The Best of Switzerland's Summer Festivals

From myswitzerland on Jan 07, 2017

Summer, sunshine, festivals

You’ll come across Switzerland’s summer music festivals just about everywhere: in city centres, up in the mountains and on lakeshores. What do they have in common? All take place outdoors and charm everyone who loves summer.

Moon and Stars

Line-Up 2018: James Blunt, Scorpions, Die Fantastischen Vier, Jack Johnson, Sunrise Avenue, Bligg, Gianna Nannini, James Arthur, Milky Chance, Rita Ora, Sarah Connor, The Script, Adel Tawil, Emeli Sandé, Anastacia, Baschi, Hecht, Nek Max Renga, Pegasus.

Line-Up 2018: James Blunt, Scorpions, Die Fantastischen Vier, Jack Johnson, Sunrise Avenue, Bligg, Gianna Nannini, James Arthur, Milky Chance, Rita Ora, Sarah Connor, The Script, Adel Tawil, Emeli Sandé, Anastacia, Baschi, Hecht, Nek Max Renga, Pegasus.

The largest festival in the southern Alps is also the most atmospheric. Locarno’s “Moon and Stars”, which every July attracts thousands of music fans from far and wide. The Piazza Grande turns into a giant concert arena, offering a superbly stylish setting for top international acts. 

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Paléo Festival Nyon

Line-Up 2018: Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Indochine, NTM, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Kaleo, MGMT, Nathaniel Rateliff, Django Django, Ibeyi, Orelsan, Bernard Lavilliers, Bigflo & Oli, Declan McKenna, Nekfeu, Nina Kraviz, Romeo Elvis, Algiers, Bicep, Feu! Chatterton, Jain, Kokoko!, Loic Nottet, Mario Batkovic, Superorganism, Theo Lawrence & The Hearts, Tshegue, Vianney, Warhaus, 47soul, Altin Gün, Ana Moura, Charlotte Cardin, Claudio Capéo, Eddy de Pretto, Feder, Idles, J. Bernardt, La Pegatina, Little Simz, Lorenzo, Muthoni The Drummer Queen, SOJA, Adieu Gary Cooper, Angèle, Arnaud Rebotini, Audio Dope, Bon Voyage Organisation, Crimer, Danitsa, Hungry 5, Jamel Debbouze, Lysistrata, Opuswerk, Rilès, S.O.S., Txarango, Vinicio Capossella, Yonaka, Antonio Zambujo, Calima, Camille & Julie Berthollet, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Clara Luciani, Diron Animal, Fou!, Ghetto Kumbé, Giufa, H E X, Havana meets Kingston, Imam Baildi, Inüit, Jahneration, Kid Francescoli, Lo Cor De La Plana, Lonepsi, Luca Bassanese & La Piccola Orchestra Popolare, Magic & Naked, Malik Djoudi, Maria Simoglou Ensemble, Mascarimiri, Mawimbi, Mister Milano, Nomadic Massive, Sombre Sabre, Vendredi Sur Mer.

Line-Up 2018: Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Indochine, NTM, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Kaleo, MGMT, Nathaniel Rateliff, Django Django, Ibeyi, Orelsan, Bernard Lavilliers, Bigflo & Oli, Declan McKenna, Nekfeu, Nina Kraviz, Romeo Elvis, Algiers, Bicep, Feu! Chatterton, Jain, Kokoko!, Loic Nottet, Mario Batkovic, Superorganism, Theo Lawrence & The Hearts, Tshegue, Vianney, Warhaus, 47soul, Altin Gün, Ana Moura, Charlotte Cardin, Claudio Capéo, Eddy de Pretto, Feder, Idles, J. Bernardt, La Pegatina, Little Simz, Lorenzo, Muthoni The Drummer Queen, SOJA, Adieu Gary Cooper, Angèle, Arnaud Rebotini, Audio Dope, Bon Voyage Organisation, Crimer, Danitsa, Hungry 5, Jamel Debbouze, Lysistrata, Opuswerk, Rilès, S.O.S., Txarango, Vinicio Capossella, Yonaka, Antonio Zambujo, Calima, Camille & Julie Berthollet, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Clara Luciani, Diron Animal, Fou!, Ghetto Kumbé, Giufa, H E X, Havana meets Kingston, Imam Baildi, Inüit, Jahneration, Kid Francescoli, Lo Cor De La Plana, Lonepsi, Luca Bassanese & La Piccola Orchestra Popolare, Magic & Naked, Malik Djoudi, Maria Simoglou Ensemble, Mascarimiri, Mawimbi, Mister Milano, Nomadic Massive, Sombre Sabre, Vendredi Sur Mer.

Rock, Folk, French Chanson, Reggae and street theatre: for six days, more than 200,000 visitors attend one of Europe’s biggest open air festivals. Every year, the audience at the Paléo Festival are spoiled with a choice of more than 200 concerts and shows. 

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Blue Balls Festival

Line-Up 2018: Hurts, Eels, Tom Odell, Züri West, Alanis Morissette, Beverley Knight, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rufus Wainwright, Anna Ternheim, Asaf Avidan, Gary Clark Jr., Milow, Seven, Wolfmother, Jessie J, LP, Melody Gardot, Revolverheld, Pohlmann, Jodie Abacus, The Black Box Revelation, Black Pistol Fire, Joel Baker, Rothwell, Velvet Volume, Alex Francis.

Line-Up 2018: Hurts, Eels, Tom Odell, Züri West, Alanis Morissette, Beverley Knight, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rufus Wainwright, Anna Ternheim, Asaf Avidan, Gary Clark Jr., Milow, Seven, Wolfmother, Jessie J, LP, Melody Gardot, Revolverheld, Pohlmann, Jodie Abacus, The Black Box Revelation, Black Pistol Fire, Joel Baker, Rothwell, Velvet Volume, Alex Francis.

From soul to rock and from photography to street art: with more than 100,000 visitors, the Blue Balls Festival is one of the largest in Switzerland. For nine days in July, the Lucerne lakeside is devoted to music and art. 

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Stars in Town

Line-Up 2018: James Blunt, Adel Tawil, Joss Stone, Nightwish, Rag'n'Bone Man, Anastacia, Lo & Leduc, Gotthard, Kaleo, Hecht, Joris, KT Tunstall, Wincent Weiss, The Beauty Of Gemina, The Gardener & The Tree.

Line-Up 2018: James Blunt, Adel Tawil, Joss Stone, Nightwish, Rag'n'Bone Man, Anastacia, Lo & Leduc, Gotthard, Kaleo, Hecht, Joris, KT Tunstall, Wincent Weiss, The Beauty Of Gemina, The Gardener & The Tree.

Every year the star-studded programme, which each features three concerts on four nights, and the many side events attract several thousand visitors to the “Stars in Town” festival in the old town of Schaffhausen. 

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Winterthurer Musikfestwochen

Line-Up 2018: Billy Talent, Beginner, Tocotronic, Metronomy, Benjamin Clementine, Ghostpoet, Turbostaat, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Curtis Harding, Gisbert Zu Knyphausen, Klangstof, Klaus Johann Grobe, Käptn Peng & die Tentakel von Delphi, Mavi Phoenix, Nilüfer Yanya, One Sentence. Supervisor, Altin Gün, Big Thief, Fiva, IDER, Imarhan, Matt Maltese, Ron Gallo, SchnellerTollerMeier, Veronica Fusaro, Black Foxxes, Deine Freunde, Dewolff, Kadavar, Mama Jefferson, Ray Drma, The Two, Tshegue, Adam Naas, Annie Taylor, Gloria Volt, Laurent & Max, Magic & Naked, Mammal Hands, Melodiesinfonie, The Fool's Truth, Buntspecht, Croque Monsieur, Megan, Pätschwerk, Sugarpie & The Candymen, Too Nice To Fail, Wiitundbreit.

Line-Up 2018: Billy Talent, Beginner, Tocotronic, Metronomy, Benjamin Clementine, Ghostpoet, Turbostaat, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Curtis Harding, Gisbert Zu Knyphausen, Klangstof, Klaus Johann Grobe, Käptn Peng & die Tentakel von Delphi, Mavi Phoenix, Nilüfer Yanya, One Sentence. Supervisor, Altin Gün, Big Thief, Fiva, IDER, Imarhan, Matt Maltese, Ron Gallo, SchnellerTollerMeier, Veronica Fusaro, Black Foxxes, Deine Freunde, Dewolff, Kadavar, Mama Jefferson, Ray Drma, The Two, Tshegue, Adam Naas, Annie Taylor, Gloria Volt, Laurent & Max, Magic & Naked, Mammal Hands, Melodiesinfonie, The Fool's Truth, Buntspecht, Croque Monsieur, Megan, Pätschwerk, Sugarpie & The Candymen, Too Nice To Fail, Wiitundbreit.

As summer draws to a close, Winterthur turns up the heat one last time, as the picturesque heart of town springs to life for the 12-days Music Festival Weeks. 

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Buskers

Line-Up 2018: Äl Jawala, Baye Magatte, Black Blues Brothers, Burni Aman, Cie Pipototal, Cirk biZ'arT, Claude Hay, Close-Act, Cocanha, Don Kipper, Duo kwitsch-kwetsch, Duo un Pie, Figurentheater Matou, Le Fil à la Patte, Les Fils du Facteur, Katlehong Footlockers, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, The Langan Band, Magic Ramba Trash, Make Plain, Maurizio Presidente!, MiraMundo, Monsieur Doumani, Pikzpalace, Pulcinella, PuntMoc, Red Button, Rumba de Bodas, Samuelito, Sandra Rehder Tango Trio, Señor StetS, Teatro Matita, Tuuletar, Viertaktmotor, Volosi, Vrang.

Line-Up 2018: Äl Jawala, Baye Magatte, Black Blues Brothers, Burni Aman, Cie Pipototal, Cirk biZ'arT, Claude Hay, Close-Act, Cocanha, Don Kipper, Duo kwitsch-kwetsch, Duo un Pie, Figurentheater Matou, Le Fil à la Patte, Les Fils du Facteur, Katlehong Footlockers, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, The Langan Band, Magic Ramba Trash, Make Plain, Maurizio Presidente!, MiraMundo, Monsieur Doumani, Pikzpalace, Pulcinella, PuntMoc, Red Button, Rumba de Bodas, Samuelito, Sandra Rehder Tango Trio, Señor StetS, Teatro Matita, Tuuletar, Viertaktmotor, Volosi, Vrang.

A great summer festival for all lovers of small and spontaneous arts – with a 3-day buskers street music festival that takes place each August in the alleyways of thee old town of Bern. Acoustic or modestly amplified, national and international musicians present their arts in the fields of music, dance, theater, comedy, puppet theater. 

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Open Air Basel

Line-Up 2018: Mount Kimbie, Faber, Joan As Police Woman, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Altin Gün, Stereo Luchs, The RK.

Line-Up 2018: Mount Kimbie, Faber, Joan As Police Woman, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Altin Gün, Stereo Luchs, The RK.

Basel has had its very own inner-city festival since 2009. For two days, the former barracks Kaserne parade square (Kasernenhof) is transformed into an atmospheric concert arena. The big stage will see a succession of international top acts, and the Kasernenhof arena will be a riot of coloured lanterns, mouth-watering barbecue smells, congenial bars and summer sounds. 

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Street Parade

Line-Up 2018: De La Swing, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Paul Kalkbrenner, wAFF, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Tale Of Us, Loco Dice, Andreas Campo, Andhim, Joseph Capriati, Andrea Oliva, Animal Trainer, Pan-Pot, Nic Fanciulli.

Line-Up 2018: De La Swing, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Paul Kalkbrenner, wAFF, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Tale Of Us, Loco Dice, Andreas Campo, Andhim, Joseph Capriati, Andrea Oliva, Animal Trainer, Pan-Pot, Nic Fanciulli.

On the second weekend in August, Zurich becomes the capital of electronic festivals. 30 Love Mobiles, eight stages along the route, more than 200 DJs, live acts as well as culinary delights from all over the world: this is the Street Parade. 

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Open Air Gampel

Line-Up 2018: 30 Seconds To Mars, Macklemore, The Chemical Brothers, Dropkick Murphys, Kodaline, Marteria, Wanda, Mando Diao, Walk Off The Earth, 187 Strassenbande, Fat Freddy's Drop, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Seasick Steve, The Baseballs, Tom Walker, Welshly Arms, Eluveitie, Eskimo Callboy, Faber, Hecht, Käptn Peng & die Tentakel von Delphi, Shame, Skinny Lister, De Staat, Dodo, Saltatio Mortis, Steff La Cheffe, Stereo Honey, The Joy Formidable, Yungblud, Danitsa, Death By Chocolate, The Gardener & The Tree, Tobias Carshey, Turbobier, WintersHome, Vibez.

Line-Up 2018: 30 Seconds To Mars, Macklemore, The Chemical Brothers, Dropkick Murphys, Kodaline, Marteria, Wanda, Mando Diao, Walk Off The Earth, 187 Strassenbande, Fat Freddy's Drop, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Seasick Steve, The Baseballs, Tom Walker, Welshly Arms, Eluveitie, Eskimo Callboy, Faber, Hecht, Käptn Peng & die Tentakel von Delphi, Shame, Skinny Lister, De Staat, Dodo, Saltatio Mortis, Steff La Cheffe, Stereo Honey, The Joy Formidable, Yungblud, Danitsa, Death By Chocolate, The Gardener & The Tree, Tobias Carshey, Turbobier, WintersHome, Vibez.

Party feeling, unparalleled ambience, great fun, trendy sounds and tough rock stars in a unique location surrounded by the Pennine Alps – all this and more offers the Open Air Festival in Gampel. 

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Royal Arena Festival

Line-Up 2018: Joey Bada$$, Freundeskreis, Marteria, Sniper, Hilltop Hoods, Hopsin, Chief Keef, Trettmann, Young M.A, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Cunninlynguists, Das EFX, Dezmond Dez, Tommy Vercetti, CBN, Lo & Leduc, Evidence, Nine, El Da Sensei & Snowgoon DJs, Slum Village, Stereo Luchs, Ace Tee & Kwam.e, Fashawn, Joyner Lucas, La Base & Tru Comers, Ninho, Ali, Danitsa, Knackeboul, Ocean Wisdom, Tweek, 11ä, Lcone, Ryler Smith.

Line-Up 2018: Joey Bada$$, Freundeskreis, Marteria, Sniper, Hilltop Hoods, Hopsin, Chief Keef, Trettmann, Young M.A, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Cunninlynguists, Das EFX, Dezmond Dez, Tommy Vercetti, CBN, Lo & Leduc, Evidence, Nine, El Da Sensei & Snowgoon DJs, Slum Village, Stereo Luchs, Ace Tee & Kwam.e, Fashawn, Joyner Lucas, La Base & Tru Comers, Ninho, Ali, Danitsa, Knackeboul, Ocean Wisdom, Tweek, 11ä, Lcone, Ryler Smith.

The Royal Arena Festival in Oprund, near Biel, celebrates Hip-hop culture. Besides big names of the rap scene as well as national and international newcomers, the Royal Arena also offers a platform for graffiti artists and B-Boy crews. 

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Zürich Openair

Line-Up 2018: Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Justice, alt-J, Die Antwoord, Incubus, Liam Gallagher, The War On Drugs, 2 Many DJs, Bonobo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Glass Animals, Nick Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Bonaparte, The Vaccines, Adam Beyer, Denis Lloyd, Erol Alkan, George Fitzgerald, Kevin Morby, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, SG Lewis, Stereo Luchs, Superorganism, Agar Agar, Børns, Claptone, Goat Girl, King Tuff, Len Sander, Leoniden, The Gardener & The Tree, Tom Grennan, Vaal, Evelinn Trouble, Format:B, Giorgia Angiuli, Monumental Men, Snail Mail, Steiner & Madlaina.

Line-Up 2018: Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Justice, alt-J, Die Antwoord, Incubus, Liam Gallagher, The War On Drugs, 2 Many DJs, Bonobo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Glass Animals, Nick Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Bonaparte, The Vaccines, Adam Beyer, Denis Lloyd, Erol Alkan, George Fitzgerald, Kevin Morby, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, SG Lewis, Stereo Luchs, Superorganism, Agar Agar, Børns, Claptone, Goat Girl, King Tuff, Len Sander, Leoniden, The Gardener & The Tree, Tom Grennan, Vaal, Evelinn Trouble, Format:B, Giorgia Angiuli, Monumental Men, Snail Mail, Steiner & Madlaina.

The “Zurich Openair” is Zurich’s favourite and biggest open air festival. For 4 days music enthusiasts get to enjoy electronic and rock sounds as well as a fascinating festival location with diverse food and entertainment stalls. The close proximity to the airport makes this festival an ideal open air event for visitors from abroad. 

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Irish Openair

Line-Up 2018: Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Keltikon, Saint City Orchestra, The Kilkennys, Pigeons on the Gate, The BeerMats, Bunoscionn, Ronan Drury, The First Leiblach Valley Pipes and Drums, Duff Paddy, Laralba, Maguire O'Shea Switzerland, Patsy Dan Mac Rodgers, Tulsk.

Line-Up 2018: Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Keltikon, Saint City Orchestra, The Kilkennys, Pigeons on the Gate, The BeerMats, Bunoscionn, Ronan Drury, The First Leiblach Valley Pipes and Drums, Duff Paddy, Laralba, Maguire O'Shea Switzerland, Patsy Dan Mac Rodgers, Tulsk.

A highlight for all Ireland enthusiasts: top-class artists and diverse workshops attract numerous visitors on an annual basis to Rietbad (Ennetbühl). 

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