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.

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


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 (Canceled due to flooded grounds)

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,   ZZ Top, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Indigo Girls, Psychedelic Furs, Queensryche, Night Ranger, Liz Phair, Sheila E., Tower of Power

Sept 3-5 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK with Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Anthrax, Limp Bizkit

Sept 3-5 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Mavis Staples, Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew

Sept 5 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT with Eagles, Zac Brown Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Sept 9-12 Blue Ridge Rock Festival Danville, VA with Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Limp Bizkit

Sep 9-12 Big Blues Bender Las Vegas, NV with Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Jimmy Hall

Sept 9-12 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

Sept 10-19 (and July 7-17, 2022) Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany

Sep 10-12 Pitchfork Chicago, IL with St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Erykah Badu, Kim Gordon

Sept 10-12 Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA with Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, Ziggy & Stephen Marley

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

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 with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Buddy Guy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allman Betts Band

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

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 23-26 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY with Korn, Staind, Anthrax

Sept 23-26 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with the Killers, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Cage the Elephant, Lizzo

Sept 23-26 Delfest Cumberland, MD

Sept 24-26 Governor’s Ball  NYC with Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Ellie Goulding, Leon Bridges

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 25 Farm Aid Hartford, CT with Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band

Sept 25 Knotfest Indianola, IA with Slipknot, Faith No More, Megadeth, Lamb of God

Sept 25-26 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN


Oct 1-3, 8-10  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX with George Strait, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, Asleep at the Wheel

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 7-10 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

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

Oct TBD ProgStock Rahway, NJ

Oct 22-24 Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA with Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Living Colour

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 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 with Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nine Inch Nails, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God

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

Dec 2-4 LA3C Festival Los Angeles, CA

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 1-3  The Fest For Beatles Fans Location TBD

April TBD Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia

April TBD Wanee Block Party Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr TBD Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA

Apr 9-10 Knotfest Japan Tokyo, Japan with Slipknot

April 15-17, 22-24 Coachella Indio, CA

April TBD Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL

Apr 27 – May 2 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, U.K.

April 29 – May 1 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA

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

April 28 – May 1 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

Apr 29 – May 1 Beale Street Memphis, TN


May TBD Epicenter Concord, NC

May TBD Shaky Boots Atlanta, GA

May 14-15 Cruel World Carson, CA with Blondie, Devo, Bauhaus, Morrissey, Psychedelic Furs, English Beat, Echo & the Bunnymen, Berlin

May TBD All the Best Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

May 20-22 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

May TBD Sonic Temple Columbus, OH

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

May 27-29 Boston Calling Boston, MA with Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine

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


June 2-4 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June 3-5 Rock am Ring Nuremberg, Germany with Green Day, Weezer, Muse, Korn, Deftones

June 8-11 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with Guns N’ Roses, Night Ranger, 10cc, Ten Years After, Social Distortion, Accept

June 9-11 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 9-12 I-Days Festival Milan, Italy with Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Nile Rodgers & Chic

June 10-12 Download Donington Park, UK

June TBD BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

June – July Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Jethro Tull, Crowded House, Madness, Nile Rodgers & Chic

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 with Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

June 16-19 Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer

June 17-19 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 17-19 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Pearl Jam

June 17-25 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

June TBD Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

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

June 18-20 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

June 20-22 INMusic Zagreb, Croatia with the Killers

June TBD Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

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

June 23-25 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Faith No More

June 24-26 Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France with Simple Minds, Madness

June – July Lucca Summer Festival Lucca, Italy with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Liam Gallagher, John Legend, Celine Dion, Ben Harper

June 25 – July 2 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark with Kendrick Lamar, the Strokes, Faith No More, Haim

June TBD TW Classic Werchter, Belgium

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

June 29 – July 2 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with Twenty One Pilots

June 30 – July 3 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium

June 30 – July 2 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

June 30 – July 9 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada with Al Di Meola, Joss Stone, Macy Gray Tommy Emmanuel

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


July 1-3 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July 1-3 Main Square Arras, France with Sting

July TBD Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France

July TBD Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA

July TBD M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

July TBD Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

July TBD Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada

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

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July TBD Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July TBD Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July TBD Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

July TBD Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Celine Dion

July TBD Big Sky Oro-Medonte, ONT

July TBD Under the Big Sky Whitefish, MT

July TBD Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July TBD Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN

July 21-24 Latitude Festival Suffolk, U.K.

July TBD Ribfest Romeoville, IL

July 6-9 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain

July 7-10 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos

July 8-10 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July 8-10 North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 8-10 Bospop Weert, Netherlands

July 9 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July TBD Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with Rage Against the Machine

July 16-17 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July TBD Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K.

July 19-24 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July 21-24 Kemptville Live Music Festival Kemptville, ONT with Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, Andy Kim

July 22-24 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K.

July TBD Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July TBD Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge UK

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

July 28-31 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July TBD Under the Southern Stars Various cities in Australia

July – Aug TBD Olavsfest Trondheim, Norway

July 29-31 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July TBD Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

July 29-31 Underneath the Stars South Yorkshire, UK


Aug TBD Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

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

Aug TBD Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY

Aug TBD Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

Aug 4-6 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain with Testament, Powerwolf

Aug 4-7 Wickham Hampshire, U.K.

Aug 5-7 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K.

Aug 5-14 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

Aug 6-7 Nostalgie Beach Festival Middelkerke, Belgium

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 11-13 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with the Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steve Hackett

Aug 11-14 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K. with Testament, Lamb of God

Aug TBD Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Aug 12-14 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

Aug 12-14 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO

Aug 19-21 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K.

Aug TBD Railbird Lexington, KY

Aug TBD Fuji Rock Festival Niigata Pref., Japan

Aug TBD Knotfest UK Milton Keynes, U.K.

Aug TBD Canada Rock Fest Grand Forks, BC

Aug TBD Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

Aug TBD Wonder Hall Lancashire, U.K.

Aug 26-28 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 26-28 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

Aug 26-28 Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, MA with Beck, Wilco, the Avett Brothers

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

Aug 26-29 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

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


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

Sept TBD Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept TBD Kaaboo PetCo Park, San Diego, CA

Sept TBD Grand Point North Burlington, VT

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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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