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.


June 1-2 The Bath Festival (2nd Weekend) Bath, England with Van Morrison

June 5-8 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with KISS, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Krokus

June 6-8 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark with Alice in Chains, Bon Iver

June 7-21 Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K. with Tears For Fears, the Jacksons, Kylie Minogue

June 8-9 Big Noise Wilmington, DE

June 8-10 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Fleetwood Mac, Mumford and Sons

June 13-16 Mountain Jam Bethel, NY with Willie Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule, Allman Betts Band, Toots & the Maytals, the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Alison Krauss

June 13-16 Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy with Ed Sheeran, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool

June 13-16 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK with Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds, George Ezra, Madness, Rick Astley

June 13-16 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with Phish, the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, the Avett Brothers

June 14-15 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Clark Jr.

June 14-15 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain with the Beach Boys, Ben Harper

June 14-16 Download Donington Park, UK with Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Slash ftg Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie

June 16 – Aug 18 Stern Grove Festival San Francisco, CA with free Sunday concerts ftg Psychedelic Furs, Isley Brothers, Toots and the Maytals, San Francisco Symphony

June 19-22 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Tool, Slipknot, Rob Zombie

June 20-23 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, U.K. with Tears For Fears, Kylie Minogue

June 21-23 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with Courney Barnett, Death Cab For Cutie, Vampire Weekend

June TBD Stone Free Festival London, England

June 20-22 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Lynyrd Skynrd, Tesla

June 21-22 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Stray Cats, Wilco, Tesla

June 21-23 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Patti Smith and Band, Black Eyed Peas

June 21-23 Hellfest Clisson, France with KISS, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whitesnake, Slayer

June 21-29 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with George Benson, Marc Cohn, Steve Gadd Band, Patti Labelle

June 26-30 Glastonbury Pilton, Somerset, England with Liam Gallagher, Sheryl Crow, The Cure, Janet Jackson, The Killers, Mavis Staples, Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monae, Ms Lauryn Hill

June 27-29 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with KISS, Def Leppard, Dropkick Murphys

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

June TBD Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June 26-30 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Chicago, Styx, Foreigner, Outlaw Music Festival (Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh & Friends, Counting Crows, Alison Kraus), Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle & the Dukes, X, Foghat

June 27-30 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Tool, Weezer

June 27 – July 6 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada with George Benson, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright

June 28-30 Download Madrid, Spain with Slipknot, Tool

June 28 – July 13 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland with Elton John, ZZ Top, Sting, Janet Jackson, Slash, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Tower of Power, Joe Jackson, Anita Baker, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones

June 29 Tail Winds Music Fest Wappingers Falls, NY with Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Black Stone Cherry, King’s X

June 29-30 Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France with the Stray Cats, the Zombies, Tears for Fears, UB40, Midnight Oil

June 9 – July 6 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark with Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & the Sensational Spaceshifters, The Cure, Tears For Fears, Cardi B

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


July 2-5 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Greta Van Fleet

July 2-7 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Allman Betts Band, The Killers, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Loverboy, .38 Special, The Association, Jennifer Lopez, Chaka Khan

July 3-7 Innervisions London, UK with Van Morrison, Mavis Staples

July 4-7 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Dee Snider

July 4-14 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with Psychedelic Furs, Little Steven, Buddy Guy, The Killers, America

July 4-14 Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Guy, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Imagine Dragons, April Wine

July 5-7 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K. with Gladys Knight, Chick Corea, Lauryn Hill

July 5-7 Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada with Burton Cummings, Bryan Adams, Tom Cochran and Red Rider

July 5-7 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K. with the Beach Boys, Paul Carrack, the Specials, Keane, Trevor Horn Band, Echo & the Bunnymen

July 6 Liverpool Feis Liverpool, U.K. with the Chieftains, the Undertones

July 2020 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 3 Ribfest Naperville, IL with Billy Idol

July 8-31 Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France with Sting, Joan Baez, Liam Gallagher

July 11-13 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Iver, Iggy Pop, Greta Van Fleet

July 11-14 Roxodus Edenvale, Ontario with Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Lita Ford, Billy Idol

July 12-14 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY with The Killers, Avett Brothers, Lucius, Dawes

July 12-14 Ride Festival Telluride, CO with Widespread Panic, Big Head Todd & the Monsters

July 12-14 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with John Fogerty, Sting, Nile Rodgers & Chic, The Specials, Foreigner, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Richard Ashcroft

July 13 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY with Soul Asylum, Aimee Mann

July 18-20 Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN with Aerosmith, REO Speedwagon, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts

July 18-20 Rock Fest Cadott, WI with Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Mastodon, Kix

July 18-20 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI with Evanescence, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson

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

July 18-20 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Goo Doo Dolls, Train

July 18-21 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with America, Edgar Winter, War, Dweezil Zappa

July 18-21 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Tears For Fears, Nile Rodgers & Chic

July 19-21 Pitchfork Chicago, IL with Mavis Staples, the Isley Brothers, Haim

July 19-21 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K. with Foreigner, Lulu, Paul Young, Bryan Ferry, Belinda Carlisle, Big Country

July 19-21 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K. with Foreigner, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Living Colour

July 20-21 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with the Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Ben Harper, The 1975

July 23-28 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland with The Cure, Lana del Rey

July 25-26 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with Phil Lesh & Friends, Blues Traveler, Allman Betts Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band

July 25-28 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany with Graham Nash, Allman Betts Band, Doyle Bramhall II, UFO

July 26-28 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI with Phil Lesh, Lukas Nelson, Jeff Tweedy

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

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


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 TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

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 18 San Bernadino, CA

Oct 4-6 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 4-6, 11-13  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

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

Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 11-13 Aftershock Sacramento, CA

Oct TBD Florida Jam Boca Raton, FL

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 TBD Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia

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, 2020 Download Paris, France


June 5-7 Governor’s Ball  NYC

June Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA

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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