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.

October

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 11-14 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA with Buckcherry, Artimus Pyle

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 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 10-11 Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL with Vince Neil, Ace Frehley, Kix, Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, Sebastian Bach, Winger, Steelheart

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 9, 11 Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia with Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Slayer, Alice in Chains, Anthrax

March 21 Download Japan with Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Anthrax, Halestorm

March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD In Bloom Festival Houston, TX

March 29-31 The Fest For Beatles Fans NY Metro TBD

April 2019

April 12-14 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Elle King, Kenny Chesney

April 18-22 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Jack Johnson, Colin Hay, Arlo Guthrie, George Clinton, Keb’ Mo’

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 M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

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 with Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Slash ftg Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie

June TBD Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K.

June TBD Montebello Rockfest Montebello, QC

June TBD Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June TBD Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, U.K.

June TBD Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy

June TBD Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands

June TBD Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY

June TBD Stone Free Festival London, England

June TBD Download Paris, France

June TBD Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

June TBD Tons of Rock Halden, Norway

June TBD Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June TBD Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland

June TBD Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK

June TBD Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA

June TBD Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

June TBD Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA

June TBD Hellfest Clisson, France

June 26-30 Glastonbury Pilton, Somerset, England

June TBD Milano Summer Festival Milan, Italy

June TBD Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

June TBD Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June TBD Impact Festival Krakow, Poland

June TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

June TBD Download Madrid, Spain

June – July  Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada

June TBD Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

June TBD BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

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

June TBD Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July 2019

July TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

July TBD Open’er Gdynia, Poland

July TBD Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

July TBD Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium

July TBD Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

July TBD Festival d’été de Québec Québec, Canada

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July TBD Ribfest Naperville, IL

July TBD Trnsmt Festival Glasgow, U.K.

July TBD Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

July TBD Liverpool Feis Liverpool, U.K.

July TBD Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain

July TBD Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July TBD Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

July 19-21 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K.

July TBD Great South Bay Patchogue, NY

July TBD Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July TBD Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July TBD Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July TBD Bospop Weert, Netherlands

July TBD Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France

July TBD Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July 19-21 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K. with Foreigner

July TBD Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July TBDPeach Music Festival Scranton, PA

July TBD Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France

July TBD Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July TBD Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July TBD Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

July TBD Fuji Rock Festival Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan

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

August

Aug 1-4 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

Aug 1-4 Wickham Hampshire, U.K.

Aug 2-4 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K.

Aug TBD Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

Aug TBD Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO

Aug TBD Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

Aug 8-10 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K.

Aug TBD Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug 9-11 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

Aug 9-11 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

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

Aug 8-11 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K.

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 16-18 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K.

Aug TBD Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Aug 23-25 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 23-25 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

Aug TBD Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K.

Aug 23-26 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

Aug TBD Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

September

Sept 7-8 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 10-15 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

Sept TBD Riot Fest Chicago, IL

Sept 13-15 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept 13-15 Kaaboo San Diego, CA

Sept TBD Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sept TBD Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

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

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sept 22 Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept TBD Laid Back Festival various cities TBA

Sept 22 River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 22-23 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept 22-23 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept 28-30 Ohana Dana Point, CA

Sept 28-30 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY

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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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  5. barry
    #5 barry 3 September, 2018, 10:10

    M3 at Merriweather Post in Columbia MD?

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