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List of Heavy Metal Festivals
List of heavy metal festivals
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General Information
Related genres Heavy metal, extreme metal, rock
Location Europe and United States (origin)
Worldwide (current)
Related events Music festival, rock festival, punk rock festival, gothic festival, electronic music festival

This is an incomplete list of heavy metal festivals. Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music[1] that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United States and the United Kingdom.[2] With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the first heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, and during the late 1960s and mid-1970s these band and others in their genre were featured at a number of historic rock festivals.[3]Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence.[4][5]

After the genre fused with other related genres such as punk rock in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers", and there were festivals worldwide, both touring and stationary, dedicated to heavy metal subgenres and heavy metal itself. During the 1980s, glam metal became a commercial force, while Underground scenes and extreme subgenres of metal such as death metal and black metal remained subcultural phenomena, though they have their own dedicated festivals as well. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre.

Historical heavy metal festivals

Selected historically notable heavy metal festivals held since the 1960s
Festival name Location Years Details
Myponga Pop Festival Australia 1971 pop festival headlined by Black Sabbath
Monsters of Rock England 1980 music festival held in Castle Donington (later it branched into other locations)
Rock in Rio Brazil 1985-present 1.5 million people attended the first event.
Dynamo Open Air Netherlands 1986-2005 biggest annual metal festival during the 1990s, with 118,000 visitors in 1995
Moscow Music Peace Festival Russia 1989 part of an era of momentous change in the Soviet Union
Wacken Open Air Germany 1990-present larger heavy metal festival
Exit Festival Serbia 2000-present Exit 2006 had 22 stages.
Download Festival England 2003-present heavy metal and alt-rock focus
Hellfest Summer Open Air France 2006-present larger heavy metal festival

Current heavy metal festivals

Argentina

Armenia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
MetalFront Fest Yerevan Last festival - 2008 November

Australia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Legion Fest[6] Australia Cancelled Crowdfunded festival; was being organised by John Sankey from Devil You Know to replace Soundwave; cancelled in November 2016 due to 'business decisions'
Soundwave Festival Australia Last festival - 2015 In December 2015 Soundwave was cancelled for good.[7]

Austria

Belarus

Belgium

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Heavy Sound Festival Poperinge 1983-1985 May / June Slayer preformed at this festival for the first time ever outside the US in 1985
Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel 1996- End of June One of the biggest metal festivals in Europe
Alcatraz Metal Festival Deinze, Kortrijk since 2013 2008- Beginning of August Started indoor but changed to an outdoor festival in 2013

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Festival[8] Ghantsi May featuring local and African metal bands

Brazil

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Monsters of Rock
Rock in Rio

Bulgaria

Canada

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Heavy MTL Montreal, QC August featuring popular metal, thrash metal, metalcore, nu-metal, hard rock
Heavy T.O. Toronto, ON Last festival - 2012 run by promoters of Heavy MTL
Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival Calgary, AB September featuring death, black, thrash metal

Chile

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Monsters of Rock

China

Colombia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Rock al Parque Bogotá August rock festival with death, thrash metal

Costa Rica

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Festival Siembra y Lucha

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Brutal Assault Jarom Active August extreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk, experimental music
Fluff Fest Rokycany Active July hardcore punk, grindcore, crust punk, sludge metal, metalcore, post-metal

Denmark

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Copenhell Copenhagen Active June featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Roskilde Festival Roskilde June large music festival with only few metal bands

Ecuador

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Quito Fest

Estonia

Finland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Finnish Metal Expo Helsinki Last festival - 2009 February
Jalometalli Metal Music Festival Oulu July
Sauna Open Air Tampere Last festival - 2013 June
Tuska Open Air Suvilahti Active July

France

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Hellfest Summer Open Air Clisson Active June large festival, metal of all types
Motocultor Festival Brittany August death, black, thrash metal

Germany

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bang Your Head!!! Balingen Active July heavy, thrash, death metal
Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn Active July all styles of metal
Doom Shall Rise Göppingen Last festival - 2013 April doom metal
Elbriot Hamburg August one-day festival featuring rock, heavy metal and hardcore punk
Euroblast Festival Cologne Active October progressive rock/metal
Force Attack Süderholz Last festival - 2012 July punk, ska, oi!, hardcore, psychobilly and metal
Monsters of Rock various Last festival - 2006 Summer between 1980-1996, and 2006
Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels, Bavaria Active April pagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen Active June heavy metal
Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl Active August death, black, thrash metal
United Metal Maniacs Bitterfeld Last festival - 2010 month
Wacken Open Air Wacken Active August largest metal festival in the world
Winternoise Festival Georgsmarienhütte Last festival - 2009 January
With Full Force Löbnitz Active July hardcore, metalcore, punk, and metal

Greece

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Rockwave Festival Lamia, Athens Active August

Hungary

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Metalmania Budapest Last festival - 2007 March

Iceland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Eistnaflug Neskaupstaður Active July featuring death, black, thrash metal and other rock music

India

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bangalore Open Air
NH7 Weekender

Indonesia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bandung Berisik
Hammersonic Festival Jakarta Active March-April all heavy music
Hellprint Bandung Active November-March All heavy music
Rock in Solo Surakarta Active October-November heritage metal

Ireland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Day of Darkness Ballylinan Last festival - 2008 July

Italy

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Agglutination Metal Festival Chiaromonte Active August
Gods of Metal Monza June hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore
Monsters of Rock Como Last festival - 2004 July hard rock, heavy metal
Play It Loud! Festival Orzinuovi Last festival - 2009 February

Japan

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Loud Park Festival Saitama City Active October active since 2006, featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, metalcore, nu metal

Latvia

Lebanon

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Beirut Rock Festival Beirut Unknown July featuring rock and metal; does not occur every year; last festival was 2013
Summer Fusion Open Air Jounieh Unknown August featuring rock and metal; does not occur every year; last festival was 2010; next festival was scheduled for August 2015

Lithuania

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Devilstone Anykiai Active July (mid) rock, metal
Kilkim ?aibu Varniai Active June (end) black, Viking metal, and folk music

Malaysia

Malta

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
SinFest Metal Festival Paola Active May 3 Day Open-Air Metal Festival

Mexico

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Hell & Heaven Metal Fest Mexico City Active May 4 & 5, 2018 Since 2010
Knotfest Mexico City Active November 3, 2018 Since 2015

Moldova

Namibia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Windhoek Metal Fest Windhoek Last festival - 2014 June featuring local and international metal bands

Nepal

Netherlands

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Amsterdam Metalfest Amsterdam April & October one-day festival
Arnhem Metal Meeting Arnhem Last festival - 2007 December
Dynamo Open Air Eindhoven Last festival - 2005 May
Dynamo Metalfest Eindhoven 2015 - July
Fields of Rock Nijmegen Last festival - 2007 June
Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg Last festival - 2015 May
ProgPower Europe Baarlo October featuring power, progressive metal
Roadburn Festival Tilburg Active April large festival featuring doom, stoner, death, black metal

New Zealand

Norway

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Hole in the Sky Bergen Last festival - 2011 August active between 2000-2011
Inferno Metal Festival Oslo Active April featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal

Pakistan

Philippines

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Kaguluhan Music Festival Cavite Last festival - 2013 November
Pulp Summer Slam Quezon City Active April large festival featuring metalcore, hardcore, thrash, death metal

Poland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Metalmania Katowice tivecc March activated in 2017
Sonisphere Poland Warsaw Last festival - 2014 July part of a touring rock music festival, occurred in Poland in 2010 to 2014

Portugal

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Paredes de Coura Festival Paredes de Coura August large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisboa May large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Vagos Open Air Calvão Active August featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal

Puerto Rico

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Festival de Metal Boricua Cayey Last festival - 2006 November

Romania

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Artmania Festival Sibiu Active August art festival featuring gothic, doom, folk, heavy metal

Russia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Moscow Music Peace Festival Moscow Last festival - 1989 August one-time festival featuring heavy and glam metal

Serbia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Exit Festival Novi Sad Active July not strictly a metal festival; features pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, but has some death, black, thrash, doom metal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Metaldays Tolmin Active July previously known as Metalcamp, featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal

South Africa

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
RAMFest Cape Town/Johannesburg Last festival - 2014 March featuring rock, pop, metal, metal core

Spain

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Resurrection Fest Viveiro Active July featuring hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk,
Sonisphere Madrid/Barcelona Last festival - 2013 May/June part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Spain in 2013
Via de la Plata Festival Mérida Last festival - 2008 July only active in 2008

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Metaltown Festival Gothenburg Last festival 2013 June or July featuring various metal bands including nu metal, metalcore, groove metal
Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg Active June featuring popular metal and rock bands worldwide

Switzerland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Sonisphere Yverdon-les-Bains Last festival - 2012 May part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Switzerland in 2012

Tunisia

Turkey

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
RockIstanbul Istanbul Last festival - 2005 June
Rock'n Coke Istanbul Last festival - 2013 September featuring rock, indie rock, with some metal
Sonisphere Istanbul Last festival - 2011 June part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Turkey in 2011
Unirock Open Air Festival Istanbul Last festival - 2011 August

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Dubai Desert Rock Festival Dubai Last festival - 2014 May active until 2009, but continued on as Dubai Rock Festival

United Kingdom

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent Active August outdoor festival featuring death, black, thrash, folk metal, with attendance of 13,000 (2013)
Butserfest Waterlooville, Hampshire September small alcohol/drug-free festival, targeted at people aged 14-20
Damnation Festival Leeds, England November one-day festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Download Festival Donington Park, Leicestershire Active June large rock festival featuring hard rock, nu-metal, metalcore, death, black metal
Hammerfest Prestatyn, Wales Active March
Hard Rock Hell Gwynedd, North Wales Active November featuring heavy metal, hard/heavy rock, rock
Hellfire Festival Birmingham, England Last festival - 2009 November active from 2008-2009
In-Fest London Last festival - 2010 August small indoor festival which featured metal, punk, and rock
Monsters of Rock Castle Donington, England Last festival - 2006 Summer active between 1980-1996, and 2006
ProgPower UK The Centaur, Cheltenham UK Last festival - 2007 March

United States

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
70000 Tons of Metal (cruise ship) Miami, FL to Caribbean Active January active since 2011, featuring thrash, power, folk, death, black metal, with about 2,000 attendees on a cruise ship
Flight of the Valkyries Baltimore, MD Active January active since 2007, featuring classic, power, folk, and death metal
Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA Active October active since 2012, featuring Heavy metal, Hard rock, Post-Hardcore, Thrash metal, Death metal, Nu metal, Alternative Rock
Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC Active early May active since 2011
Chicago Open Air Bridgeview, IL (suburb of Chicago) Active July inaugural year was 2016 attracted 160,000 people over its first two years; features many genres of metal
Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, MD Active end of May active since 2003, featuring death, black, doom, grind with attendance of 2,000-3,000
New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Worcester, MA Active April/May active since 1999, featuring metalcore, hardcore, death metal
ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA Active early September featuring power, progressive, traditional metal
Rock on the Range Columbus, OH Active May featuring Heavy metal, Hard rock, Post-Hardcore, Thrash metal, Death metal, Nu metal, Alternative Rock, Hair Bands, Classic Metal with an attendance of 120,000
Rocklahoma Pryor, OK Active Memorial Day Weekend - Late May active since 2006, featuring Heavy metal, Hard rock, Post-Hardcore, Thrash metal, Death metal, Nu metal, Alternative Rock, Hair Bands, Classic Metal
Scion Rock Fest Pomona, CA/various Active March/June featuring death metal, grindcore, doom metal, metalcore
Emissions from the Monolith OH/IL/TX Last festival - 2007 late May active between 2000-2007 featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
Flight of the Valkyries St. Paul, MN/Baltimore, MD Last festival - 2011 November featured metal with female lead vocalists
Milwaukee Metal Fest Milwaukee, WI Last festival - 2007 July/August active between 1987-2007, one of the first metal festivals in the United States to have international metal bands[9]
Robot Mosh Fest Milwaukee, WI Last festival - 2008 June active between 2001-2008, featured metalcore, hardcore, metal
Saints & Sinners Festival Asbury Park, NJ Last festival - 2007 November active between 2006-2007, feature nu metal, metalcore

Tours

The following is an incomplete list of traveling metal festivals, both active and defunct:

See also

References

  1. ^ Du Noyer (2003), p. 96; Weinstein (2000), pp. 11-13.
  2. ^ Weinstein (2000), pp. 14, 118.
  3. ^ Fast (2005), pp. 89-91; Weinstein (2000), pp. 7, 8, 23, 36, 103, 104.
  4. ^ Walser (1993), p. 6.
  5. ^ "As much as Sabbath started it, Priest were the ones who took it out of the blues and straight into metal." Bowe, Brian J. Judas Priest: Metal Gods. ISBN 0-7660-3621-9.
  6. ^ http://legionmusicfest.com/
  7. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/soundwave-music-festival-cancelled-20151217-glpwbn.html
  8. ^ "African Heavy Metal Bands Give Back to their Communities". BORGEN. 2015-09-10. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ http://www.metalupdate.com/interviewfest.html

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