Top 19 Music Festivals in Germany 2020 [A helpful illustrated guide] Berlin, Munich, July, August

Updated: Feb 24


Hardshift


Hardshift is a harder styles music festival in Zenith Munich, celebrating the hard side of life in the company of some of the scene's best DJs. With an incredible stage and light work. Hardshift is a must for any hard music goer!

Recent lineups have included the likes of:

Da Tweekaz, Destructive Tendencies, Wildstylez, Miss K8, Aftershock, D-Sturb, Ran-D, Sub Zero Project, Warface, DJ Coone, D‐Block & S‐Te‐Fan, Devin Wild, Jay Reeve, Angerfist, Anime, Deadly Guns, Dr. Peacock, Concept Art, Hernandez, Maxtreme, Scale, Hosted By Villain & Tha Watcher


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Location

Zenith - Die Kulturhalle, Munchen, Germany

Date

29 November 2019




Contact Festival


Contact Festival is a multi-venue techno music festival in Munich, Germany. 

Returning for the a new Encounter, the all-day, all-day night rave is held across three neighbouring converted industrial spaces on the same street, continuing to invite a wealth of the most internationally recognisable artists in the realm of techno and beyond to play the impressive industrial halls that brim with adoring ravers.

For more than five years now, emboldened by awe-inspiring sound and visual production throughout, Contact have showcased an unmatched roster of the genre's legends like:

Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd, Boris Brejcha, AKA AKA, Alan Fitzpatrick, Artbat, Ben Klock, Charlotte De Witte, Deborah de Luca, Enrico Sangiuliano, Extrawelt [live], FJAAK [live], Gregor Tresher, I Hate Models, Kid Simius, Kobosil, Len Faki, Loco Dice, Marc Rebillet [live], Marika Rossa, Mausio, Miss Kittin, Nicole Moudaber, Paula Temple, Regal, Reinier Zonneveld [live], Thomas Schumacher, Township Rebellion, Tube & Berger, Victor Ruiz, 8Kays and 999999999

This years edition will no doubt follow suit.


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Location

Zenith, Kesselhaus & Kohlebunker, Munich, Germany

Date

30 November 2019





Electric Sea Festival



Electric Sea Festival is a winter dance party, held by the team behind the legendary Airbeat One Festival. Bringing some of the biggest names in EDM to the northern German city of Rostock, Electric Sea has made December its own.

And as this is a festival from the Airbeat One team, festival-goers can expect all the incredible production levels typical of its bigger sibling, making Electric Sea the perfect chance to brighten up your winter.


Previous line ups have included:

Uwe Worlitzer, VIZE, Gestört aber GeiL, Tujamo, Bassjackers, Neelix, Ramba Zamba, T.Noize, Tiësto, Dynoro, Deniz, Koyu, SKIY, White Chocolate, Uwe Worlitzer and Money G.


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Location

HanseMesse, Rostock, Germany

Date

07 December 2019




Toxicator


Toxicator is a German harder styles music festival held inside Mannheim's Maimarkthalle, combining a myriad of sounds from the harder end of electronic music in an all-night party in December.

Filling the venue with three stages of the most notorious hardcore, hardstyle, and tekk DJs and producers around, disciples of relentless, blood-pumping sounds have moshed from dusk till dawn to the harder sounds of scene leaders like Angerfist, Miss K8, Wildstylez, and Headhunterz in recent raucous editions.

With "hard is our lifestyle" being the festival's mantra, it more than indicates Toxicator's unique passion and loyalty to the genre having established it as Germany's flagship harder styles event over the past ten years.


Previous line ups have included:

Anormal & Hunnel, Atmozfears, Audiotricz, Concept Art, D-Ceptor, Die Gebrüder Brett vs. Reche & Regall, Dr. Peacock, Harris & Ford, D-Fence, Komagasper & Nogge, Laugherboy, Leigh Johnston, Miss K8, Ncrypta, N-Vitral, Partyraiser, Quitara, Radical Redemption, Sefa, Tensor & Re-Direction, Tesfy, Thorax, Warface and many more


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Location

Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany

Date

07 December 2019




SEMF - Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival


SEMF - Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival is a 12-hour techno party held in the city's staple trade and exhibition centre Messe Stuttgart.

Establishing its presence amongst Germany's most revered all-night techno celebrations. With more than 13th edition under its belt, SEMF now regularly invites a leading lineup of every renowned techno artist you can think of whether it's burgeoning superstars like Nina Kraviz and Charlotte de Witte, or legendary figures like Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth and Chris Liebing.

Previous line ups have included:

Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Monika Kruse, Reinier Zonneveld [live], ANNA, Oliver Koletzki, Sven Väth, Deborah de Luca, Artbat, Dominik Eulberg [live], Konstantin Sibold B2B Kevin De Vries, Neelix, AKA AKA, Karotte, Marius Lehnert, Moonbootica, Township Rebellion, Edenheimer, Faden, Klangkuenstler, Kobosil, SHDW & Obscure Shape, Pilocka Krach [live], Pretty Pink, Rainer Truby, Moritz Hofbauer, Loli & Sanel, Adi Dassler & Jan Dalvik, Kollektiv Geschmack, Tomi & Kesh, Krize & Pat Morita


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Location

Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Date

14 December 2019




Time Warp DE


Time Warp DE is undoubtedly Europe's, if not the world's archetypal techno music festival. The festival held in Mannheim, the iconic bastion of techno, has celebrated the electronic music genre for over 25 years. And counting.

Heading into its 26th edition, techno's crowning jewel draws in the community of the world's most adored DJ's and producers, gathering for an annual event of unscaled euphoria and ingenuity. 

This community extends to the many ravers across the globe that congregate in the festival's enormous hangar for a 19-hour inspirational experience, set across six stages with equally innovative sound and visual design.


Previous line ups have included:

Adam Beyer, Adriatique, Âme [live], Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Liebing, Craig Richards, Dixon, Dorian Paic, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Joy Orbison, Karotte, Kölsch, Laurent Garnier, Len Faki, Loco Dice, Luciano, Maceo Plex, Magda, Marco Carola, Margaret Dygas, Monika Kruse, Nick Curly, Nina Kraviz B2B Helena Hauff, Pan-Pot, Peggy Gou, Recondite [live], Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seebase, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Steffen Baumann, Sven Väth, Tale of Us, The Martinez Brothers, Tını


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Location

Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany

Date

04 April 2020


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69 €




MAYDAY Dortmund


MAYDAY Dortmund is one of the most iconic dance music events on the European continent.

It's legacy long outstrips their partying peers, considering that MAYDAY have been throwing the most extravagant, hedonistic raves for nearly thirty years since it's birth in 1991. 

Whilst pioneering central Europe's techno domination early in it's lifespan, in recent times MAYDAY has showcased a wider variety of sounds ranging from hardstyle to house, and trance to EDM; Dortmund's famous Westfalenhallen has seen headline performances from the likes of Tiësto, Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, Lost Frequencies, Markus Schulz, Angerfist, and Adam Beyer over the past few editions.

Backed by immersive audio-visual production and swept-up in the sheer awe of the occasion, ravers lose themselves inside this German institution of dance year-on-year. 


Previous line ups have included:

Tiësto,AKA AKA, Audiotricz, BMG [live], Boys Noize, Chris Hirose B2B HOURS, Chris Liebing, Coone, Deadly Guns [live], Denise Schneider, Dr. Peacock, F. Noize, Felix Kröcher, Frequencerz, Friends of MAYDAY [live], GSB, Len Faki, Lost Frequencies, Markus Schulz, MC H, Neelix, Pan-Pot, Sam Paganini, Sefa, SKIY, Sounic, Talla vs Taucher, Tensor & Re-Direction [live], Tha Playah, Tha Watcher, Thomas Hoffknecht, Dima [live] AKA Vitalic, Wildfyre, YOUNOTUS


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Location

Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany

Date

30 April 2020


Prices Starts From

59 €



Airbeat One Festival


Airbeat One Festival, one of Europe's premier EDM festivals, brings a fine array of electronic music's globally renowned stars to the tranquil town of Neustadt-Glewe year in, year out.

Becoming more bombastic, buoyant, and immersive with each edition, over 50,000 ravers are expecting to join this extraordinary party which caters to ardent lovers of the dance music across the spectrum, hosting the very biggest and best DJs from across the globe.

Airbeat One Festival has deservedly established its reputation from its local beginnings, swiftly becoming one of the biggest European festivals on the scene that sees people from all corners of the world coming to experience, promoting a global and inclusive ethos.

Remarkable visual production, ingenious stage design, and the world's biggest DJ's across it's five unique stages set Airbeat One Festival apart from its European festival peers.

Lineup:

Armin van Buuren, Marshmello3, Are Legend, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Alle Farben, Boris Brejcha, Deniz Bul, Theydream, Ann Clue, Astrix, Sander Van Doorn presents Purple Haze Liquid Soul

+ many more artists to be announced.


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Location

Sport- Und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Schwerin, Germany

Date

08 July - 12 July 2020


Prices Starts From

19.99 €




Sommertag Festival


Sommertag Festival is an electronic music festival in Neuburg am Rhein, Germany. A classic one-day summer party, the festival is a chance to get out of the city and dance to some beats. 

Annually curating a lineup of party-starting DJs, Sommertag Festival has hosted the likes of Dominik Eulberg, Klaudia Gawlas, and Björn Torwelle in previous editions.

A hidden gem, the festival's intimate vibe is balanced by an all-out party atmosphere. And when you need a break from dancing, there's gourmet food and drink to recharge your batteries. 


Previous line ups have included:

Felix Kröcher, 999999999 [live], A.N.A.L. Regal, Niereich, Swynce B2B Biosomic, Salamori B2B Andre West, Lemay, Objection [live], Monoloc [live], Alex.Do


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Location

Neuburg am Rhein, Germany

Date

17 August 2020




Summer Breeze Open Air


Summer Breeze Open Air is an annual heavy metal music festival held in the historic Bavarian town of Dinkelsbühl, Germany. 

Born in 1997 in Abtsgmünd before relocating to its new home in 2006, the festival is a heavy-metal international institution, curating a roster of metal that caters for sub-genres ranging from thrash metal to metalcore, from death metal to metal legends; Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive, Meshuggah, and Dimmu Borgir topped the list in 2019. 

The heavy metal community as a whole draws in from all corners of Europe with 40,000 visitors each year, establishing Summer Breeze Open Air as the biggest and most beloved heavy metal music festival in Southern Germany.


Previous line ups have included:

Parkway Drive, Avantasia, Hypocrisy, Kvelertak, Soilwork, Aborted, Death Angel, After the Burialahab, Avatar, Airbourne, Anaal Nathrakh, Beast in Black, Brainstorm, Bullet for My Valentine, Burning Witches, Bury Tomorrow, Caspian, Clawfinger, Code Orange, Cradle of Filth, Crippled Black Phoenix, Cybercore, Decapitated, Deicide, Deserted Fear, Dimmu Borgir, Dorenreich, Downfall of Gaia, Dust Bolt, Dyscarnate, Eluveitie, Emperor, Endseeker, Enslaved, Equilibrium, Evergreen Terrace, Evil Invaders, Gaahls Wyrd, Get the Shot, Grand Magus, Gutalax, Hämatom, HammerFall, Harpyie, Higher Power, Ingested, Izegrim, Kambrium,

King Diamond, Kissin Dynamite, Knasterbart, Krisium, Legion of the Damned, Letters From the Colony, LiK, Lionheart, Loathe, Lord of the Lost, Meshuggah, Midnight, Mr. Irish Bastard, Mustasch, Napalm Death, Nasty, Nailed to Obscurity, Oceans of Slumber, Of Mice & Men, Queensrÿche, Rectal Smegma, Rise of the Northstar, Rotting Christ, Skalmöld, Svbway To sally, Testament, The Contortionist, The Dogs, The Lazys, The Ocean, Thy Art Is Murder, TURBOBIER, Twilight Force, Une Misere, Unearth, Unleashed, Unprocessed, Van Canto, Versengold, Windhand, Zeal & Ardo


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Location

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

Date

14 August - 17 August 2020




MS DOCKVILLE


MS DOCKVILLE is a music festival in Hamburg, Germany, congregating icons of the indie, pop, and electronic music genres. 

For a weekend in August, the docks of the Wilhelmsburg district transform into a vibrant space where art and music meet; freedom of expression is paramount and reflects the festival's inclusive, pop-up installation aesthetic within its unique industrial locale. 

MS DOCKVILLE's lineups are wholly in line with this ethos, seeing premium names who are themselves, trailblazers within their respective genres, with global phenomenon Billie Eilish, cerebral producer Jon Hopkins, and soulful collective Jungle headlining last time around.


Previous line ups have included:

Billie Eilish, Jon Hopkins [live], Von Wegen Lisbeth, Jungle, Parcels, Loyle Carner, RINMEUTE, Aurora, Monolink, Two Feet, Boy Pablo, EnoNura, Juju, Ahzumjot, Shacke One, Rikas, Skegss, The Chats, Pish, Blond, Matija, Bausa, Depri Disko, Giant Rooks, Britney Baby, One More Time! Drangsal, Kat Frankie, Antje Schomaker, Tua, Mine, Karate Andi, Celo & Abdi, LARY,

Hockey Dad, Cari Cari, Yukno, Jimothy, Niklas Paschberg, Tristan Brusch, Die Achse, Jace, Some Sprouts, Roberto Bianco & Die Abbrunzati Boys, OOI, Das Moped, Miami Lenz, Ex:Re, HVOB [live], Yves Tumor, I Hate Models, La Fleur, Christian Löffler [live], Weval, Ciel, Komfortrauschen, Nene H. DJ Seinfeld, Channel Tres, Folamour, B.Traits, Kettama, Nachtbraker, O'Flynn, Aleksandir, Gavinco, DJ Clea, Victor, Kerala Dust, Chancha Via Circuito, Parra for Cuva [live], The Mauskovic Dance Band, Golden Dawn Arkestra, RSS Disco, Martha van Straaten, JPattersson [live], Shkoon, M.RUX, Billy Caso [live], Ameli Paul [live], Struppie, Bonfante, Yoki, Bilderbuch, Roosevelt, Allan Rayman, Mella Dee, Cassia, Kazy Lambist, Harvey Sutherland, Prospa, Hoe_Mies, Mis-Shapes, DJ Assam, Volker [live], Culiar, Juvil, Edwin Hosoomel


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Location

Hamburg, Germany

Date

21 August - 23 August 2020


Prices Starts From

109 €



New Horizons

New Horizons Festival has been postponed until 2021, therefore the 2020 edition won't take place.

New Horizons is one of Germany's biggest contemporary EDM and electronic music festivals.

Considering the festival's debut outing took place in 2017, New Horizons has built an unparalleled reputation due to its goal to merge sounds from every crevice of electronic music; inviting over 150 DJ's across seven separate, unique stages, you'll hear everything from EDM to house, from techno to hardstyle in this futuristic dance utopia.

Billed as 'seven festivals' in one, in its relatively short but impactful history New Horizons has seen iconic performances from dance music legends and modern greats such as Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Don Diablo, and Marshmello on striking stages with supreme soundsystems.

It's not all just about music, however; with art installations, troupes of vibrant dancers, and a buzzing party atmosphere, New Horizons has plenty of surprises in store. Time to expand your horizons.


Previous line ups have included:

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, Alison Wonderland, Brennan Heart, Carnage, Ostblockschlampen, Bruno Martini, Broken Element, Mausio, Mike Williams,

Da Tweekaz, Gigo ’n’ Migo, DJ BL3ND, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, REZZ, Salvatore Ganacci, Le Shuuk, Wildstylez, Phuture Noize, Gunz for Hire, Averro, Crunkz, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Curbi, David Puentez, Dynoro, Don Diablo, Project One, Audiotricz, Tujamo, Coone, EDX, BROHUG, Code Black, Fabian Farell, Cuebrick, Lost Identity, Warface, Flobu, D-Block & S-Te-Fa


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Location

Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany

Date

21 August - 23 August 2020



Müssen Alle Mit


Müssen Alle Mit is a multi-genre music festival held in Stade, Germany. 

Set amongst the scenic banks of a river Elbe tributary, Stade's Bürgerpark welcomes a diverse array of German artists, celebrating the cream of local and domestic talent.

With an inclusive, warm environment, there's a variety of genres on display from rock, to punk, to folk, with impromptu performances in and around the festival site if you're lucky to catch them. 


Previous line ups have included:

Frittenbude, MIA.Turbostaat, Gurr, Zoot Woman, Juse Ju, Pauls Jets, Botschaft, Zimt, Swutscher, Goldroger, Rocko Schamoni, Die Nerven, The Notwist, 2raumwohnung


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Location

Burgerpark Stade, Stade, Germany

Date

31 August 2020



Electrique Baroque


Electrique Baroque is an electronic music festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany. 

Held on Ludwigsburg Palace's regal courtyard, both past and present collide in spectacular fashion; contemporary European dance music with the glamour and theatricality of Germany's ancestral royalty. 

Electrique Baroque's wide appeal stems from its impressive visual and sound production making use of its historic locale, resulting in a day-long party soundtracked by electronic music's finest.


Previous line ups have included:

Booka Shade, Marco Carola, Format:B, Dubfire, Ellen Allien, Marius Lehnert, Seitter, Âme [DJ set], Extrawelt [live], Frischvergiftung [live], Marcel Dettmann, Marius Lehnert, Milyano, Monika Kruse, Moonbootica



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Location

Ludwigsburg Palace, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Date

05 September 2020




Rheingrün Open Air Festival


Rheingrün Open Air Festival is a one-day electronic music festival that takes place at the end of summer in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

Held in a scenic natural environment, the festival invites a lineup of DJs to explore the sounds of underground house and techno amidst the impressively verdant riverbank setting.

And with previous editions hosting DJs from both the expansive German scene and from across Europe, the festival has become a favourite way to party in the late summer sun.


Previous line ups have included:

FJAAK, Joyhauser, Ben Sims, Farrago, Kyle Geiger



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Location

Karlsruhe, Germany

Date

19 September 2020




Awakenings & Time Warp present Connect


Awakenings & Time Warp present Connect is one of the most important dates in the techno calendar, with both acclaimed and illustrious brands merging for one night of the year.

Utilising a combined experience of over four decades, the unparalleled lineup will consist of allies from both the Awakenings and Time Warp families. 

With pioneering visual and audio production supporting the most innovative DJs and producers of the genre, Connect is the result of an original synergy between two prodigious names in techno.


Previous line ups have included:

Enrico Sangiuliano, Loco Dice, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beye, Amelie Lens,

Marcel Fengler, Rebekah [live], Helena Hauff, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Dax J,

Reinier Zonneveld [live], Joris Voorn, Boris Brejcha, Pan-Pot, La Fleur, DJ Tennis, Tale of Us, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati

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Location

Messe Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany

Date

21 September 2020




Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest, held in the Bavarian heartland of Munich, Germany, is undoubtedly the world's most famous and traditional beer festival.

Attracting thousands of beer-swilling, lederhosen and dirndl-clad party-goers from across the continent, Oktoberfest is one of the world's largest beer-centred congregations, with the primary intention of celebrating Bavaria's traditional culture and historic adoration for steins of the finest beers. 

Aside from consumption of deliciously brewed beverages, the event also has live music, funfair, parades, and traditional German cuisines, making the entire city of Munich the world's biggest party for a few weeks between September and October each year.



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Location

Munich, Germany

Date

18 September - 04 October 2020




Pumpkin Germany


Pumpkin Germany - Broken Therapy is a Halloween music festival specialising in the harder styles. 

Held in Oberhausen's Oberhausener Turbinenhalle, a large disused industrial site with imposing halls, the festival is Germany's most hardcore Halloween party. 

Mischief, mayhem, and maniacal partying is at the highest order, with the biggest names in hardstyle, hardcore, raw style and beyond across five stages; the festival merges the intensity of the genre with equally shocking, but hi-spec production values.


Previous line ups have included:

Headhunterz, Da Tweekaz, Wildstylez, D‐Block & S‐Te‐Fan, Frontliner, TNT AKA Technoboy & Tuneboy, Sound Rush, D-Sturb, Keltek, G4bby,

Hosted by: Villain, Angerfist [live], Miss K8, Sefa, Korsakoff, DJ Mad Dog, F. NøIzE, Dj AniMe, Tensor & Re-Direction, Estasia, Never Surrender,

Hosted by: MC Tha Watcher, Radical Redemption, Warface, Delete, GPF, Act of Rage, Deetox, Rebelion, Rejecta, JNXD, Mindblast, Hosted by: Nolz, Dr. Peacock, Partyraiser, DRS, Angernoizer, Chaotic Hostility, System Overload, Cryogenic, La Ravage, Abaddon, Hosted by: MC RG, Malice, Ncrypta, Thyron, Riot, Shift, Luminite, Physika, Bestia, Chemical Soldiers, Fraw,

Hosted by: MC Focus, PETDuo, O.B.I. Tony 2Rist, Charlotte Vogel, Schimpy, El Gringoloco, General_Rush (Official), The Belgian Stallion, Hosted by: MC Matos aka Da Kriminal



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Location

Oberhausener Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany

Date

To be announced





Syndicate Festival


Syndicate Festival, held in Dortmund, Germany is a harder styles party that takes place every October. 

The doors of the city's Westfalenhallen open for one night each year, representing the core of the harder styles sub-culture, from the uniquely dedicated and energetic fans to the biggest artists in the scene; Destructive Tendencies, Miss K8, and hardcore legend Angerfist are all regular Syndicate performers.

The consistently supreme lineups are spread across four stages within the expansive indoor arena, transforming the Westfalenhallen, with blinding lasers and pounding sound production, into a haven for the harder styles.


Previous line ups have included:

Angerfist [live], Miss K8, Dr. Peacock, Sefa, Deadly Guns, D-Fence [live], Mad Dog [live], Korsakoff, Tha Playah, F. Noize, Nosferatu, N-Vitral, Bulletproof, Never Surrender, Re-Style, Thorax, MC tha Watcher, Radical Redemption, Warface, D-Sturb, Atmozfears, Keltek, Crypsis, Jay Reeve, Ncrypta, BMG [live], Frank Kvitta, DJ Minu, Pren, Zahni, Anormal & Hunnel, Andi Teller

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Location

Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany


Date

To be announced

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