Festivals In Germany
Music is and has always been a very big deal in Germany. Some of the most famous classical composers of all time have called Germany home, while these days you’re just as likely to find a world-renowned house or techno producer from Germany too. This means that you can find a range of festivals across the country, offering contemporary and classical music suitable for everyone.
Germany is host to the most famous classical music festival in the world – the Wagner Festival that takes place in July every year in Bayreuth in Bavaria (also known as the Bayreuth Festspiele). The festival was proposed by Wagner himself, who believed that it was the best way to show off his various operatic works, and it remains to this day.
Rock Im Park
For fans of more contemporary sounds there’s the Rock Im Park festival, which takes place in early June each year in the stunning location of Nuremberg’s huge Zeppelinfeld. There’s a wide mix of music on offer this year ranging from classic rock and metal acts, to modern pop and dance combos. Artists flock to the festival from all over the world with a strong representation of German acts too.
Taking place in Schessel near Hamburg towards the end of June, this festival sees music take over the city’s Eichenring motorcycle stadium. Hamburg is approximately a 5 hour drive from our port in IJmuiden, and 7 hours from Dunkirk and Calais so not too far away at all. Recent headliners include The Prodigy, Editors and Mumford & Sons, representing a range of genres and famous acts known to travellers from the UK.
Lollapalooza Berlin is the German leg of a festival that originated in Chicago and which tours the world taking in countries like Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Each year the festival attracts over 140,000 people to Treptower Park in the fashionable east of the city to watch acts, including recent headliners Radiohead, Kings of Leon and New Order, over a weekend in early September.
C/O Pop is a music festival taking place towards the end of August each year in Cologne, bringing international stars, up-and-coming artists and other more established acts to the city. Leipzig is one of Germany’s most important musical cities, so it’s no surprise that it hosts an event like Highfield Festival, which sees established acts from all across the world, as well as underground German acts in the ascendancy.
Best festivals to combine with a holiday
If you’re looking to combine your music festival experience with a beach getaway, then look no further than Feel Festival in early July. With house and techno DJs, as well as bands and other artists taking over Bergheider See, while visitors camp out on the beach. Another great dance festival, where you might need a swimsuit, is SonneMondSterne on Saalburg beach, which sees a host of great house, techno and electro artists perform in scenic surroundings.
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