Sea You Festival

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Sea You Festival
2015-07-19 6955 Sea You.jpg
Stage 2 during the performance of Maceo Plex in 2015
Location(s)Freiburg im Breisgau
Years active2002 – 2012; 2014 – present
Attendance27,000 (2017)
Organised bySea You Freiburg GmbH
WebsiteOfficial website

The Sea You Festival (formally Sea of Love) is a techno music festival that has taken place at 'Tunisee' in Freiburg im Breisgau since 2002.


Sea of Love[edit]

In 2002 the Sea of Love Festival, which was initially organised by the company Endless Event, garnered an audience of over 2,500 people. Sven Väth was the headline act. It ran as a one-day festival, however after 2004 one of the organisers, Bela Gurath, came up with the idea of making it a festival run across several days.[1] In 2005 the artists Monika Kruse and DJ Rush headlined.[2] The latter also headlined when the festival was still held over only one day (along with Felix da Housecat, Tiefschwarz and Turntablerocker).[3]

In 2007 there was a stage that towered over the lake and another one set up in a tent. The headliners that year were The Disco Boys, Moguai and Moonbootica. After that the festival was confined to a Sunday.[4] Furthermore, in 2008 when the headliners Felix da Housecat and Lexy (of Lexy & K-Paul) had to cancel due to illness,[5] Monika Kruse and Tiefschwarz were then again called upon to headline.[6] In 2009 a few previous headliners played for a crowd of over 6,000 people.[7] In 2010 the festival ran, for the first time, over two days. On Saturday 2raumwohnung, Paul Kalkbrenner, Chris Liebing and Die Fantastischen Vier,[8] played and on the Sunday 2Many DJs, Tiga, Karotte, Lexy & K-Paul, Marco Petralia and many more played. The number of festival goers rose to 15,000 in 2010.[9]

At the end of 2010 well known artists such as Moby, Tiësto, Paul Kalkbrenner, Robyn und DJ Rush were named as headliners to celebrate the festival's ten-year run in 2011. For the first time the festival was spread across three days [10] and was therefore the second biggest music festival in Baden Wuerttemberg (after the Southside Festival).[1] However it should also be noted that the audience numbers for the festival "Rock am See" fell from 23,000 to 13,000 [11] but stabilised again in the years following to 25,000.[12]

However, during the festival in 2011 the organisers were faced with huge problems: the event held on Friday evening in the Rothaus Arena of the Messe Freiburg was almost full with 6,500 spectators and as a result further 2,000 spectators were refused entry. According to data from the police, who later evacuated the Messe, the organisers hadn't complied with health and safety regulations. The camping grounds were also already overcrowded. At the time, parking places in front of various retail stores were blocked and the site for the papal visit "Baustelle für den Papstbesuch" was also damaged.[13]

On Saturday evening there was confusion among festival goers over the rules of entry into the Messe, as an additional ticket was necessary. While the festival grounds had 25,000 spectators, the arena only permitted 13,000. The shuttlebus to the festival travelled through a tunnel, which reminded a lot of people of the incident at the Loveparade in 2010. This resulted in a lot of people travelling on foot to the Messe and roughly 40 of those people crossed the A5 motorway.[14] The city council explained after the festival that they would have nothing more to do with the organiser as they couldn't, in their opinion, keep the event under control.[15]

Sea of Love (New Management)[edit]

By the end of 2011 it was common knowledge that the previous organisers had sold the rights to the event to the concert group KOKO &DTK Entertainment and had even been threatened with a fine which was later set at 100,000 euros.[16] Koko announced that they wanted to stage the festival exclusively at Tunisee.[17] In 2012 20,000 visitors were expected at the festival [18] which ran between 14 and 15 July, in reality 15,00 people attended over the two days to see artists such as Deichkind or Gorillaz Sound System.[19] In December 2012 it was revealed that KOKO & DTK Entertainment wouldn't be organizing any more Sea of Love festivals on the same scale.[20]

At the end of 2012, as a result of the circumstances in 2011, the Freiburg city council decided on how to organise future events and also came up with the idea of establishing an event management office in the first few months of 2013.[21] This was approved at the municipal council meeting of 16 April 2013 for the Public Order Office.[22]

Sea You[edit]

In July 2014 the Sea of Love festival was held on a smaller scale under the new name 'Sea You' and was restricted to around 10,000 visitors. The organisers were the events group ”Cosmopop”. On 18 and 19 July 2015 the festival was held for the second time under the new name and management, attracting over 15,000 spectators.[23]


Year Headliner Date Audience numbers Name/Organiser of the event
2002 Sven Väth 2.500[1] Sea of Love
Endless Event
2003 DJ Rush, Marco Carola, Mas Ricardo, Tom Novy 27. Juli 2003
2004 Chris Liebing, Tom Novy, Turntablerocker 13. Juni 2004
2005 DJ Rush, Monika Kruse, Karotte, Moguai, Mr. Mike 19. Juni 2005
2006 Felix da Housecat, DJ Rush, Turntablerocker, Tiefschwarz, Marco Bailey, Milk & Sugar 16. Juli 2006
2007 DJ Hell, Tiefschwarz, Moguai, The Disco Boys, Moonbootica, Monika Kruse, DJ Murphy 24. Juni 2007
2008 Felix da Housecat (abgesagt), Tiefschwarz, Lexy (abgesagt) & K-Paul, Monika Kruse, DJ Murphy 13. Juli 2008
2009 Digitalism, Turntablerocker, Lexy & K-Paul, Tiefschwarz, Anthony Rother, Monika Kruse, The Disco Boys, Guru Josh Project, Marco Petralia 28. Juni 2009 6.000[7]
2010 Die Fantastischen Vier, 2manydjs, Paul Kalkbrenner, DJ Hell, Boys Noize, Fedde le Grand, Chris Liebing, Stromae, 2raumwohnung, Tiga, Turntablerocker 17. & 18. Juli 2010 15.000[9]
2011 Moby, Paul Kalkbrenner, David Guetta, Tiësto 15., 16. & 17. Juli 2011 25.000[14]
2012 Gorillaz, Deichkind 14. & 15. Juli 2012 15.000[19] Sea of Love
KOKO & DTK Entertainment
2013 Keine Veranstaltung
2014 z. B. Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Extrawelt, Lexy & K-Paul, Loco Dice, Luciano, Moonbootica, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Schories, Richie Hawtin, Robin Schulz 18., 19. & 20. Juli 2014 10.000 Sea You Festival
2015 Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Len Faki, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Robin Schulz, Sven Väth 18. & 19. Juli 2015 14.000[24]
2016 Chris Liebing, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Len Faki, Luciano, Monika Kruse, Nina Kraviz, Robin Schulz, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us 16. & 17. Juli 2016 20.000[25]
2017 z. B. Adam Beyer, Alle Farben, Boris Brejcha, Gestört aber GeiL, Klaudia Gawlas, Len Faki, Lexy & K-Paul, Loco Dice, Monika Kruse, Paul Kalkbrenner 15. & 16. Juli 2017 27.000
2018 z. B. Adam Beyer, Alle Farben, Boris Brejcha, Charlotte de Witte, Klaudia Gawlas, Len Faki, Lexy & K-Paul, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Vini Vici 14. & 15. Juli 2018


  1. ^ a b c Thomas Steiner: Party: Elektro-Event: "Unser Publikum ist international". In: Badische Zeitung. 18. Juni 2011, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  2. ^ 19. Juni 2005 – SEA of LOVE Open-Air-Festival am SEE, Tunisee, Freiburg im Breisgauabgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  3. ^ Lineup[permanent dead link]. abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  4. ^ 24. Juni 2007, Sea of Love 2007 @ Tunisee (Freiburg-Hochdorf). abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  5. ^ Freiburg: Foto-Galerie: Sea of Love 2008 Archived 2011-12-20 at the Wayback Machine. abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  6. ^ 13. Juli 2008 – Sea of Love (Freiburg). abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  7. ^ a b Sea Of Love 2009 – 6.000 Besucher feiern friedlich. abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  8. ^ Freiburg: Sea of Love 2010: So war der erste Tag Archived 2013-09-07 at the Wayback Machine. abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  9. ^ a b Freiburg: Fotos: Sea of Love 2010 am Sonntag Archived 2011-12-01 at the Wayback Machine. abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  10. ^ Moby als Headliner beim "Sea Of Love", 30. Dezember 2010, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  11. ^ Michael Lünstroth: Konstanz: 13 000 Fans feiern friedliches Rock am See, Südkurier, 29. August 2011, abgerufen am 6. Juli 2012.
  12. ^ Rock am See: Klasse Bands und 25.000 Besucher rockten die Regenwolken weg Archived 2012-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, Pressemeldung, 1. September 2012, abgerufen am 19. Oktober 2012.
  13. ^ Joachim Röderer und andere: Freiburg: Festival: Chaos bei der Sea of Love – Situation drohte zu eskalieren. In: Badische Zeitung. 16. Juli 2011, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  14. ^ a b Alexandra Sillgitt und Sebastian Wolfrum: Südwest: Nicht nur Liebe für die Sea of Love. In: Badische Zeitung. 18. Juli 2011, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  15. ^ Joachim Röderer und andere: Freiburg: Techno-Festival: "Sea of Love" auf der Kippe – Stadt kritisiert Veranstalter. In: Badische Zeitung. 18. Juli 2011, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  16. ^ Joachim Röderer: Freiburg: Finanzielle Folgen: Sea of Love: Veranstalter sollen 100.000 Euro zahlen. In: Badische Zeitung. 15. Februar 2012, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  17. ^ Joachim Röderer: Freiburg: Veranstalterwechsel: Sea of Love: Koko übernimmt Technofestival. In: Badische Zeitung. 21. Dezember 2011, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  18. ^ Pia Grättinger: Reute: Konzept: "Sea of Love": Koko sieht kein Problem. In: Badische Zeitung. 23. Juni 2012, abgerufen am 1. Juli 2012.
  19. ^ a b Yvonne Weik: Freiburg: Das Konzept am See geht voll auf. In: Badische Zeitung. 16. Juli 2012, abgerufen am 28. Juli 2012.
  20. ^ Carolin Buchheim: Interview mit Marc Oßwald zur Sea of Love: "Der Imageverlust war groß" Archived 2013-06-29 at the Wayback Machine,, 14. Dezember 2012, abgerufen am 13. Juni 2013
  21. ^ Gemeinderatsdrucksache G-13/037 zur 1. Sitzung des Gemeinderates, Ratsinfosystem Freiburg, 29. Januar 2013, abgerufen am 3. März 2013
  22. ^ Gemeinderatsdrucksache G-13/053 zur 4. Sitzung des Gemeinderates, Ratsinfosystem Freiburg, 16. April 2013, abgerufen am 25. Mai 2013
  23. ^ "Freiburg: Polizei zieht Bilanz des Sea-You-Festivals" (in German). Badische Zeitung. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  24. ^ 14.000 Liebhaber der elektronischen Musik aus insgesamt ... Archived 2017-04-27 at the Wayback Machine auf, abgerufen am 26. April 2017.
  25. ^ Pressemitteilung Sea You Festival „Beach Republic“ 2016 Archived 2017-04-27 at the Wayback Machine auf, abgerufen am 26. April 2017.

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