Festival time. Think about it: a full weekend of dancing and singing in front of hundreds and hundreds of people, awesome bands and DJs, sunshine—not to mention the occasional beer. Now, that’s probably not exactly what most of you would expect from Tirol. Think again: Tirol’s summer music festival scene draws fans of all tastes and, thanks to mild summer temps and acoustically friendly mountain backdrops, bands love to make the summer pilgrimage to our gorgeous open-air venues. While festival choices abound during the summer, these are the five that I recommend you don’t miss!
1) Nordkette Wetterleuchten: An Elevated Experience
What better way to experience the joys of Mother Nature, mountains, music and more than attending the Nordkette Wetterleuchten Electronic Music Festival? Stunning surroundings and electric acts at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level—for this mountain setting, festivalgoers need to ride the gondola up the hill. Be there and see the Nordkette Wetterleuchten audience dance the night away in one of Tirol’s most pristine natural amphitheaters. Camping is popular with festivalgoers headed to this Alpine sanctuary. The Electronic Music Festival is held annually in mid-July at Seegrube high above Tirol’s lively capital Innsbruck.
2) Bonanza Festival: For Outdoor Extremists
Some might call it “Hipster Festival”. The organizers, however, call the Bonanza Open Air in Innsbruck a Festival for “Outdoor Extremists”. Choose your own adventure and come and be as you are. Far from being mainstream, Bonanza is all about individuality. There will be dancing and electronic beats, chilling on the “playground” and locally sourced food and drink. Far away from busy city life, like-minded individuals and musicians come and share their love of community and art. Freedom-loving people of all ages meet to inspire each other and to and celebrate being alive.
3 )WiesenRock Festival: Sustainable Fun
WiesenRock in Wattens is a celebration of local and regional actions promoting sustainability. At past events, you could catch stars like Friska Viljor sharing the mountain-framed stage with Wanda. A “Green Event”, WiesenRock is executed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and strives to reduce negative environmental and social impacts. Practices include recycling and waste management, the use of renewable energy, and the use of local and organic foods, among others. Offering an opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals, WiesenRock is a unique and sustainable arts, music and cultural festival that celebrates the diversity of life.
4) WASSERfest – WATERproof: For Nature Lovers
Naturally, festivalgoers don’t leave the house without waterproof clothing and shoes. A good festival isn’t just about the clothes but, it’s pretty important. Moreover, a good festival isn’t just about the line-up but, it’s pretty important. This unique event at Berglsteinersee Lake, however, is different. In fact, WASSERfest – WATERproof Festival in Kramsach is totally different to that. This festival brings together a remarkable group of nature lovers and experts in healthy and mindful living in a fun-filled, creative environment. There will be mouthwatering organic and whole foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing outdoor activities. Visitors will enjoy music jams, slackline contests, yoga classes and a WaterFest Market. WASSERfest – WATERproof prides itself on being family friendly, so there will be kids’ activities and events.
5) Kufstein Unlimited: Boundless Rock
A little less “hipster”, yet a whole lot rockier is Kufstein Unlimited. This acclaimed music festival heats up the town with live music that keeps the huge crowds dancing. Each year in June, the peaceful and historic small town of Kufstein embraces a boundless festival atmosphere for three days during the Kufstein unlimited Festival. With dozens of different live acts across the weekend, there will be something for everyone’s tastes. The only drawback of this popular rock and pop festival is that there is no chance for keeping the peace at night for local residents: They won’t enjoy a good night’s sleep these days. ;-)
6) STOABEATZ – The Lakeside Festival
Discover the unique culture and personality of Tirol’s Kaiserwinkl Region at STOABEATZ – this outstanding festival celebrates diversity, freedom and regionalism in yellow and purple. The south lakeside is the perfect festival location with a magical energy radiating from pristine Walchsee Lake, and this three-day event is jam packed with live acts and a diverse variety of side events, ranging from morning yoga sessions over BBQ workshops to walks. Towered by the jagged peaks of Kaiser Mountain Range, STOABEATZ Festival showcases the local area, culture and creativity. Enjoy plenty of scrumptious local food, live music, workshops and artistic talents as they bring together a variety of eclectic entertainment right to the shores of refreshing Walchsee Lake. Mark your calendars – this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Hipster, rocker or diehard festivalgoer –there’s many of festivals to choose from in Tirol, from the major music festivals to the more quirky up and coming ones, do your research and check out which one will be best for you. Don’t miss out on the action! ;-)