Swiss Open Air Pop & Rock Festivals 2012

updated 2015-06-07

Every summer open-air music festivals attract thousands of people all over Switzerland. You can find a variety of styles, both from a musical as well as from an infrastructural point of view.

Classical outdoor events like Gurten or Frauenfeld attract a young audience willing to withstand heat and dust or rain and mud for the sake of being part of it. Rock and Rap/Hip Hop dominate the scene there.

Other festivals like Locarno and Blueballs take place on paved ground and partly even indoors in the city center. The line-up there is focused on mainstream pop and big names from the past (like Elton John or classic Swiss bands like Züri West).

Though Country Music has not so many fans in Switzerland at least if you take the playlists of commercial radio stations as an indicator, there are two country music festivals: the Trucker & Country Festival in Interlaken and Openair Klewenalp.

Bad Bonn Kilbi Düdingen Benken SG
Festi'neuch Neuchâtel
Caribana Festival Crans-sur-Nyon
Greenfield Festival (Rock) Interlaken
Quellrock Openair Bad Ragaz
Trucker & Country Festival Interlaken
Openair St. Gallen St. Gallen
Moon & Stars Locarno
Open Air Frauenfeld (Rap/HipHop) Frauenfeld
Live at Sunset Zurich
Gurten Festival Bern
Country Alpine Openair Klewenalp
Paleo Festival
(Pop/Rock, Chanson, World Music)
Open Air Lumnezia Degen (Ilanz)
Brienzersee Rockfestival
Heitere Openair Zofingen
Rock Oz'Arènes Avenches
Streetparade (Biggest Techno Street Parade in Europe) Zurich
Openair Gampel Gampel
Summer Days Festival Arbon

A couple of smaller festivals have been forced out of business:
  • Bex Rock Festival
  • Openair Ebikon
Others have moved mostly indoors:

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