Although electronic music is in vogue in Germany, there are German music festivals of every imaginable genre. Over recent years they have been springing up everywhere including on Germany’s mountains, forests, and beaches.
The choice has become so huge that now it can be difficult to know which to go to. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of the best upcoming music festivals in Germany to make it easier for you. Whatever you’re into, you’ll be able to find it here...
Melt Festival is one of the biggest open-air electronic music festivals in Germany. It has been running since 1997 and takes place in an ex-coal mine. It has featured in Resident Advisor’s Top Ten festivals for July list 3 times and has won 2 Helga festival awards.
Headliners: Bon Iver, Four Tet, Solomun, A$AP Rocky, Jorja Smith, Skepta, Kaytranada,
When? 19-21 July
Rock am Ring and Rock im Park
The two events have the same headliners and take place simultaneously. This year will be the event's 30th anniversary and the lineup is looking as good as ever for rock-lovers. The huge event continued to grow in size and is expected to draw over 150,000 people.
Headliners: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Die Arzte, Slayer, Slipknot, Foals, Tenacious D, Bastille.
When? 7-9 July
Where? Nurburgring (Rock am Ring), Rock im Park (Zeppelinfeld)
Maifeld Derby offers an eclectic mix of rock, electronic, and hip-hop. The varied lineup gives the festival a wide appeal and this year’s lineup is incredible. The festival takes its name form the horse racing stadium where it takes place. It is much more than just a music festival, there is also a wide range of fun activities for people to enjoy.
Headliners: Hot Chip, The Streets, Parcels, Kevin Morby, Von Wegen, Lisbeth, Tocotronic.
When? 14-16 June
Time Warp DE
Time Warp DE is an innovative techno festival where the top-end sound systems produce the highest quality sound. Ever since it began in 1994, the festival has led the way in terms of creativity and it continues to draw techno -lovers from all over Europe.
Headliners: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Chris Liebing, Amelie Lens, Sven Väth.
When? 6 April
Hurricane Festival and Southside Festival
These twin festivals have included some of the world’s biggest names ever since it began in 1997. The huge outdoor festival features over 100 bands over 3 days. Though it started as a rock festival, the lineup over recent years has become more diverse and now includes more electronic acts.
Headliners: Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Interpol, The Cure, Macklemore, Steve Aoki.
When? 21-23 June
Where? Scheeßel (Hurricane), Neuhausen ob Eck (Southside)
Wacken Open Air
With around 100,000 people attending each year, this is the big German festival for metalheads. Crowds of people with long hair and black clothes gather from all over Europe to see some of the hardest, heaviest, and best metal bands in the world. Anyone who’s been will tell you what an incredible experience it is.
Headliners: Prophets Of Rage, Within Temptation, Bullet For My Valentine, Slayer, Sabaton, Powerwolf, Parkway Drive.
When? 1-3 August 2019
Lollapalooza is a huge multi-genre festival which includes some of the world’s biggest acts. The 4-day event has been running since 1991 and features 8 stages and over 170 bands. Set in the nation’s capital, it’s definitely worth the effort to go and see.
Headliners: The Strokes, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Flume.
When? 1-4 August
MAYDAY offers a sensational lineup of techno and house DJs and producers. If you’re looking for a rave in Germany, this is the place to be. This is the festival’s 27th year and the organizers know how to throw a party. It’s renowned for its fun atmosphere.
Headliners: Boys Noize, Tiësto, Chris Liebing, Len Faki, Lost Frequencies, Markus Schulz.
When? 30 April
This quirky outdoor festival is set in the woods on the shores of the Elbe. There isn’t really a strict genre to this festival but the focus is on creativity. The carefully crafted lineup tends to be a mix between a few big acts and smaller acts who are doing something original.
Headliners: Jon Hopkins, Jungle, Billie Eilish, Von Wegen, Lisbeth, Parcels, RIN.
When? 16-18 August