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.

January 2020

Jan 17-20 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL with Brian Wilson, John Prine, Peter Noone, Don McLean, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls

Jan TBD Florida Jazz & Blues Jam Boca Raton, FL

Jan 26-30 Ramble on the Island Trelawny, Jamaica with Little Feat, Los Lobos, the Midnight Ramble Band

Jan 29 – Feb 2 Girls Just Wanna Riviera Maya, Mexico with Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Patti Griffin, Lucius, Wanda Sykes

2020 TBD Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL

February
March

March 20, 21 Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

March TBD Download Japan

March 5-8 Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

Mar 20-21 Knotfest Japan Tokyo, Japan with Slipknot, Anthrax, Korn, Marilyn Manson

March 27-29 The Fest For Beatles Fans Jersey City, NJ with Billy J. Kramer, Mark Rivera

April

April 16-18 Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL

April 10-12, 17-19 Coachella Indio, CA

April 17-19 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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

April 6-7 Undercover Festival London, U.K.

April TBD Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April 24-26 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA with Trey Anastasio Band, Gary Clark Jr.

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

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

April 24-26 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with ZZ Top, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood

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

April 30 – May 3 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

May

May 1-3 Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA

May 1-3 Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA with The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Liam Gallagher

May 1-3 Beale Street Memphis, TN

May 8-10 Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL with Metallica

May TBD M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

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

May 1-3 Epicenter Concord, NC with Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Lee Roth, Anthrax, Godsmack

May 15-17 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

May 15-24 The Bath Festival Bath, England

May 15-17 Sonic Temple Columbus, OH with Metallica

May TBD Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point, CA

May 21-24 Delfest Cumberland, MD with the Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

May 21-24 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

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

May 20-25 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with Tommy James & the Shondells, Little River Band, The Cyrkle, Lawrence Juber

May 22-24 Bottlerock Napa, CA

May 22-24 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May 22-24 Boston Calling Boston, MA with Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers

May 22-24 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

May 2021 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 23 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

May 29-31 Download Paris, France

June

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

June 3-6 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June 3-18 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

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 4-6 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark with Green Day, Weezer

June 5-6 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain with Roger Hodgson

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

June TBD Big Noise Wilmington, DE

June TBD Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

June 10-13 Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Weezer

June 11 – July 6 Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Cat Stevens,  Bryan Ferry, Alan Parsons Project

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 12-14 Download Donington Park, UK with Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of a Down

June 17-20 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June 18-20 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland

June 19-21 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Disturbed, Keane, Deftones

June 19-20 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Patti Smith and Band, Social Distortion

June 18-21 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK with Lionel Richie

June 18-21 Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June 19-21 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

June 19-21 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 19-27 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

June 24-28 Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, England with Paul McCartney, Diana Ross

June 25-27 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Iron Maiden, Deep Purple

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

June 24-28 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI (Weekend 1)

June TBD Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium

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

June 26-28 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

June TBD Download Madrid, Spain

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

June 26-28 Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France with Iggy Pop, Simple Minds

June 27 – July 4 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark with Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke

June 30 – July 3 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke

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

July

June 30 – July 5 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI (Weekend 2)

July TBD Innervisions London, UK

July 2-4 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with Kiss, Judas Priest, Accept, UFO

July 2-5 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with Jaimoe & Friends, Allman Betts Band, Tower of Power, the Street Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Umphrey’s McGee

July 3-5 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July 9-19 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

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

July 9-11 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain with Taylor Swift, Paul Weller, Pixies, Billie Eilish

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 10-12 Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 9-19 Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany with Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, David Sanborn & Lisa Simone

July 10-12 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Iron Maiden

July 11 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 16-18 Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July 17-19 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July 16-18 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 with Celine Dion

July TBD Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 17-19 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K.

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

July 18 Big Sky Oro-Medonte, ONT with Dwight Yoakam, Ronnie Milsap

July 18-19 Under the Big Sky Whitefish, MT with Emmylou Harris, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

July 18-19 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with Billie Eilish

July 20-26 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland with Celine Dion

July 23-25 Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN with Zac Brown Band

July 28 – Aug 3 Olavsfest Trondheim, Norway with Cat Stevens, Bowie in Berlin with Trondheim Symphony Orch.

July 30 – Aug 2 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July 30 – Aug 2 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July 30 – Aug 2 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

July 31 – Aug 2 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

July 31 – Aug 9 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

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

August

Aug 6-9 Wickham Hampshire, U.K.

Aug TBD Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K.

Aug 6-9 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K.

Aug 7-9 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

Aug TBD Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY

Aug 6-8 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain

Aug 13-15 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K.

Aug 6-9 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug TBD Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Aug 7-9 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO

Aug 7-9 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 14-16 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K.

Aug 22 Knotfest UK Milton Keynes, U.K.

Aug 22-23 Railbird Lexington, KY

Aug 28-30 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 28-30 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

Aug 28-30 Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K.

Aug 28-31 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

TBD Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

TBD Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA

September

Sept 5-6 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 15-20 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

Sept TBD Riot Fest Chicago, IL

Sept 18-20 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept TBD Kaaboo San Diego, CA

Sept TBD Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sept 14-15 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

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

Sept TBD River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 18-20 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY

Sept 19-20 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ

Sept 20-22 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sep 26 Global Citizen Festival NYC, Lagos, Seoul, Europe, and Latin America with Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Coldplay, Metallica, Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Usher, Billie Eilish, Lizzo

Sep TBD Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept TBD Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sept TBD Ohana Dana Point, CA

October

Oct TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oct TBD Cal Jam San Bernadino, CA

Oct TBD Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct TBD  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct TBD Exit 111 Festival Manchester, TN

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

2020 TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct TBD Aftershock Sacramento, CA

Oct TBD Blues Fest London, U.K.

November – December

Dec. TBD Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico

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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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