Summer in Switzerland is magical with all the city festivals and outdoor concerts. We recently checked out Festi’neuch in Neuchâtel and were excited to see such energy from the crowd! Fists pumping, heads bobbing, cold beer, lake access, and of course, festival food…Festi’neuch left us far from disappointed.
The Lineup: There are far larger concerts in Switzerland than this one (see our list of top concerts below), but that doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to the artists who perform. On Thursday, we enjoyed pop tunes from Lily Allen and rap from OrelSan. On Friday, a more sophisticated atmosphere was enjoyed with popular music from Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson and Julien Clerc. On Saturday, we checked out Bigflo and Oli and the oh so packed tent of Imany. Lastly, on Sunday La Compagnie Creole took the stage, as well as the popular Morcheeba.
The Crowd: No matter which music you preferred, there was a tent for you and a crowd that followed. The atmosphere was young and free with a clean, and funky vibe. Not a big crowd person? No problem. You could check out the silent concert on the lake with beach access to spread out a bit and chill with a range of music options on your personal headphone set.
Food and Drinks: Street food is the best, and we enjoyed everything from Indian to Italian, at reasonable prices. What’s a festival without good food? Right? Kebabs, hotdogs, curry, pizza, and more. With quick access to Neuchâtel city center and of course the lake, the location of this concert was truly ideal.
Here’s the line up of our favorite 2018 summer concerts, all throughout Switzerland:
June 22 – 24 International Trucker and Country Festival
June 28 – July 1 OpenAir Festival in St. Gallen
June 29 to July 14 Montreux Jazz Festival
July 5 – 8 Openair Frauenfeld
July 6 OpenAir Wildhaus
July 11 – August 25 Lake Thun Festival
July 11 – 14 Bern Gurten Festival
July 12 – 14 Estival Jazz in Lugano
July 17 to 22 43rd Paléo Festival Nyon
July 21 Open Air Sunnbüel in Kandensteg
August 11 Street Parade Zurich
August 15 – 18 Rock Oz’Arènes in Avenches
August 15 – 18 Rock Altitude Festival in Le Locle
August 22 – 25 Zurich OpenAir
Did we miss one of your favorite summer concerts or festivals? Please email us and we will add it in!
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Abbey Flury is a journalism enthusiast. After studying Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska, she moved to Switzerland to be with her then fiancé, now husband. With skills in German, French, and English, she quickly made Switzerland her new home. With a strong ability to write and conduct research, Abbey quickly became a big asset to the Girlfriend Guide team!