Even if it’s hard to believe: festival-culture is no older than 100 years. – Sure, concerts with classical or popular music in ballrooms or halls had existed a lot earlier, but an event featuring several bands for a couple of days, called an open-air festival, has only been around for a little more than 50 years.
Festival culture has evolved from the USA; the first big festival is known to be Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in 1959. This kind of concert spread out in America rapidly. But the real highlight was ten year later in Bethel: the three-day-festival Woodstock with more than 500,000 people in attendance. The mother of all festivals is world-famous today and is the epitome of all open-air concerts.
And also in Germany, going to a festival, especially in summer, is a must for every music fan. There are almost 400 festivals in Germany every year, ranging from the mayor open-air concerts with several different stages to little ones for special interests, like Japanese music or jazz from the Swing era.
The three biggest festivals in Germany
- Rock am Ring // 85.000 people
Wacken Open Air // 75.000 people
Hurricane Festival // 70.000 people
The three most famous festivals in the world
- Coachella Valley Festival (Kalifornien / USA)
- Glastonbury Festival (Pilton / England)
- Burning Man (Nevada / USA)
Three insider tip-festivals in Germany
- Sound of the Forest (Odenwald)
- Weinturm Open Air (Bad Windsheim)
- Burning Eagle (Reutlingen)
But no matter if you’re attending the favourite festival of the celebrities, Coachella, if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere at the Sziget Festival in Budapest or if you’ve got the swing at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, what you need is the right festival outfit!