Citadel Music Festival (May 27-August 28)
The festival on our list that spans over the longest length of time, the Citadel Music Festival is located at the Citadel in Berlin-Spandau. Over the course of three months, the venue hosts a variety of different electronic, rock and pop acts. This summer, you still have a chance to see Beirut, Lionel Richie, Pixies, and more. Plus, on July 22nd and August 20th, the music festival also hosts a night market with a multitude of local vendors.
Bezirk Spandau, Am Juliusturm 64, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 35 49 44 0
Located 140 kilometers outside of Berlin, Melt is one of Germany’s biggest electronic music festivals. It is held each year in an abandoned collier, which is surrounded by water, complete with designated swimming areas. Melt arguably has the best lineup of any German festival this year. Some DJs to play are Disclosure, Peaches, AndHim, and Ben Klock. There are other musical acts as well, including bands like Chvrches, Tame Impala, Jamie XX, M83, and Two Door Cinema Club.
Aside from getting a much-needed music fix, no summer in Berlin would be complete without a trip to the lake. So why not kill two birds with one stone? The first annual Greenwood Festival offers the occasion to do it as it is located on the popular Kiekebusch See. Another benefit of this festival’s locale is that it’s relatively easy to reach via public transport. Greenwood Festival is ideal for those looking to catch some popular German DJs like Channel X and Oliver Schories. In addition to music, Greenwood Festival programming will also include artistic, spiritual, and shamanic workshops. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian-friendly street food will be available on the premises as well.
Rocken am Brocken
While the name implies that this festival is all about rock music, don’t let the title fool you. Rock music does make up a large portion of the lineup, but there will be plenty of electronic acts and DJs present as well. Therefore, Rocken am Brocken is ideal for anyone with a varied musical palette. While it is rather far away from Berlin proper, the festival ticket price is only about EUR 68 for three days of music and partying. Plus, Rocken am Brocken is situated within some forested natural surrounds with access to a large public pool and volleyball courts.
Braunlager Str., Elend, Germany, +49 01511 0088095
Helene Beach Festival
Situated on the shores of Lake Helene, only about 100 kilometers outside of Berlin, Helene Beach Festival is the ideal venue for summer fun. The shores of this pristine waterfront offer a cool refuge from the high-energy partying that goes on at night, with plenty of space for sunbathing or napping during the day. After all, the best venues are the ones that offer a chance for some relaxation and recuperation in between sets. As for the lineup, it includes big names like Fritz Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin, Robin Schulz, Monika Kruse and more. Another unique feature of Helene Beach Festival is that commerce at the festival is entirely cashless. Instead, patrons pay using an electronic chip on their festival bands.
Rock im Grünen Open Air
Rock im Grünen promises a weekend of good vibes and music for an even better cause. For the past 19 years since its creation, Rock im Grünen is a 100 percent nonprofit festival run entirely by volunteers. The festival’s aim is to help support youth bands, and hundreds compete for a spot on this festival’s lineup. This year’s setlist features acts from every rock genre imaginable including punk, indie, pop rock, and metal. Additionally, there are some electronic and hip-hop acts to round things out. The festival’s headliners are KMPFSPRT and YZA YA. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?
Also founded in 1997, SonneMondSterne, which translates to mean ‘Sun Moon Stars,’ has grown exponentially since its beginnings. In its first year of operation, only about 2,500 guests attended, and last year, the number rose to 35,000! The large majority of the music here falls under the realms of techno, electronic, and house. Plenty of famous acts are scheduled to play here as well including David Guetta, Sven Väth, and Robin Schulz. The stages at SonneMondSterne are set up right on the shores of Talsperre Bleiloch, so bring a bathing suit.
Saalburg, Wetteraweg, Germany, +49 03641 666472
Pop Kultur 2016
Pop Kultur is one of Berlin’s newest high-profile music festivals. This year, it will be held in venues and concert halls throughout the district of Neukölln, and its focus will be on musical interchange and diversity of both people and sound with the hopes of starting conversations and enacting social change within the music industry and beyond. In addition to concerts, there will also be talks, readings, and various forms of scientific discourse making up the program. We are expecting great things from this new festival and would certainly deem it an unmissable event this summer.
Venues throughout Neukölln, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 46 06 00 50
Taking inspiration from Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival, Berlin has become the fourth international location to host this event. In its second edition, this year’s festival will take place at Treptower Park from September 10-11, making it a perfect place to close out the summer festival season. The lineup will feature big names like Radiohead, Major Lazer, and Kings of Leon as well as acclaimed German artists like Milky Chance. With its Kidzapalooza installation, Lollapalooza-Berlin is also a kid-friendly event. There will be activities and supervision available for those with little ones in tow.
Bezirk Treptow-Köpenick, Alt-Treptow, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 40 36 705 0