The Hello Switzerland Festival Guide Your complete guide to music festivals across Switzerland

The definitive guide to Swiss music festivals for every type of music lover or party animal. Or find family friendly music events all over Switzerland! Which ones do you love most?

June

5 to 9 June

Caribana Lakeside Festival, Nyon

  

Best for: Those who like a bit of everything. This year The Passenger, Simple Minds and Patrick Bruel will rock Lake Geneva. Watch out for Petit Biscuit and loads of other young artists.

 

7 to 9 June

Greenfield Festival, Interlaken

  

Best for: Rock and Metalheads. Have a smashing good time this year with the amazing Volbeat and the Prodigy!!

 

14 to 16 June

B-Sides Festival, Lucerne

 

Best for: The alternative crowd. Let your inner hipster our and chillax.

 

14 to 17 June

Festi'neuch, Neuchâtel

  

Best for: Lakeside fun! Lily Allen starts the festival this year. Get ready to see exquisite fresh French language musicians (Orelsana, Kenny Arkana, Eddy de Pretto, Bigflo & Oli).

 

 15 to 16 June

 Blues n' Jazz, Rapperswil-Jona SG

 

Hello Switzerland Top Pick!

Best for: Those who like, you guessed it, Blues n'Jazz! A jazz lovers' favourite, the festival celebrates its 20th year in 2018.

 

15 to 16 June

Stars of Sounds, Aarberg

 

Best for: Swiss music fans. This year, The Passenger will also be there and James Arthur, for a bit of an international feel. 

 

20 to 23 June

Rock the Ring, Hinwil ZH

 

Hello Switzerland Top Pick!

Best for: Rockers! Rock legends like Uriah Heep and Nazareth are on the line up. Feeling nostalgic?

 

21 to 30 June

Jazz Ascona, Ascona

Best for: Cool cats! With over 200 concerts ranging from traditional jazz to blues, Ascona becomes a music oasis.

 

27 June to 1 July

Burning Mountain, Zernez (Graubünden)

 

Best for: Burning Man enthusiasts, free spirits, campers, nature lovers. The location in the Engadin Valley is spectacular.

 

28 June to 1 July

Open Air St. Gallen, St. Gallen

   

Hello Switzerland Top Pick!

Best for: Campers, indie fans. With Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Killers as the headliners, make sure you get your tickets early.

 

30 June

Anyone can play guitar, Berne

 

Best for: Chilling out in the capital, non-commercial alternative music and good food.

 

July

29 June to 14 July

Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux

  

Hello Switzerland Top Pick! 

Best for: Two eclectic weeks of world-class concerts. 

 

5 to 7 July

Open Air Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld

  

Best for: Europe's biggest hip-hop fest. Eminem and Wiz Khalifa are top headliners this year.

 

6 and 7 July (Mendrisio) 12, 13 and 14 July (Lugano)

Estival Jazz, Mendrisio & Lugano

 

Best for: Cool jazz cats and jazz greats for aficionados.

 

6 to 8 July

Caliente!, Zurich

  

Best for: Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms over three days of fiesta, plus great food. 

6 to 8 July

Festi'Cheyres, Cheyres FR

 

Best for: Lakeside family fun.

 

8 July

Lake Parade, Geneva

  

Best for: Techno! (Zurich Street Parade's BFF in western Switzerland).

 

11 to 14 July

Gurtenfestival, Bern

  

Best for: Those who wants to head above the capital city for one of Switzerland's most iconic festivals. Gorillaz are headlining this year.

 

13 July to 1 September

Menuhin Festival, Gstaad BE

  

Best for: classical music, chamber music, orchestra concerts and operas.

 

13 to 21 July

Moon and Stars, Locarno

  

Best for: pop music fans who want to listen to great music in an utterly romantic setting. This festival is also called the "Montreux of the Southern Alps".

 

17 to 22 July

Paléo Festival, Nyon

  

Best for: rock music fans. This is the biggest open air music festival in Switzerland. Expect music 'royalty' in the line up.

 

19 July to 5 August

Verbier Festival, Verbier VS

 

Best for: Classical moments from tranquil bliss to rousing inspiration. Listen to exquisite music in a majestic alpine setting. 

 

20 to 28 July

Blue Balls, Lucerne

  

Hello Switzerland Top Pick! 

Best for: exciting modern artists, from music to performing arts. This year you're in for treat: Alanis Morissette is the headliner. The British wonder kid Tom Odell will be there and Melody Gardot, an absolute gem!

 

25 to 29 July

ROAM Festival, Lugano

Hello Switzerland Top Pick!

A hidden gem of a festival in a gorgeous setting, the enchanting Parco Ciani by Lake Lugano. Chill on Slowdive and Mogwai this year, together with Novo Amor, Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba and many others.

ROAM is part of the LongLake Festival (28 June – 1 August). You can get tickets here.

 

27 July to 1 August

Estivale Open Air, Estavayer-le-Lac FR

  

Best for: If you want to enjoy good music under the open sky in a beautiful festival area on a peninsula.

 

August

3 to 5 August

Brienzersee Rockfestival, Brienz BE

  

Best for: Swiss rock and international acts. Have a rocking good time next to one of the most stunning lakes in Switzerland.

 

10 to 12 August

Heitere, Zofingen AG

  

Best for: Pop and Rock.

 

11 August

Street Parade, Zurich

  

Best for: Ravers!

 

15 to 19 August

Rock oz' Arenes, Avenches VD

   

Hello Switzerland Top Pick!

Best for: Listening to rock music in a Roman amphitheatre (one of the best preserved in Europe)! 

 

16 to 18 August

Open Air Gampel, Gampel VS

  

Best for: People with a broad taste in music. 

 

17 - 18 August

Royal Arena, Orpund (Biel/ Bienne)

Best for: Hip hop fans. Massive!

 

17 August to 16 September 

Lucerne Classical Music Festival, Lucerne

 

Four weeks of more than 100 concerts: International classical music stars in the heart of Switzerland. A must for all classical music lovers!

 

22 to 25 August

Zurich Openair, Glattbrugg ZH

   

Best for: Listening to Indie and Electro. 

 

 

We also have to mention Baloise Session (Basel), although it is not a summer festival. This year it will take place during 19 October - 6 November. In 2017 they featured amazing Icelandic artists (Asgeir, Kaleo). We are totally looking forward for the 2018 line up!

Photos: © Gurten Festival, © Mykal Rose / Afro Pfingsten, © Guillaume Perret, © Nick Lobeck / OpenAir St. Gallen, © WAKE+JAM Festival, © Vincent Bailly / Montreux Jazz, © Blue Balls Music, © Verein Street Parade, Zürich

Author: HELLO SWITZERLAND EDITORIAL TEAM

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  • 5/12/15 12:08 PM

    Hi Michu great article. My favourite festival in Switzerland is Festi'Neuch because of it's beautiful location literally on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. Plus the music's usually good.

  • 4/23/15 3:37 PM

    What's about the JazzAscona Festival in Ascona? www.jazzascona.ch

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