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 2019 music festival guide to make the most of the sunshine season!
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 Def Leppard to Janelle Monae and the post-minimalist composer Max Richter.
Spandau also hosts the 4th edition of the organic and almost zero waste festival, whose goal is to reduce waste production to an absolute minimum. The entrance is free, so leave your bottles and drinks at home and support their efforts in respecting the environment!
From Mitte to Muggelsee, the 12 boat fleet will cruise the Spree river on the 6th of July. The 11 year old “maritime party” will present nothing less than 50 DJs, from renowned party crews like 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, ASAP Rocky, Bon Iver, Modeselektor and many Berliner favorites, like Ellen Allien, Kobosil and Honey Dijon.
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 4-day festival at the end of July and the beginning of August brings to the Radialsystem V, next to Ostbahnhof and to Holzmarkt avant-garde jazz, experimental music and… noise!
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 classical concert in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will take place at Waldbühne on August 17, 2019, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This traditional open-air event also marks another anniversary—serving as a prelude to the Beethoven Year 2020, in which the music world will celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday.
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.
The two-day international music festival will transform the Olympiastadion and the Olympiapark in big stages in early September. The headliners are the electronic music pioneers Swedish House Mafia and Kings of Leon.
On the second week of August, musicians, artists, creative souls and activists gather in the former lignite mines at Bergheider See to exchange ideas about the essential topics of today and tomorrow, to learn from each other and to celebrate together.
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