Blog Cultural Festivals Europe european festivals Festival Locations festivals Festivals Europe festivals in germany Germany Mainstream/Massive music festivals Transformational Festivals Travel

The 15 Best German Music Festivals

Festivals in Germany: The complete list of the top 20 german music festivals of every genre, location, size, and intention. Oh, and Oktoberfest counts too. Which ones have you been to?!

Disclosure: There is a good probability this submit accommodates affiliate hyperlinks. Buying by way of my weblog helps me keep on the street! So, thanks!

(Final Up to date On: December 10, 2018)

There are such a lot of festivals in Germany that it was even robust to listing the highest 20. Germany is called a haven of music, with a few of the most superb golf equipment, music scenes, and dj’s on the earth calling Germany house. This example provides option to tons of German music festivals which are among the many greatest in Europe and the most effective on the earth.

Whereas Germany cant undoubtedly lean towards digital music, there are festivals in Germany of each style conceivable (is beer a style?! Yep, Oktoberfest is listed in fact!). It doesn’t matter what sort of pageant you’re in search of, this listing of German music festivals ought to have you ever coated. Oh, and the rankings are from gross sales knowledge shared with me by Festicket. Because of this they are surely ranked as the highest 20 hottest festivals in Germany in accordance with the individuals who purchase tickets to them. So it’s not particularly my private opinion, however it signifies that there can be much more selection in there as there are individuals who like all types of music.

However earlier than planning your German music festivals, take a look at another pageant content material (open in new tabs):

Festivals in Germany: The complete list of the top 20 german music festivals of every genre, location, size, and intention. Oh, and Oktoberfest counts too. Which ones have you been to?!

Planning to go to some festivals in Germany?! Pin this text to your Pinterest boards!

1. Airbeat One Pageant

Airbeat One is one among (if not the) most well-known festivals in Germany. Taking up a often quiet little city of Neustadt-Glewe, Airbeat One comes alive every July with 5 totally different levels throughout each potential digital style. And these aren’t regular levels, both. Airbeat One pageant is understood for its extraordinary stage design, with fantasy-like levels and environment paired with mind-blowing lighting and manufacturing to create a totally immersive setting for festival-goers. There are even carnival rides and tons of loopy actions to do as properly.

It doesn’t cease there, both. Airbeat One matches its top-notch manufacturing with an equally spectacular lineup. Already introduced for subsequent yr are Armin Van Buuren, W&W, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. These names be a part of previous greats corresponding to Tiesto, Adam Beyer, Paul Kalkbrenner, Angerfist & Partyraiser, Nervo, Richie Hawtin, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake, Above & Past, Black Espresso, Headhunterz, and extra. So yeah, a little bit of every thing.

Location

Flugplatz Neustadt-Glewe, Germany

Dates

10-14 July

Style

Digital – EDM, Hardstyle, Home, Techno

2. Nature One Pageant

Nature One maybe has probably the most distinctive venues of the German music festivals, changing an previous NATO missile base right into a venue with 4 essential giant dance flooring/levels and tons of smaller dance areas as properly. All collectively the totally different areas complete simply as much as 20 totally different levels, with upcoming expertise and one thing totally different happening at every. The fascinating industrial background provides an much more distinctive component to this large pageant, which takes in additional than 50,000 friends annually.

Previous headliners have included Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, Charlotte de Witte, Aly & Fila, Joseph Capriati, Sebastian Ingrosso, ATB, Fedde Le Grand, and Robin Schulz. The pageant doies lean in the direction of home + techno, however has artists of all totally different backgrounds there as properly.

Location

Pydna, former NATO missile base in Kastelluan, Germany

Dates

2-Four August

Style

Digital – Home, techno, EDM, trance

three. Time Warp DE Pageant

Time Warp is probably one of many world’s greatest recognized and longest-running techno festivals, bringing the world’s largest names right into a 19-hour warehouse rave every April. This yr shall be Time Warp’s 25th – yep, twenty-fifth – version, and it exhibits no indicators of slowing down its multi-story hangar celebration anytime quickly.

It might be robust to even discover one identify on the Time Warp lineup that you simply didn’t know, with world-famous names taking up the decks for the complete almost-day. Prior to now you might see Nina Kraviz, Magda, Solomun, Rodhad, Loco Cube, Seth Troxler, Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon, Story of Us, Pan-Pot, and extra, and you may guess the lineup shall be equally superb this yr too.

Location

Maimarkthalle Hangar, Mannheim

Dates

7 April

Style

Techno, home, techno… and extra techno

Four. Sea You Pageant 2019

Sea You is an excellent distinctive home + techno pageant situated on the banks of Tunisee Lake outdoors of Freiburg, Germany. Pageant-goers can immerse themselves into water sports activities, floatie races, swimming, and lakeside barbecues between stints boogie-ing to a few of the world’s greatest home and techno. The space, which is within the countryside close to to the borders of France and Switzerland, had been dubbed the ‘Seashore Republic” as a result of its serene nature.

It’s not all enjoyable and floating, nevertheless. Alongside all of the enjoyable on the seashore is a lineup to rival any home and techno pageant. Subsequent yr the names Amelie Lens, Boris Brejcha, and Neelix have already been introduced, whereas up to now there was Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Maceo Plex, Vini Vici, Richie Hawtin, and extra. The pageant tickets are extraordinarily low cost, too!

Location

Tunisee, Freiburg, Germany

Dates

13-14 July

Style

Home + Techno

 

5. World Membership Dome 2019

Maybe one of the crucial distinctive and fascinating ideas for festivals in Germany, World Membership Dome transforms a sporting area in Freankfurt every summer time into what it dubs the ‘world’s largest membership.’ So what it goes for is making an ENTIRE coated sports activities area into one large single-stage membership, with off-the-scale manufacturing and lighting that fills all the factor. There are a number of extra open-air levels outdoors and across the stadium, and tenting/meals/actions within the fields surrounding it as properly. However the primary stage with the EDM headliners is in fact inside the stadium.

This pageant principally brings in EDM giants, resembling Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, deadmau5, Klangkarussell, W&W, Robin Schulz, and extra, however at their ‘WCD Pool Sessions’ at an almost outside pool you can discover some equally nice names inside the home umbrella reminiscent of Solomun, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Adriatique, ANNA, H.O.S.H. In recent times they’ve been bringing in some extra stage areas reminiscent of Q Dance (hardstyle) and one other stage with the likes of Jauz, Yellow Claw, EDX, and Malaa.

Location

Commerzbank Area, Frankfurt, Germany

Dates

7-9 June

Style

Principally EDM, some home + techno

6. Love Household Park Pageant

Fairly opposite to its identify, Love Household Park pageant isn’t a household pageant…. it’s a techno one. One among many techno festivals in Germany, this one takes place in a park (one factor that’s true to its identify!) in Russelsheim am Important. The one-day gig is an enormous celebration of all issues techno, in the course of the daytime outdoor within the German summer time.

Techno giants comparable to Carl Cox, Luciano, Andhim, Ricardo Villalobos,  and Sven Vath (who headlines yearly!), have made appearances prior to now, and you can even anticipate an identical vibe sooner or later.

Location

Russelsheim am Most important, Germany

Dates

28th July

Style

Techno, home

 

7. Indian Spirit Pageant

Indian Spirit is likely one of the correct transformational festivals in Germany that focuses on psytrance and the whole lot religious. Alongside the music you possibly can look forward to finding vibrantly coloured levels, tons of artwork and installations, crafts, markets, workshops, yoga, and extra, all designed to raise the spirit. The pageant goes for five days, so there’s loads of time to take a look at all that they’ve on supply.

Up to now, headliners akin to Neelix, Vini Vici, Astrix, Contaminated Mushroom, Liquid Soul, Ace Ventura, have made appearances, alongside dozens and dozens of up-and-coming or underground expertise as properly.

Location

Eldena

Dates

29 August – three September

Style

Psytrance, digital

eight. New Horizons Pageant 2019

New Horizons has shortly taken German music festivals by storm after its first yr in 2017 – that’s proper, it will simply be its third version! Dubbed ‘seven festivals in one’ because of all the totally different music and issues to do, New Horizons actually reels attendees into one other world. The stage manufacturing, environment, and decorations are like one thing out of a fantasyland, and once you add in several performers and actors, artwork installations and enjoyable areas, and totally different actions happening everywhere, you get a totally immersive expertise.

Should you even have time to see the headliners alongside every thing else there’s to do, you’ll not be disenchanted. Up to now, New Horizons has seen Steve Aoki, Tieso, Dimitri Vegas + Like Mike, Axwell V Ingrosso, Chris Liebing, Armin van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Angerfist, Claptone, Malaa, Ghastly, Charlotte de Witte, and Flosstradamus… creating what is unquestionably probably the most numerous lineups of all of the digital festivals in Germany. They’ve totally different levels for every style – trance, lure, city, goa techno, home, EDM and extra – making it straightforward to determine the place you’d wish to get misplaced.

Location

The Nürburgring, Nurburg, Germany

Dates

21-25 Auguse

Style

Digital- Home, EDM, Techno

9. Ruhr-in-Love 2019

Going since 2003, Ruhr in Love is on of the favourite one-day digital festivals in Germany. Occurring from midday throughout an enormous 40 – sure, FORTY – levels, I’ll completely guarentee to you that you simply’ll discover at the least one thing that you simply like, whether or not that be trance, techno, EDM, hardstyle, psytrance, home… you get the thought. You’ll witness a great deal of up-and-coming and native expertise alongside some greater headliners, however the focus right here is on smaller-yet-still-amazing expertise from the world. It doesn’t matter what, you’ll certainly have an journey exploring across the many, many levels that there are.

Up to now years, the headliners included Klaudia Gawlas, Get together Favor, Plastik Funk, Ostblockschlampen, Moonbootica, Tujamo, and Pappenheimer. See when you can catch all of them whereas nonetheless testing all the levels – it’ll be an journey!

Location

OLGA Park, Oberhausen, Germany

Dates

6 July

Style

All Digital – actually ALL.

10. Echelon Open Air & Indoor Pageant 2019

Echelon Open Air + Indoor Pageant is yet one more one-day techno banger, which as its identify suggests takes place in each indoor tents and outside levels. It takes place on a Chilly Warfare satellite tv for pc monitoring station, and there are nonetheless large monitoring orbs current on the venue. It takes place throughout 5 levels which are supplemented by the fascinating and historic venue.

This German music pageant is is aware of for its techno, but in addition has some home, EDM, and different digital. Previous headliners have included Carl Cox, Deborah de Luca, Boris Brejcha, Don Diablo, Yellow Claw, Neelix, and Yen Faki. Oliver Heldens, and Sam Paganini.

Location

Ehemalige US Kaserne (Chilly Conflict NSA Satellite tv for pc Monitoring Station), Dangerous Aibling, Germany

Dates

17 August

Style

Home, techno, digital

11. Ikarus Pageant

Ikarus Pageant takes place every summer time fairly actually in an airport – properly, on the grounds of a world one. And sure, you possibly can nonetheless fly into it by way of fairly a couple of price range airways like RyanAir and WizzAir! Together with six totally different levels, Ikarus comes with performances, a circus program, and extra.

Previous headloiners have been Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Story of Us, Pan-Pot, Oliver Koletzki, and Nina Kraviz, and you may guess that any home music-lover can be in heaven at Ikarus Pageant in any yr to return.

Location

Memmingen Airport, Memmingerburg, Germany

Dates

7-9 June

Style

Home, Techno, Digital

12. MAYDAY Dortmund

MAYDAY is yet one more of the various incredible digital music festivals in Germany. You’ll find no matter you’re on the lookout for at this pageant so long as it’s inside the digital scope – techno, trance, home, hardstyle, EDM, and extra. MAYDAY has been going for 25 years now and is well-known for its immersive and unimaginable visuals, music, and manufacturing high quality.

Previous headliners have seen a variety of artists from Ferry Corsten, Aly & Fila, Marcus Schulz, and Adam Beyer to Angerfist, Charlotte de Witte, and Chris Liebing. The pageant takes place throughout tons of various rooms, and has grown tons since Sven Vath helped its inception in 1991.

Location

Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

Dates

30 April

Style

All digital

 

13. Habitat Pageant

Habitat is yet one more music pageant in Germany that’s far more than a music pageant. This pageant brings in all types of acutely aware festival-goers to expertise artwork courses, installations, sustainability workshops, movie, theater, performances, yoga, and extra. This all happens alongside a reasonably large lineup of all totally different genres inside the digital umbrella. Feels like a reasonably excellent pageant to me!

If you will discover time alongside watching theater, doing yoga, and studying all types of latest issues on the workshops, the lineups are all the time nice. Up to now they’ve included the likes of Charlotte de Witte, Rodhad, Reinier Zonneveld, Monkey Safari, Alex Niggemann, and different equally deep and superb artists.

Location

Flugplatz Hungriger Wolf (an airfield), Hohenlockstedt, Germany

Dates

25-28 July

Style

Home + Techno

14. MS Dockville Pageant

MS Dockville is a multi-genre pageant that takes place every August round some industrial docklands alongside the Elbe River close to Hamburg. Dockville prides itself in its artistic expression, with a great deal of artwork, markets, and extra to do alongside the lineup of other, rock, and digital giants.

Caribou, Bonobo, Elderbrook, Flume, Moderat, Murea Masa, Foals, alt-J, Interpol, and extra have headlined prior to now, so you possibly can anticipate comparable kinds of stay acts fused with digital parts within the subsequent editions of the pageant as properly.

Location

Wilhelmsburg Docks, Hamburg, Germany

Dates

16-18 August

Style

Various, Rock, Digital

15. Oldenbora Pageant

Oldenbora is a one-day fest that takes place inside and on the seashores surrounding a lakeside seashore membership referred to as Nethen, which is close to Rastede, Germany. They wish to say that this pageant brings the vibe of Ibiza to Germany for a day, in that there are big seashore events with nice dj’s enjoying to them. For those who get uninterested in dancing (or want a fast break), the lake is a well-liked and scenic place for water sports activities as nicely.

Previous headliners have included Moguai, Oliver Koletzki, Moonbootica, Will Sparks, Riva Starr, Tom & Jame, and extra.

Location

Nethen Beachclub + Surrounding Seashores, Rastede, Germany

Dates

20 Might

Style

Home, Techno, Trance, EDM

16. Psychedelic Circus Open Air Pageant 2019

Psychedelic Circus is just about precisely what its identify says it’s. This pageant is a totally immersive environment the place nothing is sensible and the whole lot is sensible on the similar time ? . It’s a true fantasyland the place you may be whoever you need to be, when you take heed to trippy music, play enjoyable video games with fellow attendees, discover across the decked-out venue, and overlook the actual world.

It’s a vibrant pageant in each sense, from the decorations to the lineup. This pageant shouldn’t be all concerning the performers like many are, however there are additionally often fairly a couple of names to get enthusiastic about. Prior to now it has seen Fabio & Moon, Berg, Neelix, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Phaxe, and Secret Portal.

Location

Close to Gohlen, Germany

Dates

9-13 Might

Style

Trance, psytrance, home, acid home

17. Heroes Pageant

Heroes Pageant is by some means one of many solely pretty giant hip hop/rap festivals in Germany, happening at an enormous occasions middle close to Geiselwind (closest to Nuremberg). It has risen shortly in reputation since its current inception in 2017 – maybe as a result of there was a little bit of a void when it got here to bigger hip hop German music festivals. Heroes Pageant is understood for being an all-around superb celebration for the rap and hip hop scene, with superb sound and manufacturing, rap collectives, and MC’s from round Germany coming to strut their stuff.

Final yr the headliners included SXTN, Nimo, Olexesh, Luciano, Sido, and MoTrip, and you may anticipate comparable native DJ’s , MC’s and expertise for this yr as nicely.

Location

Eventzentrum, Geiselwind, Germany

Dates

15th June

Style

Hip Hop, Rap

18. Snowbeat Pageant

Snowbeat Pageant is likely one of the few massive winter music festivals in Germany, and certainly one of the crucial distinctive. It’s an digital music pageant that takes place in an indoor ski slope complicated, with a number of rooms full of wonderful manufacturing, sound, and pyrotechnics. Oh, and you may in fact hit the slopes as nicely!

Snowbeat usher in dj’s in many various genres, together with EDM, hardstyle, and home. Prior to now it has seen names reminiscent of Salvatore Ganacci, Coone, Ostblockschlampen, Alan Walker and Headhunterz – a lot of talentt from each Germany and worldwide.

Location

Alpincenter Indoor Snowsports Complicated, Wittenburg

Dates

2nd Feb

Style

EDM, hardstyle, home

19. Wacken Winter Nights Pageant

Wacken Winter Nights is a particularly immersive and distinctive rock and metallic pageant held within the small and charming village of Wacken. This pageant even focuses on medieval and mystic rock/people, with some attendees and performers even dressing the half. This immersive music works completely in a snowy small German Village, the place you possibly can virtually return in time via efficiency, meals, and costume.

In the event you take pleasure in German rock and metallic, chances are you’ll acknowledge names who’ve headlined earlier than. PEople akin to Saltatio Mortis, Grave Digger, Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Schandmaul, and Orphaned Land have performed on the previous, all presenting their very own distinctive tackle each darkish and passionate music.

Location

Wacken, Germany

Dates

22 – 24 February

Style

Rock, Metallic

Cultural Festivals in Germany: Oktoberfest of Course!

20. Oktoberfest

What’s Oktoberfest?! Nicely, the most important beer pageant on the planet, in fact. This cultural pageant might completely not be unnoticed when making an inventory of the most effective festivals in Germany, as a result of it very properly could also be extra well-known than all these German music festivals mixed. And hey – it’s not utterly devoid of music. To be trustworthy, music is simply as necessary to Oktoberfest as any of those festivals – the truth is, there are bands enjoying stay music just about on a regular basis in all the many large beer halls that comprise the pageant. It’s simply that, on this state of affairs, beer and scrumptious meals take priority.

Oktoberfest takes place in an enormous lot in central Munich, which is bordered by 14 beer halls/tents with large capacities. Beer is just out there by the liter, and this isn’t beer for the weak, both! Pretzels, pork knuckles, bratwurst, and different German delicacies ought to hold you going by means of  loopy quantities of beer, and it will even be a good suggestion to take breaks and play carnival video games or attempt the various amusement park rides outdoors.

I wrote an enormous Oktoberfest Pageant review-guide that may inform you 100% all the things you have to know earlier than attending one of the well-known festivals in Germany, so give that a learn and verify under for packages from Festicket and Stoke Journey.

Location

Munich, Germany

Dates

22 September – sixth October

Style

Beer ? And stay cowl bands.

The best music festivals in Germany, as ranked by sales data. These german music festivals are of every genre = house, techno, rock, alternative, indie, EDM, and more!

Don’t overlook to PIN this text when you love German music festivals!