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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 heart of the city and throughout the surrounding area. And what’s even more astonishing is that they’re all pretty damn good, and 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, from Marzahn to Mecklenburg, here’s what music festivals Berliners can look forward to this year.

Citadel Music Festival

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

Prepare to be treated to 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, including AIR, OFF-DAYS, Greta Van Fleet and PJ Harvey, just to name a few.

  • Citadel Music Festival Spandau Citadel, Am Juliusturm 64, Spandau, now through Sept 1. Tickets and more info here.

Die Fusion

Die Fusion invites a flood of festivalgoers every year. Photo: IMAGO / BildFunkMV

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, June 26 – 30, tickets and more info here.

Sonic Pluriverse Festival

Concert of Awilo Longomba, Sonic Pluriverse Festival, Congorama, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). Photo: Mathias Völzke/HKW

Dive into the world of Terapia, a music genre from the Colombian Caribbean that is intertwined with the region’s complex and varied history. Sonic Pluriverse hosts a series of discovery talks, DJ sets and workshops as well as an international line-up of diverse talents. The month-long celebration of Afrocarribean culture and music promises to deliver colourful grooves, hip-moving funk, and all around good vibes. 

  • Sonic Pluriverse Festival, Hause der Kulturen der Welt, July 4 – 26, tickets and more info here.

Danube Festival

Danube Island Festival on the main stage Vienna. Photo: Imago / Andreas Stroh

After being forced to move from its previous location, Danube has now settled at Prenzlauer Berg’s Anomalie Art Club to further their electronic explorations. With an art exhibition and 60 artists set to perform, the festival brings together some of the best promoters from across Europe for this gargantuan DJ extravaganza. The festival boasts stages in and outside of the club, inviting the likes of Half Baked, Resolute and O Mato.

  • Danube Festival, Anomalie Art Club, July 5 – 8, 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: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

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 the Berlin Philharmonic.

  • Sommer-Open-Air Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn, through Sept 9, tickets and more info here.

Gaswerk Music Days

Bringing the rumble to Rummelsburg, Gaswerk Music Days is a three-day celebration of experimental electroacoustic bass sounds located in the former industrial gardens, cafe and studios of Gaswerksiedlung, just down the road from Funkhaus. With a wild and radical line-up featuring DJ sets and live performances by James Holden, African Head Charge, The Heliocentrics, and Rabih Beaini, among others, the festival promises to be an eclectic party with energetic, open-minded sounds.

  • Gaswerk Music Days, gART.n Blockdammweg 1, July 12 – 14, tickets and more info here.

Sống ở Berlin

Veenus*. Photo: Le Quyen Nguyen

Welcome to year one of Sống ở Berlin Pop Culture Festival, the first and only festival for Vietnamese-German pop culture. After a successful one-day trial run in 2023, the team behind the event got the green light to extend by three more days this year. Expect music, dancing, film, exhibitions, talks, and a gold standard example for cultural exchange, taking place at the always fun Dong Xuan Centre. 

  • Sống ở Berlin, Dong Xuan Center in Lichtenberg. July 25 – 28, tickets and more info here

Heroines of Sound Festival

Farida Amadou at Heroines of Sound. Photo: Elodie Meunier

This electro-feminist rage fest is a diverse and eye-opening look into the current electronic music scene. It also prides itself on supporting and centering the presence of women and non-binary FLINTA* in art and music scenes. Expect experimental and unusual performances, sound art, progressive pop, and a lot of fun.

  • Heroines of Sound Festival, Radialsystem, July 11 – 13, tickets and more info here.

MELT Festival

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

After 27 years of excellent programming, we will bid MELT Festival farewell. Hip-hop, rap, electro, indie – artists from all across the genre-spectrum will take the spotlight on stages between industrial cranes and sandy beaches. This year, you can catch Helena HAUFF, Sampha, Romy, James Blake, Eartheater, Berlin’s very own A Song For You, and more. Head to Gräfenhainichen for one last epic dance. 

  • MELT Festival Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, July 11 – 13, tickets and more info here.

A L’ARME! Festival 

Bad news: this will be the last ever instalment of A L’ARME! after more than a decade of groundbreaking jazz and experimental music offerings. Good news: It’s sure to be a great finale you won’t forget from this ingenious collective that’s always in search of something brand new. 

  • A’LARME!, RadialSystem Holzmerkstr. 33, August 8 – 10, tickets and more info here

Splash!

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

This one is for hip-hop heads. Head to Splash! festival for the chance to catch artists like Gunna, 21 Savage, and Flo Milli. Head to the raw, industrial Ferropolis venue for an unforgettable experience filled with surprising collaborations, and what is likely Europe’s largest mosh pit. If you plan on camping, you can also look forward to swimming in ​​Gremminer See!

  • Splash! Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, July 4 – 6 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

Although it will be difficult to top last year’s epic tribute to Germany for the festival’s 20th anniversary, as the biggest electro-festival in Northern Germany, we’re eager to see how the organisers will transform the airfield into a metropolitan French city. 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, July 10 – 14, tickets and more info here.

Detect Classic Festival

Setting out to inspire unconventional music experiences, this three-day festival set in a beautiful 800-year-old manor in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern features a selection of electronic artists showcasing their craft against the backdrop of the rural sunshine-baked fields. Featuring JakoJako, FS-Blumm and L Twills, amongst others, the avant-garde event focuses on vocals and songwriting through highlighting differing styles, languages and techniques, looking to inspire those who attend and create new dialogues about what is possible using one’s own voice. 

  • Detect Classic Festival, Schloss Bröllin, July 19 – 21, tickets and more info here.

Feel Festival

Dance and splash your cares away at the Bergheider See. Photo: Imago / Rainer Wei

In the depths of Brandenburg, just south of Cottbus, you’ll find one of the state’s best and most artistic community festivals. This indie and electronic festival focuses on creativity, inclusion, and fun, filled with workshops, fairgrounds, and more. Like so many other festivals, Feel likes to keep its lineup a secret. They have however hinted at who we can expect by announcing some of the collectives involved, including BCC, Hard Candy and Nonchalance, amongst others.

  • Feel Festival Bergheider See, Brandenburg, July 25 – 28, tickets and more info here.

Nation of Gondwana

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

It’s Nation, and it’s back for its 30th anniversary. Although the line-up is being kept under wraps, there’s no doubt that it will be high-quality, keeping the sun-soaked rave brigade dancing from dusk ‘till dawn, and all the way to dusk again. Designed to help you really escape from reality, the blend of nature, techno and downright mayhem is all you need to relax, frolic, and let your hair down. 

  • Nation of Gondwana, Waldsee Grünefeld, July 19 – 21, tickets and more info here.

Hoffest 34 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 is from a stronghold of Mitte’s long-lost punk scene. For the past 34 years, they’ve gathered crowds together for concerts, readings, parties and drunken all-nighters. This July, they’re turning up the dial in their fight for the right to party and to celebrate the bar’s birthday with the courtyard festival. Whether you’re a regular or new to the scene, you won’t want to miss this wild night of punk, indie, and post-rock performances.

  • Hoffest 34 Jahre Schokoladen, Ackerstr. 169, Mitte, July 19 – 20, 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 a 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, August 2 – 5, tickets and more info here.

MIT DIR Festival

Photo: Ponybarker, Caessiee, Iwo Hoffmann, Till Rausch, Kira Eilenna, Tobias König

The indie and electronic festival set up in a forest near the Polish border has been bringing people together since 2015. With elaborate-designed festival decor, lots of glitter, multiple stages and a beautiful big lake nearby, the community-focused event has a real feel-good factor everytime. Boasting a secret but reliably good line-up, workshops, glamping and top-notch catering, MIT DIR feels more like an all-inclusive rave-recluse than anything else, which is arguably why it proves such a success year after year. 

  • MIT DIR Festival, Frieland, Klingemühle, July 25 – 28, 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.

  • Jenseits von Millionen Burg Friedland, Brandenburg, August 2 – 3, tickets and more info here.

Afrobeats Festival

Prince Amine, an Afrobeats artist from Montreal, dances with the audience. Photo: IMAGO / USA TODAY Network

The third installment of Afrobeats Festival is taking over Zitadelle Spandau once again for two days of incredible music, food, cultural offerings, and for some, a welcome break from pure techno 24/7. In case you hadn’t heard, this is Germany’s first and biggest Afrobeats festival. It continues to provide easier access to music by Black artists to a much wider audience. Whether you’re a true Berliner, an expat, or a tourist, escaping the popular music genres can be tough. This festival seeks to connect the African diaspora and engage the community with the music they really want to hear. 

  • Afrobeats Festival, Zitadelle Spandau, August 5 – 6, 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, volleyball, table tennis, and theatre to a cannonball competition where the winner gets a ticket to next year’s festival. 

  • 3000 Grad Festival Kieskuhle Feldberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, August 9 – 11, 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, August 9 – 12, tickets and more info here.

Pop-Kultur Festival

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

It’s by far Berlin’s best contemporary event for exciting, experimental and thought-provoking talent. Once again taking over Prenzlauer-Berg’s Kulturbrauerei, Pop-Kultur promises to bring an intoxicating lineup of new and leading talents, both local and international, including A Certain Ratio, Arab Strap, Ilgen-Nur, The KVB and more. As a special treat, The Berliner favourite Pari Eskandari is hosting an interactive 3D installation centred around themes of migration, while Berlin band Hope and British underwater filmmaker and video artist Emma Critchley have created an immersive audio-visual experience. 

  • Pop-Kultur Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, August 28 – 30, tickets and more info here.

Lusatia

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, August 23 – 25, tickets and more info here.

Berlin Atonal

Photo: Imago / Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

Berlin Atonal is back (sort of) at Kraftwerk Berlin this year with OPENLESS. OPENLESS is a one-off project by Berlin Atonal. The next Berlin Atonal festival edition will take place in late summer 2025

Get ready for 3 days packed with premier performances, artistic interventions, and aftershows in Tresor / Globus and OHM, industrial venues that encourage future-oriented creative experimentation of all kinds. Project and artist information, and individual tickets to the concerts as well as separate tickets for the aftershow programme are released at the end of June.

  • OPENLESS by Berlin Atonal Kraftwerk Berlin, Mitte, August 23 – 25, tickets and more info here.

Lollapalooza

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

Even if you’re not a festival fanatic, you’ve probably heard of Lollapalooza. This year, the world-famous music festival will be taking place at Olympiastadion once again, 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, September 7 – 8, tickets and more info here.