Bochum Total is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe – and it's completely free of charge!
Bochum Total is a four-day-festival and it’s usually on the first thursday-sunday of the summer holidays (i.e. at the end of June or beginning of July). For the duration of the festival, the entire city centre of Bochum is blocked for traffic, so if you want to go there it’s a good idea to leave your car at home or outside of town and go by public transport.
There’s a variety of stages set up in the entire downtown area, ranging from really big to rather small. Although there are some „big names“, most bands are new-comers, „insider tips“ or local bands. Musical styles include mostly pop and rock, but almost any other kind of music can be found there, too.
Apart from the stages, there’s also a lot of sales boothes set up in the streets where you can get food and drinks, but also CDs and records, T-Shirts, jewelery and all other kinds of merchandise.
And if this isn’t enough already, almost all the bars, restaurants and clubs in the city centre have special offers during the festival days, sometimes with aftershow parties or live music of their own.