Summer is definitely the open air season, causing an overdose of park life, barbecue outings, ice cream Instagram shots and… live music! Needless to say, it brings out the best in us – and in Berlin! Check out our ultimate Berlin summer music festival guide to make the most of the sunshine season. (Warning: Serious FOMO vibes on this list!)
Since June and until end of August, the Citadel in Spandau presents music artists in one of the longest open air festivals. The attractions are very eclectic: from Joan Baez to Billy Idol and the likes of Arcade Fire.
From Mitte to Muggelsee, the 13 boat fleet will cruise the Spree river on the 14th of July. The 10 year old “maritime party” will present nothing less than 50 DJs, from renowned party crews like Buttons and Ritter Butzke.
The Melt Festival is one of the biggest open-air electronic music festivals in Germany. The festival takes place in Ferropolis, an open-air museum, located between Wittenberg and Dessau. This year, they bring, in the middle of July, The XX, Florence+The Machine, Fever Ray, Tyler, the Creator and many, many others!
During the last week of July, the Krake Festival features “challenging electronic music”, spread across selected locations. The one-week festival is determined to showcase a vivid program of live performances, DJ sets and a variety of visual and performance arts that step “outside the boundaries of ordinary club affairs”.
The last weekend of July will transform the very green Lindwerder island on the Wannsee lake in an open air festival, creating a space that allows music and subcultural exchange to co-exist in harmony with nature. The line-up will be divided in two dance floors and will provide various genres and styles, from house and disco to techno, minimal and electro, even with a spice of hip hop and Brazilian gems.
The 4-day festival in the beginning of August brings to the Radialsystem V, next to Ostbahnhof, a musical performance of the avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson with the bassist Bill Laswell, as the highlight. Many other experimental artists are on the program.
By The Lake features an inspired program focused on exploratory, experimental and interesting music of all ethnicities. On the first Saturday of August, by the Weissensee lake, the eclectic festival features music attractions from around the world, presented in an accessible, open-minded and both hip and family friendly setting.
The Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg hosts, in the middle of August, this international festival that presents not only live music, but also talks, readings, exhibitions and film screenings, bringing the most exciting new talents to Berlin!
The weekend of 18/19th of August will present nothing less than 160 artists performing across 8 stages and studios of the historic Funkhaus. Headliners won’t be announced until they appear on stage (great expectations!) and there are no sponsors, so the ticket costs go towards the production.
For their traditional summer concert, the stunning amphitheater in west Berlin will host the return of Daniel Baremboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, that unites musicians from Israel, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and other countries in the Middle East. The program of Sunday, 19th of August includes Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” and the Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto.
In the end of August, Kraftwerk Berlin, a former power plant in Mitte, turns into the Mecca for experimental music lovers. The festival for “new codes in sight + sound” was established in 1982. Atonal brings the most innovative and revolutionary of the sonic and visual arts in two stages and also features site-specific performances and installations.
Whole will happen on the last weekend of August. A two-hour-drive south of Berlin, Gremminer See will be the setting for the three-day electronic music camping festival. The festival is promoted by a joint-venture formed by Berlin’s underground queer scene. The crews include parties like Buttons, Cocktail d’Amore, Members, Pornceptual, among many others.
The two-day international music festival will transform the Olympiastadion and the Olympiapark in big stages in mid-September. The headliners are the electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and the Canadian pop act The Weeknd.
On the second weekend of September, this new festival presents an impressive techno line up (Berghain residents on holidays?) and will take over a Second World War bunker located 50 Km away from Berlin. Ravers unite!
For more music venues and ideas for a fun time in Berlin, check out our following articles:
- A perfect day in Neukölln
- Best concert venues in Berlin
- Best under the radar live music venues in Berlin
**This article was written by the awesome Domingos Lepores and edited by yours truly, Tulio Edreira. Cheers!