35 years Open Air Festival on the Danube


From 22nd June to 24th June, the Danube Island Festival, Europe's largest open-air festival, will take place, this year for the 35th time.

It all began in 1983 as a small family event, at that time as an attempt to establish an festival here. However, the number of visitors had already clearly exceeded expectations in the first year and thus the festival remained as an annual fixed date. From the very beginning, the organizers have paid close attention to promoting red-white-red music culture. This year again, around three million visitors are expected at around 600 hours of music, action, sports and fun program as well as 200 national and international acts. The whole event still with free admission.

So what can you look forward to on the three days already? There are again numerous stages with different themes waiting for you.

I can already reveal a few performances. On the Radio FM4 / stage international artists such as the American Indie Rock Band Portugal or the German Antelope Gang appear.

On the Wien Energie / Radio Wien Festbühne on Saturday there will be unforgettable Austro hits from STS veteran Gert Steinbäcker & Band like "Grandfather" or „Und irgendwann bleib i dann dort“ as well as new hits from his solo album "Ja eh". Also a very well-known German musician, Konstantin Wecker, will provide good atmosphere with classics and new German songs this year.

For all Austro music fans, Elisabeth Engstler and Andreas Steppan will perform Rainhard Fendrich's biggest hits as part of the "Best of I Am From Austria" special. The Austrian cabaret artist Lukas Resetarits will provide for an exuberant mood with his new program "70s - let live". And that's just a tiny glimpse into the program.

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But also new partners will be present at the 35th Danube Island Festival. For the first time, OBI, Kärcher and Coca-Cola celebrate their island premiere with sensational attractions.

From OBI, the DIY and home improvement retailer, you get the "OBI Mach-Bar Insel", a place where creativity knows no bounds and small and large visitors are surprised with cool drinks and great gadgets. The "OBI Flower Tower" with cozy OBI self-made furniture and the "OBI Bohrmaschinen-Rrrrodeo" at the "Wien Energie / Radio Wien Festinsel" are all about Do-It-Yourself.

Kärcher, the world market leader in cleaning technology, has come up with a special action highlight. The daredevils can try different stunts from a 3.5 meter high tower on Karaoke Island at the "Kärcher Bagjump", like Tom Cruise in the blockbuster "Mission Impossible", and take an instant shot of their heroic pose.

In the Coca-Cola Fanzone, you can watch three group matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a large LED wall in the cozy chill zone with a diverse range of food every day and, if you are lucky, win seats for the fan zone's VIP area for the duration of the match ,

And these are just a few highlights. Because at the festival there is so much more waiting for you.

Of course, as every year, a colorful program for children is there too. There is for example the "Eskimo / okidoki Kinderfreunde Insel", where besides a colorful activity program for small and big kids, also a refreshing cooling and a hearty taste experience is ensured.

Quite creative it gets at the "Stadtimpuls Pop-up Kreativmarkt", where 20 young designers present their innovative and original products - colorful, committed and sustainable.

In short, the Danube Island Festival 2018 will be a festival with a top-class music, action and fun program on eleven stages and 18 themed islands. And this year too, it will be a cultural calling card for the vibrant, cosmopolitan and future-oriented city of V

All information as well as the full program you can find at

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