Guest Post – The Best Music Festivals in Switzerland

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Today we have another guest post.  This one is by Craig and talks about the best musicals festivals that happen each year in the country of Switzerland.

We talked about Switzerland quite some time ago when we looked at the Top Five Places To Go In Switzerland, and so I hope you enjoy this list of festivals!

The Best Music Festivals in Switzerland

For the crème de la crème of Europe’s party atmosphere, head to the country of Switzerland for carnival madness, the summers best line-ups and 72 hour parties!

What to bring…

As all events take place during the summer, plenty of sun cream is a must-bring. Along with a cap, cool shades and some wellies for trudging through the mud. Remember that your festival site may be in the remote countryside so bring everything you need for 3 days of partying. You’ll probably guess that there aren’t many ATM’s in the Swiss countryside either, so make sure you bring plenty of cash. If you need money ASAP go to the Post Office, or better rates can be found online at Travelex if you have more time to get your Francs delivered.

Paléo Festival Nyon: 23rd – 28th July

This 6 day-long music festival is the largest open-air festival in Switzerland.

Make sure you get plenty of sleep beforehand because once you enter the 6-staged arena with 229,999 other visitors you will be bombarded with shows, acts, performers, foods and the best musicians Europe has to offer. Tickets go on sale 16th April so view their website for the latest information.

Openair Frauenfeld: 12th – 15th July

Remember the 1980s?

You’ll be taken right back to those vintage moments of big hair and bigger parties thanks to the Openair Frauenfeld line-up which includes classic rap duo Run-DMC! The festival has been going since 1987 and 2013 promises to be their biggest event yet. For more information, the full line-up and to book tickets visit the official Openair website.

Basel Carnival: Monday 4am (after Ash Wednesday) – Thursday 4am

For a more cultural experience in the heart of Basel, visit during “drey scheenschte Dääg” aka “Three best days”. Over 20,000 tourists and locals flock to the carnival scene to watch fabulous parades, listen to party tunes, light beautiful lanterns and celebrate with those around them.

Think it sounds tame? Thing again. The Swiss see this event as an excuse for a 72 hour-long procession and party! Find out more by visiting Switzerland’s tourism website.

Caribana Festival: 5th – 9th June

Lakeshore party alert!

Get down with the kids at this pure chart-pop festival on the shores of Lake Geneva. Confirmed 2013 artists include Tinie Tempah, The Kills and F.U.N. To book tickets and sign-up to receive line-up announcements visit

Gurtenfestival: 18th – 21st July

A must-attend for all rock fans.

2013 sees the 30th anniversary of the legendary Gurten event and the line-up includes modern indie band The Smashing Pumpkins and UK dance duo Chase & Status. New artists are being announced all the time so keep checking their website for the latest additions to the line-up.

Greenfield Festival: 13th – 15th June

Attention all rock heads.

The very best punk rock, electro-punk and genre-defining bands are heading to Greenfields mid-June. Your three-day pass gains you entry to the biggest and best rock fest in Switzerland during which you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein and numerous Swiss-born rock talents. To buy tickets, view the full line-up and get involved visit


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