Parookaville festival brings Germany together for epic sixth installmentParookaville 1

Parookaville festival brings Germany together for epic sixth installment

Located at Germany’s Airport Weeze, Parookaville Music Festival returned this year for its sixth installment since 2015. Idling patiently for the last three years, Germany’s biggest event has returned with a vengeance, welcoming back more than 200,000 attendees and 300 performers including Oliver Heldens, KSHMR, and Amelie Lens, across their 10+ stages. As someone who has been to plenty of North American festivals but never any European stages, the built-out city of Parookaville has certainly exceeded all expectations.

A far cry away from any major cities in Deutschland, Weeze offered an enclave-like festival experience that developed a sense of community among Parookaville citizens. Fostering a sense of togetherness that expanded across attendees from more than 40+ countries, the aptly named City of Dreams is truly a town entirely of its own. A 25m swimming pool, dozens of fair rides including bungee jumping and rollercoasters, sky diving, a tattoo parlor, wedding chapel, and much more, Parookaville goes far beyond a run-of-the-mill music festival.

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In addition to the plentiful extracurricular activities, the stage production as a whole is a sublime sight to behold, especially for eyeballs accustomed to small-scale stateside efforts. Towering over the packed crowd gathered at the Mainstage lies two gigantic speakers extending into the sky on either side of the performing acts, highlighted by LED lights, laser beams, pyrotechnics, along with perfectly timed fireworks. While the Mainstage clearly sees the most action, the smaller stages more than live up to the hype. Providing both indoor and outdoor listening experiences with all the bells and whistles, other stages boast the same bombastic allure including huge LED lights extending across the ceilings, fog machines, fire spurting up 10 feet in the air, and, of course, more lasers.