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
Myponga Pop Festival Australia 1971 Pop festival headlined by Black Sabbath
Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80 Soviet Union 1980 First official rock festival in the Soviet Union
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 Important event for glam metal
Wacken Open Air Germany 1990–present Large metal showcase
Woodstock 1999 United States 1999 Known as a commercial and crowd control disaster
Exit Festival Serbia 2000–present Exit 2006 had 22 stages
Fields of Rock Netherlands 2002-2007 Know for loads of BIG names
Download Festival 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 2004–2009 Heavy metal and rock
Soundwave Australia 2004– December 2015 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]

Botswana[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Festival[6] Ghantsi Active May Metal 4 Africa featuring local and African metal bands

Namibia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Windhoek Metal Fest Windhoek Last festival - 2014 June Metal 4 Africa featuring local and international metal bands

South Africa[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Emalyth Arts Expo[7] Gauteng Active January Facebook event featuring about 20 local metal bands
Witchfest[8] Johannesburg Active April Witchfest featuring death, black, thrash metal
RAMFest Cape Town/Johannesburg Last festival - 2014 March Facebook page featuring rock, pop, metal, metalcore

Asia[edit]

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

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hammersonic Festival Jakarta Active March–April [1] All Heavy Music
Rock in Solo Surakarta Active October–November [2] Heritage Metal Festival
Bandung Berisik
Voice Hell Purwokerto Purwokerto Active November–December [3] Purwokerto Hardcore / Punk / Metal Festival

Japan[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Loud Park Festival Saitama City Active October Loud Park Festival Active since 2006, featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, metalcore, nu 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

Malaysia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
KL MetalCamp Kuala Lumpur Last festival - 2014 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 Last festival - 2014 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 [4] Metal, metalcore, pop punk, punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock, stoner rock
Rock Fest Colombo Active June Metal/Rock

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Debut Month Notes
Unify Gathering[13] Tarwin Lower, Australia Active 2015 January Small 2 day festival, local and some international bands
Legion Fest[14] Australia Planned 2017 January Crowdfunded Festival, being organised by John Sankey from Devil You Know to replace Soundwave
Soundwave Festival Australia Last festival - 2015 2004 In December 2015 Soundwave was cancelled for good [15]

New Zealand[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Debut Month Notes
Westfest All over New Zealand suspended 2014 January Many various festivals in cities and towns if not planned.

Western Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Full Metal Mountain Troepolach Active March Full Metal Mountain Wacken organized Ski-Tour
Kaltenbach Open Air Spital am Semmering Active August Kaltenbach Open Air featuring death, black, thrash
Nova Rock Nickelsdorf Active June Nova Rock featuring rock, hard rock, heavy metal, death, metalcore, punk
Rock in Vienna Vienna Active June Rock in Vienna featuring rock, hard rock, heavy metal, death, metalcore, punk

Belgium[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Alcatraz Kortrijk Active August Alcatraz Metal Fest
Antwerp Metal Fest Antwerp Active July Antwerp Metal Fest
Durbuy Rock Bomal-sur-Ourthe Active April Durbuy Rock
Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel Active Juni Graspop Metal Meeting large festival, all kinds of metal
Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze Active October Metal Female Voices Fest only bands with a female singer
Metal Mean Mean Active August Metal Mean Festival One-Day-Festival

Cyprus[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Power of the Night Fest Nicosia Active July Power of the Night Festival

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, heavy, power metal and hard rock
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 One-Day-Festival, featuring death, black, thrash metal
Kill-Town Death Fest Copenhagen Last festival - 2014 September Kill-Town Death Fest featured death metal, grindcore
Heavy Days In Doom Town Copenhagen Last festival - 2015 April/May Heavy Days In Doom Town featuring doom, sludge metal

Finland[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Dark River Festival Kotka Active August Dark River Festival
Jalometalli Oulu Active July Jalometalli
Nummirock Nummijaervi Active Juni Nummirock Festival
Provinssirock Seinaejoki Active Juni Provinssirock Festival
Sotkamon Syke Sotkamo Active August Sotkamon Syke One-Day-Festival
SteelFest Hyvinkaeae Active May SteelFest Open Air Metal Festival
Tuska Open Air Suvilahti Active July Tuska Open Air
Black Flames of Blasphemy Helsinki Last festival - 2015 November Black Flames Of Blasphemy
Finish Metal Expo Helsinki Last festival - 2009 February Finnish Metal Expo
Sauna Open Air Tampere Last festival - 2013 June Sauna Open Air

France[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Download Festival Paris Active June Download Festival large festival, metal of all types
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 November Lezard'Os Metal Fest One-Day-Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Motocultor Festival Brittany Active August Motocultor Festival death, black, thrash metal
Pyrenean Warriors Open Air Pyrénées-Orientales Active September Pyrenean Warriors Open Air One-Day-Festival featuring old school heavy metal
Raismes Fest Raismes Active September Raismes Fest hard rock, power metal, prog metal, folk metal, death metal
Ragnard Rock Fest Simandre-sur-Suran Active July Ragnard Rock Folk and Pagan metal
Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans Active August Sylak Open Air death, thrash metal, metalcore, hardcore
Chaulnes Metal Fest Chaulnes Last festival - 2014 April Chaulnes Metal Fest death metal
Wolf Throne Festival Villepinte Last festival - 2015 October Wolf Throne Festival black, death metal

Germany[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
A Chance for Metal Andernach Active May ACFM very small festival featuring local bands
Amphi-Festival Cologne Active July Amphi mostly gothic, gothic metal, EBM, industrial
AntAttack Dillingen Active April AntAttack One-Day-Festival featuring punk, punk rock, local metal support
Baden in Blut Metal Open Air Lörrach Active July Baden in Blut Metal Open Air One-Day-Festival featuring 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
Bavarian Battle Rosenheim Active May Bavarian Battle small gfestival supporting local metal bands
Black'n'Thrash Inferno Essen Active April Facebook event black, thrash metal
Boarstream Open Air Buchenbach Active July B:O:A black, death, pagan
Castle Rock Muehlheim an der Ruhr Active July Castle Rock gothic, gothic metal
Chronical Moshers Open Air Reichenbach Active June Chronical Moshers Open Air death, black, thrash metal
Damned Souls Summer Party Barleben Active July Damned Souls
Dark Easter Metal Meeting Munich Active April Dark Easter Metal Meeting One-Day-Festival featuring black, doom, death metal
Dark Storm Festival Chemnitz Active December Dark Storm One-Day-Festival featuring gothic, gothic metal
Dark Troll Festival Bornstedt Active May Dark Troll pagan, folk, viking, black, death metal
Death Feast Andernach Active September Death Feast death metal , grindcore
Der Detze rockt Daun Active June Der Detze rockt small festival supporting local bands
Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn Active July Dong Open Air all styles of metal
Euroblast Festival Cologne Active October Euroblast progressive rock/metal
Festival Mediaval Selb Active September Festival Mediaval mediaval rock
Feuertanz Festival Abenberg Active June Feuertanz mediaval, mediaval rock, gothic, gothic metal
Full Metal Cruise Hamburg Active various FMC Wacken-Cruise
Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air Jänschwalde Active June Gahlen Moscht
Headache Open Air Ahlimbsmuehle Active July Headache
Headbangers Open Air Brande-Hörnerkirchen Active July Headbangers Open Air
Hevy Xmas (Germany) Grafenhausen Active December Heavy Xmas One-Day-Festival
Hexentanz Festival Losheim am See Active April/May Hexentanz gothic, gothic metal, mediaval rock, 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 Lauda-Koenigshofen Active April Keep It True traditional heavy metal
Kings of Black Metal Alsfeld Active April Facebook page black metal
Knock Out Festival Karlsruhe Active December Knock Out Festival One-Day-Festival, indoor, featuring power, heavy, thrash metal
Langwacken Metal Camp Langwaden/various Active May/September Langwacken metal camping festival without bands
Little Woodstock Nohfelden Active September Little Woodstock rock, reggae
M'era Luna Hildesheim Active August M'era Luna gothic, industrial, EBM, gothic metal
Metal Bash Neu Wulmstorf Active May Metal Bash One-Day-Festival
Metal Embrace Barleben Active September Metal Embrace
Metal Franconia Festival Dettelbach Active April Metal Franconia black, death, doom, thrash metal
Metal Frenzy Open Air Gardelegen Active June Metal Frenzy thrash, death metal
Metal Hammer Paradise Weissenhäuser Strand Active November Metal Hammer Paradise power, heavy, death metal
MetalAcker Tennenbronn Tennenbronn Active August MetalAcker small festival
Metallergrillen Katzenbach Active September Metallergrillen small festival with a great atmosphere
Night of the Prog-Festival St. Goarshausen Active July Night of the Prog prog metal
Neuborn Open Air Festival Wörrstadt Active August NOAF thrash, heavy, death, black metal
Nord Open Air Essen Active July Nord Open Air free One-Day-Festival
Nuclear War Now! Fest Berlin Active November Nuclear War Now! Fest black, death metal
Nukstock Nucknitz Active August Nukstock
Odin Storm Pirna Active September Odin Storm Open Air pagan, black, death
Open Dosen Nohfelden Active July Open Dosen very small One-Day-Festival with beer just out of cans (Dosen)
Out & Loud Festival Geiselwind Active June Out & Loud Festival former Beastival featuring all kinds of metal
Party.San Metal Open Air Obermehler Active August Party.San death, black, thrash metal
Pfeffelbach Open Air Pfeffelbach Active July POA rock, hard rock, little metal
Phantasie & Mittelaltertage Saarbruecken Active August PMT SB mediaval camps, market & fightings, mediaval rock on stage
Prophecy Fest Balve Active September Facebook event doom, black metal
Protzen Open Air Brandenburg Active June Protzen Open Air death metal/grindcore
Pyraser Classic Rock Night Pyras Active July Pyraser Classic Rock Night One-Day-Festival with Classic Rock, Hard Rock
Rage against Racism Duisburg Active June RaR free festival without camping in the city
Raging Death Date Neustadt/Orla Active March Raging Death Date death metal/grindcore
Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels Active April Ragnarök Festival pagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Reload Festival Sulingen Active August Reload
Riedfest Rohr/Thueringen Active July Riedfest
Rocco del Schlacko Puettlingen Active August Rocco mainstream, punk, punk rock, little metal
Rock am Härtsfeldsee Dischingen Active June Rock am Härtsfeldsee heavy metal
Rock Fels Festival St. Goarshausen Active June RockFels Open Air Loreley heavy, Viking, traditional
Rock Harz Open Air Ballenstedt Active July RockHarz Open Air death, thrash, power metal
Rock im Wald Wokuhl Active July Rock im Wald rock, hard rock
Rock of Ages Seebronn Active July Rock of Ages classic rock, rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Rock om Gau Wallerfangen Active July Rock om Gau small festival with local bands
Rock unter den Eichen Bertingen Active July Rock unter den Eichen death, black, thrash metal
Rock'n'Ink-Festival Chemnitz Active September Rock'n'Ink
Rockavaria Munich Active May Rockavaria big festival with big names in hard rock, metal
RockCamp Saarwellingen Active June RockCamp One-Day-Festival
Rockfield Mainz Active August Rockfield
RockHard-Festival Gelsenkirchen Active May/June RockHard heavy metal
Ruhrpott Rodeo Huenxe Active August Ruhrpott Rodeo punk, punk rock
Saarmageddon Saarbruecken Active July Saarmageddon One-Day-Festival
Schlacht um Otzenhausen Otzenhausen Active November Schlacht um Otzenhausen One-Day-Festival indoor
Schlosshof Festival Hoechstadt Active August Schlosshof Festival mediaval rock
Shamrock Castle Eggolsheim Active July Shamrock Castle folk, mediaval rock
Storm Crusher Festival Wiesau Active September Storm Crusher Festival
Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl Active August Summer Breeze death, black, thrash metal
Summer Night Festival Mechernich Active July Summer Night free festival
Tanzritual Festival Landsweiler Reden Active August/September Tanzritual Festival gothic, EBM, industrial, gothic metal
Taunus Metal Festival Oberursel Active April Taunus Metal Festival small festival, death, black, power, thrash metal
The Ranch Festival Hechingen Active October Ranch Festival power metal
Under The Black Sun Festival Börnicke Active July Under The Black Sun black and death metal
Wacken Open Air Wacken Active July, August W:O:A largest metal festival in the world
Wave-Gothic-Treffen Leipzig Active May/June WGT gothic, industrial, ebm
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
Heidensturm Festival Leipzig Last festival - 2015 March Heidensturm Festival One-Day-Festival featuring pagan, Viking, black metal
Mair1 Montabaur Last festival - 2015 June Mair1 Metalcore, Punk
Metalfest Loreley Loreley Last festival - 2014 June Metalfest Loreley death, thrash, heavy metal
Monsters of Rock various Last festival - 2006 Summer active between 1980-1996, and 2006
Ragnarock Festival Langendorf Last festival - 2015 July Ragnarock rock, hard rock
Swordbrothers Festival Andernach Last festival - 2014 September Swordbrothers Festival power, traditional, thrash metal
United Metal Maniacs Bitterfeld Last festival - 2010 month Festung Open Air
Winternoise Festival Georgsmarienhütte Last festival - 2009 January Winternoise

Greece[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Rockwave Festival (Athens) Lamia Active August Rockwave Festival One-Day-Festival

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]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Day of Darkness Ballylinan Last festival - 2008 July Day of Darkness

Italy[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Agglutination Metal Festival Chiaromonte Active August Agglutination Metal Festival One-Day-Festival
Gods of Metal Monza Active June Gods of Metal One-Day-Festival
Monsters of Rock Como Last festival - 2004 July Monsters of Rock One-Day-Festival
Play It Loud! Festival Orzinuovi Last festival - 2009 February Play It Loud! Festival One-Day-Festival
Total Metal Festival Puglia Last festival - 2014 July Total Metal Festival

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/
One-Day-Festival with 16 bands 2 stages - All metal styles in one event.

Netherlands[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Amsterdam Metalfest Amsterdam Active April & October Amsterdam Metalfest One-Day-Festival
Baroeg Open Air Rotterdam Active September Baroeg Open Air One-Day-Festival with a broad underground line-up
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
FemME Eindhoven Active Autumn Female Metal Event featuring bands with female members
FortaRock Festival Nijmegen Active May FortaRock large outdoor festival featuring thrash, heavy, death, black metal, metalcore
Into The Grave Leeuwarden Active August Into The Grave Medium outdoor festival featuring heavy, thrash and death metal
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
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
Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg Last festival - 2015 May
Nothing Changed Fest Nijmegen Active Last festival - 2014 Nothing Changed Fest small festival featuring sludge, crust, grindcore, hardcore
Wâldrock Bergum Last festival - 2009 Summer Medium 1 day festival
Waves of Metal Festival Hoogeveen Last festival - 2014 October Festivalinfo.nl Armada Agency small 1 day indoor festival featuring death, black metal

Norway[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Blastfest Bergen Active February Blastfest featuring black, death metal
Inferno Metal Festival Oslo Active April Inferno featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Karmøygeddon Festival Haugesund Active May Karmøygeddon featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Midgardsblot Borre Active August Midgardsblot featuring black, doom, heavy, viking metal
Southern Discomfort Kristiansand Active September Southern Discomfort featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Tons of Rock Halden Active June Tons of Rock featuring thrash, death, black, heavy 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
Asymmetry Festival Wrocław Active September Asymmetry Festival rock, metal and alternative electronics
Dark Fest Byczyna Active June Dark Fest small festival
Woodstock Festival Polen Kostrzyn nad Odra Active August Woodstock Festival Polen very large festival, but just little metal, hard rock
Hunterfest Szczytno Last festival - 2009 July Hunterfest five editions
Knock Out Festival Kraków Last festival - 2009 July Knock Out Festival one edition
Metalfest Poland Jaworzno Last festival - 2013 June Metalfest Poland two editions
Metalmania Katowice Last festival - 2009 March Metalmania
Seven Festival Węgorzewo Last festival - 2013 July Seven Festival various different names since 1991
Sonisphere Poland Warsaw Last festival - 2014 July Sonisphere Poland part of a touring rock music festival, occurred in Poland in 2010 to 2014

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
Moita Metal Fest Moita Active March/April Moita Metal Fest small festival featuring local death, thrash metal, metalcore, punk bands
Paredes de Coura Festival Paredes de Coura Active August Paredes de Coura-Festival large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal 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 Metal Fest featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
VOA Heavy Rock Festival Corroios Active August VOA 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 Full Metal Cruise Wacken Open Air Cruise
Leyendas Del Rock Festival Villena Active August Leyendas Del Rock Festival featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, black metal
Resurrection Fest Viveiro Active July Resurrection Fest featuring thrash, death, black metal, punk, rock
Rock Fest Barcelona Barcelona Active July Rock Fest Barcelona
H.O.M Fest Burgos Last festival - 2014 July H.O.M Fest
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
Close-up Baten Stockholm Active March/September Close-up Baten ferry cruise by Close up-Magazine
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 One-Day-Festival 2016, featuring popular metal bands along with nu metal, metalcore, death metal
Mörkaste Småland Hultsfred Active September Mörkaste Småland featuring black metal
Muskelrock Tyrolen Active June Hemsida Muskelrock featuring heavy, thrash metal
Rock Off Mariehamn Active July Rock Off large festival with little metal
Rockstad: Falun Falun Active August Sabaton Open Air - Rockstad: Falun featuring Sabaton along with power, folk, death, doom metal
Sabaton Cruise Stockholm Active December Sabaton Cruise ferry cruise featuring Sabaton amongst others
Scorched Tundra Gothenburg Active September Scorched Tundra featuring doom, sludge, death metal
Skogsroejet Rejmyre Active August Skogsroejet
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
STHLM Fields Stockholm Last festival - 2014 May STHLM Fields featuring popular metal bands along thrash, death, doom metal

Switzerland[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Allmend rockt Luzern Active June Allmend rockt powered by Sonisphere Festivals
Chaos Ritval Bülach Active September Chaos Ritval One-Day-Festival featuring death, black, heavy, speed, doom metal
Greenfield Festival Interlaken Active June Greenfield Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Meh Suff! Hüttikon Active September Meh Suff! Metal-Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Inferno Metal Festival Switzerland Lausanne Last festival - 2014 June Inferno Switzerland big festival with some metal bands
Metal Assault Lausanne Last festvial - 2013 September Metal Assault featuring death metal
Open Circle Festival Spreitenbach Last festvial - 2014 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
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)
Brofest Newcastle Active February Brofest
Damnation Festival Leeds, England Active November Damnation Festival One-Day-Festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Desertfest London Active April Desertfest
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
Mammothfest Brighton Active September Mammothfest
North of the Wall Glasgow Active March North of the Wall[16] featuring local metal bands
Temples Festival Bristol Active May Temples Festival 3 day festival featuring death, thrash, black metal, metalcore
UK Tech-Metal Fest Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire Active July UK-Tech Metal Fest
Wildfire Festival Crossford Active June Wildfire festival Successor of Les-Fest
Black Country Metal Fest West Midlands Last festival - 2014 March Black Country Metal Fest small one-day festival featuring local bands
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
Les-Fest Wiston Lodge, Scotland Last festival - 2015 June Les-Fest 3 day classic rock and heavy metal festival
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
Sonisphere Knebworth Park Last festival - 2014 July Sonisphere
Butserfest Waterlooville, Hampshire Active September Butserfest small alcohol/drug-free festival, targeted at people aged 14–20

Eastern Europe[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Metal Front Fest Yerevan Last festival - 2008 November MetalFront Fest

Belarus[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Metal Crowd Open Air Retschyza Active August Metal Crowd Open Air

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Sarajevo Metal Fest Sarajevo Last festival - 2014 July Sarajevo Metal fest

Bulgaria[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Kavarna Rock Fest Kavarna Active July Kavarna Rock
Sonisphere Festival Kavarna Last festival - 2010 Juni Sonisphere Festival Planned, but canceled in 2011
Spirit of Burgas Burgas Last festival - 2012 August Spirit of Burgas

Croatia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Dark "O" Metal Fest Rijeka Active August Facebook event featuring mostly local black, death, thrash, heavy, speed and folk metal, with guests from worldwide notorious bands
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]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Agressive Music Fest Pohori Active July Agressive Music Fest
Basinfirefest Spalene Active June Basinfirefest
Brutal Assault Jaromer Active August Brutal Assault
Hell Fast Attack Brno Active July Hell Fast Attack
Masters of Rock Vizovice Active July Masters of Rock
Metal Fest (Czech Republic) Pilsen Active June Metal Fest
Obscene Extreme (Czech Republic) Trutnov Active July Obscene Extreme
Phantoms of Pilsen Pilsen Active October Phantoms of Pilsen
Žižkův Vraždící Palcát Active Žižkův Vraždící Palcát

Estonia[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Hard Rock Laager Vana-Vigala Active July Hard Rock Laager
Rabarock Jaervakandi Last festival - 2012 Juni Rabarock

Hungary[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Rock Maraton Pecs Active July Rock Maraton some metal bands
Sziget Festival Budapest Active August Sziget Festival only part Metal
Metalmania Budapest Last festival - 2007 March Metalmania

Lithuania[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Daubos Griaucmas Seredžius Active August (mid) Daubos Griaucmas black, death, thrash metal
Devilstone Anykščiai Active July (mid) Devilstone Open Air rock, metal
Kilkim Žaibu Varniai Active June (end) Kilkim Žaibu black, Viking metal, and folk music
Mėnuo Juodaragis Zarasai Active August (mid) Mėnuo Juodaragis folk metal/rock, neofolk
Roko Naktys Zarasai Active August (early) Roko Naktys rock, metal
True & Evil Vilnius Metal Fest Vilnius Active July (mid) Facebook Page One-Day-Festival featuring black, death, thrash metal

Moldova[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Death Morozz Action Fest Chisinau Last festival - 2015 January Brutal Basarabia
2015 event listing[17]
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
November To Dismember Metal Fest Bucharest Active November Facebook event featuring death, thrash metal
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.
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
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 featuring black, death metal
Moscow Black Metal Convention Moscow Last festival - 2014 August Black Metal Convention small festival featuring black metal
Moscow DOOM Festival Moscow Last festival - 2013 May Moscow DOOM Festival Official Event Page small one day festival featuring doom metal
Moscow Music Peace Festival Moscow Last festival - 1989 August one-time festival featuring heavy and glam metal
Nashestviye Bolshoye Zavidovo Last festival - 2011 July Nashestviye large open air rock festival featuring rock, folk, pop, and 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 Ostrý Grúň Active July, 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 October Facebook page One-Day-Festival featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal
Barışarock Istanbul Last festival - 2008 August Barışarock
Headbanger's Weekend Istanbul Last festival - 2015 August Headbanger's Weekend featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal
Hi-Voltage Istanbul Last festival - 2014 June Hi-Voltage featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal, metalcore
RockIstanbul Istanbul Last festival - 2005 June
Rock'n Coke Istanbul Last festival - 2013 September Rock'n Coke featuring rock, indie rock, with some metal
Sonisphere Istanbul Last festival - 2011 June Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Turkey in 2011
Unirock Open Air Festival Istanbul Last festival - 2011 August

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
Global East Rock Festival Kyiv Last festival - 2011 August, September Global East Rock Festival featuring heavy, power, death, black, thrash, gothic, industrial, 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"[18] in Crimea
Pro Rock Krolevets, Konotop and Kyiv Last festival - 2009 August, July Pro Rock featuring heavy, power, death, thrash, gothic, folk metal

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Festival Name Location Status Approx. Time of Year Reference/External Link Notes
Dubai Desert Rock Festival Dubai Last festival - 2014 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 September 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[19][20] 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
Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA Active October AfterShock active since 2012, featuring Heavy metal, Hard rock, Post-Hardcore, Thrash metal, Death metal, Nu metal, Alternative Rock
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
Communion of Darkness - Black Metal Festival Spartanburg, SC Active early September Communion of Darkness 4 active since 2013, featuring black, death metal
Denver Black Sky[21] 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[22] featuring death, thrash, doom metal Established in 2010
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[23] featuring death metal
Emissions from the Monolith OH/IL/TX Last festival - 2007 late May active between 2000-2007 featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
Famine Fest Portland,OR 2013 - 2015 Active Jan/Feb faminefest.com Multi-Day, Multi-Stage, Festival showcasing the premier acts from the Extreme metal underground.
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[24]
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
Welcome to Rockville Jacksonville, FL Active April/May [5] active since 2011 at Metropolitan Park, featuring heavy metal, alternative rock, thrash metal, metalcore,

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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