2017 Classic Rock Festivals

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


byron-bay-blues-festApril 13-17 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Buddy Guy, Jethro Tull, the Doobie Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones

April 14-16, 21-23 Coachella Indio, CA with Radiohead, Beyonce, Lorde, New Order, Bon Iver

April 20-22 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL with Bob Weir, Gov’t Mule, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, The Freight Train Band

April 20-23 Celebration 2017 during the first anniversary of Prince’s death, at Paisley Park, suburban Minneapolis, MN with The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, New Power Generation.

April 21-23 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA with Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween

April 26 – May 1 Cheltenham Jazz Fest Cheltenham, England with Paul Carrack, Rick Wakeman, Booker T Jones, Robert Cray

April 28 -30 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1) New Orleans, LA with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Alabama Shakes

April 28-29 M3 Rock Festival Columbia, MD with Kix, Loverboy, Winger, Ratt, Dokken

April 30 MC Southern Rock Classic Columbia, MD with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels Band, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet

April 28-30 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with 38 Special, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lobos, the Blasters, the Zombies, Tommy James and the Shondells, Willie Nelson


May 3-7 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL with Steve Winwood, Loverboy, Ziggy Marley, Night Ranger, Ambrosia

May 4-7 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA with Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy

May 5-7 Beale Street Memphis, TN with Peter Wolf, Ziggy Marley, Midnight Oil, Soundgarden

May 6 aTrolla Dallas, TX with Peter Cetera, Survivor, The Zombies, Grand Funk Railroad, KC and the Sunshine Band, Delbert McClinton, BJ Thomas

May 19-21 Rock on the Range Columbus, OH with Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn

May 25-28 Delfest Cumberland, MD with Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule

abbey-road-on-the-river-festivalMay 25-29 Abbey Road On the River Louisville, KY with Peter Noone, Peter Asher, the Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay, and the Family Stone

May 26-28 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Mavis Staples

May 26-28 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK with Def Leppard, Ratt, Soundgarden, Slaughter

May 26-28 Sasquatch! Quincy, WA with Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots

May 27-28 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA with Robbie Krieger Band, the Yardbirds, Mitch Ryder


June 1-3 Red Rooster Festival Suffolk, England with Nick Lowe

June 2-3 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain with Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Gov’t Mule

June 2-4 Governor’s Ball  NYC with Beck, the Killers, Of Monsters and Men, Gary Clark Jr, Eagles of Death Metal

June 3 Rockfest KC Kansas City, KS with Sammy Hagar, Ratt, Collective Soul

June 3-5 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Green Day, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons

June 7-10 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with Aerosmith, Scorpions, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Little Steven, Kansas

June 8-11 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 8-11 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK with Rod Stewart, Pretenders, Alison Moyet, Arcade Fire, Bastille, Run DMC, Texas, The Alarm

June 9-11 Download Donington Park, UK with Aerosmith, Slayer, Mastodon

June 9-11 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark with Radiohead, Bastille

June 15-18 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with Bob Dylan, Weezer, Muse

June 16-17 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI with Paul Simon with YMusic, Bon Iver, Wilco

June 16-18 Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr.

June 16-18 Monterey International Pop Festival 50 Monterey CA with Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Booker T. Stax Revue, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr.

June 16-18 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland with Foo Fighters

June 16-18 Hellfest Clisson, France with Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Slayer, Rob Zombie

June 18-19 Stone Free Festival London, England with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult

June 21-25 Glastonbury Pilton, Somerset, England with Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Barry Gibb, Toots & the Maytals

June 22-25 Montebello Rockfest Montebello, QC with Megadeth, Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age, Dee Snider, Rammstein

June 23-25 Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Sheryl Crow

June 23 – July 1 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Sheryl Crow, King Crimson, Mavis Staples

June 23-24 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with John Fogerty, Cheap Trick, The Cult

June 23-25 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with John Fogerty, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick

June 24-25 Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes

June TBD Laid Back Nashville, TN

June 28 – July 1 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with Foo Fighters, Radiohead

June 28 – July 2 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 29 – July 2 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire

June 30 – July 2 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Europe, Queensryche


July 4-9 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

July 6-8 Mad Cool Madrid, Spain with Foo Fighters, Green Day, The Lumineers

July 6-16 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gary Clark Jr., Melissa Etheridge, Peter Wolf, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Molly Hatchet

July 6-16 Festival d’été de Québec Québec, Canada with The Who, Metallica, the Zombies

July 8 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 8-9 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Pretenders, Roger Hodgson, Madness

July 13-15 Rock Fest Cadott, WI with Slayer, Megadeth, Lita Ford, Rob Zombie, Anthrax, Ratt

July 13-15 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI with Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax

July 13-16 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with The Zombies, Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Poco

July 13-16 Latitude Suffolk, England with Mumford & Sons, John Cale, Mavis Staples

July 14-16 Chicago Open Air Bridgeview, IL with Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Rob Zombie

July 15-17 Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 13-16 Pemberton Pemberton, BC

July TBD Laid Back Chicago, IL

July 18-23 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Midnight Oil, Pixies

July 20-22 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Melissa Etheridge, Halestorm, Vince Neil

July 22-23 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Liam Gallagher

July 22-23 FYF Fest Los Angeles, CA with Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails

July TBD Laid Back Jones Beach, NY

July 23 On Track For Summer Windsor, England with Donovan

July 28-29 Qstock Oulu, Finland with Alice Cooper

July 29-30 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, England with ZZ Top, Dokken, Kansas


Aug 3-6 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL with the Killers, Liam Gallagher

Aug 3-6 Wickham Hampshire, England with 10cc, The Selecter

Aug 3-6 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with Buddy Guy

Aug 4-13 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium with Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Pixies

Aug 9-13 Smukfest Skanderborg, Denmark with Sting

Aug 10-13 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with Gov’t Mule, Jon Bonamassa, Les Brers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band

Aug 11-13 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA with The Who, Metallica

Aug TBD Vertex Buena Vista, CO

Aug 11-13 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

Peach Music FestivalAug 10-13 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, England with Megadeth, Testament

Aug 18-21 Moonstock Carterville, IL with Ozzy Osbourne

Aug 24-27 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA with John Fogerty, Peter Wolf, Phil Lesh with Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile

Aug 25-27 Reading Festival Reading, England with Muse, Bastille

Aug 25-27 Leeds Festival Leeds, England with Muse, Bastille

Aug 25-27 Great British R&B Festival Colne, England

Aug 25-28 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, England with Chris Difford, Loudon Wainwright III


Sept 1-3 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

Sept 1-3 Electric Picnic Laois, Ireland with Pretenders, Duran Duran, Madness

Sept 9-10 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany with Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons

Sept 15-17 Riot Fest Chicago, IL with Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order

Sept 15-17 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO with Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, the Magpie Salute, Delbert McClinton

Sept 15-17 Kaaboo San Diego, CA with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, the Wallflowers, the Magpie Salute, Michael McDonald, Alanis Morissette

Sept 15-17, 21-24 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with The Who, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper + Arthur Brown, Tears For Fears, Nile Rodgers + Chic

Music Midtown FestivalSept 16-17 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

Sept 23-24 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY with Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller Band, Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa, Eddie Vedder, Buddy Guy

Sept 24-25 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN with Daryl Hall & John Oates, Beck

Sept TBD Laid Back Red Rocks, CO

Sept 26-27 Landmark Music Festival Washington, DC


Oct 5-8 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 6-8; Oct 13-15 Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Oct 26 – Nov 5 Rock Getaway Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico with Don Henley, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and more

Oct 27-29 Voodoo Music + Art Experience New Orleans, LA

Oct TBD Laid Back Atlanta, GA


Nov TBD Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX

March 2018

March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, Florida

May 2018

May TBD Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

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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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