Summertime is festival time. In Germany, there are hundreds of music festivals and interesting events going on – especially between May and September. There’s something to suit every taste from rock & pop, electro, hip-hop, heavy metal to classical and jazz. An added bonus is that many of the festivals take place in beautiful locations alongside lakes, rivers or even by the sea. Facilities are available at most of the locations, such as tent hire or spaces for caravans. Some locations can be easily reached by train from the airport. Other places are a little more off the beaten track and are more accessible by car, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover more of Germany’s stunning countryside. Here are some top music festivals taking place in the second half of 2019.
Juicy Beats Dortmund (26th – 27th July 2019)
This popular open-air music festival in Dortmund has been running since 1996. More than 150 bands and DJs are expected over the two days. Festivalgoers will love the excellent mix of hip-hop, indie, house, techno, reggae and worldbeat at Dortmund’s Westfalenpark. Camping is available on site.
Wacken Open Air (1st – 3rd August 2019)
This annual open-air festival is the event for heavy metal and hard rock fans in Europe. It takes place in the village of Wacken, in the Schleswig-Holstein region and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. Situated only an hour’s drive from Hamburg, it’s ideally located to discover the surrounding area and the seaside town of Büsum.
Rocken am Brocken Elend (1st – 3rd August 2019)
This open-air rock festival takes place in the beautiful Saxon-Anhalt region between Leipzig and Hanover. Over 4,000 visitors come to the event each year to enjoy the best in electro, indie, punk and rock music. As well as the music, there’s always plenty of other entertainment laid on like football and volleyball matches, workshops and face painting for the kids. The nearby Harz National Park offers the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to discover the magnificent forest with one of the park’s rangers. All revenue from ticket sales goes to the Harz National Park.
Nature One, Kastellaun (2nd – 4th August 2019)
This huge open-air electronic festival attracts over 60,000 visitors each year. The venue is an old NATO missile base and houses 20 stages, incorporating cutting-edge lighting and sound. Camping is available on site.
Open Flair Festival, Eschwege (7th – 11th August 2019)
This annual music event is a popular music festival that takes place in the federal state of Hesse. Over the years, organisers have extended the variety of music at the festival, and it now includes pop and hip-hop. The campsite is open from 12 pm on Tuesday 6th August – 12pm on Monday 12th August 2019.
Dockville, Hamburg Wilhelmsburg (16th – 18th August 2019)
This music and art festival takes place every summer on the island of Wilhelmsburg – close to Hamburg’s harbour. Music fans can enjoy a variety of genres, including electro, hip-hop, indie, rock and punk music. On-site camping is available from 2pm on 15th August 2019.
Lollapalooza Berlin (7th – 8th September 2019)
For the fifth time, this iconic music festival takes place in Germany’s capital city. The variety of electronic and pop music as well as multiple other genres attracted around 70,000 visitors last year. It takes place at Berlin’s Olympic stadium. There isn’t a campsite for this event, but it’s easy to get to by public transport
Dresden Jazz Festival (23rd October – 24th November 2019)
The Dresden Jazz Festival is the biggest of its kind in central Germany. This is a wonderful opportunity take a journey through the many different styles of jazz – including modern jazz, blues, soul, Latin, funk and swing.
Why not try out one of these festivals this summer? You won’t be disappointed as the atmosphere is amazing and so much fun!
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