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.

October

Oct 1-3, 2021 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Oct 1-3, 8-10, 2021  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA (Virtual)

Oct 6-9, 2021 King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR with Mavis Staples, Allman Betts Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch with Bobby Rush

Oct 7-10, 2021 Aftershock Sacramento, CA with Metallica, My Chemical Romance

Oct 10-11 ProStock Rahway, NJ (Virtual)

Oct 25-30, 2021 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

TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Oct 7-10, 2021 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

TBD Blues Fest London, U.K.

November – December

Nov 12-14, 2021 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Barenaked Ladies, Tim McGraw, Toots and the Maytals, Vanilla Ice

Dec. 2021 Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico

January 2021

Jan TBD 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Jan TBD Ramble on the Island Trelawny, Jamaica

February

Feb 3-7 Girls Just Wanna Weekend 3 Riviera Maya, Mexico (Canceled)

March

March TBD Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

Mar TBD Knotfest Japan Tokyo, Japan

March TBD Download Japan Nakase, Japan

TBD Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL

April

April 1-5 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Patti Smith and Her Band, George Benson, Bon Iver, Kool & the Gang, the Gipsy Kings, Jimmy Barnes, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan

April TBD Wanee Block Party Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 9-11, 16-18 Coachella Indio, CA

Mar 19-21  The Fest For Beatles Fans Jersey City, NJ

April 22-25 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1)

Apr 23-25 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA

April 23-25 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA with Trey Anastasio Band, Allman Betts Band, Snoop Dogg, Toots & the Maytals

April TBD Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL

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

April 29 – May 2 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

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

Apr 30 – May 2 M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

Apr 30 – May 2 Beale Street Memphis, TN

May

May TBD Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA

May TBD Epicenter Concord, NC

May TBD Shaky Boots Atlanta, GA

May TBD Cruel World Carson, CA

May TBD Rockville Festival Daytona Beach, FL

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

May 21-23 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

May TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

May TBD Sonic Temple Columbus, OH

TBD Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point, CA

May TBD Delfest Cumberland, MD

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

May TBD Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May 27-30 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

May 27-31 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with the Zombies, Peter Asher

May 28-30 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers

May 28-30 Boston Calling Boston, MA

May 28-30 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

May TBD Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 29 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

May TBD Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

May TBD Download Paris, France

June

June 3-5 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June 4-6 Download Donington Park, UK

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

June 9-12 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June 10-12 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June TBD Governor’s Ball  NYC

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

June TBD BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

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

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

June – July Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Bryan Ferry, Madness, Crowded House, Patti Smith and Band, Nile Rodgers and Chic

June 16-19 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June 17-19, 2021 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Foreigner, Roger Hodgson, Alan Parsons Live Project

June 17-20 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

June 17-20 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK

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 17-20 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK with Simple Minds, Lionel Richie, UB40

June 17-20 Graspop Dessel, Belgium with Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Korn, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys

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

June TBD Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June 18-20 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 18-26 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Spyro Gyra, Puss N Boots ftg Norah Jones

June 19-20, 26-27 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June TBD TW Classic Werchter, Belgium

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

June 2021 Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, England

June 24-26, 2021 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Deep Purple, Faith No More

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

June – July Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

June TBD Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

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

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

June 26 – July 3 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark

June 30 – July 3 Open’er Gdynia, Poland

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

July

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

July 1-3 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

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

July 1-4 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with the Lumineers, Thom Yorke, Pixies

July Ribfest Romeoville, IL

July 2-4 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July 2-4 Main Square Arras, France

July Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

July 7-10 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain with The Killers, the Deftones, Twenty One Pilots

July 8-18 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with King Crimson, Blue Rodeo, Jack Johnson

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 Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 9-11 North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 9-11, 2021 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Lionel Richie, Allman Betts Band, Sinead O’Connor

July 2021 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 15-17 Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July 2021 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

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

July 15-18 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Celine Dion

July Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July Pitchfork Chicago, IL

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

July Big Sky Oro-Medonte, ONT

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

July 17-18 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July 19-25 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland with Celine Dion

July 22-24 Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July 22-24 Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN

July 22-25 Latitude Festival Suffolk, U.K.

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

July Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, M

July – Aug TBD Olavsfest Trondheim, Norway

July 29 – Aug 1 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge UK

July – Aug TBD Summer Nights at the Bandstand Glasgow, UK

July 23-25 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

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

July 30 – Aug 8 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

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

August

Aug 5-8 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

Aug TBD Canada Rock Fest Grand Forks, BC

Aug 5-8 Wickham Hampshire, U.K. with Van Morrison, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, Leo Sayer, 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 6-8 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA with The Strokes, Tame Impala, Lizzo, Brittany Howard, The 1975, Vampire Weekend

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

Aug TBD Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY

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 with Roger Hodgson, Level 42, the Troggs

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

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

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 TBD Fuji Rock Festival Niigata Pref., Japan

Aug TBD Knotfest UK Milton Keynes, U.K. with Slipknot

Aug 20-21 Railbird Lexington, KY

Aug 27-29 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 27-29 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

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

Aug 27-30 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

September

Sept TBD Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

Sept TBD Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

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

Sept 11-12 Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sept 18-19 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

Sept 21-26 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

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

Sept TBD River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 17-19 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept TBD Kaaboo PetCo Park, San Diego, CA

Sept TBD Louder Than Life Louisville, KY

Sept 18-19 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ with Pearl Jam, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol

Sept TBD Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

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

Sept TBD Global Citizen Festival

Sept 17-19 Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept 25-26 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept 24-26, Oct 1-3 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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