Most Popular Metal and Rock Festivals

Popular Rock and Meta Music Festivals

Rock & Metallica and music festivals continue to thrive and feature all your favourites; from giants of Rock and Metallica to today’s established and up and coming younger Rockers.

Once Up on a Time When Flower Power Reigned

The most famous of music festivals, and mother of all music events were the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. Came on the scene fifty years ago.

Your hippiness and revolutionary status with your kids depended on whether you were one of the four hundred thousand who attended one these historical music festivals enjoyed Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin many more of today’s greats.

Today world over the Rock & Metallica and music festivals continue to thrive.

Most Popular Metal and Rock Festivals

UK: The Isle of Wight Festival

Most famous of the early festivals, Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 attracted over six hundred thousand. The line-up of the 1970 festival reads like history of Rock, Pop and Jazz. Featuring jazz icons like Miles Davis, Rock legends Jimi Hendrix, The Free, The Who, Emmerson Lake and Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell et al. The Festival was revived in 2002 and is still going strong, and is now more of family affair.

Download is annually held at Donington Park in Leicestershire and was first launched fourteen years ago and is the most popular summer rock and heavy metal festival in the UK. Appearing at Download has been the bastions of Rock and Heavy Metal: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Kiss, Gun’s & Roses, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top and the list goes on like who’s who of Rock and Heavy Metal.


Based in London’s Camden Town, Desertfest is London’s indoor Rock and Metal festival taking place over Easter time. The 2017 festival featured the iconic Sleep, Bongzilla, Turbongeo, John Garcia and Slo Burn.

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Germany: Wacken Open Air: “Louder Than Hell”

Wacken is in Wacken Germany and is staged in August this year they featured; Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Mayhem, Napalm Death, Megadeth, Turbonegro, Orange Goblin. Status Quo were also on the bill, with the passing of Rick Parfitt it was an emotional occasion,

Denmark: The Roskilde Festival 

Created in 1971 Roskilde is Europe’s biggest music event taking place late June and early July. 2017 line-up were: Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, The Week End, The XX, Ayia, et al, Usual attendance numbers around hundred fifty thousand coming from all around the world.