The German festival scene contains much more than Oktoberfest. A lot more. Germany is one of the best festival destinations in the world featuring a world-class lineup of electronic, metal, and rock in all its various forms. And take it from us, the Germans know how to party. Grab some inspiration below for your German summer and keep up to date with our Germany 2018 music festival calendar.
Hurricane Festival 2018
June 22-24, 2018
It's one of the craziest festivals in Europe with a campground that gets so nuts that they have nicknamed it "Mordor". Welcome to the Hurricane Festival, the northern counterpart of Southside, which features the same bands over the same 3-day weekends. There's always a diverse lineup with rock and German acts taking the center stage.
Melt! Festival 2018
July 13-15, 2018
The Melt! Festival, surrounded by the calm waters of Lake Gremmin and the steely silence of the iron city, is filled with the musical noise of one of Germany's standout lineups. Camping is a must at this German festival, and the open-air museum of an abandoned coal factory marks this as a one-of-kin venue.
Lollapalooza Berlin 2018
September 8-9, 2018
Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has continued to grow from it’s U.S. based festival circuit to additional cities in countries across the globe. As the first European city to host Lollapalooza outside of the U.S., Berlin began its entrance into the Lollapalooza festival tour in 2015, and has since grown to over 70,000 attendees.
Maifeld Derby 2018
June 15-17, 2018
Maifeld Derby is an intimate indie rock festival held at a horse racing track. The multiple stage festival features super close camping and vibe that will make you feel like family by the end of the festival. Set times and stages are set up so you spend less time walking and more time seeing incredible this awesomely curated lineup.
Featured Artists: Deerhunter
August 2-4, 2018
It's been dubbed "The Mecca of Heavy Metal Culture". For three days in August, the population of the tiny town of Wacken swells from 2,000 to 75,000 for this annual gathering of German metalheads. This monster of a festival started off small in 1990 as a showcase for local bands, but has become a juggernaut of the metal festival scene.
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Rock Am Ring 2018
June 1-3, 2018
The simultaneous Rock Am Park/Rock Im Ring is Germany's largest mega-festival with a combined attendance of 150,000 at both festivals. The same artists play two different locations during the first weekend in June. Festivals may evolve and change over the years, but rock music will always remain the core of these festivals.
Featured Artists: Avenged Sevenfold, Baroness, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine, Chase & Status, Enter Shikari, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Jimmy Eat World, Kreator, Marilyn Manson, Milky Chance, Muse, Nothing But Thieves, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, Shinedown, Snow Patrol, Stone Sour, The Bloody Beetroots, Thirty Seconds to Mars
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Airbeat One 2018
July 11-15, 2018
It's all about the hardstyle at the Airbeat One Festival in Neustadt-Glewe, Germany. For over 15 years, Airbeat One entertains fans with the harder side of electronic music, putting on an event that features forward thinking stage design, epic light shows, and top notch DJs from around the world.
M’era Luna 2018
August 11-12, 2018
Heavy metal and goth mix it up at this German festival outside of Hannover at a former British military airbase. The atmospheric experience is only heightened by with a fine selection of gothic, industrial, and metal artists.
Featured Artists: The Prodigy
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MS Dockville 2018
August 17-19, 2018
It's one of Germany's most popular 3-day festivals, but MS Dockville isn't as well known outside the country. The non-profit event mixes up a combination of music and art along the edges of the River Elbe. The avant-garde event offers plenty of events to keep you surprised along with the year's top touring artists.
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Summer Breeze 2018
August 15-18, 2018
With such a whimsical name, one hardly expects what the Summer Breeze Open Air Festival actually delivers -- heavy metal and lots of it to over 40,000 attendees. Summer Breeze just turned twenty years old, so if you're looking for experience and hard metal in Germany, then this is the place.
Photo Credit: Summer Breeze