List of heavy metal festivals

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This is a list of heavy metal festivals ordered by country.

Festivals[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Australia[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Canada[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Chile[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

Greece[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Malta[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Windhoek Metal Fest Windhoek Active June featuring local and international metal bands

Nepal[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Silence Festival Kathmandu Active October Silence Festival featuring local and international metal bands

Netherlands[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Dokk’em Open Air Dokkum Active June Dokk’em Open Air featuring death, thrash, power, heavy metal
Eindhoven Metal Meeting Eindhoven Active December Eindhoven Metal Meeting featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal
nl:FortaRock Festival Nijmegen Active May FortaRock large outdoor festival featuring thrash, heavy, death, black metal, metalcore
Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg Active May Neurotic Deathfest large indoor festival featuring death metal and grindcore
Nothing Changed Fest Nijmegen Active September Nothing Changed Fest small festival featuring sludge, crust, grindcore, hardcore
Occultfest Hoogeveen Active September Occultfest small festival featuring local death, thrash, black metal
ProgPower Europe Baarlo Active October ProgPower Europe featuring power, progressive metal
Roadburn Festival Tilburg Active April Roadburn Festival large festival featuring doom, stoner, death, black metal
Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk Active July Stonehenge Festival featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal
Waves of Metal Festival Hoogeveen Active October Festivalinfo.nl Armada Agency small 1 day indoor festival featuring death, black metal
Very 'Eavy Festival Stadskanaal Active month Very 'Eavy Festival small festival featuring heavy metal, NWOBHM
Arnhem Metal Meeting Arnhem Last festival - 2007 December
Dynamo Open Air Eindhoven Last festival - 2005 May
Fields of Rock city Last festival - 2007 June

New Zealand[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Westfest[2] Auckland Active February Westfest 2014 featuring nu-metal, metalcore, thrash metal

Norway[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Blastfest Bergen Active February Festival featuring black, death metal
Karmøygeddon Festival Haugesund Active May Karmøygeddon featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Inferno Metal Festival Oslo Active April Inferno featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Tons of Rock Halden Active June Tons of Rock featuring thrash, death, black, heavy metal
Southern Discomfort Kristiansand Active September Southern Discomfort featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Trondheim Metal Fest Trondheim Active March Trondheim Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash, metalcore
Hole in the Sky Bergen Last festival - 2011 August active between 2000-2011

Pakistan[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hellfest Pakistan [3] Islamabad Active June Hellfest largest metal festival in Pakistan featuring local metal bands

Philippines[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Pulp Summer Slam Quezon City Active April Pulp Summer Slam large festival featuring metalcore, hardcore, thrash, death metal
Manila Metal and Hardcore Festival Pasay Active October Event listing[4][5] small festival featuring local metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands
Red Horse Muziklaban Manila Active various Pambansang Muziklaban annual rock band competition
Kaguluhan Music Festival Cavite Last festival - 2013 November Kaguluhan Music Festival

Poland[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Sonisphere Poland Warsaw Active July Sonisphere Poland part of a touring rock music festival, occurred in Poland in 2014
Metalmania Katowice Last festival - 2009 March Metalmania

Portugal[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Extreme Metal Attack Benavente Active March Extreme Metal Attack small 2 day festival featuring black, death, thrash metal
Festival Paredes de Coura Paredes de Coura Active August Festival large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Moita Metal Fest Moita Active March Moita Metal Fest 2014 small festival featuring local death, thrash metal, metalcore, punk bands
Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisboa Active May Rock in Rio Lisboa large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Santa Maria Summer Fest Beja Active June Santa Maria Summer Fest featuring punk, hardcore, grind, death metal
SWR Barroselas Metalfest Barroselas Active April SWR Barroselas Metalfest 3 day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Vagos Open Air Calvão Active August Vagos Open Air featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal

Puerto Rico[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Metal Expo Convention Santurce Active March First Puerto Rican Metal Expo Convention two day event featuring seminars, musical clinics, and live metal bands
Festival de Metal Boricua Cayey Last festival - 2006 November

Romania[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Artmania Festival Sibiu Active August ARTmania Festival Art festival featuring gothic, doom, folk, heavy metal
Rock'N'Iasi Iași Active October Rock'N'Iasi small festival featuring lesser known local alternative rock and metal bands
Rockstadt Extreme Fest Rasnov Active August Rockstadt Extreme Fest featuring death, black, thrash metal
November To Dismember Metal Fest Bucharest Active November November To Dismember Metal Fest 2014 featuring death, thrash metal
B'estfest Bucharest Last festival - 2013 July B'Estfest large music festival featuring rock, pop, electro, and some metal
Tuborg GreenFest Bucharest Last festival - 2012 June/July series of festivals taking place different countries, last festival in Romania was 2012

Russia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Blackened Life Festival Tula Active August Blackened Life Festival featuring black, death metal
Moscow Black Metal Convention Moscow Active August Black Metal Convention small festival featuring black metal
Moscow DOOM Festival Moscow Active May Moscow DOOM Festival Official Event Page small one day festival featuring doom metal
Nashestviye Bolshoye Zavidovo Active July Nashestviye large open air rock festival featuring rock, folk, pop, and metal
Moscow Music Peace Festival Moscow Last festival - 1989 August one-time festival featuring heavy and glam metal

Serbia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Exit Festival Novi Sad Active July EXIT Festival not strictly a metal festival featuring pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, but has some death, black, thrash, doom metal

Slovakia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Gothoom Open Air Rudno nad Hronom Active August Gothoom Festival featuring black, death, thrash metal

Slovenia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Metaldays Tolmin Active July Metaldays previously known as Metalcamp, featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal

South Africa[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
RAMFest Cape Town/Johannesburg Active March Ramfest featuring rock, pop, metal, metalcore
Emalyth Arts Expo Gauteng Active January Metal4Africa News featuring about 20 local metal bands
Witchfest Pretoria Active April Witchfest featuring death, black, thrash metal

Spain[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
H.O.M Fest Burgos Active July H.O.M Fest
Leyendas Del Rock Festival Villena Active August Leyendas Del Rock Festival featuring rock, heavy, thrash, death, black metal
Resurrection Fest Viveiro Active August (early) Resurrection Fest featuring thrash, death, black metal, punk, rock
Sonisphere Madrid/Barcelona Last festival - 2013 May/June Sonisphere 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[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Maelstrom Colombo Active August [1] Metal, metalcore, pop punk, punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock, stoner rock

Sweden[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Getaway Rock Festival Gävle Active August Getaway Rock Festival attendance of about 1,500
House of Metal Umeå Active February (end) House of Metal featuring death, black, thrash metal
Metaltown Festival Gothenburg Active May Metaltown Festival featuring popular metal bands along with nu metal, metalcore, death metal
Muskelrock Tyrolen Active June Hemsida Muskelrock featuring heavy, thrash metal
Sweden Rock Festival Norje Active June Sweden Rock Festival featuring popular metal and rock bands such as Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper
Rockstad: Falun Falun Active August Sabaton Open Air - Rockstad: Falun featuring Sabaton along with power, folk, death, doom metal
STHLM Fields Stockholm Active May STHLM Fields featuring popular metal bands along thrash, death, doom metal
Forlorn Fest Umeå Last festival - 2012 November Forlorn Fest small festival featuring black metal

Switzerland[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Inferno Metal Festival Switzerland Lausanne Active June Inferno Metal Festival featuring death, black, doom metal
Meh Suff! Hüttikon Active September Meh Suff! Metal-Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Metal Assault Lausanne Active September Metal Assault featuring death metal
Open Circle Festival Spreitenbach Active September Open Circle Festival small rock festival featuring local rock and metal bands
Sonisphere Yverdon-les-Bains Last festival - 2012 May Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Switzerland in 2012

Turkey[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Rock Off Festival Istanbul Active August Rock Off Festival featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal
Rock'n Coke Istanbul Active September Rock'n Coke featuring rock, indie rock, with some metal
Barışarock Istanbul Last festival - 2008 August Barışarock
RockIstanbul Istanbul Last festival - 2005 June
Unirock Open Air Festival Istanbul Last festival - 2011 August
Sonisphere Istanbul Last festival - 2011 June Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Turkey in 2011

Ukraine[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Carpathian Alliance Metal Lviv Region Active July Carpathian Alliance Metal Festival featuring black, Viking, folk metal
Metal Heads Mission Yevpatoriya, Crimea Last festival - 2013 August Metal Heads Mission featuring death, black, thrash, heavy metal with over 3,000 attendees.
2014 was cancelled due to current "political and economical situations"[6] in Crimea

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Dubai Desert Rock Festival Dubai Active May Dubai Rock Festival active until 2009, but continued on as Dubai Rock Festival

United Kingdom[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Beermageddon Bromsgrove Active month Beermageddon small indoor festival featuring local metal bands
Black Country Metal Fest West Midlands Active March Black Country Metal Fest small one day festival featuring local bands
Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent Active August Bloodstock Open Air outdoor festival featuring death, black, thrash, folk metal, with attendance of 13,000 (2013)
Butserfest Waterlooville, Hampshire Active September Butserfest small alcohol/drug-free festival, targeted at people aged 14–20
Damnation Festival Leeds, England Active November Damnation Festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Download Festival Donington Park, Leicestershire Active June Download Festival large rock festival featuring hard rock, nu-metal, metalcore, death, black metal
Hammerfest Prestatyn, Wales Active March Hammerfest
Hard Rock Hell Gwynedd, North Wales Active November Hard Rock Hell featuring heavy metal, hard/heavy rock, rock
Les-Fest Wiston Lodge, Scotland Active June Les-Fest 3 day classic rock and heavy metal festival
North of the Wall Glasgow Active March North of the Wall[7] featuring local metal bands
Sonisphere Knebworth Park Active July Sonisphere
Temples Festival Bristol Active May Temples Festival 3 day festival featuring death, thrash, black metal, metalcore
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[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
70000 Tons of Metal (cruise ship) Miami, FL to Caribbean Active January 70000 Tons of Metal 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 Flight of the Valkyries active since 2007, featuring classic, power, folk, and death metal
Alehorn of Power Chicago, IL Active July Alehorn of Power small 1 day festival featuring doom, black, power metal
Black Kvlt Fest Miami, FL Active October Black Kvlt Fest 2 small festival featuring black metal
Brutiful Metal Fest Fort Worth, TX Active late June Brutiful Metal Fest small 1 day festival featuring approx. a dozen local bands
Chaos in Tejas Austin, TX Active May/June Chaos in Tejas large outdoor festival featuring death metal, grindcore, hardcore, has been reduced to small festival in 2014
Days Of The Doomed Fest Milwaukee, WI Active June Days Of The Doomed Fest featuring doom, stoner, sludge metal
Denver Black Sky[8] Denver, CO Active August 1 day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Delaware Deathfest[9] Wilmington, DE Active October featuring death metal
Destroying Texas Fest Houston, TX Active November Destroying Texas Fest featuring black, death metal
Indianapolis Metal Fest Indianapolis, IN Active September Indianapolis Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash metal
Las Vegas Death Fest Las Vegas, NV Active June Las Vegas Death Fest featuring death metal and grind
Martyrdoom Festival New York City, NY Active late June Martyrdoom Festival featuring black, death metal
Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, MD Active end of May Maryland Deathfest 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 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival active since 1999, featuring metalcore, hardcore, death metal
New Jersey Deathfest Stanhope, NJ Active October New Jersey Deathfest featuring death metal with approx. 20 bands
NY Deathfest New York City, NY Active July NY Deathfest featuring death metal with approx. 20 bands
ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA Active early September ProgPower USA featuring power, progressive, traditional metal
Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Chicago, IL Active May Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse featuring traditional, heavy, thrash metal
Rock on the Range Columbus, OH Active May Rock on the Range featuring nu metal, metalcore with an attendance of 120,000
Scion Rock Fest Memphis, TN/various Active March/June Scion Rock Fest featuring death metal, grindcore, doom metal, metalcore
Shiprocked (cruise ship) Fort Lauderdale, FL Active January Shiprocked cruise ship featuring nu metal, metalcore
Stoner Hands of DOOM New London, CT Active September Stoner Hands of DOOM featuring doom, stoner, sludge metal
Throwback Metal Fest Las Vegas, NV Active October Throwback Metal Fest featuring traditional, heavy, thrash
Warriors Of Metal Festival Pataskala, OH Active June Warriors Of Metal Festival featuring heavy, power, progressive, thrash metal
West Texas Death Fest Amarillo, TX Active April West Texas Death Fest 2014 featuring death metal
Barge to Hell (cruise ship) Miami, FL to Caribbean Last festival - 2012 December Barge to Hell featured as a second cruise from 70000 Tons of Metal
Bay Area Rock Fest San Francisco, CA Last festival - 2008 spring small festival active in 2007 and 2008
Born Too Late Rochester, NY Last festival - 2009 August Born Too Late small festival featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
California Metalfest Anaheim, CA Last festival - 2012 November California Metalfest featured metalcore, hardcore, and some metal
Central Illinois Metalfest Urbana, IL Last festival - 2012 July Central Illinois Metalfest active between 2003-2012 featured death, black, thrash, grind
Dame-Nation Chicago, IL Last festival - 2013 various Dame-Nation featured rock and metal with female lead vocalists
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
Heathen Crusade Metalfest Minneapolis, MN Last festival - 2008 January Heathen Crusade Metalfest featured Viking, folk metal
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 [10]
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
Stella Natura Cisco Grove, CA Last festival - 2013 September Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires featuring folk and experimental music, black, doom metal
Tidal Wave San Francisco, CA Last festival - 2012 July Tidal Wave free outdoor festival, active between 2000-2012, featured death, doom metal

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