This three-day festival offers a selection of different music genres to kick off the festival season. Although camping is not an option, the central location in Berlin makes the festival easy to access. If you feel like taking a break from the live music, you can check out the art market on-site that is full of local Berlin-based design, or maybe spice it up by checking out one of the drag shows at White Trash Fast Food.
Where: Arena Park on the Spree, Berlin
When: TBA May 2016
Price (2015): Weekend and daily passes available, €55-90
Previous Artists: Fritz Kalkbrenner, Chet Faker, James Blake, Rudimental
Fête de la Musique
Fête de la Musique is an ideal way to spend your summer solstice. With over 100 free music scenes taking place all over the city, festival-goers are bound to find something that they will enjoy. Since 1995, the city of Berlin has provided funding for this festival, which is appropriate for people of all ages and music interests. Whether you are looking to attend a reggae concert or a children’s show, it can be found at Fête de la Musique.
Where: All around Berlin
When: 4:00pm-10:00pm, June 21, 2016
For indie rock and alternative music lovers, this is the festival that will satisfy your needs. Hurricane Festival is the sister festival of Southside Festival, which takes place in Tuttlingen, 750 kilometers south of Berlin. The festival has been around for over 20 years and is, to date, the last full concert ever that David Bowie performed. With camping available on-site and four stages to check out, Hurricane is a great way to kick off your summer.
Where: Scheessel, 350 kilometers west of Berlin
When: June 24-26, 2016
Price (2016): €159, €35 for camper van badge
This Years Artists: Rammstein, Two Door Cinema Club, Digitalism, Dropkick Murphys
If Фузион means anything to you, it is safe to assume that you are familiar with Fusion Festival. The Cyrillic letters depict the festival that has taken place every summer since 1997. Due to the increasing popularity of Fusion, tickets for the festival have become competitive and a lottery system has now been put in place. As one can imagine, this makes Fusion one of the most anticipated music festivals of the year. Taking place in a former military airport, Fusion is described as countercultural. The festival is largely electronic although other genres can also be found. Aside from the performers, a film festival also takes place at the location. Participants are also able to play their own music, and just to be warned, clothing is optional.
Where: Lärz, 160 km north of Berlin
When: June 29th – July 3rd, 2016
Price (2016): €125
Previous Artists: Kakamaddafakka, Kovacs, Austra
Described as electronic meets rock, Melt! Festival is easily accessible from Berlin and has been taking place since 1997. Apart from all the artists who perform at Melt!, the atmosphere and setup alone are worth seeing. Camping is available for Melt!, but nearby accommodation is also an alternative option. Getting to Melt! is easy, but can be made even more enjoyable with the Mixery Melt! Train. For €139, festival-goers can take the return journey, which is provided with private beds and accommodation for four nights, including DJs and a bar.
Where: Ferropolis, 140 km south of Berlin
When: Pre party July 14th, Festival July 15th-17th, 2016
Price (2015): €136
Previous Artists: Kylie Minogue, Alt-J, London Grammar, Odesza, Seinabo Sey
Berlin was named the first European Lollapalooza in 2015 and will return next September. The festival is noted as one of the top in Europe and is conveniently located in Germany’s capital. Originally starting in Chicago, Lollapalooza now has six international locations and continues to expand. The festival takes place at the former Nazi airport, Tempelhof, which was only closed in 2008. Described as a ‘visually attractive festival,’ Lollapalooza is one of the biggest festivals in Berlin. Headliners include many international stars, and last year, the festival was quick to sell out — be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!
Where: Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
When: September 10-11, 2016
Price (2016): €119
Previous Artists: Sam Smith, Fatboy Slim, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Belle & Sebastian
By Lara Hurtubise