16 great German dance-festivals in 2018

16 great German dance-festivals in 2018



During the upcoming summer there will be plenty of great festivals all over Europe. Famous names like Tomorrowland, Fusion, Roskilde, Sziget and Isle of Wight are festivals which you should visit at least once in your life. But besides these 5 awesome festivals, you might want to consider visiting a German Festival in 2018 as well. Germany hosts some of the best festivals in the world and if you love weekend-festivals, you should definitely go there this summer.

Dance-Festivals in Germany

Depending on where you live, it could be too much of a time-investment to travel to Germany just for a day-festival. Therefore we only focus on weekend-festivals in this article, you can enjoy music, drinks and sun for at least several days. A good thing is that the money you spend for traveling will be compensated with the cheaper entrance-ticket of the festivals in Germany. Compared to many other countries and Europe, German festivals are quite cheap. You can visit a German weekend-festival in 2018 for 40 Euro already. Another great thing about German Festivals are the solid line-ups: Especially when it comes to DJs, Germany is on top of the list. Names like AndHim, Paul & Fritz Kalkbrenner, Paul van Dyk, PanPot and Anja Schneider are born in Germany and travel all around the world to perform on dance-festivals. Lucky for us these DJs did not forgot where they came from and perform at German festivals on a regular basis as well.

Melt Festival Germany

Melt Festival in Germany (© meltfestival.de)

Festivals close to Berlin

If the distance still makes you unsure whether or not to visit a German festival in 2018 you could always combine a festival with a trip to a city like Berlin. As you can read on this blog, Berlin is worth more than just a few days of your time and is a great starting point for visiting a festival. It is a good thing that most of the festivals in Germany are organised in the eastern part of the country and therefore they are easy to reach from the nations capital. All the German dance-festivals in this article can be reached from Berlin in about 2-3 hours by train, bus or car. Obviously the clubs in Berlin are hard to leave behind, but a whole weekend with your friends on a campsite is still a way cooler experience than one night in a club.

16 great German festivals in 2018

Below you can find a list with 16 of the best German festivals in 2018. Most of the festivals offer versatile music-styles but we mainly focused on dance-festivals. Most of the festivals are weekend-festivals so you will have the possibility to stay on a campsite overnight. Obviously a ranking like this always has a lot to do with personal taste and preferences. Because of that we wrote a small motivation at every single one of these festivals. If you want to get an impression of the music and the line-up I would recommend visiting Youtube or Soundcloud and listening to some livesets of the DJs/Artists.

You can scroll down or just click on the links to the German Festivals below:

 

 

1. Fusion Festival 2018

If you ever have read an article about the best festivals in the world, you most have noticed that the German festival called Fusion is almost alwyays featured in them. Fusion (or Фузион) is one of the most unique festivals in the world and everybody should visit it at least once in his life. The first edition of this German festival was organised in 1997 and the location has always been a military basis called Lärz. This location lays about 150km north of Berlin and the last couple of years at least 60.000 people visited this dance festival. The ticket-sales of the Fusion Festival proves how popular the festival really is: You cannot just buy a ticket, you have to register months in advance and hope that you will be one of the lucky people who gets drawn from all the registrations.

Fusion Festival

The best festival in Germany: Fusion (© jonasginter.de)

The 2018 edition of Fusion festival will be a special one because last year there has not been a Fusion Festival. The organisation needed a break and therefore the expectations are even higher for this year’s edition. The festival will take place from the 27th of June till the 1st of July.

Completely in line with the non-commercial vision of the festival, the line-up of Fusion Festival will not be published till the first day of the festival. The only thing I can guarantee is that the music has been great the last couple of years. Popular DJs like Andhim, Lexer, Pan-Pot, Super-Flu and Jan Blomqvist are just a few examples of what kind of artists you can expect. The good thing is that there are so many stages and areas at Fusion that you will always find a music-style you like.

5 Days of Festival for 125€
The price of the tickets for Fusion Festival have increased in the last couple of years but since 2016 the price has stayed the same. The price is great if you keep in mind that you can camp for almost one full week and will have five days of great music and entertainment. Besides that it is great that you are allowed to bring your own liquor to the stages, this will save you a lot of money compared to many other German festivals in 2018.

Why visit Fusion? There is just no similar festival to Fusion in Germany. The atmosphere is just unique because there seem to be no real rules. You have to experience it for yourself.

Name: Fusion Festival 2018
Address: Am Flugplatz, 17248 Lärz
Distance from Berlin: 157 km
Date: 27 June – 1 July 2018
Price ticket: 125€
Website: www.fusion-festival.de
Music-styles: Electro, Techno, House, Bands
Amount of days: 4-5 days
Line-up: Line-Up is not available yet

Logo Fusion

 

 

2. Feel Festival 2018

A German festival which will be organised for the 6th time this year, is Feel Festival. Since we first wrote this article in 2014, it has been earning a higher position every year. We visited this festival ourselves the last three years and it offers a perfect mix of beach, musoric and versatile music. Feel festival is located directly at the Bergheider See, which is 127km south of Berlin. The fact that you can camp almost directly on the beach of this lake makes the Feel Festival a perfect festival to relax during the day and enjoy music at night. The photo below gives you an impression of this German weekend-festival in 2018.

Feel Festival 2015

Party on the Beach at Feel Festival (© Berlin-Enjoy.com)

The Feel Festival 2018 is organised in the second weekend of July (5th till 9th). The line-up will be kept secret till a few days before the festival: The organisation wants you to visit the festival for everything it has to offer, not just for the headliners. If you want to read more about the Feel Festival and its line-up you can read my full article of Feel 2016.

Just like the ranking in this article, also the price of the festival went up the last couple of years. Three years ago we only paid 40 Euro for our ticket and this year you will have to pay 119€ if you want to be part of it. Also the amount of visitors has more than doubled since 2014, this year the organisation expects 20.000 people.

Why visit Feel Festival 2018? Camping directly at the beach, a solid line-up and a reasonable price. What‘s not to love?

Name: Feel Festival 2018
Address: Bergheider See
Distance to Berlin: 130 km
Date: 5 till 9 July 2018
Price: 119€
Website: www.feel-festival.de
Music: Electro, Techno, Bands
Amount of days: 3-4
Line-up: Not available yet

Feel festival 2017 Logo

 

 

3. Nation of Gondwana

A German festival which not many people across the boarders of Germany might heard about, is called Nation of Gondwana. Still this festival has been taking place since 1995 and therefore it is one of the older German festivals in this list. Where other festivals have been growing very rapidly (e.g. Feel Festival, Fusion), the organisation of Nation of Gondwana are keeping the festival small on purpose. This way they can ascertain that the atmosphere stays as great as it has been so far. The festival has about 8000 visitors (about 8 times smaller than Fusion) yearly and is organised about 60km from Berlin.

Nations of Gondwana

A good impression of the atmosphere at Nations of Gondwana (© facebook.com/pyonen/)

The location where Nation of Gondwana will be organised is called Grünefeld. Just like most other festivals in this list, the festival is located close to some water so you can also decide to take it easy during daytime. Regarding the line-up: Nations of Gondwana does not really focus on famous headliners but mainly offers talented DJs from Germany. The music can be best compared to the music which you can hear in the Berliner clubs. Besides music you can also expect plenty of other activities like workshops and shows at this festival.

The festival officially starts on Friday-night (20.00) but last year you were able to enter the campsite around 13.00 already. Tickets are not available yet but will be available in the beginning of April. Make sure you keep track of the exact date of the ticket-sales because last year the tickets were sold out very fast.

Why visit Nation of Gondwana? Mainly because of the awesome atmosphere: In this case the fact that the festival is smaller is a great thing.

Name: Nation of Gondwana
Address: Zur Kiesgrübe, Grünefeld
Distance from Berlin: 60 km
Date: 20 and 22 Juli 2018
Price including camping: Tickets not available yet
Website: www.pyonen.de
Music: Techno & House
Amount of days: 2
Line-Up: Not available yet
Logo Nations of Gondwana

 

 

4. Melt Festival

In 1997, more than 20 years ago, some of the most popular German Festivals were organised for the first time. Besides Fusion and SonneMondSterne it was also the year in which Melt took place for the first time. This dance-festival is located at an abandoned colliery which goes by the name Ferropolis. The Ferropolis is often referred to as the City of Iron because a lot of large machines and old cranes can still be found on this island. This might not sound spectacular at first, but the island is a very spectacular location for a festival. Besides a great location Melt also offers 12 different stages, versatile music and a massive campsite not far from the water.

Melt Festival

Melt Festival (© facebook.com/meltfestival)

Famous acts
Compared to the first three German festivals in this list, Melt offers more Headliners. The organisation always makes sure that the visitors can enjoy plenty of famous DJs and bands. In 2018 famous names like The XX, The Black Madonna, Jon Hopkins, Ben Klock, AndHim will be performing on this festival. Melt is located about 140km from Berlin and tickets can be bought for 129 Euro right now but will go up to 149€ soon. But if you want to save some money you can buy 4 tickets at once for 479€, which means it will only cost about 120€ per person.

Three years ago I went to Melt festival by car and it took me a bit more than 1 hour to reach the Ferropolis. If you want to read more about my experiences you can read this article about the Melt Festival.Melt officially starts at Friday the 13th of July but you can already enter the campsite on Thursday. The better spots will still be available then so this might be a smart thing to do. It’s also a good thing that there will be a pre-party on this Thursday already, tickets can be bought for 15 Euro.

Why visit Melt Festival? Mainly because of the great location and the awesome and versatile line-up. Besides that it is always spectacular to be part of large festivals like this.

Name: Melt Festival 2018
Address: Ferropolisstraße 1, 06773 Gräfenhainichen
Distance from Berlin: 137 km
Date: 13 – 15 July 2018
Price: 129-149€
Website: www.meltfestival.de
Music-styles: Electro, Techno, Bands, Rock
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: The XX, Florence and the Machine, Jon Hopkins, Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz and many more…

Melt-Festival 2015

 

 

5. Sputnik Springbreak

A solid 5th place on this goes to a German festival called Sputnik Springbreak. When people discuss the best festivals in Germany, they usually mention Melt and Fusion but Sputnik is definitely worth your consideration as well. Names like Steve Aoki, Paul Kalkbrenner and Oliver Koletzki should show you that this festival is seriously competing for a high position in this list. The Sputnik Springbreak festival is organised on an island called Pouch and is located about 160km from Berlin.

Sputnik Springbreak

Sputnik Springbreak Festival in Germany (© facebook.com/Sputnik.springbreak.Festival)

Although Sputnik Springbreak mainly focuses on electronic music, there will also be other acts like CRO, The 257er, SXTN and Kontra K. Besides the three famous names above, you can also expect other great DJs like Lexer, Alle Farben, Felix Jaehn, Format:B and Lexy & K-Paul. As you can read these are all DJs who focus on Deephouse rather than techno. Therefore Sputnik Springbreak could be a good decision if you like more melodic livesets.

Comparing this festival to some of the other German festivals in 2018, the tickets for Sputnik Springbreak have an average price: Weekend-Tickets can be bought for 124 Euro. All in all Sputnik Springbreak is a great festival, the only thing which might bother some of the older readers, is the fact that there are many young people at this festival (especially compared to Fusion, Melt and Nation of Gondwana).

Why visit Sputnik Springbreak? Sputnik Springbreak offers a awesome line-up if you like deephouse. The price is reasonable and the island Pouch is a great location for a festival.

Name: Sputnik Springbreak 2018
Address: 06774, Pouch
Distance from Berlin: 160 km
Date: 18 – 21 May 2018
Price: 124€
Website: www.sputnikspringbreak.de
Music: Mostly (Deep)House
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Steve Aoki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Alle Farben, Lexer, Felix Jaehn and many more…
Sputnik Springbreak Logo

 

 

6. Her Damit Festival

Festivals like Melt and Fusion are known all over Europe but most of you probably never heard of the event Her Damit. This may be connected to the fact that Her Damit is a much smaller festival than the first ones in this list: Last year only 2500 people visited this dance-festival and therefore the atmosphere was very nice, cosy and friendly. The last couple of years Her Damit Festival was organised on the island Rügen but since last year it takes place only 50km north of Berlin.

An Impression of the Her Damit Festival (© Marius Knieling)

An Impression of the Her Damit Festival (© Marius Knieling)

The Secret Forest
The secret forest is located a little bit outside a small village called Freudenberg. As mentioned above it is very easy to reach the location from Berlin. Just like all the editions on Rügen, the nature is still a very important factor for the organisation. Besides plenty of green you will be able to see bunkers and many other historical spots on this new location of the Her Damit Festival.

The campsite will open on Friday and the music will stop on Sunday-Evening. The fact that Her Damit is smaller than most German festivals in this list is also part of its charm. Massive festivals like Melt or Hurricane are impressive but can also be annoying: There might be traffic jams when you drive there and if you party with a large group you will lose each other all the time.

The ticket-prices of Her Damit Festival are average compared to the other German weekend-festivals in this list. The early-bird tickets were very cheap (49€) but if you want to buy a ticket now you will have to pay 99€. You do have the possibility to only buy a half-weekend-ticket though, this costs 79€ and you are welcome on Saturday around lunchtime. A great thing about Her Damit Festival is, that you are allowed to bring your own drinks to the festival (also the dance-floors). Besides that the prices for food and drinks on the festival itself are very reasonable as well.

Want to win 2×2 tickets for Her Damit?
We are allowed to give-away 2×2 weekend-tickets for Her Damit. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook a few weeks before the festival.

Why visit Her Damit 2018? Big does not always mean better: Her Damit is a cosy and friendly festival on a great location in the middle of the nature.

Name: Her Damit Festival
Address: Weinbergstr. 21-31, 16259 Beiersdorf-Freudenberg
Distance to Berlin: 50 km
Date: 8 – 10 June 2018
Price: 49 – 99€
Website: www.herdamitfestival.com
Music: Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 2,5 (till Sunday-Evening)
Line-up: Freddy K, Oliver Deutschmann, Regen, Karl Ferdinand

 

 

7. SonneMondSterne

The year 1997 was quite a special year for German festivals because besides Melt and Fusion it was also the first year SonneMondSterne was organised. In that year, already more than 20 years ago, only 2500 people visited the festival SonneMondSterne. Nowadays SonneMondSterne got a lot larger and more popular and last year more than 30.000 people enjoyed this German dance-festival. The festival takes place close to Saalburg and as you can see on the image below, it might be a good idea to pack your bikini and/or swimshort.

SonneMondSterne

The German festival SonneMondSterne (© facebook.com/SonneMondSterne.Festival)

Focus on DJs only
If you do not care that much about bands and artists and just want to see famous DJs, the festival SonneMondSterne might have the most impressive line-up of 2018: Hardwell, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Oaki, Hardwell, Richie Hawtin, Felix Jaehn are just a few names on the line-up of this German festival. SonneMondSterne focuses mostly on Techno/Electro/House so it is not the best festival if you would also like to see a band play once in a while.

A small disadvantage of SonneMondSterne is that this festival is ending on Sunday at 16.00. Therefore it is one of the more expensive German festivals in 2018 because the tickets are 145 Euro. Besides that it is also a bit further away from Berlin: You need to calculate about 3 hours at least for the ride.

Why visit SonneMondSterne 2018? If your want to see famous Headliner-DJs and you do not mind to pay a bit more, you will have a great time at SonneMondSterne.

Name: SonneMondSterne Festival 2018
Address: Saalburg-Ebersdorf
Distance from Berlin: 291 km
Date: 10-12 August 2018
Price: 145€
Website: www.sonnemondsterne.de
Music-Styles: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 2,5 (till Sunday 16.00)
Line-up: Paul Kalkbrenner, Pan-Pot, Hardwell, Alle Farben, Sven Väth, Boris Brejcha and more

 

 

8. Wurzel Festival

A festival which was added to this list of German festivals last year, is the Wurzel Festival. Although the festival does not have a long history like Melt and Fusion, it has been a great success so far. The small festival is organised by a group of friends who have been responsible for many great open-airs in Berlin in the last couple of years. The Wurzel Festival will take place about 70km from Berlin and the main focus of the festival is great music and an even better atmosphere.

Wurzel Festival

Wurzel Festival (@ facebook.com/zurueckzudenwurzelnfestival)

Zurück zu den Wurzeln Festival (which is the full name of the festival) will be organised on a military airport. This location fits the festival very well because it gives it that special Berliner-vibe which we all love so much. Besides great music there will also be plenty of workshops, a market-place and a foodcourt with plenty of delicious things to eat and drink. There will be 6 different stages which all focus on different music-styles: From 70s Disco to Techhouse and from Raggae to Drum & Bass. You can find it all on the Wurzel Festival.

Accessible for Wheelchairs
The philosophy of the Wurzel Festival states, that everybody should be able to have a great time. Therefore the festival does not refuse people for their religion, skin-colour, nationality or sexuality. Additionally, they also made the festival accessible for wheelchairs. The tickets for this German festival can be bought for 96€ and have to be bought in packs of four at a time.

Want to win free tickets for this festival?
We are giving away 2×2 free tickets for this great German festival. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook a few weeks before the festival.

Why visit the Wurzel Festival? If you do not like commercial festivals and love a friendly atmosphere, this might be the perfect festival for you.

Name: Wurzel Festival 2018
Address: Flugplatzweg 6, 14913 Jüterbog
Distance to Berlin: 70 km
Date: 07 tot 10 Juni 2018
Price including Camping: 96 Euro
Website: www.wurzelfestival.de
Music Styles: Electronic Music
Amount of days 3
Line-up: Kaputzki, Dezibel, Tanianta, Mabiranon and many more

Wurzel Festival Logo

 
 

9. Hurricane Festival

A German festival which offers a lot of versatile music-styles is called Hurricane. When you like to see a mix of large bands, some DJs and plenty of great solo-artists, Hurricane could suit you very well. The Hurricane festival is organised at the Eichenring in Scheeßel, where you normally can find motocross-contests. It is located a bit further away from Berlin, but a bit closer to the Netherlands and some other countries. I have mentioned a few times that the festivals should be combined with visiting Berlin, but in this case a trip to Hamburg or Bremen would make more sense. Hamburg is a great city and there are plenty of cool clubs and parties over there as well.

Hurricane Festival

The Hurricane Festival (© zeitgeist247.de)

One of the Biggest German Festivals
The Hurricane Festival is the largest festival in this list with 80.000 visitors every year. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive one because tickets cost 200 Euro. But if you keep in mind that visiting concerts of the artists which are performing often cost more than 50 Euro each, the price is justified. Maybe it helps when we just sum up some names which will performing on this German weekend-festival in 2018: The Prodigy, Arcade Fire, The Offspring, Mighty Oaks, London Grammar, Franz Ferdinand and many more. Of course there will also be some DJs: Moonbootica, Martin Jensen and Eskei83 are the first names which are published.

The camping of the Hurricane Festival will open on Thursday 11.00 AM and you have to leave again on Monday around lunchtime (12.00). During Hurricane the organisation asks to respect the sleeping hours between 02.00 and 08.00. If this is something positive or negative is totally up to you. I remember camping directly next to a 24h-stage on Feel Festival once, and I would’ve loved some sleeping hours. All additional information can be found on the website below.

Why visit Hurricane Festival? Being part of one of the biggest German festivals is a once in a lifetime experience. Besides that the line-up rocks!

Name: Hurricane Festival 2018
Address: Eichenring, Scheeßel
Distance to Berlin: 350 km
Date: 22 tot 24 June 2018
Price: 199€
Website: www.hurricane.de
Music: Bands, Artists, DJs
Amount of Days: 3
Line-up: Pennywise, The Prodigy, The Offspring, Moonbootica, Martin Jensen, London Grammar and many more…

 

 

10. Lollapalooza Festival Berlin

The Lollapalooza festival has its roots in the USA but will take place in 6 different countries in 2018. Besides Brasil, Argentina and Chile the festival is also organised in the capital of Germany. It will actually be the fourth time it takes place here: In 2015 the festival was organised at Flughafen Tempelhof and last year it took place at the Rennbahn Hoppegarten. This year Lollapalooza can be found at the Olympiastadion, which is about 30 minutes with the S-Bahn from Alexanderplatz. If you want to read more about the Lollapalooza festival, you can check out our review of Lollapalooza 2017.

Martin Garrix Lollapalooza Festival berlin 2015

Martin Garrix at Lollapalooza 2015 (© Berlin-enjoy.com)

The Lollapalooza festival offers a great range of music-styles. You can listen to talented DJs, enjoy famous artists and party with popular bands. The line-up of Lollapalooza 2018 will be published soon and then we will update the names here. Last year some of the acts were Foo Fighters, Kungs, Mumfords and Sons, Hardwell, The XX, AnnenMayKantereit and the Beatsteaks. The tickets start at 129 Euro and go up to 149 Euro. This is a bit more than most other festivals in this article, especially because no camping is included.

No camping
To reach most of the festivals in this list, you have to travel a bit: Most of them are more than 100km away and if you do not have a car it can take several hours to get there. If this would bother you, you might want to visit Lollapalooza. But at this German festival you cannot stay overnight. The music will be played between noon and midnight and after that everybody goes home and comes back the next day. This can be a negative thing if you like camping, but it can also be nice if you like to sleep in a solid bed and have a normal breakfast. Just book a hostel or hotel in Berlin and you will have a great time.

A great thing about having to travel back to the center can be that you can still visit one of the great Parties in Berlin. Watch out that your hangover is not too big on the second day of Lollapalooza though.

Why visit Lollapalooza 2018? If you like to sleep in a normal bed and still want to see an impressive line-up, this might be the most suitable festival for you.

Name: Lollapalooza Festival Berlin
Address: Berlin
Distance from Berlin: 10km
Date: 8+9 September 2018
Price without camping: 129 – 149€
Website: www.lollapaloozade.com
Music Styles: Bands, Artiesten, Electro
Amount of Days: 2 (without camping)
Line-up: Will be updated soon…

Lollapalooza Berlin Logo

 

 

11. Airbeat One Festival 2018

The Airbeat One Festival is one of the biggest German festivals and will be organised for the 17th time this year. Last year about 40.000 visitors from over 40 different countries partied at this festival. Compared to festivals like Nation of Gondwana and Fusion, this German festivals focuses a bit less on the music-style Techno (which is very popular in Berlin). Airbeat One focuses more on EDM, House and also the harder styles like Hardstyle and Hardcore. There will be 5 different stages so you will most likely find some great music every moment of the day.

Airbeat One Festival

One of the stages at Airbeat One Festival (© facebook.com/airbeatone)

Famous EDM DJs
The Airbeat One festival has a pretty solid line-up if you like EDM-DJs. In 2018 you can get ready for some famous Dutch names like Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiesto and Afrojack. Besides that there will also be plenty of German and international DJs: Steve Oaki, Alle Farben, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Hardwell are just a few of them. The line-up is different from most other festivals and if you like the harder-styles this festival could definitely make sense for you.

Airbeat One is organised at a Airport in Neustadt-Glewe, which is about 175km away from Berlin. There will be several types of tickets: You can visit the festival for just one day and this will cost you 59 Euro. You can also stay the whole weekend and pay 129 Euro. If you want it luxury, you can take the VIP-Ticket for 199 Euro.

Why visit Airbeat One? When you like EDM, Hardstyle and Hardcore, you should definitely visit this German dance festival in 2018.

Name: Airbeat One Festival
Address: Neustadt-Glewe, Flugplatz
Distance from Berlin: 175 km
Date: 11 tot 15 July 2018
Price including camping: 129€
Website: www.airbeat-one.de
Music: EDM, House, Electro, Hardstyle, Hardcore
Amount of Days: 3
Artist: Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Afrojack, Steve Aoki and many more

AIrbeat One Logo

 

 

12. MS Dockville

Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to parties and festivals, but it is not the only German city with an awesome nightlife. Take Hamburg for example, sometimes referred to as a smaller sized Berlin and a city which offers plenty of cool clubs, bars and festivals. One of these festivals is MS Dockville, which had more than 20.000 visitors the last couple of years. Hamburg can be reached within 3 hours from Berlin and why not combine the festival MS Dockville with a trip to this fascinating German city.

MS Dockville

Ms Dockville Festival (© Dockville-Festival, Enno Arndt

MS Dockville offers plenty of interesting acts and the price of a ticket is reasonable. At this moment you can still buy ticket for only 99 Euro (including camping) but they will go up soon to 119 Euro. MS Dockville does not focus on one specific music-style: You can expect bands, DJs and solo-artists here. The line-up is far from complete yet but names like Bonobo, Job Jobse, Faber, Everything Everything, Erobique have already confirmed that they will be present.

Why visit MS Dockville? If you have been to Berlin many times and want to see another great German city, you could combine this festival with some days in Hamburg. Besides that the line-up is great and the price is reasonable.

Name: Ms Dockville
Address: Reiherstieg-Hauptdeich, 21107 Hamburg
Distance from Berlin: 290 km
Date: 17 till 19 August 2018
Price including camping: 99 – 119€
Website: www.msdockville.de
Music-Styles: Bands, Artists, DJs
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Bonobo, Job Jobse, Erobique, Faber, Olli Schulz and more

 

 

13. Helene Beach Festival 2018

A German festival which is very close to Berlin but still organised directly at the water, is Helene Beach festival. This festival will be organised close to Frankfurt-Oder which is about one hour drive from Berlin. It takes place near a lake called Helene, which is the cleanest lake of Brandenburg and about 250 hectare large. Last year we visited Helene Beach Festival myself and I can guarantee that it is great to have a large beach where you can lay during the day and wait till you are ready to party again. At most other German festivals (e.g. Melt and Fusion) you can swim but there is not really a large beach with enough space for all the visitors to lay down at the same time.

Helene Beach Festival 2014

The Helene Beach Festival (helene-beach-festival.de)

Mix of Hiphop and DJs

The Helene Beach Festival offers 8 different stages. Besides electronic music you can also expect HipHop, Bands and talented artists. Although the line-up is not complete yet, some large international names already confirmed they will be there: Sven Väth, Trailerpark, Tim Bendzko, Thomas Lizarro, Westbam, Mike Perry are just a few of them. The price of this German festival in 2018 is more than reasonable: Starting from 94 Euro you can buy the tickets online or at certain shops.

The music on the Helene Beach Festival starts on Friday around 17.30 and ends on Sunday-morning. But your ticket gives you the possibility to stay on the campsite till Monday. From my own experience I know that most people leave on Sunday but this made our last day even better.

Want to win tickets for the Helene Beach Festival?
We are allowed to give-away 2 weekend-tickets for this great German festival in 2018. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook in the beginning of June.

Why visit Helene Beach Festival? Chilling on the beach during the day and enjoying great music at night for a very reasonable price. Why not?

Name: Helene Beach Festival 2018
Address: Helene-See 2, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
Distance to Berlin: 100 km
Date: 26 till 29 July 2018
Price including Camping: from 94€
Website: www.helene-beach-festival.de
Music: Rock, HipHop, Pop, Electro, House
Amount of days: 2,5
Line-up: Sven Väth, Thomas Lizarro, Westbam, Mike Perry and many more…

 

 

14. Plötzlich am Meer 2018

Another German festival which offers a great experience for a very reasonable price is Plotzlich am Meer. This dance-festival is smaller than many other festivals close to Berlin but because of the great success of this festival of last years, the expectations are high. Plotzlich am Meer is actually a bit of an outsider in this list because the festival is organised in Kołobrzeg, Poland. But because the roots of the festival lay in Berlin, we feel like it belongs in this list of German weekend-festivals. Besides that Kołobrzeg is located only 290km from Berlin so you can still reach this festival in about 3 hours.

Ploetzlich-am-Meer

Ploetzlich am Meer Festival (© stanley-rubyn.com)

The Plotzlich am Meer dance festival will be organised from the 24th till the 26th of August 2018. The festival mainly focuses on electronic music and you can expect many DJs which usually play in clubs in Berlin. In the last year DJs like Andreas Henneberg, Matthias Kaden and Patrick Skoog played at this weekend-festival. Unfortunately not much additional information is available at this moment.

Why visit Ploetzlich am Meer? Kołobrzeg is a unique location for a festival and if you like to party in Berlin you will also love this festival.

Name: Plötzlich am Meer 2018
Address: Rogowo, Poland
Distance to Berlin: 290 km
Date: 24 – 26 August 2018
Price including camping: 114€
Website: www.ploetzlich.net
Music: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Not available yet…

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15. Greenwood Festival 2018

All of these German festivals in this list are worth a visit, but some of them can be quite hard to reach if you arrive in Berlin by train or plane. Some of the islands mentioned in this list will not be easy to get to with public transport. For those who do not want to travel far from Berlin, Greenwood Festival might be the perfect festival in 2018. The last years this German festival was organised at the Kiekebusch See which is only 30km from Alexanderplatz and close to the Airport Berlin-Schönefeld. The organisation is looking for a new location but it can be expected that it will still be very close to Berlin.

Kiekebusch See Festival

Kiekebusch See near Berlin (lieblinsfehler.de)

The Greenwood Festival has been organised for two times now and especially last year was a great success. The music is comparable to the music you hear when you party in Berlin. There will be only two stages so it is important that you like electronic music. Besides music there will also be plenty of workshops and things like Yoga and other activities.

In the last years DJs like Oliver Schories, Schleppgeist, Channel X and Britta Arnold played on Greenwood Festival. There are two stages so it is quite important that you like electronic music. Compared to the other German weekend-festivals in this list, Greenwood is quite cheap. Last year the early-bird tickets started at 40 Euro and the tickets went up to 60 Euro, which is still very reasonable.

We will update this article as soon as possible when more specific information is available about Greenwood Festival 2018.

Why visit Greenwood Festival? Close to Berlin, music from Berlin and plenty of people from Berlin. What more do you want?

Name: Greenwood Festival 2018
Address: Not sure yet
Distance from Berlin: Not sure yet
Date: 18-20 August 2018
Price including camping: 60-80 Euro
Website: www.facebook.com/events/180265675880544
Music-Styles: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Not available yet

 

 

16. Rocken am Brocken

The name Rocken am Brocken might give you the wrong impression of this German festival. Although the main focus of this festival is indeed rock music there will also be plenty of electronic music and other music-styles. The last couple of years Oliver Koletzki, Lexer, Dirty Doering and some other talented guys have been performing here. If you mainly like rock music but also want to listen to some electronic music, Rocken am Brocken will probably suit you just fine.

Rocken am Brocken (© Markus Thöricht)

Rocken am Brocken (© Markus Thöricht)

Rocken am Brocken offers 4 different stages and the price of this festival is cheaper than most festivals in this list. Right now you will have to pay 75 Euro for a ticket. This German festival will be organised in a small city called Elend, southwest of Magdeburg. This is all located in the area of the Härz National Park: I have been there and it is a very beautiful part of Germany. You can even take organised walking tours with music during the festival.

Why visit Rocken am Brocken? Rocken am Brocken is a great choice if you are looking for a festival which mainly focuses on bands but also offers some electronic music.

Name: Rocken am Brocken 2018
Address: Braunlagerstraße, 38875 Elend
Distance to Berlin: 245 km
Date: 2 – 3 August 2018
Price: 75€
Website: www.rocken-am-brocken.de
Music: Electro, Indie, Punk, Rock
Amount of Days: 3
Line-up: Line-Up will follow…
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Summarized: Festivals in Germany 2018

All in all we can conclude that there are plenty of great weekend-festivals in 2018. The list with best German festivals above is my personal ranking and obviously has a lot to do with my taste. The perfect festival is different for every person but we have listed some things below which will maybe make it easier to decide:

Cheap German festivals: Her Damit, Greenwood Festival, Rocken am Brocken
German festivals close to Berlin: Lollapalooza, Feel Festival, Wurzel Festival
German festivals with big headliners: Melt, SonneMondSterne, Hurricane, Sputnik
German festivals with versatile music: Hurricane, Melt, MS Dockville, Rocken am Brocken
Smaller German Festivals with a special atmosphoere: Wurzel Festival, Nations of Gondwana, Her Damit

I hope these tips will help you when you are choosing the right weekend-festival for this summer. If you cannot decide, you could always just visit more than one festival so the choice will not be that difficult. If you have any tips or suggestions, please feel free to write a comment below.





Job van Hardeveld
Written by Job van Hardeveld

My Name is Job and I moved to Berlin in January 2012. Since a couple of years I am writing about cool spots, great parties and awesome places in Berlin. Hope you like my blog, leave a comment if you have a question!

25 Comment responses

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    May 10, 2017

    Hello,
    Can you tell me if there´s any party on May. I´ll be there in between 19 and 21
    Thanks

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    March 28, 2017

    awesome! Thanks

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    March 16, 2017

    Hey.

    Just wanted to check youve heard about this new festival Akasha in June (I’m not a promoter, just think its looking like a good one): https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/126385137884637/

    Hopefully similar vibes to the old berlin festival (in its arena days)

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      March 16, 2017

      Hi Tom,

      looks good. We might visit the festival so we can write about it next year.

      Thanks for the tip!

      Best wishes,

      Job

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    February 07, 2017

    Hi!!

    Can you tell me if there´s any big party on march. I´ll be there in between 7 and 15 of march.

    Wich places are a Must.. This is my first time there.

    Kind regards,

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      February 08, 2017

      Hi Federico,

      there are some big parties in March, but mostly in the clubs in Berlin. It is too cold for a weekend-festival.

      Keep an eye on the our party-calendar, it will be updated every month.

      Best wishes!

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    September 15, 2016

    Anything after September ?? No festival or EDM concerts in winters 🙁

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      October 05, 2016

      Hi Jazz,

      unfortunately there are not big weekend-festivals anymore. It is just too risky with the weather I guess.

      Maybe just come to Berlin and visit some great clubs and parties?

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    July 25, 2016

    What about the nation of gondwana? U seriously cant Pick shit like Helene beach Over the nog.
    They had maybe the sickest line up this year.
    Besides that its real close(45min b car) away From Berlin.

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      July 29, 2016

      Hello Raver,

      I totally agree withy you, we will consider adding it to the list next year!

      Thanks for the tip!

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    June 01, 2016

    I would like to recommend the Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin Neukölln in August. The line up is non commercial and pretty amazing. Check it out http://www.pop-kultur.berlin/

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    May 10, 2016

    Hi, just wanted to highlight that the lineup for Berlin Festival is from 2015 and most likely the festival is not going to take place this year because they are on a “Creative Break”. Maybe you should update the page accordingly 🙂
    Check out: http://www.berlinfestival.de/

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      May 10, 2016

      Hi Burcu,

      you are right, I also heard about it but forgot to update the article. Thanks for the tip!

      Cheers!

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    March 28, 2016

    Nature one???

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      March 29, 2016

      Hi,

      you are totally right that Nature One is one of the best German festivals. But as you can read in the introduction, we only focused on festivals which are about 2-3 hours drive from Berlin.

      Have a great summer!

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    March 18, 2016

    Really great festival to enjoy. Lots of fun can be seen.

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    March 07, 2016

    So fabulous mate u minks

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    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the tips! We’re looking for a festival in 2016 so this will help. 😀

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      December 17, 2015

      Hi Dave,

      Great that my blog could help you decide. The article with the festivals for 2016 will be online in the beginning of next year.

      Cheers!

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    May 11, 2015

    Great tips – Thanks!!

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    April 04, 2015

    good pitures

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