Haldern Pop

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Haldern Pop is an annual German open air music festival, first held in 1984.[1] It takes place in Rees-Haldern (North Rhine-Westphalia).


The Haldern Pop Festival cannot be limited to one genre. The focus ranges from experimental metal, punk and indie-pop to jazz, classical concerts and German folk music. Played on several stages in the village of Haldern. Next to the main stage, a mirror tent on the festival grounds will be used for the performances. The other stages are the pub "Haldern Pop Bar", the St. Georg church, a youth center and a recording studio in the village.


The festival started as an annual party on the premises of Haldern's Old Riding Arena organized by local altar servers.[2] During the first years (1981 - 1983), music was played from records only.[citation needed] The Haldern Pop festival was officially launched with live music on 23 June 1984.[2]

The organizers want to remain true to their concept of "the small, cozy festival in the Lower Rhine area". The venue (an old horse range) should be kept, which limits the number of visitors to about 7000 people.[citation needed]

Haldern Pop has long been considered one of the most unique festivals in Europe. The curation of Haldern Pop by local festival organizer Stefan Reichmann has been awarded countless prizes over the years, including the "Helga Award" for best booking and best festival.[citation needed] In addition, the festival was highlighted as one of the best European festivals by the Guardian in 2011.[3]

The Haldern Pop Festival has acquired the reputation of being a trend setter in Europe. Many bands such as Mumford & Sons (2009), IDLES (2017), Sam Smith (2014), or MUSE (1999) made their first steps at the Haldern Pop Festival.[2]

Lineups since 1984[edit]

Year Groups Lineup
1984 3 Herne 3, Nightwing, The Chameleons
1985 4 42 nd Street, Frantics, Grobschnitt, The Radio
1986 3 Midnite Fun, N'Daga, The Radio
1987 4 Extrabreit, Midnite Fun, The Affair, The Trash
1988 3 Element Of Crime, Plan B (DE), The Name (NL)
1989 4 Cliff Barnes and the Fear of Winning, Dear Wolf, Fischer-Z, Shiny Gnomes
1990 5 Energy Orchard, Ferryboat Bill, M. Walking on the Water, Mitteregger, Norbert, die Feiglinge
1991 5 Bob Geldof and the Vegetarians of Love, Plan B, The Blue Aeroplanes, The Jeremy Days, Tuff Babies
1992 5 An Emotional Fish, Heroes del Silencio, Kingmaker, The Jeremy Days, The Milltown Brothers
1993 7 Element of Crime, Immaculate Fools, Maldita Vecindad, Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub, The Hooters, The Silencers, The Tragically Hip
1994 6 Bettie Serveert, Bobo in White Wooden Houses, Die Muskeln, Roachford, Terry Hoax, The Nits
1995 9 Dear Wolf, Element of Crime, Giant Sand, H-Blockx, Nationalgalerie, Oil on Canvas, Seven Day Diary, Sun, The Jayhawks
1996 11 Blumfeld, Dave Matthews Band, Marion, Rekord, Samba, Selig, The Afghan Whigs, The Bluetones, The Walkabouts, Tocotronic, Wolf Maahn
1997 11 Acid Rain, All Fools Day, Darmstaedter, Die Sterne, Naked Lunch, Niels Frevert, Phonoroid, Pothead, Readymade, Trance Groove, Verge O.D.
1998 11 Addict, Fischmob, Frugal, Gautsch, Guano Apes, Heather Nova, Hothouse Flowers, Irony of Fate, Kent, Readymade, Vivid
1999 14 Beta Band, Blumfeld, dEUS, Fruit, Gay Dad, James, Muse, Ozark Henry, Pussybox, Readymade, Sportfreunde Stiller, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Tocotronic, Zita Swoon
2000 19 Bauer, Caesar, Embrace, F.E.T.T., Heather Nova, Johan, Kashmir, K's Choice, Laconic Star, Loop, Madrugada, Paul Weller, Real Mother Fishermen, Reamonn, Reef, Soulwax, Spacechild, Sportfreunde Stiller, Tom Liwa
2001 21 Blackmail, C.O.E.M., Eisen, JJ72, Josh Joplin Group, Kante, Kelis, Krezip, Mo Solid Gold, Muse, Neil Finn, Phoenix, Phonodrive, Santa's Boyfriend, Slut, Starfighter, Starsailor, The Divine Comedy, Travis, Turin Brakes, Wunschkind
2002 19 Belle & Sebastian, Doves, Fairfield, Gomez, Ian Brown, Joseph Arthur, Lawn, Leaves, Millionaire, Mull Historical Society, Savoy Grand, Saybia, Supergrass, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Electric Soft Parade, The Notwist, The Project Blonde, The Shining, Zita Swoon
2003 21 Amphibic, Aqualung, Belasco, Bolk, Bright Eyes, Daily Milk, Dead Man Ray, Ed Harcourt, Evan Dando, Frank Popp Ensemble, Isolation Years, Kaizers Orchestra, Kashmir, Koufax, Patti Smith and her Band, Spinvis, The Cardigans, The Raveonettes, Toulouse, Under Byen, Xploding Plastix
2004 29 Adam Green, Amphibic, C.O.E.M., Campus, DAAU, Das Pop, dEUS, Embrace, Gem, Ghinzu, Gisli, HAL, I Am Kloot, José Gonzáles, Keane, Kings of Leon, Mist, Nicolai Dunger, Patrick Wolf, Paul Weller, Sioen, South, Starsailor, The Divine Comedy, The Dresden Dolls, The Fold, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Tom Helsen, Unisono
2005 29 Art Brut, Barbie Bangkok, British Sea Power, Daniel Benjamin, Dez Mona, Emiliana Torrini, Francoiz Breut, Franz Ferdinand, Franz Kasper, Gammalapagos, Kaiser Chiefs, Kaizers Orchestra, Mando Diao, Millionaire, Moneybrother, Nada Surf, Phoenix, Polyphonic Spree, Robocop Kraus, Saint Thomas, Saybia, Sportfreunde Stiller, Stijn, The Coral, The House Of Love, The Magic Numbers, The Revs, Tocotronic, Zita Swoon
2006 34 Daniel Benjamin, Ed Harcourt, Element Of Crime, Final Fantasy, GEM, Guillemots, Hollywood Pornstars, Islands, James Dean Bradfield, Kante, Klein, Lambchop, Martha Wainwright, Miracle Cure, Mogwai, Morning Runner, Motorpsycho, Mumm-Ra, Mystery Jets, Novastar, Paolo Nutini, Solo, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Divine Comedy, The Kooks, The Revs, The Rifles, The Twilight Singers, The Veils, The Waking Eyes, The Wrens, The Zutons, Utah, We Are Scientists
2007 35 An Pierle & White Velvet, Architecture in Helsinki, Brakes, The Drones, Duke Special, The Earlies, The Electric Soft Parade, Friska Viljor, Gabriel Rios, Get Well Soon, Ghosts, Grand Island, Jamie T, Jan Delay and Disko No. 1, Johnossi, Kate Nash, Loney Dear, Maccabees, The Magic Numbers, Malajube, Naked Lunch, Navel, Patrick Watson, Paul Steel, Polarkreis 18, Ripchord, Serena Maneesh, Shout Out Louds, Spiritualized - Acoustic Mainlines, The View, Tunng, Two Gallants, Under Byen, Voxtrot, The Waterboys
2008 37 Alamo Race Track, Bernd Begemann, Bohren, der Club of Gore, Dagons, The Dodos, Editors, Fettes Brot, Fink, Finn, Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Foals, Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Gravenhurst, Guillemots, Gutter Twins, The Heavy, Iron & Wine, Jack Penate, Jamie Lidell, Joan As Police Woman, Jumbo Jet, Kate Nash, Kula Shaker, Loney, Dear, Lykke Li, Maxïmo Park, Mintzkov, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Norman Palm, Okkervil River, Olafur Arnalds, Scott Matthew, The Kilians, White Lies, Yeasayer
2009 38 Alexander Tucker & The Decomposed Orchestra, Andrew Bird, Anna Ternheim, Athlete, Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, Blitzen Trapper, BLK JKS, Bon Iver, Broken Records, Colin Munroe, Dear Reader, Denison Witmer, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Fettes Brot, Final Fantasy, Gravenhurst, Grizzly Bear, Health, Hjaltalín, I Like Trains, Little Boots, Loney, Dear, Mumford & Sons, Noah and the Whale, Palm Springs, Patrick Watson, Port O'Brien, The Irrepressibles, The Maccabees, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Temper Trap, The Thermals, The Vals, Tonfisch, William Fitzsimmons, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Wintersleep, Woodpigeon
2010 45 Beach House, Bear in Heaven, Beirut, Blood Red Shoes, Chapel Club, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dan Deacon, Daniel Benjamin, David Ford, Delphic, Detroit Social Club, Efterklang, Esben and the Witch, everything everything, Fanfarlo, Frightened Rabbit, Fyfe Dangerfield, Gary, Helgi Jonsson, I Blame Coco, Isbells, Junip, Laura Marling, Moss, Mumford & Sons, Nils Frahm, Philipp Poisel, Portugal. The Man, Post War Years, Rox, Seabear, Serena Maneesh, Sleepy Sun, Sophie Hunger, Stornoway, The Black Atlantic, The Low Anthem, The National, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Whale Watching Tour, The Young Rebel Set, Thus:Owls, Triggerfinger, Villagers, Wendy McNeill, Yeasayer
2011 52 206, Agnes Obel, Alex Winston, Alexi Murdoch, Anna Calvi, Ben Howard, Bodi Bill, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Codes In The Clouds, Coma, Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Dry The River, Explosions in the sky, Fleet Foxes, Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Golden Kanine, Hauschka, Isbells, James Blake, James Vincent McMorrow, Johnny Flynn, Josh T. Pearson, Julia Marcell, LaBrassBanda, Matthew and the Atlas, Miss Li, Moddi, Moss, My Brightest Diamond, Nils Frahm & Anne Müller, Okkervil River, Other Lives, Retro Stefson, Rival Consoles, Selah Sue, Socalled, SpringerParker, Steve Cradock, Suuns, The Antlers, The Avett Brothers, The Black Atlantic, The Low Anthem, The Wombats, Tim Isfort, Timber Timbre, Toy Horses, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, Wir sind Helden, Yuck
2012 52 A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Arthur Beatrice, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Alt-J, Apparat, Ben Howard, Bowerbirds, Boy & Bear, Charles Bradley, Chinawoman, Chris Garneau, Daan, Dan Mangan, Damien Jurado, Daughter, Der König Tanzt, Diagrams, EFFI, Emanuel and the Fear, Ewert and the Two Dragons, Grant Lee Buffalo, Guillemots, Here We Go Magic (ausgefallen), HELMUT, HONIG,[4] Iceage, Jaga Jazzist, Jamie N Commons, Loney Dear, Megafaun, Niels Frevert, Nigel Wright, Oberhofer, Other Lives, Patrick Watson, Philipp Poisel, Skinny Lister, Steve Smyth, Team Me, The Afghan Whigs, The British Expeditionary Force, The Maccabees, The War on Drugs, Thees Uhlmann & Band, tUnE-yArDs, Two Door Cinema Club, Wendy McNeill, White Rabbits, Wilco, Willis Earl Beal, Wye Oak, Zulu Winter.
2013 55 Alabama Shakes, Allah-Las, Anna Von Hausswolff, Ásgeir Trausti, Balthazar, Bear's Den, Ben Caplan, Brandt Brauer Frick, Buke and Gase, Connan Mockasin, DakhaBrakha, Dan Croll, Death Letters, Denis Jones, Die Goldenen Zitronen, Douglas Dare, Duologue, Ebbot Lundberg and Trummor & Orgel, Efterklang, Florian Ostertag, Glen Hansard, Gold Panda, Half Moon Run, Ja, Panik, James, Jherek Bischoff, John Grant, Julia Holter, Käptn Peng & Die Tentakel von Delphi, Kettcar, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Local Natives, Lubomyr Melnyk, Luke Sital-Singh, METZ, Mikal Cronin, Orchestre Miniature In The Park, Owen Pallett, Pascal Finkenauer, Regina Spektor, Renate Granate, Rival Consoles, Rubik, Sam Amidon, Sophie Hunger, Stargaze with Andé de Ridder, Suuns, The Staves, The Strypes, These New Puritans, This Is The Kit, Tom Odell, Trümmer, Villagers, We Were Promised Jetpacks
2014 60 Alexi Murdoch, All The Luck In The World, Augustines, Benjamin Clementine, Bernhoft, Big Sixes, Big Ups, Black Lips, Boy & Bear, Cantus Domus, Carlos Cipa, Champs, Charity Children, Chet Faker, Conor Oberst, Connan Mockasin, Dawes, East Cameron Folkcore, Ed Harcourt, Enno Bunger, Ewert and The Two Dragons, Fat White Family, Fink, First Aid Kit, Grant Hart with stargaze, Honig, Hozier, Jeff Beadle, Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams, Jonathan Toubin, Josh Record, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Kwabs, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Luke Sital-Singh, Manu Delago Handmade, Mariam The Believer, Money For Rope, My Brightest Diamond, Never Sol, Nick Mulvey, Ought, Patti Smith and her band, Poppy Ackroyd, Rhodes, Royal Blood, Ry X, Samantha Crain, Sam Smith, Speedy Ortiz, stargaze und André de Ridder, Stephan Eicher, Sun Kil Moon, The Acid, The Districts, The Mispers, The Slow Show, Tom The Lion, Trampled By Turtles, Wintergatan.
2015 61 Alcoholic Faith Mission, AnnenMayKantereit, Bear’s Den, Benjamin Booker, Bernd Begemann & Die Befreiung, Big Sixes (UK), Bilderbuch, Cantus Domus (DE), Courtney Barnett, Dan Deacon, Delta Rae, dEUS, Die Sonne, DMA’S (AUS) , Dotan, Douglas Dare, Family of the Year, Father John Misty, Frances (UK), Grandbrothers (DE), Heisskalt (DE), Ibeyi, Iceage, Intergalactic Lovers, Johann Sebastian Bach (Musik von ihm), Kapok (NL), Kate Tempest, Kiasmos, Kiko King & creativemaze (DE), Låpsley, Laura Marling, Liam Ó Maonlai & Peter O’Toole, Low Roar, Magnus, Mammút, Marcus Wiebusch, Mark Geary feat. Grainne Hunt, Nils Frahm, Olli Schulz, Public Service Broadcasting, Puts Marie (CH), Rae Morris, Savages, Soak, Someday Jacob, stargaze & André de Ridder, Steve Gunn, Sunset Sons, Terra Profonda, The Bronze Medal (UK), The Districts, The Slow Show, The War On Drugs, Tor Miller, Tora, Tour Of Tours, Viet Cong, Villagers, White Fence, Woods of Birnam (DE).
2016 54 Ala.ni, Albin Lee Meldau, Alex Vargas, Algiers, Arthur Beatrice, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, The Besnard Lakes, Cantus Domus, Damien Rice, Daughter, Die Nerven, Drangsal, Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children, Elias, Fai BaBa, Frost (Heiner), Frightened Rabbit, Heisskalt, Hothouse Flowers 3, Hubert von Goisern, GoGo Penguin, Glen Hansard, The Graveltones, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt, Jambinai, Jason Isbell, Julia Holter, Låpsley, Loney Dear, The Lytics, Martin Kohlstedt, Me + Marie, Melanie de Biasio, Michael Kiwanuka, Minor Victories, Money, Monobo Son, The Rad Trads, Rationale, Roo Panes, Samm Henshaw, Sara Hartman, Stargaze, The Strypes, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Thees Uhlmann, The Vryll Society, This Is the Kit, Walking on Cars, Whitney, Wintergatan, Woman (DE), Yak.
2017 68 A Blaze of Feather (GB), AJIMAL (GB), Aldous Harding, Anna Meredith, AnnenMayKantereit, BADBADNOTGOOD, Bear’s Den, Benjamin Clementine, Bilderbuch, Bergfilm (DE), Blaudzun, Cantus Domus (DE), Charlie Cunningham, Clueso, Conor Oberst, Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something (DE), Die Höchste Eisenbahn, Emmsjé Gauti, Faber, Get Well Soon, Giant Rooks, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Idles, Isaac Gracie, Joe Fox (GB), Joep Beving, John Joseph Brill (GB), Joseph J. Jones (GB), Julia Jacklin, Julie Byrne, Kate Tempest, Käptn Peng & Die Tentakel von Delphi (DE), Klangstof, Let’s Eat Grandma, Lisa Hannigan, Little Hurricane, Loyle Carner, Luke Elliot, Mads Brauer (DK), Mahalia, Mammal Hands, Mammút, Mario Batkovic (CH), Martin Kohlstedt, Matthew and the Atlas (GB), Matt Maltese (GB), Mavi Phoenix (AT), ME + MARIE (DE), Messer (DE), Nick Waterhouse, Nothing, Parcels, Penguin Café (GB), Radical Face, Shame, Skinny Living (GB), Sløtface, The Afghan Whigs, The Amazons, The Inspector Cluzo (FR), The James Hunter Six (GB), Tom Grennan, TootArd, Von Wegen Lisbeth (DE), Voodoo Jürgens, White Wine (DE), WILDES (GB), Wolf Maahn (DE).
2018 75 Adam French (GB), Alabaster dePlume (GB), Amyl and The Sniffers, Aquilo, Ariel Pink, Astronautalis, Big Thief, Broen (NO), Canshaker Pi (NL), Cantus Domus (DE), Chad Lawson (US), Claus van Bebber (DE), Curtis Harding, Das Paradies (DE), Deerhoof, De Staat, Dirty Projectors, DJ St. Paul (NL), Fabrizio Cammarata (IT), Fink, Fortuna Ehrenfeld (DE), Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Hannah Williams & the Affirmations (GB), Hatis Noit (JP), Hope (DE), Housewives (GB), Infidelix (US), Jade Bird, Jake Bugg, Jenny Lewis, John Maus, Jordan Mackampa (GB), Julian Sartorius (CH), Kettcar, Kevin Morby, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Landlady (US), Lewsberg (NL), Lisa Hannigan, Love A (DE), Mario Batkovic & Friends (CH), Marius Bear (CH), Marlon Williams, Matteo Myderwyk (NL), Moncrieff (GB), Nilüfer Yanya, Nils Frahm, Philipp Poisel, Phoebe Bridgers, Protomartyr, Public Service Broadcasting, Reverend Beat-Man and the New Wave (CH), Rival Consoles, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sampa the Great, Schnellertollermeier (CH), Seamus Fogarty, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (NG), Shortparis, Sleaford Mods, Someday Jacob (DE), stargaze & guests: Hip Hop Orchestral , Stefan Florian (IT), Tamino, Terra Profonda (HU), The Barr Brothers, The Inspector Cluzo (FR), The Lemon Twigs, The Lytics (CAN), The Slow Readers Club, Tinpan Orange, Tristan Brusch (DE), Villagers, White Wine (DE), Wood River (US)
2019 72 5K HD (AT), Alex the Astronaut, Alyona Alyona (UKR), Another Sky (GB), Balthazar, Barns Courtney, Black Midi, Blanco White (GB), Brandt Brauer Frick, Charlie Cunningham, Daughters, David Keenan (IRL), Dermot Kennedy, DJ St. Paul (NL), Durand Jones & The Indications (US), Dylan Cartlidge (GB), Elektro Guzzi (AT), Faraj Suleiman (PS), Father John Misty, Felix Kramer (AT), Flamingods, Fontaines D.C., Gerry Cinnamon, Gewalt (DE), Gurr (DE), Haiku Hands, IDLES, James Leg (US), Jeremy Dutcher, Jesse Mac Cormack, Julien Baker, Jungstötter (DE), Júníus Meyvant, Kadavar, Kat Frankie (AUS/DE), Keir (GB), Khruangbin, Kikagaku Moyo, Kirill Richter (RUS), Kuersche (DE), Lisa Morgenstern (DE), Loyle Carner, Maarja Nuut & Ruum (EST), Manuel Troller (CH), Michael Kiwanuka, Moka Efti Orchestra (DE), Money For Rope (AUS), opus m, Palace (GB), Patrick Watson, Pictures (DE), Puts Marie (CH), Rayland Baxter, Robocobra Quartet (IRL), Sea Girls, Shida Shahabi (SE), Soap&Skin (AT) with stargaze, Sophie Hunger, stargaze (EU), Stella Donnelly, Syml, Tangarine (NL), Tereza (DE), The Chats, The Districts, Thirsty Eyes (AT), Tony Carey, Town of Saints (NL), Wand, Whenyoung (IRL), Whitney, Woods of Birnam (DE)[5]

Haldern Pop Bar[edit]

When a pub was to be abandoned in the middle of the village, a concept for an off-day hotel was developed. Since 2009, bands who have a day off between two gigs get free board and lodging in exchange for an evening concert "on a donation basis" at the Haldern Pop Bar. Besides unknown new artists who are just starting their careers, well-known bands such as Courtney Barnett or Nada Surf have already performed in the Pop Bar. Also bigger artists like George Ezra or Orville Peck have been performing here before their world career started. The venue also houses the event agency Raum 3, which organizes the festival, the Haldern Pop Recordings label, Haldern Pop Booking agency and the Haldern Pop Shop record store, among others, so that a close cooperation is possible.

Record Label[edit]

In 1999, the idea came up to release a sampler with music by the bands of the year. This led to the founding of the record label "Haldern Pop Recordings", which as yet released works of e.g. William Fitzsimmons, Giant Rooks, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Low Cut Connie.

Booking Agency[edit]

In 2019, Haldern Pop founded a booking agency at the lower rhine area. The artists represented there include Mid City, Moon Hooch, Thirsty Eyes, and James Leg from Black Diamond Heavies


  1. ^ http://haldernpop.com/en/geschichte
  2. ^ a b c Steffes, Annabelle (2016-08-11). "From Sam Smith to Muse, this tiny German music festival has a big nose for talent". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  3. ^ Mulholland, Garry (2011-05-12). "Sziget festival: in search of Europe's fields of dreams". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  4. ^ Fleischer, Norman. "Interview:Honig". Nothing but Hope and Passion.
  5. ^ "Line Up 2019". Haldern Pop. Archived from the original on 2019-08-09. Retrieved 2019-11-22.

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Coordinates: 51°46′38″N 6°28′50″E / 51.77722°N 6.48056°E / 51.77722; 6.48056