Upcoming 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.


Aug 1-4 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL with Gary Clark Jr., Hozier, Slash Ftg Myles Kennedy, Tame Impala

Aug 1-4 Wickham Hampshire, U.K. with Level 42, the Proclaimers, Judy Collins, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Matthews Southern Comfort

Aug 1-4 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Billy F Gibbons, Allman Betts Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds

Aug 2-4 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K. with Bananarama, UB40, Gloria Gaynor, Thin Lizzy

Aug 2-11 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium with Scorpions, Europe

Through Aug 18 Stern Grove Festival San Francisco, CA with free Sunday concerts ftg Psychedelic Furs, Isley Brothers, Toots and the Maytals, San Francisco Symphony

Aug 5-9 Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY with Jaimoe, Allman Betts Band, Oteil Burbridge

Aug 7-10 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, Thin Lizzy, Airbourne, Dee Snider

Aug 8-10 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with the Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Martin Barre Band

Aug 8-11 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

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

Aug 9-11 Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, MA with John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jaws Film: In Concert

Aug 9-11 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO with Trombone Shorty, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Aug 9-11 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA with Paul Simon, The Lumineers, Counting Crows, Mavis Staples, Hozier, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians

Aug 9-11 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL with Jeremy Clyde, Denny Laine, Alan White, Mark Lewisohn

Aug 10-11 Railbird Lexington, KY with Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Hozier

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

Aug 16-17 Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 15-18 Bethel Woods Bethel, NY with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Santana, Edgar Winter Band, Arlo Guthrie, Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Aug 16-18 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K. with Four Tops, Lulu, Belinda Carlisle, Paul Young, UB40, Sister Sledge, Michael Bolton

Aug 22-25 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA with Trey Anastasio Band feat. Derek Trucks, Tedeschi Trucks Band feat. Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros feat. Susan Tedeschi, Gary Clark Jr.

Aug 23-25 Reading Festival Reading, U.K. with Foo Fighters, The 1975, Bastille, Twenty One Pilots

Aug 23-25 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K. with Foo Fighters, The 1975, Bastille, Twenty One Pilots

Aug 23-25 Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K.

Aug 23-26 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K. with Andy Fairweather Low

Aug 30-31, Sept 1 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

TBD Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA (Delayed until later in summer or early fall)


Sept 7-8 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 10-15 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

Sept 13-15 Riot Fest Chicago, IL with Patti Smith, the Flaming Lips, the B-52’s

Sept 13-15 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept 13-15 Kaaboo San Diego, CA with Dave Matthews Band, the Bangles, Squeeze, REO Speedwagon, Duran Duran, Mumford and Sons, Sheryl Crow, Little Steven, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Sept 14-15 Grand Point North Burlington, VT with Grace Potter

Sept 14-15 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

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

Sept 21 Farm Aid East Troy, WI with Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt

Sept 2020 River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 20-22 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY with John Fogerty, Robert Plant & the Sensational Spaceshifters, ZZ Top, Hall & Oates, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Squeeze, Foo Fighters

Sep 20-22 Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV with Toto, the Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Post Malone, Of Monsters and Men

Sept 21-22 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN with Foo Fighters, The Killers, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges

Sept 27-29 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Bon Jovi, Seal

Sept 27-29 Ohana Dana Point, CA with Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Sept 27-29 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY with Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Godsmack


Oct 3-6 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Muse, King Crimson, Imagine Dragons

Oct TBD Cal Jam San Bernadino, CA

Oct 4-6 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 4-6, 11-13  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX with Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Gary Clark Jr.

Oct 11-13 Exit 111 Festival Manchester, TN with Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Megadeth, Slayer

Oct 11-13 ProgStock Rahway, NJ with Brand X, Saga, Nektar, 3.2 featuring Robert Berry

Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 11-13 Aftershock Sacramento, CA

Oct TBD Blues Fest Dublin and London, U.K.

November – December

Nov 2-9 80s in the Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Debbie Gibson, Lita Ford, John Waite, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Greg Kihn Band, Glass Tiger

Nov 9-10 Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL

Nov TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Dec. 5-9 Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico

January 2020

Jan 17-20 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Jan TBD Florida Jazz & Blues Jam Boca Raton, FL


Feb TBD Kaaboo Cayman Grand Cayman Island


March TBD Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

March TBD Download Japan

March 2020 Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD The Fest For Beatles Fans


April TBD Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL

April TBD Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL

April TBD Coachella Indio, CA

April 9-13 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Dave Matthews Band, Patti Smith and Her Band, Crowded House, George Benson, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, John Mayall

April TBD Undercover Festival London, U.K.

April TBD Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April TBD Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA

April 23-26 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1)

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

April TBD Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA

April 30 – May 3 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA


May TBD Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

May TBD Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA

May TBD Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL

May TBD Beale Street Memphis, TN

May TBD M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

May TBD Kaaboo Texas AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

May TBD Like Totally Music Festival Huntington Beach, CA (Note: 2019 event was canceled)

May TBD Epicenter Rockingham, NC

May 15-17 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

May TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

May TBD Sonic Temple 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 21-25 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN

May TBD Bottlerock Napa, CA

May TBD Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May TBD Boston Calling Allston, MA

May 22-24 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

May TBD Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 23 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

May 29-31 Download Paris, France


June TBD The Bath Festival (2nd Weekend) Bath, England

June 3-6 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June 5-7 Governor’s Ball  NYC

June TBD Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA

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

June TBD Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

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

June TBD Big Noise Wilmington, DE

June TBD Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands

June TBD Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

June TBD Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy

June 11-14 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK

June 11-14 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

June 11-13 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 14-15 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

June 12-14 Download Donington Park, UK

June 17-20 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June 18-20 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland

June 19-20 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

June 20-23 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK

June TBD Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June TBD Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

June TBD Hellfest Clisson, France

June 19-27 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

June 24-28 Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, England

June TBD Tons of Rock Halden, Norway

June 20-21, 27-28 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

June TBD Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium

June 25 – July 4 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada

June TBD Download Madrid, Spain

June TBD Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

June TBD Tail Winds Music Fest Wappingers Falls, NY

June TBD Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France

June TBD Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark

June 30 – July 3 Open’er Gdynia, Poland

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


July TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

July TBD Innervisions London, UK

July 2-4 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

July TBD Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

July 9-19 Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada

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

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

July 10-12 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July TBD Ribfest Naperville, IL

July TBD Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France

July 9-11 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain

July TBD Roxodus Edenvale, Ontario

July TBD Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July TBD Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July TBD Bospop Weert, Netherlands

July TBD Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July TBD Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN

July 16-18 Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July TBD Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

July 16-18 Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July 16-19 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY

July 16-19 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France

July TBD Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July TBD Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K.

July 17-19 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K.

July 18-19 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July 21-26 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July TBD Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA

July 30 – Aug 2 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July 31 – Aug 2 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

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

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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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  6. Claire
    #6 Claire 10 January, 2019, 16:09

    You forgot Hangout Fest, AL in May, and Forecastle, KY in July.

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  7. Sailer49
    #7 Sailer49 8 February, 2019, 06:48

    And all the rock festival cruises? On the Blue, Flower Power, Rock Legends… there’s a few more too.

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