Germany and dance music go hand in hand. As anyone familiar with Berlin will tell you, the country's capital thrives off the four-to-the-floor thumps that reverberate around its clubs.
And it's similar for Germany's music festivals too, with dance fans spoilt for choice. From techno icon Time Warp to the blistering that is Airbeat One and the hedonistic Mayday Dortmund, here are just ten of our favourite German festivals that'll please every dance fan.
Festival lineup (2019): Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, DJ Snake
Not just one of Germany's most renowned electronic music festivals, Airbeat One's bombastic, buoyant and immersive party reverberates around Europe as over 50,000 ravers touchdown in the tranquil town of Neustadt-Glewe each summer, lured in by its top-tier lineup that stretches out across its four days.
When & where: 8th-12th July 2020; Neustadt-Glewe
Festival lineup (2019): Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz B2B Helena Hauff, Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, Charlotte de Witte, Peggy Gou, Sven Väth
A techno giant, the Time Warp brand now reaches across the globe, hosting events in the US and even Brazil. But its flagship Mannheim event still reigns supreme, continuously curating a heavyweight lineup to join them for a techno marathon inside the enormous hangar-like venue they call home.
Time Warp also team up with Dutch techno brand Awakenings for their annual Connect event, which sees the pair come together in Düsseldorf. You can find out more about Time Warp & Awakenings present Connect here.
When & where: 4th April 2020; Mannheim
SEMF – Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Sven Väth, Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Monika Kruse, Neelix, Deborah de Luca, Reinier Zonneveld, ANNA
A 12-hour techno party inside Stuttgart's trade and exhibition centre Messe Stuttgart, SEMF has become a staple of the city's music scene having brought some of the underground's most popular names to its hometown for over a decade.
When & where: 14th December 2019; Stuttgart
Festival lineup (2019): Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Project One, Don Diablo, Timmy Trumpet, Alison Wonderland, Vini Vici
This futuristic utopia is essentially heaven for any dance music fan. Dubbed 'seven festivals in one', New Horizons takes each strand of dance music – EDM, hardstyle, techno and more – and divides its site up into seven areas, each with their own distinct vibe and sound. To help them achieve this, New Horizons invites esteemed brands like Q-Dance, Armada and HYTE to help them realise their vision and create this truly unique festival.
And with art installations, far-out performers and a wholesome party vibe, New Horizons has plenty of surprises in store alongside the music.
When & where: 21st-23rd August 2020; Nürburg
Festival lineup (2019): Four Tet, Solomun, Kaytranada, Modeselektor, Bonobo, Helena Hauff, Mall Grab, Ellen Allien
Albeit not solely focused on electronic music, the genre does form a large chunk of Melt's lineup. Held inside the imposing grounds of the Ferropolis; a museum of titanic mid-20th-century industrial machinery which is located just outside of Gräfenhainichen, Melt merges music with industrial history, culture and nature, curating a festival for every type of festival-goer.
When & where: 17th-20th July 2020; Gräfenhainichen
Festival lineup (2019): Richie Hawtin, Eric Prydz, Angerfist, Sven Väth, Paul van Dyk, Neelix, Rødhåd, Len Faki
Lighting up a former NATO missile base, Nature One's four stages showcase everything from house and techno to minimal, EDM and trance from over 350 DJs and live acts, all played out underneath its electrifying visual production.
When & where: August 2020; Kastellaun
Festival lineup (2019): Tiësto, Chris Liebing, Lost Frequencies, Len Faki, Boys Noize, Neelix, Markus Schulz, Pan-Pot
With over 30 years experience, Mayday has become one of the continent's most hedonistic events with blurry videos of its 90s raves inspiring millions of young music fans keen to experience it first hand.
When & where: 30th April 2020; Dortmund
World Club Dome
Festival lineup (2019): Marshmello, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Timmy Trumpet, Sven Väth, Alison Wonderland
The high-spec visual, sound and stage production is just as incendiary as the blistering performances from the biggest names in EDM, trance, techno, hardstyle and more as World Club Dome's fabled main stage pounds in front of 50,000 dance devotees.
Beyond its summer edition, World Club Dome also hosts a winter event which will take place in January 2020 with Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack and more. You can find out more and book your trip to World Club Dome – Winter Edition here.
When & where: June 2020; Frankfurt
Echelon Open Air & Indoor
Festival lineup (2019): Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Neelix, Maceo Plex, Vini Vici, Robin Schulz, Deborah de Luca
Held within the Ehemalige US Kaserne, a former NSA Satellite Tracking Station which was active throughout the Cold War, a stellar roster of house and techno music's finest beam into the heart of Bavaria to perform in front of thousands of dance purists.
And with five impressive and imposing stages all displaying sonic variations, what's now become commonplace is the dizzying state-of-the-art visuals set amongst the location's iconic radar domes with the Bavarian mountains as its backdrop, culminating in a rave of interstellar proportions.
When & where: 22nd August 2020; Bad Aibling
Festival lineup (2019): Charlotte de Witte, Adam Beyer, Len Faki, Alan Fitzpatrick, Deborah de Luca, Ben Klock, Loco Dice, Reinier Zonneveld
This 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.
When & where: 30th November 2019; Munich
You can view all our electronic music festivals in Germany here.