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.

May

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 2021 Epicenter Concord, NC

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

May 2021 Rockville Festival Daytona Beach, FL

May 19-23, 2021 All the Best Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Hiatt, Steve Earle

May 21-23, 2021 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

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

May 2021 Sonic Temple Columbus, OH

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 (Postponed)

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

May 2021 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May 28-30, 2021 Boston Calling Boston, MA

May 2021 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 29, 2021 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

May 2021 Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

May 2021 Download Paris, France

June

June – July, 2021 Lucca Summer Festival Lucca, Italy

June 9-12, 2021 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June 2021 Governor’s Ball  NYC

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

June 2021 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June 2021 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

June 2021 Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K.

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

June – July, 2021 Festival Pedralbes Barcelona, Spain with Bryan Ferry, Madness, Crowded House, Patti Smith and Band, Nile Rodgers and Chic

June 17-20, 2021 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK

June 10-12, 2021 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 2021 Download Donington Park, UK

June 2021 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June 17-19, 2021 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland

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

June 17-19, 2021 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Brian Wilson, Patti Smith and Band, Suzi Quatro, Social Distortion

June 17-20, 2021 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK

June 2021 Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June 18-20, 2021 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 19-20, 26-27, 2021 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

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

June 21-23, 2021 INMusic Zagreb, Croatia

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

June 24-26, 2021 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway

June – July, 2021 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada

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

June Through Aug, 2021 Stern Grove Festival San Francisco, CA with free Sunday concerts TBA

June 25-27, 2021 Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France with Iggy Pop, Simple Minds

June 2021 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark

June 30 – July 3, 2021 Open’er Gdynia, Poland

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

July

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

July 1-3, 2021 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

July 1-4, 2021 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with the Street Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

July 2-5 Ribfest Romeoville, IL with REO Speedwagon, Styx, Fitz & the Tantrums (Canceled)

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

July 2-4, 2021 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July 2-4, 2021 Main Square Arras, France

July 2-17 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland (Canceled)

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

July 8-18, 2021 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa with King Crimson, Blue Rodeo, Jack Johnson

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

July 8-11, 2021 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain

July 8-18, 2021 Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany with Sting, Lenny Kravitz, David Sanborn & Lisa Simone, Stanley Clarke & Robben Ford

2021 Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

July 9-11, 2021 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 2021 Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 9-11, 2021 North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Netherlands

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

July 2021 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 22-24, 2021 Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July 16-19 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY

July 15-18, 2021 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France

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

July 2021 Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 16-18, 2021 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K.

July 18 Big Sky Oro-Medonte, ONT with Dwight Yoakam, Ronnie Milsap, Leann Rimes (Canceled)

July 17-18, 2021 Under the Big Sky Whitefish, MT with Emmylou Harris

July 17-18, 2021 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July 19-25, 2021 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July 22-24, 2021 Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN

July 23-25, 2021 Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K. with Billy Ocean, the Trevor Horn Band, Bananarama, Wet Wet Wet, John Parr, Marc Almond, the Blow Monkeys

July 23-26 Kemptville Live Music Festival Kemptville, Ontario with Bachman Cummings, Steve Miller Band, David Clayton-Thomas, Glass Tiger, Adam Kim (Canceled)

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

July – Aug TBD 2021 Olavsfest Trondheim, Norway

July 29 – Aug 1, 2021 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July 30 – Aug 2 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July 30 – Aug 2 Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge UK (Canceled)

July – Aug TBD 2021 Summer Nights at the Bandstand Glasgow, UK

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

July 30 – Aug 1, 2021 Underneath the Stars South Yorkshire, UK

July 30 – Aug 8, 2021 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

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

August

Aug 5-8, 2021 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

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 (Canceled)

Aug 6-8, 2021 Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K. with Billy Ocean, Roland Gift, Bananarama, the Trevor Horn Band, Marc Almond, John Parr

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

Aug 11-15, 2021 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, Testament

Aug 2021 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 (Canceled)

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug 12-14, 2021 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K. with the Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steve Hackett

Aug 20-22, 2021 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 21-23 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL with Umphrey’s McGee, Moe. (Moved from May 22-24)

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 2021 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 2021 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

Aug 28-29, 2021 Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K.

Aug 27-30, 2021 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

September

Sept 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI with Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Psychedelic Furs, KC & the Sunshine Band (Moved from June 24-28, June 30-July 5; artists TBC)

Sept 4-6 M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD with Tesla, Queensryche, Night Ranger, Kix, Winger, Stryper, Slaughter, Steven Adler, Mike Tramp (Moved from May 1-3)

Sept 4-6 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

Sept 2021 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 19-20 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA with My Chemical Romance

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 (Canceled)

Sept 19-20 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ with Pearl Jam, the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, the Beach Boys, Patti Smith and Her Band

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 (Canceled)

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 2021 Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept 2021 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

October

Oct TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oct TBD Cal Jam San Bernadino, CA

Oct 1-4 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 (Moved from June 19-21)

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 2-4 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 2-4, 9-11  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 2-10 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Spyro Gyra, Puss N Boots ftg Norah Jones (Moved from June 19-27)

Oct 7-10 King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR with Mavis Staples, Allman Betts Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch with Bobby Rush

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 Metallica, My Chemical Romance

Oct 9-11 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 16-18 Beale Street Memphis, TN with Lindsey Buckingham, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges (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 8-11 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

February

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

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

April TBD Wanee Block Party Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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

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

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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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