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Festival Guide in Germany for Backpackers

The Festival Season in Germany starts right now and you will have a busy and full music festival’s program through the summer month. Whether you’re a veteran or a virgin, Germany is the best place to rock and have fun! This festival’s summer will be hot! Rock-and roll and pop, funk & reggae, electro or techno, metal or jazz, there’s bound to be something perfect to suit your taste.

 

In this blog you’ll also find advice on how to save money on your festival tickets and accommodation in Germany and where the best places to sleep are, for a good rest after a crazy festival night! If you plan a trip to Germany, buy a ticket to some of these festivals since they’re some of the best opportunities to learn more about culture of the country, to meet people and to have fun! Rock on!

Rock am Ring, June 1st  – 3rd,  Nuremberg

If you love rock music, you absolutely must be here! Rock am ring is a classical rock festival that’s been running since 85 and is Germany’s longest running and most popular festival with more than 100.000  visitors. With €160 3-day Ticket is a low cost affordable festival. The line up for 2012 is perfect and the fans will be excited:

Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Motörhead, Gossip, Moonbootica, The Hives, Metallica, Peter Dohrety, Helesstrom, Die Toten Hosen, Mia., While She Sleeps, The Ting Tings, Beginneer, Chost, Rival Sons, Steel Panther. This is a camping festival, where you can sleep in your own tent, but this festival also gives you an opportunity to see one of the most beautiful Bavarian cities.  Book a hostel in Nurembergand discover this part of Germany.

Rock am Ring

Rock am Ring

Vainstream Rockfest , 9th  June, Munster

Or do you prefer it a little harder and more heavy? If thrash metal is you type of thing then definitely attend the Vainstream Rockfest 2012,  9th  of June in Munster. You will enjoy the festival line-up with 22 artists such as Slayer, Hatebreed, Mastodon, K.I.Z., Cojira and Eyes Set to Kill. Ticket cost €55,90 and you can stay in the hostels. This festival is a 1 day metal expo featuring the fiercest names in international rock and metal. It’s also a great opportunity to see undiscovered German cities such as Essen, Bochum or Bielefeld.

Vainstream Rockfest , 9th  June, Munster

Vainstream Rockfest , 9th June, Munster

Huricane, June 22nd  – 24th, Schneeßl, Lower Saxony

The absolute highlight of June’s festival program in Germany is Hurricane.  Right in the heart of Lower Saxony, in a small city call Schneeßel, you will find thousands of music lovers. The 3 day Combi Ticket only costs €125 and is always sold out early!  Check Out the line up: The Cure, Garbage, Wolfmother, Blink 182, The Kooks,  New Order, The Shins, Rise Against, Florence and much more!  Hurricane Festival is a great excuse to visit Germany! Schneeßel is easily accessible from Bremen, Hanover or Hamburg, by train or car, so book now your hostel in Bremen! The festival has a lot of other activities too, such as the Hurricane bungee jump!

Hurrican Festival 2012

Hurrican Festival 2012

SummerJam,  6th  – 8th  July 2012, Cologne

Summerjam is the most popular reggae festival in Europe. Summer has arrived, the festival date is getting closer and you can buy tickets from €92 and enjoy relaxing reggae music by the beautiful lake Fuehlinger in Cologne! So book the hostel in Cologne to enjoy 3 days of the best reggae non-stop, with  AMADOU & MARIAM, ASSASSIN, DIE ORSONS,  COLLIE BUDDZ & New Kingston Band , MAX HERRE  and INSTANT VIBES.  Cologne offers numerous cheap and trendy accommodations.

SummerJam 6th  – 8th  July, 2012

SummerJam 6th – 8th July, 2012

Melt, July 13th  – 15th , Ferropolis

Melt! Is one of Europe’s most universally popular festivals  and  has been running since 1997 in Ferropolis (the city of steel), near Dessau. At night, with the spot-lit machines acting as a bizarre backdrop, 20,000 people will party and rock to Pulp, Oasis, Aphex Twin, Franz Ferdinand and Royksopp! The festival is easy to reach from Berlin, all timed to meet the most popular UK flights. And if you need a bed in Berlin, just check out our best hostel in Berlin. You can also stay in Leipzig, and discover this vibrant young city.

Melt Festival

Melt Festival

Wacken, 2nd  – 4th  August, Wacken

The small village Wacken in Germany is famous fort it’s Wacken Open Air Festival. Wacken only has 2,000 habitants but once a year it becomes the mecca for hard-and heavy rock fans around the world! This year you can enjoy live performances by Agro, Corpse Garden, Dimmu Borjir, Forbidden, Six Feet Under, Oomph! and veterans and newcomers on the metal scene. It started  more than 20 years ago as a small event for local German bands and has become the major festival for European Metal bands and has included over 80 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia. There are a lots of nice and cheap rock and roll hostels in Hamburg where you will find other metal-heads going to Wacken.

Wacken  Festival

Wacken Festival

Sonne-Mond-Sterne-Festival (SMS) 10th  – 12th August, 2012

SMS is one of the largest open-air festivals of electronic music in Germany, held annually on the second weekend in August in Thuringia. More than 100,000 visitors attend this event every year. You can get down to THE PRODIGY, Marteria, Chris Liebing, Northern Lite, Turntablerocker, HOT CHIP or LOCO DICE! This is much more than just a music event! Saalburg where the festival is held, it is located in the south of Thuringia in Germany. Just follow the music or look out for the hand-painted signs that point the way to SMS. You could stay at hostel Hababusch from 16 € per night in Weimar. This hostel is close to the festival. Right in the middle of everything you will also find the Labyrinth Hostel!

Sonne Mond Sterne Festival

Sonne Mond Sterne Festival

Rocco del Schlacko, August 9 -11, Püttlingen

If you like pop and rock, you will enjoy the Rocco del Schlacko Festival. Tickets cost €63 and you will get to see some of the best ever artists: Beatsteaks, Boysetsfire, Bratze, Casper, Donots, Heaven Shall Burn, I Heart Sharks, Jennifer Rostock, KoRn, Kratfklub, Membran, Monsters Of Liedermaching, Panteon Rocco, Royal Republic, Social Distortion, Supershirt, Templeton Pek, The Computers, The Wombats. The Rocco del Schlacko is an outdoor music festival, without camping, held annually since 1999 in Püttlingen in Saarland. The name Rocco del Schlacko is derived from the location of the  first event. If you would like to be there, we recommend that you stay at the France site, in Metz and check out our hostels there.

Rocco del Schlacko

Rocco del Schlacko

Berlin Festival, 7th -8th  September

Berlin, the best party – city in Germany wins again and hosts the best music festival. Ever. The 2-day Berlin Festival will take place at Tempelhof Airport and will be continued at Arena Berlin’s various locations under the banner of Club Xberg. The  line-up with The Killers, Sigur Rós, Paul Kalkbrenner, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires and Kraftklub is exciting, and day tickets cost €49.  There is also a lot of cheap and funky hostel in Berlin. Berlin Festival is a young, exciting and dynamic rush to the head at the forefront of musical trends and you cannot miss it!

Berlin Festival

Berlin Festival

Reeperbahn festival, September 20th  – 22nd , Hamburg

Reeperbahn is the best place in Hamburg to host this famous music event. There’s more than 200 bands on 20 platforms for three days for only €60, that is a whole lot of fun and partying!  This year’s line up: Big Harp, Blaudzun, Cro, Frau Potz, Rockstah, Toy and much more…  But the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg is not only music, the Reeperbahn Campus hosts representatives of the film, art, culture, IT and games industry too! It is a great opportunity for the creative industry to meet and socialize during the Reeperbahn Festival. If you are looking for cheap and cozy accommodation in Hamburg, HostelsClub.com has some good options for you directly in Reeperbahn!


June 4, 2012

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