List of heavy metal festivals

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

Historic metal festivals[edit]

Selected historically notable heavy metal festivals held since the 1960s
Festival name Location Years Details
Schaefer Music Festival United States New York 1968 Featured early metal bands like Led Zeppelin
Myponga Pop Festival Australia Australia 1971 Pop festival headlined by Black Sabbath
Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80 Soviet Union Soviet Union 1980 First official rock festival in the Soviet Union
Rock in Rio Brazil Brazil 1985–present 1.5 million people attended the first event
Moscow Music Peace Festival Russia Russia 1989 Important event for hair metal
Wacken Open Air Germany Germany 1990–present Large metal showcase
Woodstock 1999 United States New York 1999 Known as a commercial and crowd control disaster
Exit Festival Serbia Serbia 2000–present Exit 2006 had 22 stages
Fields of Rock Netherlands Holland 2002-2007 Know for loads of BIG names
Download Festival United Kingdom England 2003–present Heavy metal and alt rock focus
Born Too Late Festival United States 2003, 2009 First doom metal festival in US
Dubai Desert Rock Festival United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2004–2009 Heavy metal and rock
Soundwave Australia Australia 2004–present Alt rock and metal/punk focus

Tours[edit]

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

Current festivals[edit]

Africa[edit]

Festival Name Country Location Debut Month Notes
Windhoek Metal Fest Namibia Namibia Windhoek 2007 June featuring local and international metal bands
RAMFest[6] South Africa South Africa Cape Town/Johannesburg March featuring rock, pop, metal, metalcore
Emalyth Arts Expo[7] South Africa South Africa Gauteng January featuring about 20 local metal bands
Witchfest[8] South Africa South Africa Pretoria April featuring death, black, thrash metal

Asia[edit]

Contents
India · Indonesia · Japan · Malaysia · Nepal · Pakistan · Philippines · Singapore · Sri Lanka

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hammersonic Festival Jakarta  Indonesia Active March-April [1] All Heavy Music
Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Rock in Solo Surakarta  Indonesia Active October-November [2] Heritage Metal Festival



Japan[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Loudpark Festival Saitama City Active October Loud Park Festival heavy, thrash, power, death, metalcore, nu metal

Malaysia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
KL MetalCamp Kuala Lumpur Active November KL MetalCamp
2014 event listing[9]
thrash, death metal

Nepal[edit]

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

Pakistan[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hellfest Pakistan[10] 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[11][12] 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

Sri Lanka[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Maelstrom Colombo Active August [3] Metal, metalcore, pop punk, punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock, stoner rock

Oceania[edit]

Festival Name Location Debut Month Notes
Soundwave festival  Australia 2004
Westfest[13][14]  New Zealand, Auckland February featuring nu-metal, metalcore, thrash metal

Western Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Aalborg Metal Festival Aalborg Active November Aalborg Metal Festival featuring death, black, metalcore
Copenhell Copenhagen Active June Copenhell featuring death, thrash, black, doom metal
Heavy Days In Doom Town Copenhagen Active April/May Heavy Days In Doom Town featuring doom, sludge metal
Metal Magic Festival Fredericia Active July Metal Magic Festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Roskilde Festival Roskilde Active June/July Roskilde Festival large music festival with only few metal bands
Royal Metal Fest Aarhus Active May/June Royal Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash metal
Kill-Town Death Fest Copenhagen Last festival - 2014 September Kill-Town Death Fest featured death metal, grindcore


Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Chaulnes Metal Fest Chaulnes Active April Chaulnes Metal Fest death metal
Fall of Summer Ile-De-France Active September Fall of Summer Festival death, black, thrash metal
Hellfest Summer Open Air Clisson Active June Hellfest Open Air large festival, metal of all types
Lezard'Os Metal Fest Matignicourt-Goncourt Active May Lezard'Os Metal Fest death, black, thrash metal
Motocultor Festival Brittany Active August Motocultor Festival death, black, thrash metal
Raismes Fest Raismes Active September Raismes Fest hard rock, power metal, prog metal, folk metal, death metal
Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans Active August Sylak Open Air death, thrash metal, metalcore, hardcore
Wolf Throne Festival Villepinte Active postponed in 2015 to Oct-Dec Wolf Throne Festival black, death metal. due to the cancellation/postponement, a smaller show called "Wolf Throne Support Festival" will take place in March


Germany[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Baden in Blut Metal Open Air Lörrach Active July Baden in Blut Metal Open Air death, black, thrash metal
Bang Your Head!!! Balingen Active July Bang Your Head!!! heavy, thrash, death metal
Barther Metal Open Air Barth Active August Barther Metal Open Air feature black, doom, and death metal
Black ‘n’ Thrash Inferno Essen Active March Black ‘n’ Thrash Inferno black, thrash metal
Chronical Moshers Open Air Reichenbach Active June Chronical Moshers Open Air death, black, thrash metal
Dark Easter Metal Meeting Munich Active April Dark Easter Metal Meeting black, doom, death metal
Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn Active July Dong Open Air death, black, thrash metal
Euroblast Festival Cologne Active October Euroblast progressive rock/metal
Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air Jänschwalde Active June Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air
Headbangers Open Air Brande-Hörnerkirchen Active July Headbangers Open Air
Heidensturm Festival Leipzig Active March Heidensturm Festival pagan, Viking, black metal
Hörnerfest Brande-Hörnerkirchen Active July Hörnerfest pagan, Viking, black metal
In Flammen Open Air Torgau Active August In Flammen Open Air death, black metal
Keep It True Festival Würzburg Active April Keep It True traditional heavy metal
Kings of Black Metal Alsfeld Active April Kings of Black Metal black metal
Knock Out Festival Karlsruhe Active December Knock Out Festival power, heavy, thrash metal
Metalfest Loreley Loreley Active June Metalfest Loreley death, thrash, heavy metal
Metal Bash Neu Wulmstorf Active May Metal Bash
Metal Franconia Festival Dettelbach Active April Metal Franconia Festival black, death, doom, thrash metal
Metal Hammer Paradise Weissenhäuser Strand Active November Metal Hammer Paradise power, heavy, death metal
Metal Frenzy Open Air Gardelegen Active June Metal Frenzy thrash, death metal
Neuborn Open Air Festival Wörrstadt Active August Neuborn Open Air Festival thrash, heavy, death, black metal
Nuclear War Now! Fest Berlin Active November Nuclear War Now! Fest black, death metal
Party.San Metal Open Air Obermehler Active August Party.San death, black, thrash metal
Prophecy Fest Balve Active September Prophecy Fest doom, black metal
Protzen Open Air Brandenburg Active June Protzen Open Air death metal/grindcore
Out & Loud Festival Geiselwind Active June Out & Loud Festival death, black, doom metal
Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels Active April Ragnarök Festival pagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen Active May Rock Hard Festival heavy, thrash, death metal
Rock Unter Den Eichen Bertingen Active July Rock Unter Den Eichen death, black, thrash metal
RockHarz Open Air Ballenstedt Active July RockHarz Open Air death, thrash, power metal
Storm Crusher Festival Wiesau Active September Storm Crusher Festival
Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl Active August Summer Breeze death, black, thrash metal
Swordbrothers Festival Andernach Active September Swordbrothers Festival power, traditional, thrash metal
Taunus Metal Festival Oberursel Active April Taunus Metal Festival small festival, death, black, power, thrash metal
Under The Black Sun Festival Börnicke Active July Under The Black Sun Festival black and death metal
Wacken Open Air Wacken Active July, August W.O.A largest metal festival in the world
With Full Force Löbnitz Active July With Full Force hardcore, metalcore, punk, and metal
Wolfszeit Festival Crispendorf Active August Wolfszeit Festival Viking, pagan, and black metal
Doom Shall Rise Göppingen Last festival - 2013 April Doom Shall Rise doom metal
Force Attack Süderholz Last festival - 2012 July Punk, Ska, Oi!, Hardcore, Psychobilly and Metal
Monsters of Rock various Last festival - 2006 Summer active between 1980-1996, and 2006
United Metal Maniacs Bitterfeld Last festival - 2010 month Festung Open Air
Winternoise Festival Georgsmarienhütte Last festival - 2009 January Winternoise

Greece[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Eistnaflug Neskaupstaður Active July Eistnaflug featuring death, black, thrash metal and other rock music

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Malta[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Malta Doom Metal Festival Rabat Active October (end) Malta Doom Metal Festival doom metal
Xtreme Metal Assault Paola Active July Xtreme Metal Assault
2015 event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/730655447050397/
16 bands 2 stages - All metal styles in one event.

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
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 April 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 Nijmegen Last festival - 2007 June

Norway[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Blastfest Bergen Active February Blastfest 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

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
Opole Metal Festival Byczynie Active September Opole Metal Festival small festival
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

Spain[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Full Metal Cruise Balearic Isles Active April [4] Wacken Open Air Cruise
H.O.M Fest Burgos Active July H.O.M Fest
Leyendas Del Rock Festival Villena Active August Leyendas Del Rock Festival Wacken Cruise featuring heavy, thrash, power, 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

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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
Mörkaste Småland Hultsfred Active September Mörkaste Småland featuring black metal
Rockstad: Falun Falun Active August Sabaton Open Air - Rockstad: Falun featuring Sabaton along with power, folk, death, doom metal
Scorched Tundra Gothenburg Active December Scorched Tundra featuring doom, sludge, death metal
STHLM Fields Stockholm Active May STHLM Fields featuring popular metal bands along thrash, death, doom metal
Sweden Rock Festival Norje Active June Sweden Rock Festival featuring popular metal and rock bands such as Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper
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
Chaos Ritval Bülach Active September [5] featuring death, black, heavy, speed, doom metal
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

United Kingdom[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Beermageddon Bromsgrove Active August 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[15] 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

Eastern Europe[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Burning Sea Festival Zadar Never occurred N/A Burning Sea Festival first festival in 2013 was cancelled
Underwall Festival Zadar Last festival - 2014 June Underwall Festival most of the festival in 2014 was cancelled

Czech Republic[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Israel[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Kilkim Žaibu Žagarė Active June (end) Kilkim Žaibu black, Viking metal, and folk music
Velnio Akmuo Anykščiai Active July (mid) Devilstone Open Air death, thrash, black metal

Lebanon[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Beirut Rock Festival Beirut Unknown July Beirut Rock Festival featuring rock and metal
does not occur every year - last festival was 2013
Summer Fusion Open Air Jounieh Unknown August Summer Fusion Open Air featuring rock and metal
does not occur every year - last festival was 2010 - next festival is August 2015

Moldova[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Death Morozz Action Fest Chisinau Active January Brutal Basarabia
2015 event listing[16]
small festival - death, thrash metal

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
Old Grave Fest Bucharest Active October Old Grave Fest featuring old school metal, thrash, death, black, heavy, doom and so on, in their traditional form.
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
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

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
Hi - Voltage Istanbul Active June Hi-Voltage featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal, metalcore
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"[17] 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

North and Central America[edit]

Contents
Canada · Costa Rica · Mexico · United States

Canada[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Armstrong Metal Festival Armstrong, BC Active July Armstrong Metal Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Calgary Metalfest Calgary, AB Active June Calgary Metalfest featuring death, thrash, metalcore
Farmageddon Open Air Ryley, AB Active June Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Loud As Hell Festival Drumheller, AB Active July/Aug Festival featuring, heavy metal, classic metal, death, black, thrash metal, and more metal
Heavy MTL Montreal, QC Active August HEAVY MONTRÉAL featuring popular metal, thrash metal, metalcore, nu-metal, hard rock
Loud as Hell Festival Drumheller, AB Active July/August Loud as Hell Festival featuring metalcore, nu-metal, thrash metal
Manitoba Metalfest Winnipeg, MB Active April 2015 Event listing[18][19] featuring thrash, death metal
Messe des Morts Festival Montreal, QC Active April Messe des Morts Festival featuring black metal
Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival Calgary, AB Active September Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Trois-Rivières Metalfest Trois-Rivières, QC Active March Trois-Rivières Metalfest featuring death, black, thrash metal
Wings of Metal Fest Montreal, QC Active August Wings of Metal Fest featuring heavy, thrash, doom metal
Heavy T.O. Toronto, ON Last festival - 2012 August Heavy T.O. ran by promoters of Heavy MTL
MetalWizard Open Air Saskatoon, SK Last festival - 2014 July MetalWizard Open Air not announced for 2015

Costa Rica[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hell & Heaven Metal Fest Mexico City Active March Hell and Heaven Metal Fest death, black, thrash metal, metalcore, nu metal
featival in 2014 was cancelled 2 days before the festival and moved 5 months later

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
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
Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC Active early May Carolina Rebellion active since 2011
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[20] Denver, CO Active August 1 day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Indianapolis Metal Fest Indianapolis, IN Active September Indianapolis Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash 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
NYDM Spring Bash Milwaukee, WI Active April 2015 Event listing[21] featuring death, thrash, doom metal
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 Pomona, CA/various Active March/June Scion Rock Fest featuring death metal, grindcore, doom metal, metalcore
Shiprocked (cruise ship) Fort Lauderdale, FL Active January/February 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
Delaware Deathfest Wilmington, DE Last festival - 2013 October 2013 event listing[22] featuring death metal
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[23]
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

South America[edit]

Contents
Argentina · Brazil · Chile · Colombia

Argentina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Altavoz Antioquia Active November Altavoz rock festival with death, thrash metal
Convivencia Rock Pereira Active November Festival Convivencia Rock rock festival with some death, thrash metal
Manizales Grita Rock Manizales Active October Manizales Grita Rock rock festival with death, thrash metal
Rock al Parque Bogotá Active August Rock al Parque rock festival with death, thrash metal

Ecuador[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Encuentro Gutural Moving festival around Ecuador Active July - December [facebook.com/blackdragonprods] ONly Extreeme Metal Festival
Festival Started in 2011 and it has covered cities like Quito, Otavalo, Ambato, Machala, Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.
Encuentro Gutural is a 2 - 3 day festival

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

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