We’ve put together a list of the best Rock and Metal festivals to check out in 2020. Some big, some on the smaller side so there should be something for everyone! We’ve tried to cover as many Rock/Metal genres as we can, spread across a few different European countries.
Here are the top Rock and Metal Festivals to check out in 2020.
Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Previous artists have included Slipknot, In Flames, Rob Zombie, KISS, Fever 333, Anthrax, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Talent, Limp Bizkit, Arch Enemy, Guns N' Roses , Cancer Bats, Anti-Flag, The Dead Daisies and more.
Sweden Rocks, Norje (Sölvesborg), Sweden
Previous artists include Royal Republic, Slayer, Lucifer, ZZ Top, Hank Von Hell, The 69 Eyes, Lacuna Coil, Hardcore Superstar, HEAT, Crashdïet, Crazy Lixx, Pop Evil, Vixen, Stone Sour, Killswitch Engage, Alter Bridge, Rival Sons, Scorpions, Sixx A.M, Airbourne and more.
Wacken Festival, Wacken, Germany
Previous artists include Meshuggah, Within Temptation, Alien Weaponry, Behemoth, Arch Enemy, Dokken, Turbonegro, Oomph!, Soilwork, Whitesnake, Steel Panther, Bullet for My Valentine, The Quireboys, Sepultura, Judas Priest, Black Label Society and more!
Lollapalooza Berlin, Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Previous artists include Kings Of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, Pale Waves, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Alice, Foo Fighters and more.
Bloodstock Festival, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, England, UK
Previous artists include Thy Art Is Murder, Soilwork, Dee Snider, Cancer Bats, Dust Bolt, Judas Priest, Gojira, Wednesday 13, Suicidal Tendencies, Ghost, Megadeth, Municipal Waste, Mastodon, Behemoth, DragonForce, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, King Diamond, Anthrax, Accept and more!
Rebellion Punk Festival, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK
Previous artists include Public Image Ltd, Sham 69, The Casualties, The Business, The Exploited, Discharge, Rancid, Slaughter & The Dogs, UK Subs, dragSTER, The Damned, Cock Sparrer, The Vibrators, Bad Religion, Zero Zero, THE DICKIES and more.
Groezrock Festival, Meerhout, Belgium
Previous artists include Hatebreed, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Less Than Jake, Terror, The Interrupters, Refused, Millencolin, Agnostic Front, Against Me!, Iron Reagan, The Dwarves, Social Distortion, Pennywise, The Hives, La Dispute, The Old Firm Casuals and more.
Hellfest, Clisson, France
Previous artists include TOOL, Slash, KISS, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, Godsmack, Sisters Of Mercy, Architects, The Fever 333, Sum 41, Fu Manchu, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Venom, Eagles Of Death Metal, Death Angel, Lamb Of God and more.
Bang Your Head, Balingen, Germany
Previous artists include Twisted Sister, Stryper, Warrant, Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, W.A.S.P, Hardcore Superstar, Warrior, Lita Ford, Queensrÿche, Amon Amarth, Girlschool, Foreigner, Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Overkill, Vain and more.
Copenhell, Refshaleøen, Denmark
Previous artists include TOOL, Slipknot, Scorpions, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Lamb of God, Kvelertak, Tesseract, Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, Airbourne, Norma Jean, Body Count, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan and more.
Hard Rock Hell Sleaze, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Previous artists include Crashdiet, Vain, Reckless Love, Love/Hate, The Cruel Intentions, yla's Dogs D'Amour, New Generation Superstars, Faster Pussycat and more.
Greenfield Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland
Previous artists include Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Refused, The Bronx, While She Sleeps, Sick Of It All, System Of A Down, Volbeat, Foo Fighters, Kvelertak, Converge, Rammstein, HIM, Monster Magnet, Gallows, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manic Street Preachers and more.
Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, region of Lugo, Spain
Previous artists include Bring Me the Horizon, Bad Religion, While She Sleeps, Refused, Black Label Society, Soulfly, Backyard Babies, Motörhead, Korn, Iron Reagan, Betraying the Martyrs, Slayer, Black Flag, The Exploited, Sylosis, Dead Kennedys, Municipal Waste, Kvelertak, The Bouncing Souls, Gallows and more.
Reading and Leeds Festivals, United Kingdom
With over 90K people attending, and one of the oldest festivals in the United Kingdom, Reading & Leeds Festival is one of the most iconic you can experience. Often selling out and leaving people desperate to get hold of tickets to see huge name artists headlining the main stage. Reading and Leeds Festival is an absolute MUST on your festival bucket list!
Previous artists include Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, Green Day, Eminem, Biffy Clyro, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Linkin Park, Blur, Metallica, Ramones, The Distillers and more.
Rock AM Ring, Nürburgring, Nürnberg, Germany
Previous artists include Foo Fighters, Die Toten Hosen, Slipknot, Motionless in White, Bad Religion, Bastille, Body Count Feat. Ice-T, Eagles of Death Metal, Enter Shikari, Godsmack, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Interpol, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson, Motörhead, Papa Roach, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson, Black Stone Cherry, Danko Jones and more.
Download Festival, Donington Park, Derbyshire, England, UK
Download Festival was originally Monsters Of Rock which started in 1980 and was considered by many as one of the original Heavy Metal Festivals in the UK. Donnington has become one of the most iconic Rock and Metal festivals on the planet and has seen almost every superstar step foot on its hallowed ground.
Previous artists include Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More, Guns N' Roses, Rob Zombie, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Smashing Pumpkins, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, A Perfect Circle, Marilyn Manson, The Hives, Prophets of Rage, Linkin Park and more!
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