2018-2019 Classic Rock Festivals

Best Classic Bands gathers info for festivals around the globe with their dates, locations and a sampling of the top classic rock acts that are appearing.

Links are for the festivals’ home page (in English, when available). If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June

June 5-22 Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K. with Tom Jones, the Beach Boys, Lionel Richie, Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland

June 14-16 Montebello Rockfest Montebello, QC with Godsmack, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots

June 14-17 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem

June 14-17 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, U.K. with Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the Waterboys, Nile Rodgers

June 14-17 Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy with Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters

June 15-17 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

June 15-17 Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY with Jack Jackson, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Sturgill Simpson

June 16-17 Stone Free Festival London, England with Scorpions, Yes featuring Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman, Megadeth, Roger Hodgson

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June 19 – July 27 Milano Summer Festival Milan, Italy with Robert Plant, Jethro Tull, Santana, Iron Maiden, Alanis Morissette

June 21-24 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland with Slayer, Bonnie Tyler

June 20-22 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains, Helloween

June 21-23 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween

June 21-23 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Santana, Simple Minds, UB40, Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nazareth

June 21-24 Isle of Wight 50th Anniversary, Isle of Wight, UK with Van Morrison, Depeche Mode, the Killers, Liam Gallagher, Sheryl Crow, Nile Rodgers & Chic

June 22-23 Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Alison Krauss

June 22-23 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Van Morrison, Mott the Hoople, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Dream Syndicate

June 23-24 Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA with Neil Young, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Pretenders, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., the Bangles, Los Lobos, Aaron Neville, the Specials, Dwight Twilley, the Revolution

June 22-24 Hellfest Clisson, France with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Hollywood Vampires, Megadeth

June 22-30 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Boz Scaggs, Seal, Alison Krauss

June 23-24, 28-29 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal with The Killers, Muse

June 26 Impact Festival Krakow, Poland with Ozzy Osbourne

June 27 – July 1 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jethro Tull, Dave Matthews Band, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo, Edgar Winter Group, Nick Lowe ftg Los Straitjackets, Wishbone Ash, Imagine Dragons, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

June 28-30 Download Madrid, Spain with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest

June 28 – July 7 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada with Ian Anderson Presents Jethro Tull, Ry Cooder, Herbie Hancock

June 29 – July 14 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland with Elton John, Van Morrison, Steve Winwood, Hollywood Vampires, Deep Purple, Billy Idol, John Cale, Iggy Pop, Gary Clark Jr., Alice in Chains, Gary Numan

BBK Music Legends Festival

June 29-30 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain with Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Mavis Staples, Glenn Hughes, John Cale

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June 29 – July 1 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K. with Steve Winwood, Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton, Mavis Staples

June 30 – July 1 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, England with Mott the Hoople, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Halestorm, Gov’t Mule, Sons of Apollo

July

July 3-8 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Journey, Def Leppard, Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick, Boz Scaggs, Pixies, Molly Hatchet, Howard Jones

July 4-7 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with David Byrne, Depeche Mode

July 5-7 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Scorpions, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Dee Snider

July 5-8 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with Pearl Jam, Nick Cave, Queens of the Stone Age

July 5-15 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with Jethro Tull, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Bryan Adams, Nick Lowe, Beck

July 5-15 Festival d’été de Québec Québec, Canada with Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Jethro Tull, Cyndi Lauper, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters

July 6-7 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 6-7 Ribfest Naperville, IL with Steven Tyler

July 6, 8 Trnsmt Festival Glasgow, U.K. with Queen + Adam Lambert, Texas, the Killers

July 6-8 Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada with Pat Benatar & Neil Girardo, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, the Magpie Salute

July 7 Liverpool Feis Liverpool, U.K. with Van Morrison, the Chieftains, Hothouse Flowers, Imelda May

July 12-14 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain with Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails

July 12-14 Rock Fest Cadott, WI with Disturbed, Incubus, Godsmack, Dee Snider, Ace Frehley, Skid Row, Autograph

July 12-14 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI with Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

July 12-15 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with the Dickey Betts Band, Electric Hot Tuna, Little Feat, Devon Allman Project

July 13-15 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K with Squeeze, Alanis Morissette, Marc Cohn, UB40, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Cliff, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

July 14 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY with the Psychedelic Furs, the Lone Bellow

July 14-15 Ride Festival Telluride, CO with Sheryl Crow, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Dhani Harrison, Chris Robinson Brotherhood

July 14-15 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Billy Idol, Paul Carrack, Simple Minds, Gary Clark Jr., Steve Earle, a-Ha, Live, UB40 ftg Ali Campbell

July 16-30 Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France with Robert Plant and the Space Shifters, Simple Minds, a-Ha

July 17-22 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland with Depeche Mode Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

July 19-21 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with Tesla, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Kansas, Ace Frehley, the Sweet, Kid Rock

July 19-22 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with Dickey Betts and His Band, the Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Gov’t Mule

July 19-22 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher

July 20-22 Pitchfork Chicago, IL with Courtney Barnett, Chaka Khan, Tame Impala

July 21-22 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with Depeche Mode, The Killers, Noel Gallagher

July 27-29 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI with Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, The Lone Bellow

July 27-29 Fuji Rock Festival Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan with Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Carla Thomas, Hothouse Flowers

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

August

Aug 2-5 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL No classic rock acts

Aug 2-5 Wickham Hampshire, England with Squeeze, Richard Thompson, the Undertones, Tom Robinson

Aug 2-5 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with Bonnie Raitt, Little Steven, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

August 3-5 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Irma Thomas

Aug 3-12 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium with Simple Minds, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion

Aug 9-11 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with Brian Wilson, Al Stewart

Aug 9-12 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada with Ricky Skaggs, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile

Aug 10-12 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA with Beck, Janet Jackson, Florence + the Machine

Aug 10-12 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

Aug 9-12 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, England with Judas Priest, Mr. Big

Aug 17-18 Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Grace Potter

Aug 23-26 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA with Dead & Company, Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, George Clinton, Toots & the Maytals, Blues Traveler

Aug 24-26 Reading Festival Reading, England

Aug 24-26 Leeds Festival Leeds, England

Aug 24-26 Great British R&B Festival Colne, England

Aug 24-27 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, England with Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span

Aug 31 – Sept 2 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA with Blondie, the Revolution

September

Sept 8-9 Lou Fest St. Louis, MO with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Gary Clark Jr., Michael McDonald, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real,

Sept 8-9 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany with Kraftwerk, Liam Gallagher, Imagine Dragons, Dhani Harrison

Sept 11-16 Americana Fest Nashville, TN with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lee Ann Womack, John Oates, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas, John Carter Cash

Sept 14-16 Riot Fest Chicago, IL with Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Blondie, Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Gary Numan, Liz Phair

Sept 14-16 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Gov’t Mule, Booker T’s Stax Revue

Sept 14-16 Kaaboo San Diego, CA with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, the Zombies, Blondie, Billy Idol, Melissa Etheridge, Foo Fighters, English Beat, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elvin Bishop

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept TBD Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

Sept TBD Laid Back Festival various cities TBA

Sept 22 River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Living Colour

Sept 22-23 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Sting, Sheryl Crow, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Don Felder, Gov’t Mule, Counting Crows, the Magpie Salute

Sept 22-23 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN with Lionel Richie, Counting Crows, Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile

Sept 28-30 Ohana Dana Point, CA with Eddie Vedder, Norah Jones, Liz Phair, Mumford & Sons, Beck

Sept 28-30 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY with Nine Inch Nails

October

Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 5-6 Cal Jam 18 San Bernadino, CA with Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Garbage

Oct 5-7 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 5-7; Oct 12-14  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX with Paul McCartney, Metallica, David Byrne, Asleep at the Wheel, the Revolution

Oct 13-14 Aftershock Sacramento, CA with Alice in Chains, Deftones, Slash, System of a Down, Incubus

Oct 20 Florida Jam Boca Raton, FL with Dickey Betts, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

Oct 25 Blues Fest Dublin and London, U.K. with John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Van Morrison, The Robert Cray Band

November

Nov 3-10 80s in the Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Bret Michaels, John Waite, the Romantics, Richard Page, English Beat, Sebastian Bach, Wang Chung, John Parr, hosted by original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman

Nov TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico with Slightly Stoopid; UB40 ftg Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey; Michael Franti & Spearhead; G. Love & Special Sauce

January 2019

Jan 18-21 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 Avett Brothers at the Beach Riviera Maya, Mexico with Avett Brothers, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show

February 2019

Feb 15-16 Kaaboo Cayman Grand Cayman Island with Blondie, Blues Traveler, Bryan Adams, Los Lobos, Duran Duran, Counting Crows, the English Beat, Maxi Priest, plus comedians Darrell Hammond, David Spade, Wanda Sykes

March 2019

March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD In Bloom Festival Houston, TX

April 2019

Apr. 18-22 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia

April TBD Undercover Festival Kent, U.K.

April TBD Coachella Indio, CA

April TBD Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April TBD Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA

April 26-28 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1) New Orleans, LA

April TBD Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

April TBD Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA

April TBD Fort Rock Ft. Lauderdale – Sunrise, FL

May 2019

May 3-5 Kaaboo Texas AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

May TBD Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

May TBD Corona Hell and Heaven Festival Mexico City, Mexico

May 3-5 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA

May TBD Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC

May TBD Beale Street Memphis, TN

May TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

May TBD Rock on the Range Columbus, OH

May TBD Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point, CA

May TBD Delfest Cumberland, MD

May TBD Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

May 23-27 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN

May 24-26 Bottlerock Napa, CA

May TBD Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May TBD Sasquatch! Quincy, WA

May TBD Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

May TBD Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 25 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June 2019

June TBD Governor’s Ball  NYC with Jack White, Eminem

June TBD Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June TBD Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June TBD Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

June TBD Big Noise Wilmington, DE

June TBD Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 14-16 Download Donington Park, UK

June TBD Download Paris, France

June 26-30 Glastonbury Pilton, Somerset, England

 

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  1. pamela
    #1 pamela 29 December, 2016, 09:45

    what about “Rock on the Range” May 19-21, Columbus OH. Metalica, Soundgarden, Primus, Korn, Volbeat……

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  2. Boo
    #2 Boo 19 April, 2017, 16:18

    No mention of the Bands in the Backyard in Vineland, Co on June 16-25, Rockin the River in Three Forks, MT on August 11-13, or Red Ants Pants Festival in White Sulpher Springs, MT on July 27-30.

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  3. Thoby
    #3 Thoby 3 March, 2018, 15:16

    Where is Mad Cool Festival? Only the biggest festival this year in Europe.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 3 March, 2018, 16:39

      Thanks for the heads’ up. We’ve added it but it frankly looks more appropriate for Consequence of Sounds’ readers.

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  4. RiMum
    #4 RiMum 3 April, 2018, 21:12

    How about River City Rockfest, San Antonio, Texas? This year line up has not been announced yet, but can look up from previous years to get an idea.

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