The best Music Festivals in and around Berlin this Summer

Have you already sensed it in the air? Indeed! Summer is almost here and with rising temperatures comes the desire for outdoor fun. There's nothing better than a really good festival to enjoy music, to dance and to celebrate. A whole host of big and small festivals have been lined up in and around Berlin this year. Some of them are explicitly queer or queer-friendly. We have already added these five festivals to our calendar!

Spectacular sounds in the spectacular location Ferropolis at "Melt!

Melt! Festival

The 'Melt! Festival' has been a festie favourite of Berlin's trendy kids for almost two decades now. This is where the stars of the independent pop and electro scene, such as Caroline Polachek, Shygirl, Pablo Vittar, Eartheater, Yves Tumor, and many more gather. The festival has strong ties to the Berlin queer scene. This year it has entered into a collaboration with the hip party series, 'Herrensauna', for this reason. Also lined up are performances by local queer acts such as comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding and DJs Honey Dijon and Fka.m4a. The venue is the former coal mine, Ferropolis, which guarantees a particularly impressive ambience due to its backdrop of cranes and industrial sites. It takes place at the beginning of summer from 9 to 11 June.

Melt! Festival
9. to 11. June, 2022
Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen
Website of Melt! Festival

An enchanted forest, very close to Berlin: the "Wurzelfest".

Zurück zu den Wurzeln

If you are looking for a special ambience and imaginative programming, rather than world-famous acts, the 'Wurzelfest' music festival from 9 to 12 June comes highly recommended. Here, on a former airfield near Berlin, an entire fairytale forest will be set up, where there will be an incredible variety of activities to experience. A total of six stages covers a wide spectrum of musical styles from Tech-House to Reggae, and in addition, there will also be live music, comedy, and poetry on offer. The programme also includes workshops, readings, and circus shows. If that sounds a bit too light-hearted for you, rest assured - there will also be Berlin-style raving!

Zurück zu den Wurzeln
9 to 12 June, 2022
Flugplatz Altes Lager
Website of Wurzelfest

Big names on a big stage at "Tempelhof Sounds".

Tempelhof Sounds

'Tempelhof Sounds' is a brand-new festival. After the 'Berlin Festival' and the 'Lollapalooza', it is the third attempt so far to establish a music festival on the site of the former Tempelhof inner-city airport. The inaugural festival will take place from 10 to 12 June, thus being in direct competition with the Melt! Festival. For the premiere, the organising team engaged very high-calibre international acts from the outset. These include Muse, Florence + The Machine, The Strokes and The Libertines. The line-up clearly demonstrates that 'Tempelhof Sounds' wants to give the big rock festivals in Germany a run for their money!

Tempelhof Sounds
10 to 12 June, 2022
Tempelhof Flughafen, Berlin
Website of Tempelhof Sounds

Whole Festival

The 'Whole Festival' is a relatively new event. It was born out of the merger of various queer Berlin party collectives, including 'Pornceptual', 'Cocktail D'Amore' and 'Buttons'. Within just a few years it has become a permanent fixture in the world of techno festivals. The spectacular venue is Ferropolis, located about 1.5 hours from Berlin near Dessau. If you like the cool, queer Berlin party scene and like to party a little longer, this is the place to be. This year's festival will take place from 26 to 28 August.

Whole Festival
26 to 28 August, 2022
Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen
Website of Whole Festival

Being there is everything: "Lollapalooza" at the Olympic Stadium.


As one of the biggest festivals worldwide, Lollapalooza also has a Berlin version. The really big acts will be performing here - this year for example the Fantastischen Vier, Casper, Tiesto, Robin Schulz, and Kraftclub. In addition, the line-up also includes small Berlin acts like Lyra and Leepa. The venues for the festival are the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Park. The event will take place from 24 to 25 September.

24 to 25 September, 2022
Olympiastadion, Berlin
Website of Lollapalooza

Further information

And this is how you get there: The Queer City Pass gives you a ticket for public transport (within Berlin) - and on top of that a great discount with lots of partner companies!

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You can find a complete overview of all events for every single da on the event pages of SIEGESSÄULE, Berlin's famous queer city magazine.

Words: Frank Schröder

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