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Top German music festivals of Summer 2019

Top German music festivals of Summer 2019

Top German music festivals of Summer 2019

As the weather finally takes a turn for the better and we look forward to the upcoming summer season, eager music fans from across the country prepare to attend some of the hottest festivals.

Here we round up some of the biggest and best music festivals taking place in Germany this summer, from leading events in the electronic scene to legendary rock heroes and hip-hop superstars.

The top festivals this summer in Germany

Here's our pick of some of the top music festivals in Germany in June, July and August 2019.

Please note that the ticket prices listed do not include any additional service or membership charges. All prices are for one-day passes unless otherwise indicated.

Festivals in Germany in June 2019

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the leading festivals taking place in German this June:

Ikarus Festival

Ikarus Festival brings the best of techno and house music together at Memmingen airport. This open-air festival features a circus show programme and unique atmospheric setting to create a one of a kind vibe. 

  • Date: June 7 - June 9
  • Where: Memmingen Airport, am Flughafen 42, Memmingerberg
  • Tickets: from 44.90 euros | Get your Ikarus Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Paul Kalkbrenner, Drunk Masters, Wrong Bunny, Jan Blomqvist, Hill, Pappenheimer, Spektre
  • Genre: Electronic, House, Techno

Rock am Ring Festival

One of the largest and most popular rock festivals in Germany, Rock am Ring takes places simultaneously with sister-festivals Rock im Park. Featuring the biggest names in rock, this four-day festival is truly in a league of its own.

  • Date: June 7 - June 9
  • Where: Nürnburgring Boulevard 1, Nürnburg
  • Tickets: from 95 euros | Get your Rock am Ring tickets
  • Featured artists: Slipknot, Die Antwoord, Tenacious D, The Smashing Pumpkins,  Dropkick Murphys, Slayer, Tool, Alice in Chains
  • Genre: Rock

PollerWiesen Festival

PollerWiesen Festival is the techno haven in Dortmund, taking place by the lake in Revierpark and offering visitors an extraordinary escape. Bringing together DJs and producers, this festival features four stages for 12 hours of partying.

  • Date: June 9
  • Where: Revierpark Wischlingen, Höfkerstraße 12, Dortmund
  • Tickets: 35 euros | Get your PollerWiesen Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Charlotte de Witte, DJ Stingray, Dax J, Konstantin Sibold b2b Kevin de Vries
  • Genre: Electronic, Techno

Maifeld Derby 

Bringing together the best of indie, pop and rock music, Maifeld Derby is a multi-genre music festival that takes place in Mannheim each year. Also known as the 'lover's festival', over 70 international artists from around the world come to perform at this festival. 

  • Date: June 14 - June 16
  • Where: Xaver-Fuhr-Str. 101, Mannheim
  • Tickets: from 45 euros | Get your Maifeld Derby tickets
  • Featured artists: The Streets, Hot Chip, Parcels, Tocotronic, Kevin Morby, Teenage Fanclub, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Twilight Sad, Alela Diane, Alcest
  • Genre: Indie, Pop, Multi-genre

Heroes Festival

A relative newcomer to the scene, Heroes Festival is a hip-hop and rap music festival that debuted in 2017. Its 2018 edition surpassed all expectations, and this year's event is set to bring together some of the most iconic names in the scene to the Bavarian heartland.

  • Date: June 15
  • Where: Eventzentrum, Geiselwind
  • Tickets: from 44.60 euros | Get your Heroes Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Kool Savaz, Gzuz, Trettmann, Yung Hurn, Luciano, Dardan, Antifuchs, Sero, Yael
  • Genre: Hip Hop, Rap

Hurricane Festival

Transforming the motorcycle track near Hamburg into a rock music haven, Hurricane Festival draws in tens of thousands of rock, electro, pop and alternative music fans each year. Previously headlining bands includes the Foo Fighters, The Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, and this year's edition is set to be just as grand.

  • Date: June 21 - June 23
  • Where: Eichenring Motorcycle Track, Scheeßel, Hamburg
  • Tickets: from 99 euros | Get your Hurricane Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Foo Fighters, The Cure,  Mumford & Sons, Macklemore, Interpol,  Bloc Party, Papa Roach,  Flogging Molly,  Enter Shikari, The Wombats
  • Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock

Isle of Summer Open Air

This one-day house and techno festival, currently celebrating its tenth year, is one of Munich's most admired festivals. Drawing in an impressive line-up, this year's event is set to transport attendees to another place.

  • Date: June 22
  • Where: Olympia Reitanlage Riem, Munich
  • Tickets: from 44.90 euros | Get your Isle of Summer Open Air tickets
  • Featured artists: Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Sam Paganini, Monkey Safari, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Hugel, Skiy
  • Genre: Electronic, House, Techno

Festivals in July 2019 in Germany

Here are our top picks for German festivals in July:

Summerjam Festival 

Seen as one of the leading reggae, dancehall and hip-hop festivals in Europe, Summerjam Festival showcases the best international and local artists each year. Taking place by the Fühlinger lake in Cologne every year since 1986, this festival is a must for all reggae fans.

  • Date: July 5 - July 7
  • Where: Fühlinger See, Regattainsel, Cologne
  • Tickets: from 65 euros | Get your Summerjam Festival tickets 
  • Featured artists: Cypress Hill, Jimmy Cliff, Tribal Seeds, Buju Banton, DUB INC, Alborosie
  • Genre: Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop

Ruhr-in-Love Festival

Ruhr-in-Love is a one-day techno and electronic music festival that takes place at Olga Park each year. Featuring more than 400 DJs (!) across 40 stages, there is bound to be something here for all fans of the genre.

  • Date: July 6
  • Where: Olga-Park, Oberhausen
  • Tickets: from 31 euros | Get your Ruhr-in-Love tickets
  • Featured artists: Kerstin Eden, Torsten Kanzler, Björn Torwellen, Niereich, Sven Wittekind
  • Genre: House, Electronic

Greenfields Open Air Festival 

A collaborative design of World League and Cosmopop (the name behind Time Warp and Love Family Park), this one-day electronic music festival presents an impressive line-up of house and techno DJs each year.

  • Date: July 6
  • Where: Galopprennbahn, Graf-Lehndorff-Straße 36, Munich
  • Tickets: from 32 euros | Get your Greenfields Open Air Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Loco Dice, Pan-Pot, Monika Kruse, Matthias Tanzmann, &Me, Super Flu
  • Genre: Electronic, House, Techno

Airbeat One Festival

One of the most visually impressive festivals to be staged each year, Airbeat One continues to rave on in the small town of Neustadt-Glewe. Showcasing the hottest EDM, house and electronic DJs, this year's event is set to be more immersive than ever before!

  • Date: July 10 - July 14
  • Where: Flugplatz, Neustadt-Glewe
  • Tickets: 64,79 euros | Get your Airbeat One Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Alan Walker, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, Alan Walker, Steve Aoki
  • Genre: Electronic, EDM, Hardstyle, House, Techno

Sacred Ground Festival

This intimate festival aims to bring together artists, DJs and entertainers through musical and visual performances. Visitors can enjoy both music and arts throughout the three-day event.

  • Date: July 12 - July 14
  • Where: Trampe Brüssow, Uckermark
  • Tickets: Weekend tickets from 139 euros | Get your Sacred Ground Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Axel Boman, Curses, DJ Tennis, Duendita, Fred und Luna, Gudrun Gut, HVOB. Jimi Jules, Mathew Jonson & Frank Wiedemann, New Hook, Perel
  • Genre: Multi-Genre

Sea You Festival

One of Germany's most celebrated house and techno festivals, Sea You takes place on the banks of the beautiful Tunisee lake, offering festival-goers a serene and peaceful location to enjoy the three-day event. 

  • Date: July 13 - July 14
  • Where: Tunisee Lake, Freiburg
  • Tickets: from 59.99 | Get you Sea You Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Ben Klock, Boris Brejcha, Dubfire, Jan Blomqvist, Len Faki, Marcus Meinhardt, Solomun, Victor Ruiz
  • Genre: Electronic, House, Techno

Open Beatz Festival

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Open Beatz Festival is a trance, EDM, house music event that takes place on the outskirts of the quiet Herzogenaurach. Expect a fantastic line-up, stunning visual production and non-stop partying vibe throughout the weekend.

  • Date: July 18 - July 21
  • Where: Puschendorfer Straße 2, Herzogenaurach
  • Tickets: from 41.79 euros | Get your Open Beatz Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Alan Walker, Oliver Heldens Borgore Felice Ghastly Quintino Sick Individuals Third Party
  • Genre: EDM, Hardstyle, Techno

Habitat Festival

Combining different genres of music with several cultural activities, this eco-focussed festival kicks off at a small airfield. Offering theatre and film workshops, a market and yoga classes among some of the best DJs, this is a one of a kind event. 

  • Date: July 25 - July 28
  • Where: Flugplatz Hungriger Wolf (an airfield), Heeresfliegerstraße 16, Hohenlockstedt
  • Tickets: from 95 euros | Get your Habitat festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Adriatique, La Fleur, Extrawelt, Blawan, Nina Hepburn, Hans Hammer, Brothers
  • Genre: House, Techno

Love Family Park Festival

This one-day festival offers party-goers a wide array of techno, from minimal to hard-house. Taking place in Rüsselsheim am Main, visitors can expect to party late into the night.

  • Date: July 28
  • Where: Rüsselsheim am Main
  • Tickets: from 45 euros | Get you Love Family Park Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Barnt, Boris Brejcha, Butch, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Liebing, Jamie Jones
  • Genre: Techno, House

Festivals in August 2019 in Germany

Rounding out our summer festival list, we have our selection for music festivals in August:

Wacken Open Air

Hands down the most famous heavy metal festival in Europe, Wacken Open Air is like no other event. Rising in the ranks from its humble start in 1990, this event has left its mark firmly on the industry and unites metalheads year after year.

  • Date: August 1 - August 3
  • Where: Hauptstraße 47, Wacken
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • Featured artists: Sabaton, Slayer, Powerwolf, Parkway Drive, Anthrax, Bullet for my Valentine,
  • Genre: Metal, Rock

Nature One Festival 

Taking place within the former NATO missile base Raketenbasis Pydna, Nature One Festival hosts some of the best electronic DJs each year. The base is divided into four main areas, with more than 350 DJs and live acts playing throughout the three-day event.

  • Date: August 2 - August 4
  • Where: Raketenbasis Pydna, Kastellaun
  • Tickets: from 67 euros | Get your Nature One Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Richie Hawtin, Eric Prydz, Angerfist, Sven Väth, Paul van Dyk, Neelix, ATB, Len Faki, Rødhåd, Airwave, Alex Christensen, Anime, Audiofreq, Bastian Bux, Ben Dust, Björn Torwellen
  • Genre: EDM, Electronic, House

Spektrum

Celebrating the best of urban music and lifestyle, this one-day festival honours Germany's diverse culture by showcasing its hottest upcoming stars. 

  • Date: August 3
  • Where: Schlengendeich 12, Hamburg
  • Tickets: from 42 euros | Get your Spektrum tickets
  • Featured artists: Trettmann, Summer Cem, LYZZA, Luciano, MC Bomber
  • Genre: Electronic, Hip-hop, Urban

Heaven & Hill Festival

Located on a hilltop, this electronic music festival offers visitors gorgeous views of the region while they party to some of Europe's key DJs and artists. 

  • Date: August 10
  • Where: Halde Norddeutschland, Neukirchen-Vluyn
  • Tickets: from 30 euros | Get your Heaven & Hill tickets
  • Featured Artists: Jay Lumen, Atmozphere
  • Genre: Electronic, House, Techno

Summer Breeze Open Air

Summer Breeze Open Air is the annual metal music festival that takes place in the traditional Bavarian town of Dinkelsbühl. Hosting a distinguished line-up of artists and metal legends, this event draws in fans from across Europe. 

  • Date: August 14 - August 17
  • Where: Flugplatzstraße 1, Dinkelsbühl
  • Tickets: from 66.60 euros | Get your Summer Breeze tickets
  • Featured artists: Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir, King Diamond, Death Angel, Soiled
  • Genre: Heavy metal

MS Dockville Festival

MS Dockville, a leading music and arts festival, is set to return to Europe’s largest river island once more. Bringing together the best of both worlds, the three-day festival aims to create an authentic experience for all its attendees. 

  • Date: August 16 - August 18
  • Where: Wilhelmsburg Docks, Hamburg
  • Tickets: from 44 euros | Get your MS Dockville tickets
  • Featured: Billie Eilish, Jon Hopkins, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Jungle, Parcels, Loyle Carner, RIN, MEUTE, Aurora, Monolink
  • Genre: Alternative, Rock, Electronic

Echelon Open Air & Indoor Festival

Echelon Open Air & Indoor festival is the heavyweight event for techno music in Bavaria. Welcoming the most celebrated DJs each year, this year's event will host five stages within its cool location, a cold war NSA satellite tracking station.

  • Date: August 17
  • Where: Ehemalige US Kaserne, Bad Aibling
  • Tickets: from 59.43 euros | Get your Echelon Open Air & Indoor festival tickets 
  • Featured artists: Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Neelix, Maceo Plax, Deborah de Luca, Robin Schulz, Adam Beyer, Vini Vici
  • Genre: House, Techno, Electronic

New Horizons 

New Horizons festival combines different elements of dance and electronic music into a single event. Hosting over 150 DJs across the five-day event, this relatively new festival has cemented its reputation as one of the most sought-after EDM festivals.

  • Date: August 21 - August 25
  • Where: Nürburgring, Nurburg
  • Tickets: from 75 euros | Get your New Horizons tickets
  • Featured artists: Alison Wonderland, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Project One, Don Diablo, Vini Vici, Timmy Trumpet
  • Genre: Electronic, House, EDM, Techno

Indian Spirit Festival

This festival caters to all psytrance fans, offering attendees the chance to enjoy some of the best sounds, arts and crafts as well as spiritual activities throughout the event. 

  • Date: August 29 - September 3
  • Where: Eldena, Ludwigslust-Parchim
  • Tickets: from 85 euros | Get your Indian Spirit Festival tickets
  • Featured artists: Ace Ventura, Captain Hook, Bliss, Ghost Rider, Neelix, Earthling
  • Genre: Psytrance, Electronic

Get your festival tickets now!

Perhaps you've been debating which festival to go to this summer - if that's the case then we hope our list has been useful in deciding! Get your festival tickets now before they sell out!

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