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Music festivals in and around Berlin: Everything you need to know

Fusion, Lollapalooza or Atonal? No matter what you're into, here's our guide to the best music festivals in and around Berlin.

Lollapalooza Berlin in 2022. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

Berlin is at the centre of an astonishing number of music festivals, both in the city and in the surrounding area. And what’s even more astonishing is that they’re all pretty damn good. But having so many nearby to choose from can be as overwhelming as it is exciting.

That’s why we put together a comprehensive list of them to help you keep it all straight. From indie to electro and Marzahn to Mecklenburg, here’s what music festivals Berliners can look forward to this year.

XJAZZ Festival

The XJAZZ Festival organises more than 70 concerts in the best locations in the city. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

The largest jazz festival in Berlin, XJAZZ is all about innovative genre-crossing. Taking a deep dive into the city’s unique jazz scene, expect a programme exploding with all things experimental and futuristic at more than 70 concerts across Berlin. Plus, Roy Ayers is playing at the opening. No biggie.

  • XJAZZ Festival, various locations in Berlin, May 8-14, tickets and more info here.

Punk & Disorderly

Scottish punk band The Exploited with their fans at Punk & Disorderly 2015. Photo: Imago/Pop Eye/Stefan Mueller

Punk & Disorderly brings the very best of hardcore punk to the Astra stage. Over the festival’s three-day programme, legends like Perckele, Cockney Rejects, The Insane, and Mark Foggo will be tearing up their electric guitars for adoring fans. There’ll be a dedicated mosh pit zone, so closed shoes only.

  • Punk & Disorderly, Astra Kulturhaus, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, May 18-20, tickets and more info here.


Performance of the Berlin psychedelic matadors Kadavar at the Desertfest. Photo: Imago/isslerimages

Going down at the Columbiahalle and neighbouring Columbia Theater, the focus at Desertfest is on heavy, stoner and progressive rock. The four-day event brings together a collection of well-known bands from the metal and psychedelic genres. It’s going to be loud, hard, wild and experimental, so you’d better prepare yourself at the warm-up party at Cassiopeia. Two international bands have been invited to the opening event, and the festival’s lineup will include The Obsessed, King Buffalo and Mantar.

  • Desertfest, Columbiahalle, Columbiadamm 13-21 and Columbia Theater, Columbiadamm 9-11, Tempelhof, May 19-21. Warm-up party: Cassiopeia, May 18, tickets and more info here.

Immergut Festival

Live indie music is great to crowdsurf to. Photo: Imago/Pop-Eye/Gabsch

The Immergut Festival in Neustrelitz is one of the most popular indie music festivals in Germany, making it a popular hub for Berlin’s indie fans and a certified staple of the festival circuit since its launch in 2000. You won’t want to miss this year’s exciting lineup, featuring both local German legends and international stars.

  • Immergut Festival Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 26.5.–29.5., tickets and more info here.

Citadel Music Festival

No, this historic fortress isn’t under attack – those are just fireworks from the Citadel Music Festival. Photo: Peter Engelke

Unmissable acts in a historic venue: The Citadel Music Festival has been bringing fresh beats and stunning visuals to Berlin for years now. Taking place in the Spandau Citadel, one of Germany’s most important and well-preserved relics of the Renaissance, it’s no surprise that Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme called it his “Lieblingslocation” back in 2013.

Ten years and hundreds of concerts later, these old stone walls are still standing strong for another round of eye (and ear) popping performances: Tenacious D with Jack Black, The Distillers, The War on Drugs and Fury in the Slaughterhouse, just to name a few.

  • Citadel Music Festival Spandau Citadel, Am Juliusturm 64, Spandau, 1.6.-25.8., tickets and more info here.

Zurück zu den Wurzeln

Find your roots in the Secret Forest. Photo: Lukas Strauss

Festival fanatics looking to embrace their hippie-dippie roots: There’s no better way than to spend four days surrounded by trees and tunes. Luckily the Secret Forest in Niedergörsdorf will be hosting the beloved electro-festival Zurück zu den Wurzeln (‘back to the roots’) again this year. Between its variety of floors, more than 50 workshops, art exhibitions and a huge root market place, you’ll feel like you’re in a utopian hippie commune.

  • Zurück zu den Wurzeln Secret Forest, Flugplatzweg 6, 14913 Niedergörsdorf, Brandenburg, 8.6.-11.6., tickets and more info here.

Melt Festival

The venue in front of the Gremmin-Beach-Stage during Melt. Photo: Imago/Hartmut Bösener

Hip-hop, rap, electro, indie – artists from all across the genre-spectrum can take the spotlight at Melt Festival on stages between industrial cranes and sandy beaches. You can spend the afternoon slam-dancing to Slowthai in the moshpit and stomp to the beat of Berghain-resident Marcel Dettmann in the evening, and those are just two of the festival’s 150+ acts. ‘Melt’ is an understatement – their lineup is gonna be fire.

  • Melt Festival Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, 8.6.-11.6., tickets and more info here.

Open-Air in Gärten der Welt

The grounds of Gärten der Welt aren’t just nice to look at – they host concerts, too. Photo: Grün Berlin

Comprising one of Berlin’s prettiest park areas, Gärten der Welt is home to a variety of internationally-themed gardens, as well as some exciting events. This Summer, the programme will consist of concerts including everything from 90s-hits to Italo-pop by Giovanni Zarrella.

  • Sommer-Open-Air Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn, 9.6.-12.8., tickets and more info here.

İç İçe Festival

Cultures in concert at İç İçe. Photo: Allegra Kortlang

İç İçe is Turkish for “intertwined”, a testament to the festival’s commitment to intercultural connection. Featuring a wide variety of Anatolian artists, the festival shines a spotlight on the musical talent of communities that have helped shape the city we all know and love for decades. That’s something well worth celebrating – and what better way than with a border-transcending melting pot of music?

  • İç İçe Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, Treptow, 10.6., tickets and more info here.

Meeresrausch Festival

Sun, songs, and the sea – Meeresrausch is the perfect summer music festival. Photo: Meeresrausch

On one side, a Nazi factory that produced V-2 rockets; on the other, the ocean. In between: The aptly-named Meeresrausch (or ‘sea noise’) Festival. It may not be as huge an affair as some of the other festivals on this list, but hey, quality over quantity. And with its lovingly constructed seaside stages and still mostly-up-and-coming artists, it’s an exciting event for those who appreciate underground talent.

  • Meeresrausch Festival Peenemünde Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 15.6.–18.6., tickets and more info here.

PxP Festival

Photo: Imago/R. Keuntje/Future Image

Pink Floyd famously said ‘We don’t need no education’, but even if that’s too absolutist for you, you can probably still admit that the current education system could use some work. That’s why Europe’s biggest festival for education is back in Wulheide this June with the motto “Schule feiert Zukunft” (‘school celebrates the future’). A variety of educators and artists like Mine, Bausa, Dardan, Loi and Ester Graf will be rallying support for a just and future-oriented education system with up to 17.000 audience members.

  • PxP Festival Parkbühne Wuhlheide An d. Wuhlheide 187, Oberschöneweide, 17.-18.6., tickets and more info here.

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique in Mauerpark. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

This global music festival brings new meaning to the phrase ‘all the world’s a stage’, turning cities around the world into giant music venues every June 21. Berlin is, of course, no exception.

This year, the festivities will be fittingly focused in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and will include a diverse panorama of performances from world-renowned acts to esoteric indie bands. But even Berlin’s infamous party districts aren’t enough to contain Fête de la Musique, so over 100 indoor and open-air venues will be set up all across the city to make some noise.

  • Fête de la Musique at locations across Berlin, 21.06, tickets and more info here.

Krake Festival

The Krake Festival combines the same ambition of concept as the CTM Festival with Berlin Atonal’s attitude for an experience that includes innovative electro music as well as creative and social collision. These elements come together in performances that are surprising, down-to-earth, and, above all else, colourful in a way that sets them apart from the mainstream by a wide margin.

  • Krake Festival House of Music RAW-Area, Revaler Str. 99, 21.06.-24.06., tickets and more info here.

Die Fusion

Die Fusion invites a flood of festivalgoers every year. Photo: Imago/Frank Brexel

With a lottery system determining who gets tickets to Die Fusion, the exclusive yet wildly popular event feels like the Berghain of music festivals, which anyone who’s ever had Sven size them up can tell you is saying something.

But it’s true: Die Fusion is one of the most sought-after festivals in the world, with around 65.000 festival junkies showing up at the former Soviet military airport in Lärz every year to see a lineup of acts that just about covers the whole musical spectrum.

The organisers like to leave people in suspense about what specific artists to expect, but with the festival’s reputation, the whole experience is guaranteed to be legendary.

  • Fusion Festival Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V., Am Flugplatz, Lärz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 28.6.-2.7., tickets and more info here.


The venue at Splash! is almost as amazing as the artist lineup. Photo: Imago/Hartmut Bösener

Fan of hip-hop? Dive into Splash! festival for a chance to see some world-renowned artists like Kendrick Lamar, who’s returning to the stage in June after his first Splash!-performance ten years ago. Get in your favourite Adidas jacket and bucket hat and head to the raw, industrial Ferropolis venue for an unforgettable experience this summer!

  • Splash! Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Red Weekend 29.6.-1.7., tickets and more info here.

Pure & Crafted

The hum of an engine blends perfectly with the strum of a guitar. Photo: Imago/Pop-Eye/Christina Kratsch

Name a more iconic duo than motorcycles and rock & roll. The organisers of the Pure & Crafted festival know that’s no small feat, which is why both engines and amps will be revving at full throttle at this rock festival. This year’s venue has yet to be announced, but the dress code is sure to include leather jackets and sunglasses.

  • Pure & Crafted location and lineup tba, 7.7.-8.7., tickets and more info here.

Airbeat One

The main stage at Airbeat One transforms every year depending on the theme. This year it’s ‘Edition Home Germany.’ Photo: Airbeat One

Airbeat is the biggest electro-festival in Northern Germany, and it’s about to celebrate its 20th birthday. Join the party in Neustadt-Glewe this July to see an exciting lineup of house, EDM, and hardstyle artists – and to marvel at this year’s unique design for the festival’s gigantic main stage.

  • Airbeat One Neustadt-Glewe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 12.7.-14.7., tickets and more info here.

Feel Festival

Dance and splash your cares away at the Bergheider See. Photo: f

The Feel Festival is bringing the beat to the beach at Bergheider See again this year! On a mission to provide an inclusive space for people of all cultures, nationalities and genders, the festival takes a hard stance against discrimination of any kind. While the lineup has yet to be determined, you can expect heart-pounding electro to dance the day away to.

  • Feel Festival Bergheider See, Brandenburg, 13.7.–17.7., tickets and more info here.

Nation of Gondwana

This sci-fi inspired electro-festival has a long and proud tradition. Photo: tipBerlin

Get ready to enter a whole new universe this July, because the Nation of Gondwana has the spice. Inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune, the Nation of Gondwana festival organisers (or ‘pyons’) have created their own world in a Grünefeld glade, drawing in about 8000 elektro-enthusiasts every year. In addition to established DJs and collectives, the festival also makes space for up-and-coming female DJs, who are all too often shut out from the purportedly-progressive music scene.

  • Nation of Gondwana Grünefeld bei Berlin, 21.7.-23.7., tickets and more info here.

Hoffest 33 years of Schokoladen

It may not look like much, but the Schokoladen is an important piece of punk culture in Berlin. Photo: Imago/Schöning

A certified stronghold of Berlin’s punk scene, the unapologetically ill-adjusted Schokoladen has been rocking Mitte’s elegant boutiques and luxury condos for the past 33 years with concerts, readings, parties and drunken all-nighters. This July, they’re turning up the dial in their fight for the right to party to celebrate the bar’s birthday. Whether you’re a regular or new to the scene, you won’t want to miss this wild night of punk, indie, and postrock performances.

  • Hoffest 33 Jahre Schokoladen Ackerstr. 169, Mitte, 22.7., starts 6pm, free entry, more info here.

Whole Festival

The Industrial Museum Ferropolis in Sachsen-Anhalt transforms into a safe haven for queer ravers in August. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Established in 2017, this queer music festival is a collaboration between several Berlin party collectives, all of which are committed to providing an safe space for LGBT+ electro-fans. But that doesn’t just apply to the audience – most of the featured artists are queer themselves. In addition to concerts, the festival includes workshops, art installations, and other live performances.

  • Whole Festival Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, 28.7-31.7, tickets and more info here.

Artlake Festival

Be both audience and artist and Artlake Festival. Photo: Artlake

Most music festivals are about losing yourself in music and hedonistic abandon. Artlake isn’t not about that, but the priority here is participation in the creative process. Their variety of workshops encourage attendees not just to appreciate the work of others, but to make their own.

  • Artlake Festival Bergheider See Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf, Brandenburg, 3.8.–6.8., tickets and more info here.

Jenseits von Millionen

Party for a good cause at Jenseits von Millionen. Photo: Marvin Girbig

Indie, pop, and electro come together in one festival at Jenseits von Millionen. The good music being performed is matched only by the good causes the proceeds go to, as the organisers donate their profits to regional projects and international charities. Treat yourself and your fellow man with just one ticket!

  • Jenseits von Millionen Burg Friedland, Brandenburg, 4.8-5.8., tickets and more info here.

3000 Grad Festival

Situated between a forest and a lake, the 3000 Grad Festival in Kieskuhle Feldberg brings all the excitement of the urban club scene to a rural locale. But attendees can expect more than music at this event, as the programme balances electro-beats with everything from acrobatics to theatre. Though the exact lineup has yet to be announced, it’s sure to include something for everyone!

  • 3000 Grad Festival Kieskuhle Feldberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 11.8.-13.8., tickets and more info here.

Wilde Möhre Festival

Welcome to the wonderland that is Wilde Möhre. Photo: Imago/Rainer Weisflog

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s a bit of a hike to get to the Wilde Möhre Festival venue. But it’s worth it to get lost in the enchanted forest of colourful lights and vibrating bass that awaits at the end of it. Follow star DJs and undiscovered artists alike down the rabbit hole and watch them work their musical magic!

  • Wilde Möhre Festival Drebkau, Brandenburg, 11.8.–14.8., tickets and more info here.

Pop Culture Festival

Music group Isolation giving a concert at the Pop Culture Festival in 2022. Photo: Imago/Carsten Thesing

For the past 8 years, Berlin’s Pop Culture Festival has provided a platform for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs to network and showcase their talents. Hosted by Prenzlauer Berg’s historic Kulturbrauerei, the event has been known to include a number of internationally-acclaimed acts.

  • Pop-Kultur Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, 30.8.-1.9., tickets and more info here.


Though Lusatia has only been going for a few years now, it’s already made a name for itself in the festival circuit. Photo: Lusatia

Lusatia is one of the youngest festivals in and around Berlin, starting with a bang in 2021 with a diverse lineup and enticing atmosphere. Sharing its venue (and its mystical touch) with Wilde Möhre, the festival provides a fairytale-like reprieve from urban life that prioritises coexistence when it comes to both people and nature. A music festival that’s exciting, eco-conscious, and inclusive? Wish granted!

  • Lusatia Göritz 5, Drebkau, Brandenburg, 1.9.-4.9., tickets and more info here.

Berlin Atonal

Berlin Atonal is back at Kraftwerk Berlin this year. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

Berlin Atonal is back! It’s been a while. After a couple of years off for COVID and then an ambitious art-heavy one-off event Metabolic Rift, the experimental and monumental festival is making a grand reappearance at Kraftwerk Berlin – and they’re going all out.

Get ready for 11 days packed with premier performances, artistic interventions, and afterparties in an industrial venue that encourages future-oriented creative experimentation of all kinds.

  • Berlin Atonal Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Straße 59–73, Mitte, 7.9.-17.9., tickets and more info here.


Lollapalooza Berlin in 2022. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

Even if you’re not a festival fanatic, you probably know about Lollapalooza. This year, the world-famous music festival will be taking place at Olympiastadion for the seventh time, with a lineup of artists from around the globe as well as from right here in Berlin. And given that the featured genres will be just as diverse, the festival is sure to have something for everyone.

  • Lollapalooza Olympiastadion und Olympiapark, Olympischer Platz 3, Westend, 9.9.-10.9., tickets and more info here.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Promotional image for Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin 2023. Photo: Pitchfork

For decades, Pitchfork has been one of the most trusted voices in music, both when it comes to discussing content and shedding light on the industry and culture surrounding it. This year, they’re once again proving they’ve got their finger on the pulse with an exciting lineup for Berlin’s Pitchfork Music Festival.

Spread across some of the city’s most sought-after venues like Astra Kulturhaus and Festsaal Kreuzberg, the festival’s acts will be as diverse as the stages they’re performed on. Tickets only apply to specific events across the series, so choose wisely!

  • Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin multiple venues, 01.11-05.11., tickets and more info here.

Synästhesie Festival

A Place to Bury Strangers at Synästhesie Festival. Photo: Imago/Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

The Synästhesie Festival blends time periods as well as genres, showcasing experimental music including psychedelic, kraut, noise, and progressive. Running the delightfully alternative 8MM bar on Schönhauser Allee, the organisers are no strangers to the niche subcultures that go hand in hand with these musical styles.

Since the festival began eight years ago, they’ve been proving that they’re the masters of 60s-and-70s-inspired music again and again. The historic but hip Kulturbrauerei is the perfect venue for an event that’s all about combining contemporary and past music.

  • Synästhesie Festival Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, 10.11.-11.11., tickets and more info here.


Kultursommerfestival 2022 kicked off with a lightshow in Tempelhofer Feld. Photo: Guillaume Gleize

100 unmissable events, one unforgettable summer – and all of it for free. Between June and September, the entire city of Berlin will transform into one gigantic open-air venue.

Created in collaboration between major cultural institutions, neighbourhood initiatives, and locals active in culture, the festival will consist of readings, concerts, theatrical performances, workshops, and more, hosted at various locations throughout the city.

Specifics about the programme have yet to be announced, so try to contain your anticipation (though we know that’s easier said than done).

  • Berliner Kultursommerfestival locations across Berlin, programme tba, details.

This article was adapted from the German by Sophie Field and Seraina Birdsey.