legends from the house and techno scene like Felix Jaehn, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Sven Väth, ensured there was a varied line-up on the five dancefloors. And the real show-stopper: the L-Bank Forum (Hall 1) and Hall C2 each had two dancefloors, set up side by side. “Special line array sound systems ensured that the sound was directed with precision, only reaching the appropriate areas. On top of this, we kept the sound from the two dancefloors apart by hanging up molton curtains”, said event manager Frank Eichhorn, when explaining the design concept. “We have already been working very closely and successfully with the technical partners of Messe Stuttgart,
for years.” The fifth dancefloor was set up in the Atrium. If people wanted, they could also go there and chill to quieter beats with beanbags and a cosy carpet underlay.
The indoor/open-air rave was lightened up by live acts like Dundu, the five-metre-tall SEMF mascot, who this year for the first time brought his futuristic-looking partner Bimbi along, as well as some other artistic displays. The guests’ safety took priority, and this didn’t just mean strict identity and bag checks at the entrances. Eventsafe lockers installed specifically for the event could be reserved in advance, and with the pin codes having been issued beforehand, the lockers could be easily used without a key for storing personal belongings such as rucksacks and bags.
The festival was officially scheduled to run from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning. But since no rave would be complete without an after-rave, the party-goers were able to hop on the 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. shuttle buses heading to Stuttgart city centre. The ravers carried on partying and dancing like wild in Kowalski and Club ToY.
“A music event of this size requires a team who work well together. Working
closely together with the event organiser, we have already been able to organise and implement SEMF smoothly for years. We’re pleased that the SEMF anniversary was a resounding success”, said Stefan Lohnert, Division Director Guest Events at Messe Stuttgart, with satisfaction. SEMF has found its home in Stuttgart. The anniversary event was already the sixth festival in the Stuttgart exhibition halls and is scheduled again in 2017.
Image 1: Over 15,000 ravers partied like wild on five dancefloors in the Messe Stuttgart halls at the 10th Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival (Photo provided by: elephan_studio).
Image 2: Things were a bit quieter in the Atrium at the East Entrance. If people wanted, they could come here to chill out away from the madness and recharge their batteries. (Photo provided by: Rubenschmitz).
Image 3: Live acts, like Dundu the five-metre-tall SEMF mascot and his partner Bimbi, provided some extra entertainment (Photo provided by: elephan_studio).
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Ease of access, size and versatility: That’s what sets Messe Stuttgart apart. The location of the sustainably constructed trade fair and congress centre alongside Stuttgart Airport, with its direct links to the A 8 motorway and public transport, offers perfect conditions for getting to and from the site. Event organisers benefit from the
wide range of usage options provided by the 105,200 m² of hall space, 40,000 m² of open-air grounds and 33 multi-functional rooms in the adjoining ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. That alone offers space for up to 10,000 visitors. Consequently, these facilities enable several events to be staged simultaneously. With this infrastructure, Messe Stuttgart and the ICS have developed into internationally acclaimed locations for top-class trade fairs, congresses, conferences, as well as corporate functions and events of all kinds.
An additional exhibition hall will increase the available hall space to 120,000 m² by 2018.