Hurricane Festival 2012

Festivals in Germany

No matter what kind of music you like, among Germany’s many festivals there will certainly be an option for you! Most of the festivals take place during spring and summer, but be sure to bring an umbrella and a waterproofed tent as well as sunscreen.

Rock am Ring und Rock im Park (2 - 4 June 2017) are Germany’s biggest festivals for Rock. They are expecting more then 160.000 visitors. Acts starring at the festival this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Labrinth.

The Hurricane

20. "Hurricane"-Festival
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festival (23 – 25 June 2017) in Eichenring Scheessel, Lower Saxony, attracts lovers of Rock, Pop, Indie, Metal and electronic music. This festival is very popular among young people from all over the world. Rammstein, Mumford & Sons and The Prodigy are just some of the many bands playing

The Wacken Open Air festival (04 - 06 August 2016) in Northern Germany attracts fans of Heavy Metal and Rock music from all over the world. Around 80.000 visitors are expected for this year.

Fusion festival (June – July 2018) in Lärz, in the North-East of Germany, mainly focuses on electronic and hip hop music. Its line-up is not released beforehand and ticket sales are heavily restricted: you have to participate in a ticket lottery to purchase one of highly requested ticket.

If you are looking for a festival at a special location, visit the festivals of electronic and hip hop music Splash! (06 – 09 July 2017) or Melt! (14 – 16 July 2017) at the Ferropolis in Gräfenhainichen, known as "the city of iron", which is an open museum of old industrial machines.

Southside 2016 - Skindred
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The Southside festival (23 – 25 June 2017) in Neuhausen ob Eck in Baden-Württemberg is known as the southern rival of the Hurricane festival because the performing bands are the same. Fans of electronic, Indie, Pop and Rock music head here.

If you are more into raggae music and a relaxed holiday-like atmosphere, the Chiemsee Reggae Summer festival (16 – 19 August 2017) in Übersee, Bavaria might be the perfect festival for you.

Das Fest (15 – 16 July 2017) in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, claims to be one of the biggest open air events in Germany. It counted 255.000 visitors in the past year. The festival only costs €5 a day and on the eight stages  there is something for everybody.

If you don’t want to spend a fortune for a ticket, try a one-day festival like Luft & Liebe (04 June 2017 and 26 August 2017) in Duisburg. In addition, there are many small festivals all over Germany, celebrating music, beer, wine, local culture and traditional holidays.

Lovers of classical music will enjoy the famous

Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth Festival 2015 - Lohengrin
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(25 July – 28 August 2017). Music by German composer Richard Wagner, such as "Tristan and Isolde” or “The Rhinegold”, are performed at the festival hall of Bayreuth, Bavaria. But be aware – some people wait years for a ticket.

The Dresden Music Festival (18 May – 18 June), founded in 1978, presents each year a programme of exceptional depth and diversity by renowned orchestras and acclaimed soloists in a unique cultural and historical setting which creates distinctive connections between space and music in atmospheric venues, from Baroque structures to the modern architecture of a factory.

The Händel Festival Halle (26 May-11 June 2017) is the musical highlight of the city with high-profile artists from singers to conductors, who present Händel’s works and make the visitor’s experience memorable.

The tradition of the Beethoven Fest Bonn

Beethoven Fest Bonn
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(8 September – 1 October 2017) stretches back to 1845, when a three-day music festival was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the composer’s birth, with an international audience including King Frederick William IV of Prussia, Queen Victoria of Great Britain, the explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the composer Hector Berlioz. Today, the Festival attracts approximately 2000 artists who perform in 25 different locations in Bonn and its rural environment: in concert halls as well as in churches, museum, former parliament buildings, historical industrial sights, modern office buildings and castles.

Websites and locations

Websites and locations
Rock am Ring

Flugplatz Mendig, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland Pfalz

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Rock im Park

Zeppelinfeld Nürnberg, Bavaria


Eichenring Scheeßel, Bremen

Fusion Festival

Flugplatz Lärz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Melt Festival

Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt

Splash Festival

Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt

Chiemsee Summer

Übersee, Bavaria

Summer Jam

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia


Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony


Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein

Bayreuther Festspiele

Bayreuth, Bavaria

Das Fest

Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg

Neuhausen ob Eck, Baden-Württemberg
Luft und Liebe
Duisburg, North-Rhine-Westphalia
Dresden Music Festival
Dresden, Saxony
Händel Festival
Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
Beethoven Fest
Bonn, North-Rhine-Westphalia

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The German Music Information Centre (MIZ) has put together a digital guide to the more than 500 music festivals regularly taking place across Germany. It covers all sorts of events and genres, from opera to musical theatre. This resource is currently only available in German.

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