Best Music Festivals in Germany

Looking for mind-blowing German music festivals? Look no further. Here are some of the best…

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 7th Feb 2022

Believe it or not, Germany is so much more than beer and sausage. There are so many defining features and qualities, such as stunning landscapes, beautiful brick gothic architecture, beaches, an unreal music scene (particularly in Berlin, as many ravers will know) and, of course, some of the best music festivals around the world.

As the country’s capital has such a rich, crucial electronic music scene, there are plenty of fests for keen ravers. But you can also find pop, rock, metal, indie and more in Germany’s eclectic range of music festivals. 

As there are so many to choose from, we thought we’d make a list of the best, so you have the best starting point. Here are a few of the best German music festivals…

 

 

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

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When: Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th June 

Where: Nrburg, Nürburg & Zeppelinfeld, Nuremberg

Lineup: Green Day, Muse, Volbeat

These two sister festivals are known around the world as two of the biggest and best rock music festivals. Well respected in the heavier scene, the festival has welcomed many legendary acts including Slipknot, Paramore, Tool, Slayer, Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine, Alice in Chains, Halestorm, The White Stripes, and so many more. This year’s lineup is looking as hard as ever, and with a crowd that’s known for giving it their all, either of these mammoth festivals is worth considering.

 

Find tickets for Rock am Ring 2022 - here / Find tickets for Rock im Park 2022 - here 

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New Horizons Festival 

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Any ravers out there should listen closely to this one. Despite its first edition being as recent as 2017, New Horizons has already established itself as one of Germany’s biggest EDM and electronic festivals, gained a fantastic reputation, and has had some of the games hottest artists grace the stage. Covering many subgenres of electronic music, New Horizons is perfect for those with a diverse taste or those looking to expand their musical horizons (apologies for the pun). 

 


 

Melt Festival

When: Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June 

Where: Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen

Lineup: Jamie xx, Peggy Gou, Little Simz, Tom Misch, Caroline Polachek, Honey Dijon

Melt Festival merges multiple genres including various electronic genres, pop, hip hop and more. This year’s lineup speaks for itself with plenty of cracking artists from top to bottom. Those who often find themselves frustrated as the party ended before it could peak will likely enjoy the “Sleepless Floor”, the party that doesn’t stop, taking ravers from Thursday all the way through to Monday. And when you’re feeling like death after going for god knows how long, relaxing by Lake Gremmin might be a good idea.

 

Find tickets for Melt Festival 2022 - here

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Airbeat One Festival

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When: Wednesday 6th - Sunday 10th July 

Where: Neustadt-Glewe Airport, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Lineup: Charlotte de Witte, Afrojack, Marshmello, Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Timmy Trumpet, DJ Snake, Boris Brejcha, Camelphat

An unusual setup for a festival, Airbeat One sees an airport transformed into another world every year for this mad dance, techno, house and hardstyle music festival. Airbeat is one of the most popular festivals of its kind in Europe, and with such a cracking lineup and unreal production, we don’t think that’ll change any time soon. If you’re looking for a massive one, consider checking out this monster of a fest.

 


  

MS DOCKVILLE Festival 

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When: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st August

Where: Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg

Lineup: girl in red, Little Simz, Faber, Provinz, Pashanim, Alli Neumann

Ran by a non-profit organisation that runs art camps to provide children with a space to unleash their creative sides, MS DOCKVILLE is a cute, nature surrounded festival that around 25,000 people attend each year. Artists on the bill are diverse with acts creating hip hop, pop, indie, electronic, dance, RnB and soul tunes. And such an artsy paradise would be incomplete without art installations and other visual arts.

 


 

Wacken Open Air

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When: Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th August 

Where: Wacken Open Air, Wacken

Lineup: Slipknot, Judas Priest, Till Lindemann

Throw your horns in the sky and open up the pit because Wacken Open Air has delivered another unreal heavy metal and hard rock lineup to knock all the rest out of the park. With so many metal legends on the lineup, WOA is a no brainer. Going strong since 1990, the festival has gained a spectacular reputation among the metal community as it champions the biggest names in the game while still shining a light on the rising stars of the scene.

 


 

Sea You Beach Festival

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When: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July 

Where: Tunisee, Freiburg

Lineup: Amelie LensBoris Brejcha, Eats Everything, Maceo Plex, Fisher

One of Germany’s most loved house and techno festivals will arrive again in July in one of the hottest parts of the country. Setting this fest apart from the rest on the list is better weather, a stunning lake for cooling off and wakeboarding in, and of course, the beach. The seven stages are all unique, creating their own atmosphere. For example, one stage has a mild resemblance to the Sydney Opera House, another resembles a greenhouse, one is on water, and one features an eagle with its wings spread. 

 


 

Nature One

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When: Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August 

Where: Pydna, Kastellaun

Lineup: TBA 

Ever raved on a former missile base? Here’s your chance! Nature One is the biggest, most reputable electronic music festival in Germany. Split into four head floors and nineteen club floors, there’s plenty to check out, and you’re certain to find something that suits your tastes. The music ranges from techno, drum and bass, house, trance, and more, so you can keep each member of your group happy. 

 

Find tickets for Nature One Festival 2022 - here

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Lollapalooza Berlin

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When: Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th September 

Where: Olympiastadion & Olympiapark, Berlin

Lineup: TBA 

After gaining worldwide respect and a dedicated fanbase, Lolla, which started in Chicago, branched out, making Germany the first European location for the festival. The massive multi-genre festival attracts thousands of music fans looking to enjoy the hottest names in music today, including Swedish House Mafia, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Liam Gallagher, Foo Fighters and more. Lolla hasn’t confirmed any artists just yet, but with so many huge names topping the bill in past editions, we know the lineup will be to die for. 

 


 

Hurricane Festival

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When: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th June 

Where: Eichenring, Scheessel

Lineup: Seeed, Kings Of Lion, Martin Garrix, The Killers, Rise Against, Twenty One Pilots, K.I.Z, Deichkind

Hurricane Festival will go off this June with some of the best live acts in rock, pop, indie, electronic, punk, and more, including The Hives, Royal Blood, and Foals. As such a highly desired festival, attracting around 70,000 people each year, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. And if, for whatever reason, you’d rather venture to southern Germany, you can check out Hurricane’s sister festival, Southside in Neuhausen ob Eck.

 


 

Parookaville

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When: Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th July 

Where: Airport Weeze, Weeze

Lineup: Scooter, Fisher, Armin van Buuren, Yellow Claw 

For whatever reason, Germany loves to have its festivals at some pretty unusual locations. We looked at a festival on a missile base, now we’re looking at one that’s on an airport. Originally built as an “artistic, free-flowing and mad musical place” to help people discover their true selves, Parookaville has become a key date in the calendar for electronic music fans as one of the biggest, most loving festivals of its kind. What’s not to love? 

 


 

Time Warp DE

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When: Friday 1st April 2023 

Where: Maimarkthalle, Mannheim

Lineup: TBA 

Sadly, Time Warp DE won't return until 2023. But we can guarantee people all across the globe, particularly Europe, will have the date marked and underlined in their calendars as Time Warp is easily one of the most prestigious techno music events on the continent. Since the next edition is so far away, there haven’t been any lineup announcements yet. But Time Warp only books the best of the best, so whoever they choose will smash it, leaving spectators in a daze. 

 

Find tickets for Time Warp 2023 - here

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MAYDAY Dortmund

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When: Saturday 30th April 

Where: Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

Lineup: TBA 

Yet another massive date in a ravers diary, MAYDAY will be celebrating its 30th birthday with massive tunes, bigger stages, and ethereal production that will sweep you off your feet and take you to another universe. As one of Europe's most essential legendary dance festivals, we wouldn't expect anything less. And with plenty of experience under its belt, having started in 1991, you’re guaranteed a night to remember.

 

Find tickets for MAYDAY Dortmund 2022 - here

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Syndicate Festival

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When: Saturday 1st October

Where: Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

Lineup: TBA 

If you like super hard and fast thumping electronic music, this is the fest for you. Syndicate Festival goes down every October, giving its attendees the best of harder styles with kick drums that pound through your chest and bright, colourful lasers across four indoor stages. To give you a taste of what 2022 might have in store, past lineups have featured Angerfist, Miss K8, Radical Redemption and Korsakoff.

 



 

If you made it this far, congratulations! You made it! We know it was quite a lot, but that just proves how unreal German music festivals are. There are so many to choose from. Whether you want a day of the hardest, fastest electronic music or if you want to rock out in a field for three days, Germany has it. No matter which festival you choose, it’ll be top. And you know the beer will be excellent. It’s a win-win.  

 


 

Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.

 

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Header image: Rock im Park 

 

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