It was first held in 1981 and attended by 35,000 visitors. Today up to 350,000 people visit the festival every year. They held the title for largest free pop festival in Europe for a long time. Depending on the source however, there are several claims to this title by other festivals. Przystanek Woodstock in Poland and Austria's Donauinselfest now claim being the second biggest music festival in Europe second only to Radio 1's Big Weekend in the United Kingdom. 
The 31st edition of Parkpop was held on Sunday 26 June 2011.
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The 30th edition of Parkpop, was held 27 June and featured Alphabeat, Nick Lowe, Nena, Danko Jones, Juliette Lewis and Alpha Blondy. As local authorities forbade rapper Snoop Dogg to perform - it would require extra security measures because of gang rivalry - and first replacement Beenie Man was cancelled by Parkpop because of his gay-unfriendly reputation, it was Alpha Blondy who did perform as closing act. Edition 2010 was a huge success, 250.000 visitors and the weather was very good, maybe a bit too hot.
The 29th edition of Parkpop was held Sunday 28 June and featured: Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Boris, Skatalites, The Pretenders, Milow, Sabrina Starke, Dio & Sef, Maikal X, Guus Meeuwis, Buzzcocks, Dana Fuchs Band, Habib Koite & Bamada and Magic System a.o. Good weather and about 275.000 visitors.
The 28th edition of Parkpop took place on Sunday 29 June 2008 and featured Kula Shaker, Jason Mraz, Monte Montgomery, Orishas, Moke, Mala Vita, Kleine Jay and was headlined by Sheryl Crow. Visitors 250.000.
With heavy rain that year the number of visitors was 175,000
Line-up of this edition 23: 16 Down, A Day's Work, An Pierle & White Velvet Luka Bloom Blues Brother Castro, Brainpower, Corey, De La Soul, Kathleen Edwards, Fools Fatal, Kouwe Makkers, Morgan Heritage, Ozomatli, Rapid Notion, Silverlake, Ska-p, VanKatoen, Wowbeggar, Krezip, Youssou N'Dour
The 22nd edition of Parkpop on 30 June 2002 featured Bintangs, The Dandy Warhols, Enrico Riva, Hans Vandenburg, Kareem Raihani, Kirsten, Levellers, Mimezine, Ozark Henry, Suzanne Vega and was headlined by three popular Dutch bands Kane, Di-rect and Within Temptation.
The 21st edition of Parkpop featured Venice (band) among others.
- "Radio 1 Big Weekend Line Up 2014". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-04-28.