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Kate Tempest, The Afghan Whigs and Loyle Carner: Why Haldern Pop Festival is the best summer escape

Germany’s best kept musical secret, Haldern Pop, is set to return on 10th-12th August 2017, boasting an impressive bill of live music including Kate Tempest, Bear’s Den, Benjamin Clementine, The Afghan Whigs, Conor Oberst, Let’s Eat Grandma, Sløtface, Tom Grennan and The Amazons.

The three day festival, now in its third decade, is set in the small village of Haldern, located in the beautiful lower Rhine Valley in Germany. Starting in 1984 by 14 altar boys from the village, the event has now grown to a much-loved and successful 7000 capacity multi-genre music event, with the Haldern community very much continuing to be part of the fabric of the festival.

Over 60 acts will play across six unique stages, including the 1000 capacity Spiegel tent, a mirrored wooden dance tent from the 1920s, and as a result the unassuming village of Haldern will be transformed into a melting pot of music, with a wide and eclectic mix of genres represented, as well as international and domestic talent.

“The beauty is within the small size of the festival, and the trust that the ticket holders buy their tickets without the line-up announcement is the most important and valued thing for us,” Festival Director Stefan Reichmann told us. 

Over the years Haldern Pop has seen the likes of Bon Iver, Muse, Mumford & Sons, Kelis, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Alt-J, The Maccabees, Paolo Nutini, Laura Marling and Tom Odell all perform, the majority of which playing the festival just ahead of hitting the big time.

To get to Haldern Pop Festival: fly direct to Düsseldorf from London City or London Heathrow + 1 hour train to Haldern direct from Düsseldorf.