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


March 5-8 Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL with Mumford & Sons

March 20, 21 Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia with My Chemical Romance, Deftones (Canceled)

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

March 29 Download Japan with My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Evanescence (Postponed)

TBD Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL


April 16-18 Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL with Phil Lesh & Friends

April 1-5, 2021 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Alanis Morissette, Patti Smith and Her Band, Crowded House, George Benson, Jimmie Vaughan, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, John Mayall, Kool & the Gang, the Gipsy Kings, the Waterboys (Rescheduled from April 2020; Artists TBA)

April 25 Wanee Block Party Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Blues Traveler, Jaimoe & Friends, Allman Betts Band (Canceled)

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

April 23-26 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1) with The Who, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, the Beach Boys, Foo Fighters, the Cowsills, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy (Moved to Fall TBD)

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

April 30 – May 3 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA with Stevie Nicks, the Black Crowes, Dead & Company, Jimmy Cliff, Aaron Neville, John Prine, the Isley Brothers, Lionel Richie, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Kool and the Gang, Tribute to Dr. John (Moved to Fall TBD)

April 30 – May 3 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL with Darius Rucker, Cage the Elephant, Adam Lambert (Canceled)


May 1-3 Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA with Steve Miller Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, UB40, Counting Crows, Blues Traveler, Ambrosia, Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley, Ben Harper (Postponed)

May 1-3 Beale Street Memphis, TN with Lindsey Buckingham, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges (Postponed to Fall TBA)

May 1-3 M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD with Tesla, Ratt, Night Ranger, Kix, Stryper, Slaughter

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

May 8-9 Shaky Boots Atlanta, GA with Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Alison Krauss, Tanya Tucker, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black (Canceled)

May 8-10 Rockville Festival Daytona Beach, FL with Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anthrax, Godsmack (Canceled)

May 15-17 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage the Elephant, Billie Eilish

May 15-24 The Bath Festival Bath, England with Patti Smith and Band (Postponed until Fall TBA)

May 15-17 Sonic Temple Columbus, OH with Metallica, Slipknot, Anthrax, Evanescence (Canceled)

2021 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

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

May 22-24 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK with Slipknot, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Anthrax

May 22-24 Boston Calling Boston, MA with Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Liam Gallagher, Brittany Howard

May 22-24 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL with Umphrey’s McGee, Moe.

May 2021 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 23 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT with Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

May 29-31 Mountain Jam Bethel, NY Celebrating Levon Helm’s 80th Birthday, featuring the Midnight Ramble Band, Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio Band, Brandi Carlile, The Head and the Heart, Grace Potter (Canceled)

May 2021 Download Paris, France


June – July Lucca Summer Festival Lucca, Italy with Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Liam Gallagher, Beck, John Legend, Patti Smith & Band

June 3-6 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with Guns N’ Roses, Blue Oyster Cult, 10cc

June 3-18 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland with Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, Brittany Howard

June 5-7 Governor’s Ball  NYC with Stevie Nicks, Tame Impala, Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters and Men, Miley Cyrus

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, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Lucinda Williams

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

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

June 11 – July 6 Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Cat Stevens,  Bryan Ferry, Alan Parsons Project, Madness, Crowded House, Diana Ross

June 11-14 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK with Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Black Eyed Peas (Canceled)

June 11-13 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands with John Fogerty, Peter Frampton

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

June 17-20 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest

June 18-20 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Foreigner, Roger Hodgson, Alan Parsons Live Project

June 19-21 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crowded House, Post Malone, Disturbed, Keane, Deftones

June 19-20 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with John Fogerty, Brian Wilson, Patti Smith and Band, Suzi Quatro, Social Distortion, Drive-By Truckers

June 18-21 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK with Simple Minds, Lionel Richie, UB40

June 18-21 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with Rage Against the Machine, David Lee Roth, Billie Eilish, Cage the Elephant

June 19-21 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA celebrating Phil Lesh’s 80th birthday, with Phil Lesh, David Crosby, John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Electric Hot Tuna, Warren Haynes, Brandi Carlile, Gov’t Mule

June 19-21 Hellfest Clisson, France with Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Deftones, Korn, Michael Schenker

June 19-27 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Nile Rodgers & Chic, Spyro Gyra, Puss N Boots ftg Norah Jones, Wynonna

June 20-21, 27-28 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal with Foo Fighters, Liam Gallagher, Black Eyed Peas

June 21 TW Classic Werchter, Belgium with Paul McCartney, Crowded House, the Killers, Sinead O’Connor

June 22-24 INMusic Zagreb, Croatia with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, the Killers, Beck, the Lumineers

June 24-28 Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, England with Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift (Canceled)

June 25-27 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Disturbed

June 25 – July 4 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada with George Clinton, Joss Stone, Macy Gray, Al Di Meola, Taj Mahal Quartet

June 26-28 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland with Cypress Hill, TLC, Primal Scream

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, Eric Burdon & the Animals

June 27 – July 4 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark with Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, Faith No More

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

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


July 1-31 Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France with Deep Purple, Roger Hodgson

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 2-5 Ribfest Romeoville, IL with REO Speedwagon, Styx, Fitz & the Tantrums

July 2-5 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Pixies, Thom Yorke, Wilco

July 3-5 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K. with the Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes

July 3-5 Mainsquare Arras, France with Sting, Roger Hodgson, Pixies, Black-Eyed Peas

July 4 D.C. Jam FedEx Field, Landover, MD with Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, The Go-Go’s, Pharrell

July 9-19 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with King Crimson, Alanis Morissette, Blue Rodeo, Rage Against the Machine, Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew, Jack Johnson, Joan Osborne, Wishbone Ash

July 9-19 Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada with Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Imagine Dragons, Rage Against the Machine

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

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

2021 Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

July 10-12 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K. with Van Morrison, the Waterboys, Kid Creole & the Coconuts

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 10-12 Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 10-12 North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands with Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, George Benson, John Legend, Joe Bonamassa, Alicia Keys, Marc Cohn & the Blind Boys of Alabama, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa

July 10-12 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Lionel Richie, Joe Bonamassa, Allman Betts Band

July 11 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 16-18 Rock Fest Cadott, WI with Disturbed, Slipknot, Queensryche, Anthrax, Slaughter

July 16-18 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI with Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Anthrax

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

July 16-18 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with the Beach Boys, Night Ranger

July 16-19 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY with Tedeschi Trucks Band

July 16-19 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion

July 17-19 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY with Jack Johnson, Third Eye Blind, Umphrey’s McGee, Grace Potter, Cage the Elephant

July 17-19 Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 17-19 Innervisions London, UK

July 17-19 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K. with Bananarama, Billy Ocean, the Trevor Horn Band, Nick Heyward, Roland Gift, John Parr

July 17-19 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K. with Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Ann Wilson, Foghat

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 Pearl Jam, 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, Third Eye Blind

July 24-26 Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, MA with Norah Jones, Beck

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 Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge UK with Cat Stevens, Suzanne Vega

July 30 – Aug 2 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with George Thorogood, Jimmie Vaughan

July 30 – Aug 15 Summer Nights at the Bandstand Glasgow, UK with Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Belinda Carlisle, Rick Astley

July 31 – Aug 2 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI with Nathaniel Rateliff, Randy Newman, Puss N Boots ftg Norah Jones

July 31 – Aug 2 Underneath the Stars South Yorkshire, UK with Paul Carrack, Suzanne Vega

July 31 – Aug 2 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K. with Bananarama, Billy Ocean, the Trevor Horn Band, Nick Heyward, Roland Gift, John Parr

July 31 – Aug 9 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium with Lionel Richie, Black Eyed Peas

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


Aug 6-8 Canada Rock Fest Grand Forks, BC with Bachman Cummings, Abbey Road Tribute (with Todd Rundgren, the Cars’ Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes, Joey Molland, Denny Laine, Dweezil Zappa, and Jason Scheff), REO Speedwagon, the B-52’s, Three Dog Night, Extreme, Starship

Aug 6-9 Wickham Hampshire, U.K. with Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, Leo Sayer, the Waterboys

Aug 6-9 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K. with Judas Priest, Saxon

Aug 7-9 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

Aug 2021 Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY

Aug 6-8 Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain with Anthrax, Ratt

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

Aug 7-9 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO with the Beach Boys, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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

Aug 8 Nostalgie Beach Festival Middelkerke, Belgium with Roger Hodgson, the Troggs

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 13-15 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with the Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett

Aug 14-16 Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K. with Bananarama, Billy Ocean, the Trevor Horn Band, Cutting Crew, Roland Gift, John Parr

Aug 21-23 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata Pref., Japan with Jackson Browne, the Strokes, Tame Impala, Rufus Wainwright

Aug 22 Knotfest UK Milton Keynes, U.K. with Slipknot

Aug 22-23 Railbird Lexington, KY with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker,

Aug 28-30 Reading Festival Reading, U.K. with Liam Gallagher

Aug 28-30 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K. with Liam Gallagher

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


Sept 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Steve Miller Band, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Guns N’ Roses, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Stapleton, Styx (Moved from June 24-28, June 30-July 5; artists TBC)

Sept 5-6 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 10-13 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK with Patti Smith, the Flaming Lips, Toots & the Maytals (Moved from May 21-24)

Sept 11-13 Riot Fest Chicago, IL with My Chemical Romance

Sept 12 Cruel World Carson, CA with Blondie, Devo, Bauhaus, Psychedelic Furs, English Beat, The Church, Gary Numan, Berlin, Morrissey, Missing Persons, Echo & the Bunnymen, Public Image Ltd. (Moved from May 2)

Sept 12-13 Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sept 14-15 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

Sept 15-20 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

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

Sept TBD River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 18-20 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept 18-20 Kaaboo San Diego, CA

Sept 17-20 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY with Metallica

Sept 19-20 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ

Sept 24-27 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with Tool, Miley Cyrus, Turkauz with Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew, Tame Impala, Leon Bridges, Grace Potter (Moved from June 11-14)

Sept 25-27 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept 25-27 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA with Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Pretenders, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket,

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 25-27 Ohana Dana Point, CA

Sept 26-27 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Oct TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oct TBD Cal Jam San Bernadino, CA

Oct 2-4 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie, Brandi Carlile, Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew (Moved from May 22-24)

Oct 2-4 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Barenaked Ladies, Tim McGraw, Toots and the Maytals, Vanilla Ice

Oct TBD Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct TBD  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 8-11 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with Tommy James & the Shondells, Little River Band, The Cyrkle, Lawrence Juber (Moved from May 20-25)

Oct 9-11  The Fest For Beatles Fans Jersey City, NJ with Billy J. Kramer, Mark Rivera, author Kenneth Womack, author Jenny Boyd (Moved from March 27-29)

Oct 9-11, 16-18 Coachella Indio, CA with Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine (Moved from April 10-12, 17-19)

Oct 9-11 Aftershock Sacramento, CA with My Chemical Romance

Oct TBD Exit 111 Festival Manchester, TN

Oct TBD ProgStock Rahway, NJ

Oct 16-18 Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA with The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Liam Gallagher, the Strokes (Moved from May 1-3)

Oct 23-25 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with ZZ Top, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood (Moved from April 24-26)

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 Blues Fest London, U.K.

November – December

Dec. TBD 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


Feb 3-7 Girls Just Wanna Weekend 3 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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