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Leipzig: Event highlights in summer 2022

Summer, sun, balmy evenings: in the summer months, visitors to Leipzig can enjoy cultural life to the full. This is when artists move their stages and performances outdoors, offering a truly special kind of cultural experience. It is the season when culture aficionados can experience music on central Leipzig’s many stages, and savour regional delicacies, all in the open air. The musical repertoire ranges from classical to pop, from jazz to klezmer. In this article we present a few of the musical highlights in and around Leipzig.

Open-air concerts on the city’s big stages

2022 will be a very special year in Leipzig: now that most of the restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted, large events are already planned for this year. Culture fans can once again look forward to experiencing the whole range of live music and entertainment, and to meeting friends and like-minded people – preferably in the open air.

1. Leipzig Bach Festival

Ensembles from all over the world bring Bach’s oeuvre to life

The Bachfest in Leipzig is one of the cultural highlights of 2022 that no classical music lover should miss. From 9 to 19 June, more than 20 Bach ensembles from six continents will bring the unique compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach to the stages of Leipzig, breathing life into them at 18 concerts and various church services. In addition to historic venues such as St Thomas’ and St Nicholas’ Church, the sounds of Bach will also fill the market square when the musicians present their Bach interpretations there.
Learn more about the Bachfest

2. Wagner 22

Oper Leipzig festival to cover Wagner’s work in its epic entirety

In 2022, another world-class composer will make his way to the city’s open-air stages. This summer, Wagner fans can listen to the sounds of his epoch-defining music in the composer’s birthplace from 20 June to 14 July. Visionary artistic director Professor Ulf Schirmer will present the complete stage works in a single festival and even perform all thirteen Wagner operas in chronological order. A variety of events spread across three weeks are an opportunity for guests to listen, watch and be amazed. One highlight will be the public screenings on Augustusplatz, where everyone can enjoy performances of Wagner’s compositions in the open air. Symposia and musical productions round off the series of events.
Find out more

3. Free “Klassik airleben” concerts

The Gewandhaus Orchestra enchants audiences in the open air

For a truly magical way to experience classical music outdoors, remember to block 15 and 16 July in your diary. For the “Klassik airleben” open-air concerts, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra will relocate outdoors, where it will play music under the direction of conductor Herbert Blomstedt. If the summer weather is just right, the event attracts tens of thousands of music lovers to the picturesque Rosental park every year, where they can bring a picnic basket and blanket to enjoy memorable concerts.
More information about the free “Klassik airleben” concerts

4. Music on Leipzig Market Square

Music in all its forms, from operetta to East German rock

In August, Leipzig will be full of sound. This is thanks in part to the many live concerts being held on the market square from 5 to 14 August. Outstanding singers and musical virtuosos will perform a wide repertoire on the open-air stage, from well-known hits to classical pieces. This year, music fans can look forward to all sorts of sounds and styles that will combine the international and local, top class and youthful rawness, music for teens and operetta lovers, East German rock and rousing cover versions of big hits. Music on Leipzig Market Square is organised by FAIRNET, a company of the Leipziger Messe group, in cooperation with the “Krystallpalast Varieté” variety theatre and four Leipzig restaurateurs and with the support of the City of Leipzig.
Official website of Music on Leipzig Market Square

5. Festwiese Leipzig

Leipzig hosts global stars

The Festwiese Leipzig is undoubtedly one of the most popular venues when it comes to top-notch open-air events. Global stars such as Michael Jackson, U2, Depeche Mode, the Rolling Stones, Linkin Park and Die Toten Hosen have all performed here in the past, thrilling up to 70,000 visitors at a time. The area, which borders the Red Bull Arena Leipzig, covers 40,000 square metres and will once again host world-class concerts in 2022. Udo Lindenberg, Sarah Connor, Roland Kaiser and Die Toten Hosen have already announced their concerts for this year and promise to get audiences jumping and deliver great shows in this special setting.
Udo Lindenberg, 14 June
Sarah Connor, 23 June
Roland Kaiser, 26 June
Die Toten Hosen, 9 July
All events at the Festwiese Leipzig and information about advance ticket sales can be found here.

Smaller open-air concerts

The city also has plenty of concerts away from the big stages. The Leipzig Pop Fest at the Moritzbastei is just the right place for anyone who wants to discover exciting new bands and artists in the field of pop. The Moritzbastei has been hosting the Leipzig Pop Fest since 2019, offering live concerts as well as the opportunity to get in touch with big names from the music and creative industries. The festival will take place on 8 and 9 July on the roof of the Moritzbastei.
As always at the start of summer, the sounds of the Fête de la Musique will be heard around the city on 21 June. This is where the world of music will present itself in all its diversity and vibrancy in the Arena am Panometer and the Moritzbastei, among other venues. This year, the bands will perform outdoors and offer culture fans an impressive range of music that often defies genre conventions.

Festivals and modern sounds in the Leipzig region and just outside the city

It’s not just concerts: the festival scene is also gathering pace again this year. On 10 July, for example, the Th!nk? Festival will take place on the northern shore of Lake Cospuden. One ofthe biggest electronic music events in central Germany, it has attracted thousands of music fans to the region south of Leipzig every year since 2010. The line-up is peppered with DJs from near and far. While the vibes and basses make the air vibrate, visitors can dance on the sandy beach and cool off in the lake – just perfect!
From 19 to 21 August, Highfield Festival at Lake Störmthal will delight crowds with a variety of top acts including Deichkind, Clueso, Limp Bizkit and Sido. Over three days, visitors can look forward to a packed live programme with plenty of partying, fun and a great atmosphere. And anyone who fancies taking a break can lie on the beach, soak up some sun or splash around in the lake.
From classical music to pop and schlager, from East German rock to festivals by the beach: Leipzig has the right spectacle to wow every crowd. After so many events were postponed in the last couple of years due to the pandemic, it’s now time to breathe a sigh of relief, remain cautious and enjoy a wonderful summer of culture in Leipzig. You can find even more event tips here.


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