Praise be to the gods of music, Germany’s biggest and best festival will be back in 2018 after a one-year hiatus. Fusion is a music and arts festival located in the north of Germany, not far from Berlin, on a former military airport called Müritz Airpark in Lärz. It’s enormous, and not exclusively set on one genre, but the techno lineup never disappoints, with a mix of huge international names and local, underground talent.
Long hailed as the ultimate techno festival in all of Europe, Time Warp is at the very core of techno culture. Located in Mannheim, Time Warp has been shaping the scene for over 20 years, making it a musical institution that offers no less than six dance floors, supported by mind-bending lights, lasers, and visuals. Time Warp 2018 is set to rave on April 7.
Berlin Atonal is undoubtedly the meeting point for intellectual electronica and off-kilter, boundary-pushing techno. Located in the former power station of Kraftwerk, Atonal is rooted in the counterculture story of Berlin, and this festival curates a genre-mashing lineup of performance art, DJs and live sets, and video shows all over a five-day-long program. The 2018 edition will kick off on August 22.
On the scene since 1995, Nation of Gondwana puts the focus on local German talent rather than seeking out international names to flatter the bill. It’s one of the oldest festivals in the country, and is dedicated to that old faithful electronic sound that the Germans and the rest of the world have come to lose their minds over. Organized over three days and just 60km outside of Berlin, previous years have seen techno greats such as Monika Kruse and Rødhåd rock the decks. This year’s festival will take place from July 20–22.
A relative newbie to the festival circuit, 2018 will see Greenwood in its third year. Expect the kind of tech house music you’d find pulsating through Berlin nightclubs over the weekend, and with only two stages at this intimate occasion, liking techno music is a requirement. German household DJs in the scene such as Oliver Schories, Claptone, and Britta Arnold have all graced the lush, forested Greenwood stages in the past. Getting there shouldn’t be too difficult, as the festival is only about 30km from Berlin at the Kiekebusch See.
For the true techno junkie, Toxicator is a no-frills single-day indoor event that attracts about 12,000 hardcore techno heads to its dance floors. The lineup is strictly techno, from hardstyle to industrial to everything in between, but always underpinned by that pulsating, rapid bassline that will get your heart racing.
An open-air techno extravaganza nestled in the countryside, Love Family Park encourages you to let loose far from the constraints of the city. The festival returns for 2018 at a new location in nearby Rüsselsheim am Main following a one-year hiatus.