Head Rudolstadt-Festival 2018


Attention all fans of roots, folk and world music!

Right, here we go! Tickets for the 2018 Rudolstadt Festival will go on sale on 12 December, and this year we’ve made a few changes! The main information is summarized in this newsletter, which is why it’s a bit longer than usual. In a nutshell, it all boils down to what ZEIT columnist Christoph Dieckmann wrote in his declaration of love to the festival: “Live, but don’t grow!”

We don’t need to tell you how important the relaxed, unique atmosphere is to all of us on the festival team. In order to preserve it, in recent years we’ve sometimes had to restrict ticket sales despite growing demand because the resources of a town with a population of 23,000 are naturally limited. We’re now going one step further following the overwhelming demand last summer, especially for the opening concert, and have modified the ticketing system in response to your feedback and requests received from all sides.

From 2018, tickets will only be available for the whole festival, not for individual days. The price of four-day tickets remains unchanged at €80 (€40 for residents of the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district) if you buy your tickets by 11 June 2018. Tickets are available online and at local ticket outlets. If there are any tickets still left after 11 June, they will be sold for €120 (€60 for local residents).

We’re also introducing new combo tickets combining admission to the festival and accommodation. Separate tickets for different types of accommodation will no longer be available. The fee for camping and shared accommodation contained in the combo tickets remains between €10 and €30, depending on the type of accommodation. Therefore, combo tickets purchased by 11 June are priced at between €90 and €110.

When ordering, please decide whether you need a Campsite Combo Ticket or a Caravan Site Combo Ticket. Detailed descriptions are contained in the online shop. We’ve decided to separate tents and caravans in advance ticket sales because the vehicles are getting bigger and more numerous with every passing year, and this of course impacts on the infrastructure and the limited space (e.g. water, electricity and plot requirements). The new ticketing system will give us a better overall picture in advance, but even so we still need your support.

What about concessions – and where can I buy tickets?
The previous concessions continue to apply to youngsters aged 7–16. The ENTIRE range of tickets will be available in the online shop and by using the order form enclosed with flyers from April 2018. Please note that local ticket outlets (the tourist information centres in Rudolstadt, Saalfeld and Bad Blankenburg as well as branches of the Kreissparkasse savings bank) will only sell festival tickets excluding accommodation.

Presales will end on 22 June 2018 or earlier if tickets are sold out. The total number of festival tickets and combo tickets has been limited to 25,000.

Suppose I spontaneously decide to come – or only want to come for one day?
Although there will no longer be any day tickets for the entire festival grounds, town centre tickets will still be available during the Rudolstadt Festival. They can be purchased at ticket offices on the day and will cost €7 (concessions: €3). With performances taking place on about a dozen stages large and small in the town centre, they’re clearly a bargain!As you can see, there will some changes at the 28th Rudolstadt Festival. But many of them were overdue, judging by your feedback, so we expect everyone to quickly get used to them. We hope you’re looking forward to next summer just as much as we are!

Just as we start getting excited about next year, the 2017 sampler containing a wealth of happy, memorable snapshots of this year’s Rudolstadt Festival will be released on 12 December. Comprising two CDs, a DVD and a detailed booklet, it contains highlights from many of this summer’s concerts by artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to the Zhou Family Band, and styles from political songs to ritual Chinese music. Just like the festival itself, CD 1 brings various styles and sounds from all over the world together, not to mention a host of different languages – such as the Bavarian dialect heard when Dreiviertelblut rocked the festival, as well as Amharic, which accompanied the hypnotic sound of the Krar Collective from Ethiopia.

CD 2 is devoted to Scotland, the festival’s special guest country in 2017, which proved so popular with fans and the media alike. It presents a first-class, atmospheric selection, including the tribute to national poet Robert Burns specially produced by the festival, which was summed up by national newspaper FAZ as “a bold venture … a fascinating journey around the world.” The CD also features the Yorkston/Thorne/Khan trio, described by DIE ZEIT as the “highlight of the festival ... unprecedented yet long reverberating.” Then there’s Breabach, “who played their way straight into the audience’s hearts” (Ostthüringer Zeitung), Mairearad & Anna, a “women’s folk duo who went down a storm with their fresh, unadulterated, yet highly professional style” (Deutschlandfunk Kultur), and also the breathtaking ceilidh techno by Sketch: “The ground shook as soon as the five men put their headphones on ... traditional Scottish music for the 21st century.” (FAZ).

Finally, the DVD offers impressive images of the musical universe of the Rudolstadt Festival. The retrospective ‘Ein irrer Hauch von Welt’ (‘An Incredible Scent of the World’) produced by regional broadcaster MDR follows an arc from the big stages in Heine Park and Heidecksburg Castle to the secluded corners of the old town. Showing top stars and street buskers, dance fever and the children’s fest, the whole profusion of the festival has been captured in an hour-long film by several camera crews out and about in Rudolstadt. Sights and sounds from the RUTH World Music Award have also found their way onto the DVD – and you can relive the concerts by winners Ringsgwandl, Alma and Banda Internationale.

The sampler featuring two CDs, a DVD and booklet costs €22 including P&P when ordered online, and is also available for just €20 from the tourist information centre in Rudolstadt.

So make sure you get your tickets and the sampler before you head off into hibernation or collapse in the chaos of Christmas! >>> SHOP
And if you plan to brighten up someone’s Christmas by surprising them with the 2017 sampler or tickets for the 2018 Rudolstadt Festival, make sure you order by 12th December at the very latest!


We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The festival team

P.S. News on the festival line-up will be regularly posted on our website and Facebook – check out #Rudolstadt2018.



Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr. Die Eintragungen erheben keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit. Titelfoto: Rolf Kühn.