Upcoming Classic Rock Festivals

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.

Most of 2020’s festivals were canceled and many of 2021’s have been delayed to later in the year. In some cases, they’ve been pushed back to 2022.

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

April 2021

April 1-5 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with All-Australian lineup Jimmy Barnes, Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, Ziggy Alberts, the Teskey Brothers

April TBD Wanee Block Party Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 9-11, 16-18 Coachella Indio, CA (Canceled)

Apr 23-25 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA (Canceled)

April 23-25 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA (Canceled)

April 8-10, 16-17 Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL with Umphrey’s McGee

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

Apr 30 – May 2 M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD (Postponed)

Apr 30 – May 16 Under the Southern Stars Various cities in Australia with Cheap Trick, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots


May 1-2 Cheltenham Jazz Festival (Streamed) with Steve Winwood

May 21-23 Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA

May TBD Epicenter Concord, NC (Moved to 2022)

May TBD Shaky Boots Atlanta, GA

May TBD Cruel World Carson, CA

May 2021 Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA

May 19-23 All the Best Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Hiatt, Steve Earle (Postponed)

May 21-23 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL (On Hold)

May TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

May TBD Sonic Temple Columbus, OH (Moving to 2022)

TBD Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point, CA

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

May TBD Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May TBD Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

May TBD Download Paris, France


June 3-5 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June – July Lucca Summer Festival Lucca, Italy with Beck, Liam Gallagher, John Legend, Celine Dion, Ben Harper

June 9-12 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

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

June TBD BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

June 16-18 Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June – July Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Jethro Tull, Alan Parsons Project, Madness, Crowded House, Patti Smith and Band, Nile Rodgers and Chic

June 16-19 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Kiss

June 17-19 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Brian Wilson, Patti Smith and Band, Suzi Quatro, Iggy Pop, Social Distortion, Drive-By Truckers, Robyn Hitchcock

June 18-20 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June TBD Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June 21-23 INMusic Zagreb, Croatia with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Beck, the Lumineers, the Killers, Deftones

June 24-26 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Scorpions, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Mastodon, Europe

June 25 – July 3 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada with Al Di Meola, Joss Stone, Tommy Emmanuel

June 25-27 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland with Cypress Hill, Primal Scream

June Through Aug Stern Grove Festival San Francisco, CA with free Sunday concerts TBA

June 25-27 Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France with Simple Minds

June 26 – July 3 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark with the Strokes, Faith No More, Haim

June 30 – July 3 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with the Killers, Kendrick Lamar, Twenty One Pilots

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


July Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France with Deep Purple, Roger Hodgson

July 1-3 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with Kiss, Judas Priest, Foreigner, Dropkick Murphys, UFO

July 1-4 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with the Street Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

July 1-4 Ribfest Romeoville, IL

July 2-4 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K. with the Isley Brothers, TLC, Sister Sledge

July 2-4 Main Square Arras, France with Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Twenty One Pilots, Pixies

July 2-17 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

July 7-10 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, the Deftones, Twenty One Pilots, Kings of Leon, Faith No More

July 8-18 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with King Crimson, Blue Rodeo, Jack Johnson, Rage Against the Machine, Alanis Morissette, Wishbone Ash

July 8-18 Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada

July 8-18 Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany with Sting, Van Morrison, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Stanley Clarke & Robben Ford, Spyro Gyra

2021 TBD Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

July 9-11 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 9-11 Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 9-11 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Sting, Lionel Richie, Allman Betts Band, Sinead O’Connor, Melissa Etheridge, Roger Hodgson

July TBD Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 15-17 Rock Fest Cadott, WI with Korn, Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Snoop Dogg, Queensryche

July TBD Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

July 8-18 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Celine Dion

July 8 – Aug 8 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July 15-18 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Third Eye Blind

July TBD Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 16-18 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K. with Foghat

July TBD Big Sky Oro-Medonte, ONT

July 17-18 Under the Big Sky Whitefish, MT with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams

July 17-18 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with Pearl Jam

July 22-24 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren, Night Ranger, Grand Funk Railroad

July 22-24 Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown Band

July 22-25 Latitude Festival Suffolk, U.K. with Bastille, First Aid Kit

July 23-25 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K. with Billy Ocean, the Trevor Horn Band, Bananarama, Wet Wet Wet, John Parr, Marc Almond, the Blow Monkeys

July Kemptville Live Music Festival Kemptville, ONT with Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, Andy Kim

July 28 – Aug 3 Olavsfest Trondheim, Norway

July 29 – Aug 1 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July TBD Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July – Aug Summer Nights at the Bandstand Glasgow, UK with Van Morrison, Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Suzanne Vega

July 23-25 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

July 30 – Aug 1 Underneath the Stars South Yorkshire, UK

July 30 – Aug 7 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

July 30 – Aug 8 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

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


Aug 5-8 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Aug 5-7 Canada Rock Fest Grand Forks, BC

August Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K. with Tom Jones, Rick Astley, Lionel Richie, George Benson

Aug 5-8 Wickham Hampshire, U.K. with Van Morrison, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, the Waterboys

Aug 6-8 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K. with Billy Ocean, Roland Gift, Bananarama, the Trevor Horn Band, Marc Almond, John Parr

Aug 11-15 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K. with Judas Priest, Saxon

Aug 2-6 Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY with Oteil Burbridge, Berry Oakley Jr.

Aug 5-7 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain

Aug TBD Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug 6-8 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

Aug 7-8 Nostalgie Beach Festival Middelkerke, Belgium

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana (Canceled)

Aug 12-14 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with the Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steve Hackett

Aug 13-15 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Aug 20-22 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K. with Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Cutting Crew, John Parr, the Trevor Horn Band, Roland Gift, Wet Wet Wet

Aug 20-22 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata Pref., Japan

Aug TBD Knotfest UK Milton Keynes, U.K.

Aug 20-21 Railbird Lexington, KY

Aug 20-22 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL with Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Billy Strings

Aug 27-29 Reading Festival Reading, U.K. with Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age

Aug 27-29 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K. with Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age

Aug 28-29 Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K. (Canceled)

Aug 27-30 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K. with Judy Collins


Sept TBD Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

Sept TBD Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 2-5 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard, Lana Del Rey

Sept 2-6 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with Peter Asher

Sept 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Dave Matthews Band,  Guns N’ Roses, Chris Stapleton

Sept 3-5 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

Sept 3-5 Bottlerock Napa, CA

Sept 4 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

Sept 9-12 Blue Ridge Rock Festival Appomattox, VA

Sept 9-12 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

Sept 16-19 Riot Fest Chicago, IL with My Chemical Romance, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies

Sept 11-12 Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sep 16-19 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK with Tom Jones, Liam Gallagher, Duran Duran

Sept 18-19 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA with My Chemical Romance

Sept 21-26 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

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

Sept 17-19 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept 17-19 Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV with Green Day, Billie Eilish, Brittany Howard, Haim

Sept TBD Kaaboo PetCo Park, San Diego, CA

Sept 18-19 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ with Pearl Jam, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Patti Smith and Her Band, Patti Scialfa

Sept TBD Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept 23-26 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY

Sept 23-26 Delfest Cumberland, MD

Sept 24-26 Governor’s Ball  NYC

Sept 24-26 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA with Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Pretenders, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket

Sept 25 Global Citizen Festival

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept 25-26 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN


Oct 1-3  The Fest For Beatles Fans Jersey City, NJ

Oct 1-3 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Oct 1-3, 8-10  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 1-3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 6-9 King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR with Mavis Staples, Allman Betts Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch with Bobby Rush

Oct 7-10 Aftershock Sacramento, CA with Metallica, My Chemical Romance, Anthrax, Rancid, Social Distortion, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Live, Seether, The Offspring

Oct 8-17 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Rescheduled from April)

Oct TBD ProgStock Rahway, NJ

Oct 25-30 80s in the Sand Playa Mujeres, Mexico with Cheap Trick, Billy Idol, Belinda Carlisle, Little River Band, Tesla, the Hooters, Howard Jones, Sheena Easton, Wang Chung, Donnie Iris

TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Oct 7-10 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

TBD Blues Fest London, U.K.

Oct 29-31 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA with The Strokes, Tame Impala, Lizzo, Brittany Howard, Vampire Weekend (moved from Aug 6-8)

November – December

Nov 11-14 Rockville Festival Daytona Beach, FL

Nov 12-14 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Barenaked Ladies, Tim McGraw, Vanilla Ice, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert

Dec. TBA Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico

January 2022

Jan 13-16 Playing in the Sand Riviera Cancun, Mexico with Dead & Company

Jan TBD 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Jan TBD Ramble on the Island Trelawny, Jamaica


Dates TBD Girls Just Wanna Weekend 3 Riviera Maya, Mexico


March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

March TBD Download Japan Nakase, Japan

TBD Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL


Apr 9-10 Knotfest Japan Tokyo, Japan with Slipknot

April 28 – May 1 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

Apr 29 – May 1 Beale Street Memphis, TN


May 27-29 Boston Calling Boston, MA


June 9-11 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 10-12 Download Donington Park, UK

June TBD Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Foreigner, Alan Parsons Live Project

June 16-19 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK with Simple Minds, Lionel Richie, UB40

June 16-19 Graspop Dessel, Belgium

June 17-19 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 18-19, 25-26 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June TBD TW Classic Werchter, Belgium

June TBD Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, U.K.

June 30 – July 3 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium


July 8-10 North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands

July TBD Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July TBD Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge UK


Aug 26-28 Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, M


Sept 2-4, 8-11 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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  8. Billy K.
    #8 Billy K. 29 March, 2021, 00:17

    What about Knebworth and Glastonbury? I know one of those UK festivals cancelled, but not sure about the other. And not sure of which did what……

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 29 March, 2021, 08:32

      Glastonbury is listed in 2022, as they’ve already announced that they are skipping 2021. Knebworth no longer has an annual festival.

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