2018 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.


March 24-25 In Bloom Festival Houston, TX with Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Dhani Harrison

Mar. 29 – Apr. 2 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Canned Heat, Chic ftg Nile Rodgers, Lionel Richie, Gov’t Mule, Jimmy Cliff


April 13-14 Undercover Festival Kent, U.K. with the Blockheads, Eddie & the Hot Rods

April 13-15, 20-22 Coachella Indio, CA with David Byrne, Jamiroquai, Jean-Michel Jarre, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Eminem, Chic ftg Nile Rodgers

April 19-21 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood, Widespread Panic

April 20-22 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee

April 27 -29 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1) New Orleans, LA with Sting, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, John Mayall, George Benson

April 27-29 Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL with Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold

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

April 27-29 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks, Gordon Lightfoot, Molly Hatchet, Georgia Satellites, Dwight Yoakam

April 28-29 Fort Rock Ft. Lauderdale – Sunrise, FL with Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots


May 3-6 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL with Billy Idol, Toots and the Maytals, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, KC and the Sunshine Band

May 4-5 Corona Hell and Heaven Festival Mexico City, Mexico with Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Megadeth

May 4-6 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA with Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Steve Miller Band, Smokey Robinson

May 4-6 Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC with Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, Muse, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots

May 4-6 Beale Street Memphis, TN with David Byrne, Alanis Morissette, Delbert McClinton, Gov’t Mule

May 11-27 The Bath Festival Bath, England with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Tears For Fears, Alison Moyet, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ben Folds

May 18-20 Rock on the Range Columbus, OH with Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots

May 24-27 Delfest Cumberland, MD with Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Richard Thompson

May 24-27 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jimmy Cliff

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

May 24-28 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with America, Vanilla Fudge

May 25-27 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Billy Idol, Dhani Harrison, the Killers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Muse, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

May 25-27 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK with Cheap Trick, Poison, The Cult, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots

May 25-27 Sasquatch! Quincy, WA with David Byrne, Dhani Harrison, Bon Iver, Spoon

May 25-27 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band

May 26-27 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA with Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Chambers Brothers

May 26 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT with Eric Clapton

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


June 1-3 Governor’s Ball  NYC with Jack White, Eminem

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

June 6-9 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Yes ftg Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, Glenn Hughes, Vixen, Uriah Heep, Nazareth

June 7-9 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark with Beck, Björk, Liam Gallagher

June 7-10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with Sheryl Crow, the Killers, Muse, Mavis Staples, Nile Rodgers & Chic

June 8-9 Big Noise Wilmington, DE with David Bromberg, Los Lobos, Amy Helm

June 8-9 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa

June 8-10 Download Donington Park, UK with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses

June 9-11 Download Paris, France with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters

June 14-16 Montebello Rockfest Montebello, QC

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

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

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

June 26 Impact Festival Krakow, Poland with Ozzy Osbourne

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

BBK Music Legends Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 27 – July 1 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons

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

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 Steve Earle and the Dukes, Halestorm, Gov’t Mule, Sons of Apollo


July 3-8 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Journey, Def Leppard

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 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

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

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

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 27-28 Qstock Oulu, Finland with Bad Religion

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.


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

Aug 10-12 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

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 TBD Moonstock Carterville, IL

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 Electric Picnic Laois, Ireland

Aug 31 – Sept 2 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA


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

Sept 14-16 Riot Fest Chicago, IL

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 22-23 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept 22-23 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept 29-30 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY


Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 5-7; Oct 12-14  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 13-14 Aftershock Sacramento, CA

Oct 25 Blues Fest Dublin and London, U.K. with John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band


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

Nov TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

January 2019

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

March 2019

March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

June 2019

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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