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.

Historical heavy 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
Monsters of Rock England 1980 Music festival held in Castle Donington (later it branched into other locations)
Rock in Rio Brazil 1985–present 1.5 million people attended the first event
Dynamo Open Air Netherlands 1986–2005 Biggest annual metal festival during the 1990s, with 118,000 visitors in 1995
Moscow Music Peace Festival Russia 1989 Part of an era of momentous change in the Soviet Union
Wacken Open Air Germany 1990–present Larger heavy metal festival
Hellfest Summer Open Air France 2006–present Larger heavy metal festival
Exit Festival Serbia 2000–present Exit 2006 had 22 stages
Download Festival England 2003–present Heavy metal and alt rock focus

Current heavy metal festivals[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Argentina Monsters of Rock November
Argentina Quilmes Rock November
Argentina Maximus Festival November

Armenia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Armenia Metal Front Fest Yerevan Last festival - 2008 November MetalFront Fest

Australia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Australia Unify Gathering[6] Tarwin Lower, Australia Small 2-3 day camping festival, local and some international bands
Australia Legion Fest[7] Australia Cancelled Crowdfunded Festival, was being organised by John Sankey from Devil You Know to replace Soundwave, however was cancelled in November 2016 due to 'business decisions'
Australia Soundwave Festival Australia Last festival - 2015 In December 2015 Soundwave was cancelled for good [8]

Austria[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Austria Full Metal Mountain Troepolach Active March Full Metal Mountain Wacken organized Ski-Tour
Austria Kaltenbach Open Air Spital am Semmering Active August Kaltenbach Open Air featuring death, black, thrash
Austria Metal on the Hill Active August Metal on the Hill
Austria Nova Rock Nickelsdorf Active June Nova Rock featuring rock, hard rock, heavy metal, death, metalcore, punk
Austria Rock in Vienna Vienna Active June Rock in Vienna featuring rock, hard rock, heavy metal, death, metalcore, punk

Belarus[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Belarus Metal Crowd Open Air Retschyza August Metal Crowd Open Air

Belgium[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Belgium Alcatraz Kortrijk Active August Alcatraz Metal Fest
Belgium Antwerp Metal Fest Antwerp Active July Antwerp Metal Fest
Belgium Blast From The Past Beveren Leie (Waregem) Active August Blast From The Past
Belgium Durbuy Rock Bomal-sur-Ourthe Active April Durbuy Rock
Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel Active June Graspop Metal Meeting large festival, all kinds of metal
Belgium Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze Last festival - 2016 October Metal Female Voices Fest only bands with a female singer
Belgium Metal Mean Mean August Metal Mean Festival one-day festival
Belgium Throne Fest Active June Throne Fest

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Metal Fest Sarajevo Last festival - 2014 July Sarajevo Metal fest

Botswana[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Botswana Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Festival[9] Ghantsi May Metal 4 Africa featuring local and African metal bands

Brazil[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Brasil Epic Metal Fest
Brasil Live'N'Louder
Brasil Monsters of Rock Monsters of Rock
Brasil Maniacs Metal Meeting
Brasil Maximus Fest
Brasil Metal Open Air
Brasil Rock in Rio Rock in Rio
Brasil Zoombie Ritual Festival Zoombie Ritual Festival

Bulgaria[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Bulgaria Kavarna Rock Fest Kavarna July Kavarna Rock
Bulgaria Sonisphere Festival Kavarna Last festival - 2010 Juni Sonisphere Festival Planned, but canceled in 2011
Bulgaria Spirit of Burgas Burgas Last festival - 2012 August Spirit of Burgas

Canada[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Canada Armstrong Metal Festival Armstrong, BC July Armstrong Metal Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Canada Metalocalypstick Fest Valemount, BC Active July Metal in the Mountains featuring Female musicians. Heavy metal, power, hardcore, punk, death, thrash, metalcore +
Canada Calgary Metalfest Calgary, AB September Calgary Metalfest featuring death, thrash, metalcore
Canada Farmageddon Open Air Ryley, AB June Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Canada Loud As Hell Festival Drumheller, AB July/Aug Festival featuring, heavy metal, classic metal, death, black, thrash metal, and more metal
Canada Heavy MTL Montreal, QC August HEAVY MONTRÉAL featuring popular metal, thrash metal, metalcore, nu-metal, hard rock
Canada Loud as Hell Festival Drumheller, AB July/August Loud as Hell Festival featuring metalcore, nu-metal, thrash metal
Canada Manitoba Metalfest Winnipeg, MB April 2015 Event listing[10][11] featuring thrash, death metal
Canada Messe des Morts Festival Montreal, QC April Messe des Morts Festival featuring black metal
Canada Metallion Vanderhoof, BC Metallion Festival featuring hard rock and heavy metal
Canada Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival Calgary, AB September Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Canada Trois-Rivières Metalfest Trois-Rivières, QC March Trois-Rivières Metalfest featuring death, black, thrash metal
Canada Wings of Metal Fest Montreal, QC August Wings of Metal Fest featuring heavy, thrash, doom metal
Canada Heavy T.O. Toronto, ON Last festival - 2012 Heavy T.O. ran by promoters of Heavy MTL
Canada MetalWizard Open Air Saskatoon, SK Last festival - 2014 July MetalWizard Open Air not announced for 2015

Chile[edit]

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

China[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
China 330 Metal Festival Active 330 Metal Festival


Colombia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Colombia Altavoz Antioquia November Altavoz rock festival with death, thrash metal
Colombia Convivencia Rock Pereira November Festival Convivencia Rock rock festival with some death, thrash metal
Colombia Manizales Grita Rock Manizales October Manizales Grita Rock rock festival with death, thrash metal
Colombia Rock al Parque Bogotá August Rock al Parque rock festival with death, thrash metal

Costa Rica[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Costa Rica Festival Siembra y Lucha Festival Siembra y Lucha

Croatia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Croatia Dark "O" Metal Fest Rijeka August Facebook event featuring mostly local black, death, thrash, heavy, speed and folk metal, with guests from worldwide notorious bands
Croatia Burning Sea Festival Zadar Never occurred N/A Burning Sea Festival first festival in 2013 was cancelled
Croatia Underwall Festival Zadar Last festival - 2014 June Underwall Festival most of the festival in 2014 was cancelled

Cyprus[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Cyprus Power of the Night Fest Nicosia Active July Power of the Night Festival

Czech Republic[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Czech Republic Aggressive Music Fest Pohori July Aggressive Music Fest
Czech Republic Basinfirefest Spalene June Basinfirefest
Czech Republic Brutal Assault Jaromer Active August Brutal Assault Extreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk, experimental music
Czech Republic Hell Fast Attack Brno July Hell Fast Attack
Czech Republic Masters of Rock Vizovice Active July Masters of Rock
Czech Republic Metal Fest Open Air Pilsen Active June Metal Fest Open Air
Czech Republic Obscene Extreme (Czech Republic) Trutnov Active July Obscene Extreme
Czech Republic Phantoms of Pilsen Pilsen October Phantoms of Pilsen
Czech Republic Žižkův Vraždící Palcát Žižkův Vraždící Palcát

Denmark[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Denmark Aalborg Metal Festival Aalborg Active November Aalborg Metal Festival featuring death, black, metalcore
Denmark Copenhell Copenhagen Active June Copenhell featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Denmark Metal Magic Festival Fredericia Active July Metal Magic Festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Denmark Roskilde Festival Roskilde June Roskilde Festival large music festival with only few metal bands
Denmark Royal Metal Fest Aarhus Active April Royal Metal Fest one-day festival, featuring death, black, thrash metal
Denmark Kill-Town Death Fest Copenhagen Last festival - 2014 September Kill-Town Death Fest featured death metal, grindcore
Denmark Heavy Days In Doom Town Copenhagen Last festival - 2015 April/May Heavy Days In Doom Town featuring doom, sludge metal

Ecuador[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Ecuador Quito Fest Quito Fest
Ecuador Encuentro Gutural Moving festival around Ecuador July - December Facebook Page Only extreme metal festival. Festival started in 2011 and it has covered cities like Quito, Otavalo, Ambato, Machala, and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Encuentro Gutural is a 2 - 3 day festival

Estonia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Estonia Hard Rock Laager Vana-Vigala Active June Hard Rock Laager
Estonia Rabarock Jaervakandi Last festival - 2012 Juni Rabarock

Finland[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Finland Dark River Festival Kotka August Dark River Festival
Finland Jalometalli Metal Music Festival Oulu July Jalometalli
Finland Nummirock Nummijaervi Active Juni Nummirock Festival
Finland Heavy Metal Cauldron Active October [1]
Finland Provinssirock Seinaejoki Juni Provinssirock Festival
Finland Sotkamon Syke Sotkamo August Sotkamon Syke one-day festival
Finland SteelFest Hyvinkaeae Active May SteelFest Open Air Metal Festival
Finland Tuska Open Air Suvilahti Active July Tuska Open Air
Finland Black Flames of Blasphemy Helsinki Last festival - 2015 November Black Flames Of Blasphemy
Finland Finnish Metal Expo Helsinki Last festival - 2009 February Finnish Metal Expo
Finland Sauna Open Air Tampere Last festival - 2013 June Sauna Open Air

France[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
France Download Festival Paris Active June Download Festival large festival, metal of all types
France Fall of Summer Ile-De-France Active September Fall of Summer Festival death, black, thrash metal
France Hellfest Summer Open Air Clisson Active June Hellfest Open Air large festival, metal of all types
France Lezard'Os Metal Fest Matignicourt-Goncourt November Lezard'Os Metal Fest one-day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
France Motocultor Festival Brittany August Motocultor Festival death, black, thrash metal
France Pyrenean Warriors Open Air Pyrénées-Orientales Active September Pyrenean Warriors Open Air one-day festival featuring old school heavy metal
France Raismes Fest Raismes September Raismes Fest hard rock, power metal, prog metal, folk metal, death metal
France Ragnard Rock Fest Simandre-sur-Suran July Ragnard Rock Folk and Pagan metal
France Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans Active August Sylak Open Air death, thrash metal, metalcore, hardcore
France Chaulnes Metal Fest Chaulnes Last festival - 2014 April Chaulnes Metal Fest death metal
France Wolf Throne Festival Villepinte Last festival - 2015 October Wolf Throne Festival black, death metal

Germany[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Germany A Chance for Metal Andernach Active May ACFM very small festival featuring local bands
Germany Amphi-Festival Cologne Active July Amphi mostly gothic, gothic metal, EBM, industrial
Germany AntAttack Dillingen April AntAttack one-day festival featuring punk, punk rock, local metal support
Germany Baden in Blut Open Air Lörrach Active July Baden in Blut Metal Open Air one-day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Germany Bang Your Head!!! Balingen Active July Bang Your Head!!! heavy, thrash, death metal
Germany Barther Metal Open Air Barth August Barther Metal Open Air feature black, doom, and death metal
Germany Bavarian Battle Rosenheim May Bavarian Battle small gfestival supporting local metal bands
Germany Black'n'Thrash Inferno Essen April Facebook event black, thrash metal
Germany Boarstream Open Air Buchenbach July B:O:A black, death, pagan
Germany Braincrusher in Hell March Braincrusher in Hell
Germany Castle Rock Muehlheim an der Ruhr July Castle Rock gothic, gothic metal
Germany Chronical Moshers Open Air Reichenbach Active June Chronical Moshers Open Air death, black, thrash metal
Germany Christmas Bash Active December Christmas Bash
Germany Damned Souls Summer Party Barleben July Damned Souls
Germany Dark Easter Metal Meeting Munich Active April Dark Easter Metal Meeting one-day festival featuring black, doom, death metal
Germany Dark Storm Festival Chemnitz December Dark Storm one-day festival featuring gothic, gothic metal
Germany Dark Troll Festival Bornstedt Active May Dark Troll pagan, folk, Viking, black, death metal
Germany German Swordbrothers Festival Active March German Swordbrothers Festival
Germany Death Feast Andernach September Death Feast death metal, grindcore
Germany Der Detze rockt Daun Active June Der Detze rockt small festival supporting local bands
Germany Desertfest Berlin Berlin Active April Desertfest Berlin
Germany Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn Active July Dong Open Air all styles of metal
Germany Doom Shall Rise Göppingen Last festival - 2013 April Doom Shall Rise doom metal
Germany Elbriot Hamburg August Elbriot one-day festival featuring rock, heavy metal and hardcore punk
Germany Eternal Frost Festival Active March Eternal Frost Festival
Germany Euroblast Festival Cologne Active October Euroblast progressive rock/metal
Germany Festival Mediaval Selb Active September Festival Mediaval mediaval rock
Germany Feuertanz Festival Abenberg June Feuertanz mediaval, mediaval rock, gothic, gothic metal
Germany Frankfurt Main Deathfest Frankfurt Active April Frankfurt Main Deathfest
Germany Freak Valley Festival Active June Freak Valley Festival
Germany Fuck Cancer Festival Active March Fuck Cancer Festival
Germany Force Attack Süderholz Last festival - 2012 July Punk, Ska, Oi!, Hardcore, Psychobilly and Metal
Germany Full Metal Cruise Hamburg various FMC Wacken-Cruise
Germany Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air Jänschwalde June Gahlen Moscht
Germany Harder Than Steel Fest Active September Harder Than Steel Fest
Germany Hammer of Doom Festival Active November Hammer of Doom Festival
Germany Headache Open Air Ahlimbsmuehle July Headache
Germany Headbangers Open Air Brande-Hörnerkirchen Active July Headbangers Open Air
Germany Hell Over Hammaburg Active March Hell Over Hammaburg
Germany Heidensturm Festival Leipzig Last festival - 2015 March Heidensturm Festival one-day festival featuring pagan, Viking, black metal
Germany Hevy Xmas (Germany) Grafenhausen December Heavy Xmas one-day festival
Germany Hexentanz Walpurgisschlacht Festival Losheim am See Active April Hexentanz Walpurgisschlacht Festival gothic, gothic metal, mediaval rock, metal
Germany Hörnerfest Brande-Hörnerkirchen July Hörnerfest pagan, Viking, black metal
Germany In Flammen Open Air Torgau Active July In Flammen Open Air death, black metal
Germany Keep It True Festival Lauda-Koenigshofen Active April Keep It True traditional heavy metal
Germany Kings of Black Metal Alsfeld April Facebook page black metal
Germany Knock Out Festival Karlsruhe December Knock Out Festival one-day festival, indoor, featuring power, heavy, thrash metal
Germany Langwacken Metal Camp Langwaden/various May/September Langwacken metal camping festival without bands
Germany Little Woodstock Nohfelden September Little Woodstock rock, reggae
Germany Mair1 Montabaur Last festival - 2015 June Mair1 Metalcore, Punk
Germany M'era Luna Hildesheim August M'era Luna gothic, industrial, EBM, gothic metal
Germany Metal Bash Neu Wulmstorf Active May Metal Bash one-day festival
Germany Metal Invasion Active April Metal Invasion
Germany Metal Diver Active March Metal Diver
Germany Metal Embrace Barleben Active September Metal Embrace
Germany Metal Franconia Festival Dettelbach Active April Metal Franconia black, death, doom, thrash metal
Germany Metal Frenzy Open Air Gardelegen Active June Metal Frenzy thrash, death metal
Germany Metal Hammer Paradise Weissenhäuser Strand Active November Metal Hammer Paradise power, heavy, death metal
Germany MetalAcker Tennenbronn Tennenbronn Active August MetalAcker small festival
Germany Metalfest Loreley Loreley Last festival - 2014 June Metalfest Loreley death, thrash, heavy metal
Germany Metallergrillen Katzenbach Active September Metallergrillen small festival with a great atmosphere
Germany Monsters of Rock various Last festival - 2006 Summer between 1980-1996, and 2006
Germany [M:O:A - MISE Open Air]] Active June M:O:A - MISE Open Air
Germany Night of the Prog-Festival St. Goarshausen July Night of the Prog prog metal
Germany Neuborn Open Air Festival Wörrstadt Active August NOAF thrash, heavy, death, black metal
Germany Nord Open Air Essen July Nord Open Air free one-day festival
Germany Nuclear War Now! Fest Berlin November Nuclear War Now! Fest black, death metal
Germany Nukstock Nucknitz August Nukstock
Germany Odin Storm Pirna September Odin Storm Open Air pagan, black, death
Germany Open Dosen Nohfelden July Open Dosen very small one-day festival with beer just out of cans (Dosen)
Germany Out & Loud Festival Geiselwind June Out & Loud Festival former Beastival featuring all kinds of metal
Germany Party.San Metal Open Air Obermehler Active August Party.San death, black, thrash metal
Germany Pfeffelbach Open Air Pfeffelbach July POA rock, hard rock, little metal
Germany Phantasie & Mittelaltertage Saarbruecken August PMT SB mediaval camps, market & fightings, mediaval rock on stage
Germany Prophecy Fest Balve September Facebook event doom, black metal
Germany Protzen Open Air Brandenburg Active July Protzen Open Air death metal/grindcore
Germany Pyraser Classic Rock Night Pyras Active July Pyraser Classic Rock Night one-day festival with classic rock, hard rock
Germany Rage Against Racism Duisburg Active June Rage Against Racism free festival without camping in the city
Germany Raging Death Date Neustadt/Orla March Raging Death Date death metal/grindcore
Germany Ragnarock Festival Langendorf Last festival - 2015 July Ragnarock rock, hard rock
Germany Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels, Bavaria Active April Ragnarök Festival pagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Germany Metal United Festival Active August Metal United Festival
Germany Reload Festival Sulingen Active August Reload
Germany ReeveLand Music Festival Active September ReeveLand Music Festival
Germany Riedfest Rohr/Thueringen July Riedfest
Germany Rocco del Schlacko Puettlingen August Rocco mainstream, punk, punk rock, little metal
Germany Rock am Ring Nürburgring Active June [2]
Germany Rock am Härtsfeldsee Dischingen June Rock am Härtsfeldsee heavy metal
Germany Rock Fels Festival St. Goarshausen Active June RockFels Open Air Loreley heavy, Viking, traditional
Germany Rock Harz Open Air Ballenstedt Active July RockHarz Open Air death, thrash, power metal
Germany Rock im Wald Wokuhl July Rock im Wald rock, hard rock
Germany Rock In Schroth Active August Rock In Schroth
Germany Rock of Ages Seebronn Active July Rock of Ages classic rock, rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Germany Rock om Gau Wallerfangen July Rock om Gau small festival with local bands
Germany Rock unter den Eichen Bertingen Active July Rock unter den Eichen death, black, thrash metal
Germany Rock'n'Ink-Festival Chemnitz September Rock'n'Ink
Germany Rockavaria Munich May Rockavaria big festival with big names in hard rock, metal
Germany RockCamp Saarwellingen June RockCamp one-day festival
Germany Rockfield Mainz August Rockfield
Germany Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen Active June RockHard heavy metal
Germany Ruhrpott Rodeo Huenxe August Ruhrpott Rodeo punk, punk rock
Germany Saarmageddon Saarbruecken July Saarmageddon one-day festival
Germany Schlacht um Otzenhausen Otzenhausen November Schlacht um Otzenhausen one-day festival, indoor
Germany Schlosshof Festival Hoechstadt August Schlosshof Festival mediaval rock
Germany Shamrock Castle Eggolsheim July Shamrock Castle folk, mediaval rock
Germany Storm Crusher Festival Wiesau Active September Storm Crusher Festival
Germany Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl Active August Summer Breeze death, black, thrash metal
Germany Summer Night Festival Mechernich July Summer Night free festival
Germany Sun Storm Open Air Active July Sun Storm Open Air
Germany Swordbrothers Festival Andernach Last festival - 2014 September Swordbrothers Festival power, traditional, thrash metal
Germany Swordbrothers Festival Andernach Last festival - 2014 September Swordbrothers Festival power, traditional, thrash metal
Germany Tank Mit Frank July Tank Mit Frank
Germany Taunus Metal Festival Oberursel Active April Taunus Metal Festival small festival, death, black, power, thrash metal
Germany The Ranch Festival Hechingen October Ranch Festival power metal
Germany Trveheim Festival Hallbergmoos - Munich Active August Trveheim Festival (old school) heavy metal, power metal
Germany Under The Black Sun Festival Börnicke Active July Under The Black Sun black and death metal
Germany United Metal Maniacs Bitterfeld Last festival - 2010 month Festung Open Air
Germany Wacken Open Air Wacken Active August W:O:A largest metal festival in the world
Germany Wave-Gothic-Treffen Leipzig May/June WGT gothic, industrial, ebm
Germany Winternoise Festival Georgsmarienhütte Last festival - 2009 January Winternoise
Germany With Full Force Löbnitz Active July With Full Force hardcore, metalcore, punk, and metal
Germany Wolfszeit Festival Crispendorf Active August Wolfszeit Festival Viking, pagan, and black metal

Greece[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Greece Chania Rock Festival Chania Active June Chania Rock Festival
Greece Over the Wall Heraklion Active July Over the Wall Festival
Greece Rockwave Festival (Athens) Lamia Active August Rockwave Festival
Greece Up the Hammer Athens Active May Up the Hammer

Hungary[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Hungary Rockmaraton Dunaújváros (formerly Pécs) Active July Rockmaraton some metal bands
Hungary Fezen Festival Active August Fezen Festival
Hungary Sziget Festival Budapest August Sziget Festival only part Metal
Hungary Metalmania Budapest Last festival - 2007 March Metalmania

Iceland[edit]

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

India[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
India Bangalore Open Air Bangalore Open Air
India NH7 Weekender NH7 Weekender

Indonesia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Indonesia Hammersonic Festival Jakarta Active March–April [3] All Heavy Music
Indonesia Rock in Solo Surakarta Active October–November [4] Heritage Metal Festival
Indonesia Bandung Berisik
Indonesia Voice Hell Purwokerto Purwokerto Active November–December [5] Purwokerto Hardcore / Punk / Metal Festival
Indonesia Hellprint Bandung Active November-March [6] All Heavy Music

Ireland[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Ireland Day of Darkness Ballylinan Last festival - 2008 July Day of Darkness

Italy[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Italy Agglutination Metal Festival Chiaromonte Active August Agglutination Metal Festival
Italy Alpen Flair Festival Sudtirols Active June Alpen Flair Festival
Italy Battlefiled Metal Fest Milan Active July Battlefiled Metal Fest heavy metal
Italy Colony Open Air Brescia Active July Colony Open Air
Italy Ciao Luca Festival Gradisca d'Isonza Active August Ciao Luca Festival
Italy Dissonance Festival Milan Active July Dissonance Festival
Italy Evolution Festival Firenze Last festival - 2004 July
Italy Frontiers Rock Festival Milan Active April Frontiers Rock Festival hard rock
Italy Gods of Metal Monza June Gods of Metal hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore
Italy Malpaga Folk & Metal Fest Milan Active September Malpaga Folk & Metal Fest folk metal
Italy Metal For Emergency Festival Bergamo Active August Metal For Emergency Festival
Italy Metalitalia Festival Bergamo Active September Metalitalia Festival
Italy Monsters of Rock Como Last festival - 2004 July Monsters of Rock hard rock, heavy metal
Italy Padova Metal Festival Padova Active August Padova Metal Festival
Italy Play It Loud! Festival Orzinuovi Last festival - 2009 February Play It Loud! Festival
Italy Rock Inn Somma Varese Active July Rock Inn Somma
Italy Steel Fest Bologna Last festival - 2011 November
Italy Straevilfest Mantova Active July Straevilfest
Italy Truemetal.it Festival Parma Active July Truemetal.it Festival
Italy Tradate Iron Fest Tradate (Varese) Last festival - 2005 June heavy metal
Italy Total Metal Festival Puglia Last festival - 2014 July Total Metal Festival

Japan[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Japan Loud Park Festival Saitama City Active October Loud Park Festival Active since 2006, featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, metalcore, nu metal

Latvia[edit]

Country Festival name Lovation Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Latvia Zobens un Lemess Open Air Lone Active July (early) Zobens un Lemess folk, pagan and death metal

Lebanon[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Lebanon Beirut Rock Festival Beirut Unknown July Beirut Rock Festival featuring rock and metal
does not occur every year; last festival was 2013
Lebanon 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

Lithuania[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Lithuania Daubos Griaucmas Seredžius Active August (mid) Daubos Griaucmas black, death, thrash metal
Lithuania Devilstone Anykščiai Active July (mid) Devilstone Open Air rock, metal
Lithuania Kilkim Žaibu Varniai Active June (end) Kilkim Žaibu black, Viking metal, and folk music
Lithuania Mėnuo Juodaragis Zarasai Active August (mid) Mėnuo Juodaragis folk metal/rock, neofolk
Lithuania Roko Naktys Zarasai Active August (early) Roko Naktys rock, metal
Lithuania True & Evil Vilnius Metal Fest Vilnius Active July (mid) Facebook Page one-day festival featuring black, death, thrash metal

Malaysia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Malaysia KL MetalCamp Kuala Lumpur Last festival - 2014 November KL MetalCamp
2014 event listing[12]
thrash, death metal

Malta[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Malta SinFest Metal Festival Corradino, Paola Active May SinFest Metal Festival 3 Day festival with different sub-genres of Metal
Malta Malta Doom Metal Festival Rabat Active October Malta Doom Metal Festival doom metal
Malta Metal Over Malta Festival Active March Metal Over Malta
Malta Xtreme Metal Assault Paola July Xtreme Metal Assault one-day festival with 16 bands and two stages; all metal styles in one event

Mexico[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Mexico Hell & Heaven Metal Fest Mexico City Active March Hell and Heaven Metal Fest death, black, thrash metal, metalcore, nu metal
festival in 2014 was cancelled two days before the festival and moved five months later


Moldova[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Moldova Death Morozz Action Fest Chisinau Last festival - 2015 January Brutal Basarabia
2015 event listing[13]
small festival - death, thrash metal

Namibia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Namibia Windhoek Metal Fest Windhoek Last festival - 2014 June Metal 4 Africa featuring local and international metal bands

Nepal[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Nepal Nepal Deathfest Kathmandu Active January Nepal Deathfest
Facebook page
featuring death metal
Nepal Silence Festival Kathmandu Active October Silence Festival featuring local and international metal bands

Netherlands[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Netherlands Amsterdam Metalfest Amsterdam April & October Amsterdam Metalfest one-day festival
Netherlands Baroeg Open Air Rotterdam Active September Baroeg Open Air one-day festival with a broad underground line-up
Netherlands Dokk’em Open Air Dokkum June Dokk’em Open Air featuring death, thrash, power, heavy metal
Netherlands Eindhoven Metal Meeting Eindhoven Active December Eindhoven Metal Meeting featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal
Netherlands FemME Eindhoven Autumn Female Metal Event featuring bands with female members
Netherlands FortaRock Festival Nijmegen May FortaRock large outdoor festival featuring thrash, heavy, death, black metal, metalcore
Netherlands Into The Grave Leeuwarden Active August Into The Grave medium outdoor festival featuring heavy, thrash and death metal
Netherlands Occultfest Hoogeveen September Occultfest small festival featuring local death, thrash, black metal
Netherlands ProgPower Europe Baarlo October ProgPower Europe featuring power, progressive metal
Netherlands Roadburn Festival Tilburg Active April Roadburn Festival large festival featuring doom, stoner, death, black metal
Netherlands Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk Active July Stonehenge Festival featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal
Netherlands Very 'Eavy Festival Stadskanaal Active April Very 'Eavy Festival small festival featuring heavy metal, NWOBHM
Netherlands Arnhem Metal Meeting Arnhem Last festival - 2007 December
Netherlands Dynamo Open Air Eindhoven Last festival - 2005 May
Netherlands Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven Active July Dynamo Metal Fest
Netherlands Fields of Rock Nijmegen Last festival - 2007 June
Netherlands Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg Last festival - 2015 May
Netherlands Nothing Changed Fest Nijmegen Last festival - 2014 Nothing Changed Fest small festival featuring sludge, crust, grindcore, hardcore
Netherlands Wâldrock Bergum Last festival - 2009 Summer medium one day festival
Netherlands Waves of Metal Festival Hoogeveen Last festival - 2014 October Festivalinfo.nl Armada Agency small 1 day indoor festival featuring death, black metal
Netherlands Jera On Air Ysselsteyn Active June Jera on Air medium-sized festival, metalcore, punk, hardcore and sometimes deathcore

New Zealand[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Debut Month Notes
New Zealand Westfest All over New Zealand suspended 2014 January many various festivals in cities and towns if not planned

Norway[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Norway Blastfest Bergen Last festival - 2016 February Blastfest festival 2017 cancelled due to bankruptcy
Norway Inferno Metal Festival Oslo Active April Inferno featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Norway Karmøygeddon Festival Haugesund May Karmøygeddon featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Norway Midgardsblot Borre August Midgardsblot featuring black, doom, heavy, Viking metal
Norway Southern Discomfort Kristiansand September Southern Discomfort featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Norway Tons of Rock Halden Active June Tons of Rock featuring thrash, death, black, heavy metal
Norway Trondheim Metal Fest Trondheim March Trondheim Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash, metalcore
Norway Hole in the Sky Bergen Last festival - 2011 August active between 2000-2011

Pakistan[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Pakistan Hellfest Pakistan[14] Islamabad Last festival - 2014 June Hellfest largest metal festival in Pakistan featuring local metal bands

Philippines[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Philippines Pulp Summer Slam Quezon City Active April Pulp Summer Slam large festival featuring metalcore, hardcore, thrash, death metal
Philippines Manila Metal and Hardcore Festival Pasay Active October Event listing[15][16] small festival featuring local metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands
Philippines Red Horse Muziklaban Manila Active various Pambansang Muziklaban annual rock band competition
Philippines Kaguluhan Music Festival Cavite Last festival - 2013 November Kaguluhan Music Festival

Poland[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Poland Asymmetry Festival Wrocław September Asymmetry Festival rock, metal and alternative electronics
Poland Dark Fest Byczyna June Dark Fest small festival
Poland Woodstock Festival Polen Kostrzyn nad Odra August Woodstock Festival Polen very large festival, but just little metal, hard rock
Poland Hunterfest Szczytno Last festival - 2009 July Hunterfest five editions
Poland Knock Out Festival Kraków Last festival - 2009 July Knock Out Festival one edition
Poland Metalfest Poland Jaworzno Last festival - 2013 June Metalfest Poland two editions
Poland Metal Hammer Festival Katowice Last festival - 2015 June Metalhammer instead of Metalmania[17]
Poland Metalmania Katowice Last festival - 2009 March Metalmania will be back in 2017 [18]
Poland Seven Festival Węgorzewo Last festival - 2013 July Seven Festival various different names since 1991
Poland 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]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Portugal Extreme Metal Attack Benavente March Extreme Metal Attack small two day festival featuring black, death, thrash metal
Portugal Moita Metal Fest Moita Active March Moita Metal Fest small festival featuring local death, thrash metal, metalcore, punk bands
Portugal Paredes de Coura Festival Paredes de Coura August Paredes de Coura-Festival large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Portugal Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisboa May Rock in Rio Lisboa large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Portugal Santa Maria Summer Fest Beja Active June Santa Maria Summer Fest featuring punk, hardcore, grind, death metal
Portugal SWR Barroselas Metalfest Barroselas Active April SWR Barroselas Metalfest 3 day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Portugal Vagos Open Air Calvão Active August Vagos Metal Fest featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
Portugal VOA Heavy Rock Festival Corroios Active August VOA featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal

Puerto Rico[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Puerto Rico Metal Expo Convention Santurce Active March First Puerto Rican Metal Expo Convention two-day event featuring seminars, musical clinics, and live metal bands
Puerto Rico Festival de Metal Boricua Cayey Last festival - 2006 November

Romania[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Romania Artmania Festival Sibiu Active August ARTmania Festival Art festival featuring gothic, doom, folk, heavy metal
Romania Metalhead Meeting Bucharest Active June Metalhead Meeting
Romania November To Dismember Metal Fest Bucharest November Facebook event featuring death, thrash metal
Romania 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.
Romania Rock'N'Iasi Iași Active October Rock'N'Iasi small festival featuring lesser known local alternative rock and metal bands
Romania Rockstadt Extreme Fest Rasnov Active August Rockstadt Extreme Fest featuring death, black, thrash metal
Romania Rites of the Black Mass Active October Rites of the Black Mass
Romania Tuborg GreenFest Bucharest Last festival - 2012 June/July series of festivals taking place different countries, last festival in Romania was 2012

Russia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Russia Blackened Life Festival Tula Active August Blackened Life featuring black, death metal
Russia Moscow Black Metal Convention Moscow Last festival - 2014 August Black Metal Convention small festival featuring black metal
Russia Moscow DOOM Festival Moscow Last festival - 2013 May Moscow DOOM Festival Official Event Page small one day festival featuring doom metal
Russia Moscow Music Peace Festival Moscow Last festival - 1989 August one-time festival featuring heavy and glam metal
Russia Nashestviye Bolshoye Zavidovo Active July Nashestviye large open air rock festival featuring rock, folk, pop, and metal

Serbia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Serbia 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]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Slovakia Gothoom Open Air Ostrý Grúň Active July Gothoom Festival featuring black, death, thrash metal
Slovakia More//Then//Fest Active August More-Then-Fest
Slovakia Rock Pod Kamenom Active August

Slovenia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Slovenia Metaldays Tolmin Active July Metaldays previously known as Metalcamp, featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal
Slovenia Winter Days of Metal Active March Winter Days of Metal

South Africa[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
South Africa Emalyth Arts Expo[19] Gauteng Active January Facebook event featuring about 20 local metal bands
South Africa Witchfest[20] Johannesburg Active April Witchfest featuring death, black, thrash metal
South Africa RAMFest Cape Town/Johannesburg Last festival - 2014 March Facebook page featuring rock, pop, metal, metalcore

Spain[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Spain Acordes de Rock Gilena (Sevilla) Active July Acordes de Rock heavy metal
Spain Be Prog My Friend Barcelona Active July Be Prog My Friend progressive rock and metal
Spain Festa da Carballeira Zas (A Coruna) Active August Festa da Carballeira folk rock and metal
Spain Full Metal Cruise Balearic Isles Active April Full Metal Cruise Wacken Open Air Cruise
Spain Leyendas Del Rock Festival Villena Active August Leyendas Del Rock Festival featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, black metal
Spain Resurrection Fest Viveiro Active July Resurrection Fest featuring hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk,
Spain Rock Fest Barcelona Barcelona Active July Rock Fest Barcelona featuring hard rock, heavy, thrash, power, death, black metal
Spain H.O.M Fest Burgos Last festival - 2014 July H.O.M Fest
Spain Sonisphere Madrid/Barcelona Last festival - 2013 May/June Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Spain in 2013
Spain Via de la Plata Festival Mérida Last festival - 2008 July only active in 2008
Spain z7 Live Rock Fest Active July z7 Live Rock Fest

Sri Lanka[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Sri Lanka Maelstrom Colombo Active August [7] Metal, metalcore, pop punk, punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock, stoner rock
Sri Lanka Rock Fest Colombo Active June Metal/Rock

Sweden[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Sweden Close-up Baten Stockholm March/September Close-up Baten ferry cruise by Close up-Magazine
Sweden Dark Days Of Stockholm Stockholm Active April Dark Days Of Stockholm
Sweden Getaway Rock Festival Gävle Last festival 2015 August Getaway Rock Festival attendance of about 1,500
Sweden Geflemetl Festival June April Geflemetl Festival
Sweden House of Metal Umeå Active March House of Metal featuring death, black, thrash metal
Sweden Metaltown Festival Gothenburg May Metaltown Festival one-day festival 2016, featuring popular metal bands along with nu metal, metalcore, death metal
Sweden Mörkaste Småland Hultsfred September Mörkaste Småland featuring black metal
Sweden Muskelrock Tyrolen Active June Hemsida Muskelrock featuring heavy, thrash metal
Sweden Rock Off Mariehamn July Rock Off large festival with little metal
Sweden Rockstad: Falun Falun August Sabaton Open Air - Rockstad: Falun featuring Sabaton along with power, folk, death, doom metal
Sweden Sabaton Cruise Stockholm Active December Sabaton Cruise ferry cruise featuring Sabaton amongst others
Sweden Sabaton Open Air Active August Sabaton Open Air
Sweden Scorched Tundra Gothenburg September Scorched Tundra featuring doom, sludge, death metal
Sweden Skogsroejet Rejmyre Active August Skogsroejet
Sweden Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg Active June Sweden Rock Festival featuring popular metal and rock bands worldwide
Sweden Stockholm Slaughter Active April Stockholm Slaughter
Sweden Forlorn Fest Umeå Last festival - 2012 November Forlorn Fest small festival featuring black metal
Sweden STHLM Fields Stockholm Last festival - 2014 May STHLM Fields featuring popular metal bands along thrash, death, doom metal

Switzerland[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Switzerland Allmend rockt Luzern June Allmend rockt powered by Sonisphere Festivals
Switzerland Chaos Ritval Bülach Active September Chaos Ritval one-day festival featuring death, black, heavy, speed, doom metal
Switzerland Elements of Rock Active March Elements of Rock
Switzerland Greenfield Festival Interlaken Active June Greenfield Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Switzerland Meh Suff! Hüttikon September Meh Suff! Metal-Festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
Switzerland Inferno Metal Festival Switzerland Lausanne Last festival - 2014 June Inferno Switzerland big festival with some metal bands
Switzerland Metal Assault Lausanne Last festival - 2013 September Metal Assault featuring death metal
Switzerland Open Circle Festival Spreitenbach Last festival - 2014 September Open Circle Festival small rock festival featuring local rock and metal bands
Switzerland Sonisphere Yverdon-les-Bains Last festival - 2012 May Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Switzerland in 2012

Tunisia[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of the year Reference/external link Notes
Tunisia Origins Fest Tunis Active February featuring local and international metal bands
Tunisia Festival Méditérranéen de la Guitare Tunis Active March featuring local and international metal bands

Turkey[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Turkey Rock Off Festival Istanbul Active October Facebook page one-day festival featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal
Turkey Barışarock Istanbul Last festival - 2008 August Barışarock
Turkey Headbanger's Weekend Istanbul Last festival - 2015 August Headbanger's Weekend featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal
Turkey Hi-Voltage Istanbul Last festival - 2014 June Hi-Voltage featuring thrash, heavy, power, death metal, metalcore
Turkey RockIstanbul Istanbul Last festival - 2005 June
Turkey Rock'n Coke Istanbul Last festival - 2013 September Rock'n Coke featuring rock, indie rock, with some metal
Turkey Sonisphere Istanbul Last festival - 2011 June Sonisphere part of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Turkey in 2011
Turkey Unirock Open Air Festival Istanbul Last festival - 2011 August

Ukraine[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
Ukraine Black Sea Metal Chornomorsk Active July extreme metal, gothic etc
Ukraine Carpathian Alliance Metal Lviv Region Active July Carpathian Alliance Metal Festival featuring black, Viking, folk metal
Ukraine Global East Rock Festival Kyiv Last festival - 2011 August, September Global East Rock Festival featuring heavy, power, death, black, thrash, gothic, industrial, folk metal
Ukraine 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"[21] in Crimea
Ukraine 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]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
United Arab Emirates Dubai Desert Rock Festival Dubai Last festival - 2014 May Dubai Rock Festival active until 2009, but continued on as Dubai Rock Festival

United Kingdom[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
United Kingdom Beermageddon Bromsgrove August Beermageddon small indoor festival featuring local metal bands
United Kingdom 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)
United Kingdom Brofest Newcastle February Brofest
United Kingdom Bristol Death Fest Bristol Active April Bristol Death Fest
United Kingdom Damnation Festival Leeds, England November Damnation Festival one-day festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
United Kingdom Desertfest London London Active April Desertfest London
United Kingdom Download Festival Donington Park, Leicestershire Active June Download Festival large rock festival featuring hard rock, nu-metal, metalcore, death, black metal
United Kingdom Hammerfest Prestatyn, Wales Active March Hammerfest
United Kingdom Hard Rock Hell Gwynedd, North Wales Active November Hard Rock Hell featuring heavy metal, hard/heavy rock, rock
United Kingdom Mammothfest Brighton September Mammothfest
United Kingdom North of the Wall Glasgow March North of the Wall[22] featuring local metal bands
United Kingdom Temples Festival Bristol Last festival - 2015 May Temples Festival 3 day festival featuring death, thrash, black metal, metalcore
United Kingdom UK Tech-Metal Fest Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire July UK-Tech Metal Fest
United Kingdom Wildfire Festival Crossford June Wildfire festival Successor of Les-Fest
United Kingdom Black Country Metal Fest West Midlands Last festival - 2014 March Black Country Metal Fest small one-day festival featuring local bands
United Kingdom Heavy Scotland Scotland Active April Heavy Scotland
United Kingdom Hellfire Festival Birmingham, England Last festival - 2009 November active from 2008-2009
United Kingdom In-Fest London Last festival - 2010 August small indoor festival which featured metal, punk, and rock
Lords Of The Land Scotland Active April Lords Of The Land
United Kingdom Les-Fest Wiston Lodge, Scotland Last festival - 2015 June Les-Fest three day classic rock and heavy metal festival
United Kingdom Monsters of Rock Castle Donington, England Last festival - 2006 Summer active between 1980-1996, and 2006
United Kingdom ProgPower UK The Centaur, Cheltenham UK Last festival - 2007 March
United Kingdom Reading Festival Leeds Active August Reading Festival
United Kingdom Sonisphere Knebworth Park Last festival - 2014 July Sonisphere
United Kingdom Butserfest Waterlooville, Hampshire September Butserfest small alcohol/drug-free festival, targeted at people aged 14–20

United States[edit]

Country Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Reference/external link Notes
United States 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
United States Flight of the Valkyries Baltimore, MD Active January Flight of the Valkyries active since 2007, featuring classic, power, folk, and death metal
United States 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
United States Rocklahoma Pryor, OK Active Memorial Day Weekend - Late May Rocklahoma active since 2006, featuring Heavy metal, Hard rock, Post-Hardcore, Thrash metal, Death metal, Nu metal, Alternative Rock, Hair Bands, Classic Metal
United States Black Kvlt Fest Miami, FL Active October Black Kvlt Fest 2 small festival featuring black metal
United States Brutiful Metal Fest Fort Worth, TX Active late June Brutiful Metal Fest small 1 day festival featuring approx. a dozen local bands
United States Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC Active early May Carolina Rebellion active since 2011
United States 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
United States Days Of The Doomed Fest Milwaukee, WI Active June Days Of The Doomed Fest featuring doom, stoner, sludge metal
United States Communion of Darkness - Black Metal Festival Spartanburg, SC Active early September Communion of Darkness 4 active since 2013, featuring black, death metal
United States Denver Black Sky[23] Denver, CO Active August 1 day festival featuring death, black, thrash metal
United States Indianapolis Metal Fest Indianapolis, IN Active September Indianapolis Metal Fest featuring death, black, thrash metal
United States 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
United States 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
United States New Jersey Deathfest Stanhope, NJ Active October New Jersey Deathfest featuring death metal with approx. 20 bands
United States NYDM Spring Bash Milwaukee, WI Active April 2015 Event listing[24] featuring death, thrash, doom metal Established in 2010
United States ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA Active early September ProgPower USA featuring power, progressive, traditional metal
United States Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Chicago, IL Active May Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse featuring traditional, heavy, thrash metal
United States Rock on the Range Columbus, OH Active May Rock on the Range featuring nu metal, metalcore with an attendance of 120,000
United States Scion Rock Fest Pomona, CA/various Active March/June Scion Rock Fest featuring death metal, grindcore, doom metal, metalcore
United States Shiprocked (cruise ship) Fort Lauderdale, FL Active January/February Shiprocked cruise ship featuring nu metal, metalcore
United States Stoner Hands of DOOM New London, CT Active September Stoner Hands of DOOM featuring doom, stoner, sludge metal
United States Throwback Metal Fest Las Vegas, NV Active October Throwback Metal Fest featuring traditional, heavy, thrash
United States Warriors Of Metal Festival Pataskala, OH Active June Warriors Of Metal Festival featuring heavy, power, progressive, thrash metal
United States West Texas Death Fest Amarillo, TX Active April West Texas Death Fest 2014 featuring death metal
United States 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
United States Bay Area Rock Fest San Francisco, CA Last festival - 2008 spring small festival active in 2007 and 2008
United States Born Too Late Rochester, NY Last festival - 2009 August Born Too Late small festival featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
United States California Metalfest Anaheim, CA Last festival - 2012 November California Metalfest featured metalcore, hardcore, and some metal
United States Delaware Deathfest Wilmington, DE Last festival - 2013 October 2013 event listing[25] featuring death metal
United States Emissions from the Monolith OH/IL/TX Last festival - 2007 late May active between 2000-2007 featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
United States 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.
United States Flight of the Valkyries St. Paul, MN/Baltimore, MD Last festival - 2011 November featured metal with female lead vocalists
United States Heathen Crusade Metalfest Minneapolis, MN Last festival - 2008 January Heathen Crusade Metalfest featured Viking, folk metal
United States 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[26]
United States Robot Mosh Fest Milwaukee, WI Last festival - 2008 June active between 2001-2008, featured metalcore, hardcore, metal
United States Saints & Sinners Festival Asbury Park, NJ Last festival - 2007 November active between 2006-2007, feature nu metal, metalcore
United States Stella Natura Cisco Grove, CA Last festival - 2013 September Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires featuring folk and experimental music, black, doom metal
United States Tidal Wave San Francisco, CA Last festival - 2012 July Tidal Wave free outdoor festival, active between 2000-2012, featured death, doom metal
United States Welcome to Rockville Jacksonville, FL Active April/May [8] active since 2011 at Metropolitan Park, featuring heavy metal, alternative rock, thrash metal, metalcore,

Tours[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Noyer (2003), p. 96; Weinstein (2000), pp. 11–13.
  2. ^ Weinstein (2000), pp. 14, 118.
  3. ^ Fast (2005), pp. 89–91; Weinstein (2000), pp. 7, 8, 23, 36, 103, 104.
  4. ^ Walser (1993), p. 6.
  5. ^ "As much as Sabbath started it, Priest were the ones who took it out of the blues and straight into metal." Bowe, Brian J. Judas Priest: Metal Gods. ISBN 0-7660-3621-9.
  6. ^ http://unifygathering.com/
  7. ^ http://legionmusicfest.com/
  8. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/soundwave-music-festival-cancelled-20151217-glpwbn.html
  9. ^ "African Heavy Metal Bands Give Back to their Communities". BORGEN. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/620286668076814/
  11. ^ http://www.last.fm/festival/4026827+Manitoba+Metalfest+2015
  12. ^ http://www.mcmticket.com.my/index.php?page=prod_view&pid=17
  13. ^ "DEATH MOROZZ ACTION - METAL FEST - 11th EDITION / JANUARY - 10 - 2015". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  14. ^ http://metaltalk.net/columns/20105727.php
  15. ^ http://www.veooz.com/photos/OHDJe~n.html
  16. ^ http://www.metrokelan.com/concerts-and-music/manila-metal-and-hardcore-festival_i5577
  17. ^ "Metalhammer". 
  18. ^ "Metalhammer". 
  19. ^ Metal4Africa News
  20. ^ Witchfest
  21. ^ http://mhm-fest.com/en/news/+2014/
  22. ^ "North of the Wall Festival 2014". Northofthewall2014.wix.com. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  23. ^ http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2014/04/denver_black_sky_lineup.php
  24. ^ http://www.allmetalfest.com/nydm-2015-spring-bash/
  25. ^ http://www.ticketfly.com/event/344009-delaware-death-fest-ii-day-wilmington/
  26. ^ http://www.metalupdate.com/interviewfest.html

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