Some of the best electronic dance music festivals take place on the outskirts of Berlin each year. With spring almost in full swing and summer set for sunshine, music and a good time explosion, there are a lot of dance floors prepping your arrival. Here are some electronic festivals you should look into.
In its fifth year running, Feel Festival is a weekend packed with good music and sunshine from July 6 to July 10, 2017. The festival has been growing in popularity each year, and highlights include a beach where you can camp, art collectives that create amazing dance floors and décor, daily workshops to complement the music, and a more intimate atmosphere than some of the larger festivals on this list. Feel Festival is located directly at the Bergheider See, 127km south of Berlin. Check out the short video from last year:
Almost 20 years ago, some of the most popular German festivals were organized for the first time, including Melt. This is a huge festival with around 12 different stages, and perfect for those who are into big crowds, big production and even bigger names. This dance festival has a special location at an abandoned colliery known as Ferropolis, often referred to as the City of Iron because of the large machines and old cranes that still inhabit the island. Some headliners for this year include Bonobo, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Die Antwoord, The Kills, Dixon, Claptone, Job Jobse, Warpaint and lots more. Melt is set to explode from July 14 to July 16, 2017. Here’s a sneak peak at what went down last year:
Nation of Gondwana
On the July 23 and 24, mark your calendars for the festival known as Nation of Gondwana. One of the oldest festivals in Germany, the festival has been running since 1995, although the organisers are committed to keeping the festival small and intimate in order to retain a special atmosphere. The festival has about 8,000 partygoers, and takes place in Grünefeld, just 60km from Berlin. Nation of Gondwana doesn’t really focus on superstar headliners; rather it gathers talent from among German DJs. Besides music you can also expect plenty to enjoy with an array of other activities and workshops at the festival. Here’s what went down last year:
Like Melt, SonneMondStarre (Sun, Moon, Stars) Festival was conceived in 1997. Back then the festival only had about 2,500 partygoers, compared to the 30,000 that came to rave last year, making it one of the biggest festivals in Germany. This year’s lineup includes the likes of of Fritz Kalkbrenner, Pan-Pot, Martin Garrix, Sven Väth, Lexer, Alle Farben and Major. Taking place from the August 11 to August 13, here’s more of what 2017 has in store for you:
UckerAlm a great boutique festival taking place from August 4 to August 6. Sunday is reserved as the Lazy Reggae afternoon, with chilled beats rounding off the techno and electronic mayhem. This year, the festival will take place at Seelübber See (reverting back to its original location) and, since space is limited, the festival promises to be intimate, with the amount of tickets for sale being capped. This is what went down last year:
Akasha Festival is being organised for the very first time, but we look forward to their promises of cutting-edge electronic music set in an idyllic countryside location just outside Berlin. Taking place on from June 16 to June 18, we’ll have to wait until after the festival to decide on its merits, although being a first edition usually means it will be more intimate and affordable. If the line-up in anything to go by – featuring names like AndHim, Jan Blomqvist, Niko Schwind, and Oliver Koletzki – dance music lovers are in for a treat.