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List of heavy metal festivals

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List of heavy metal festivals
Brutal Assault 2012 main stages.jpg
General Information
Related genresHeavy metal, extreme metal, rock
LocationEurope and United States (origin)
Worldwide (current)
Related eventsMusic festival, rock festival, punk rock festival, gothic festival, electronic 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 Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, and during the late 1960s and mid-1970s these bands 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

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
Sweden Rock Festival Sweden 1992–present classic rock, hard rock and metal.
Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium 1996–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
Hellfest Summer Open Air France 2006–present larger heavy metal festival

Current heavy metal festivals

Africa

Botswana

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Festival[6] Ghantsi 2010–present May featuring local and African metal bands

Namibia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Swakop Rocks Swakopmund September 1 day Festival - Hard Rock, Punk & Metal Bands

Asia

India

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Bangalore Open Air Karnataka 2012–present July
NH7 Weekender 2010–present
Thunderstrock Festival Ranchi, Jharkhand 2008–present September

Indonesia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bandung Berisik
Bandung Sonic Fair Bandung August–November all heavy music
Brotherground Surabaya Active November–December deathmetal, metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, etc
Doomsday Open Air Bandung Active October all heavy music
Hammersonic Festival Jakarta Active March–April all heavy music
Hellprint Bandung Active November–March All heavy music
Rock In Borneo Kutai Kartanegara Active September all heavy music
Rock In Celebes Makassar Active November Multi genre music
Rock in Solo Surakarta Active October–November heritage metal
Synchronize Festival Purwokerto Active October Multi genre music
Voice Hell Purwokerto Active November Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Hip-Hop

Japan

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Download Festival Chiba City 2019–present March

Mongolia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Noise Metal Fest Ulaanbaatar 2014–present April-May featuring local and international metal bands

Nepal

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Silence Fest Kathmandu 2011–present September & November Featuring local and international metal bands

Philippines

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Pulp Summer Slam Quezon City 2001–present April large festival featuring metalcore, hardcore, thrash, death metal

Europe

Austria

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Nova Rock Nickelsdorf 2005–present June
Kaltenbach Open Air 2003–present August
Rise up Festival Judenburg

Belgium

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel 1996–present End of June One of the biggest metal festivals in Europe
Alcatraz Metal Festival Deinze, Kortrijk since 2013 2008–present Beginning of August Started indoor but changed to an outdoor festival in 2013
Headbanger's Balls Fest Izegem 2012–present Beginning of May
Blast from the Past Festival Kuurne 2013–present December Old school heavy metal festival
Metalworksfest Kuurne 2017–present Beginning or mid March

Bulgaria

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Hills of Rock

Czech Republic

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Brutal Assault Jaroměř 1996–present August extreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk, experimental music
Fluff Fest Rokycany 2000–present July hardcore punk, grindcore, crust punk, sludge metal, metalcore, post-metal
Masters of Rock (festival) Vizovice 2003–present July heavy metal, power metal
Metalfest Pilsen 2007–present June heavy metal, power metal
Obscene Extreme Trutnov 1999–present July grindcore, death metal, hardcore punk

Denmark

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Copenhell Copenhagen Active June featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Roskilde Festival Roskilde June large music festival with only few metal bands
Aalborg Metal Festival Aalborg Active November featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Royal Metal Fest Aarhus Active April featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Viborg Metal Fest Viborg Active March featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Metal Magic Festival Fredericia Active July featuring death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock

Estonia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Hard Rock Laager Vana-Vigala Active June all subgenres of metal, rock
Howls of Winter Tallinn Active February black metal

Finland

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Pori Last festival - 2017 June death metal
Jalometalli Metal Music Festival Oulu Last Festival 2016 all subgenres of metal
John Smith Rock Festival Laukaa Active July heavy metal, rock
Nummirock Nummijärvi Active June all subgenres of metal
Saarihelvetti Tampere Active August all subgenres of metal
Sauna Open Air Tampere Last festival - 2013 June-July metal
Steelchaos Helsinki Active November black metal
Steelfest Open Air Hyvinkää Active May black and death metal
Turku Saatanalle Turku Active March black metal
Tuska Open Air Helsinki Active July all subgenres of metal
Dark River Festival Kotka Active August all subgenres of metal

France

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Hellfest Summer Open Air Clisson 2006–present June large festival, metal of all types
Motocultor Festival Brittany 2007–present August death, black, thrash metal
Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans August metal of all types, hardcore
Plane'R Fest Colombier-Saugnieu, Montcul July metal of all types

Germany

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Bang Your Head!!! Balingen Active July heavy, thrash, death metal
Chronical Moshers Open Air Mühlteich Hauptmannsgrün Active June Death/black/thrash
Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn Active July all styles of metal
Doom Shall Rise Göppingen Last festival - 2013 April doom metal
Elbriot Hamburg August one-day festival featuring rock, heavy metal and hardcore punk
Euroblast Festival Cologne Active October progressive rock/metal
Force Attack Süderholz Last festival - 2012 July punk, ska, oi!, hardcore, psychobilly and metal
In Flammen Torgau Active July Death/black/thrash metal
Metal Frenzy Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt Active June Various
Monsters of Rock various Last festival - 2006 Summer 1980–1996, and 2006
Party.San Open Air Schlotheim, Thuringia Active August Death, Black, Thrash Metal
Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels, Bavaria Active April pagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Rhön Rock Open Air Hünfeld-Oberfeld, Hesse Active August
Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen Active June heavy metal
Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl Active August death, black, thrash metal
United Metal Maniacs Bitterfeld Last festival - 2010 month
Wacken Open Air Wacken Active August largest metal festival in Germany
Winternoise Festival Georgsmarienhütte Last festival - 2009 January
With Full Force Löbnitz Active July hardcore, metalcore, punk, and metal
Rock, um zu helfen! Freiberg, Saxony Active October metal and rock, all income will be donated to a good cause

Greece

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Rockwave Festival Lamia, Athens 1996–present August

Hungary

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Rockmaraton Dunaújváros 1991–present July

Mostly Hungarian bands(Black, Thrash, Metalcore, Deathcore, Punk rock)

Iceland

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Eistnaflug Neskaupstaður 2005–present July featuring death, black, thrash metal and other rock music

Italy

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Agglutination Metal Festival Chiaromonte 1995–present August
Gods of Metal Monza 1997–present June hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore

Latvia

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Metal Show Jekabpils Active August All metal sub-genres; 2-3 days festival
Zobens un Lemess Bauska Active June Folk, pagan, metal genres; 3 days festival

Lithuania

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Devilstone Anykščiai 2009–present July (mid) rock, metal
Kilkim Žaibu Varniai 1999–present June (end) black, viking metal and folk music

Netherlands

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Amsterdam Metalfest Amsterdam April & October one-day festival
Arnhem Metal Meeting Arnhem Last festival - 2007 December
Dynamo Open Air Eindhoven 1986 - 2005 May Continued as a smaller festival
Dynamo Metalfest Eindhoven 2015 - Present July
Fortarock Nijmegen 2009 - Present June/july large festival featuring al kinds of metal
Into the Grave Leeuwarden 2010 - Active August www.intothegrave.nl
Fields of Rock Nijmegen Last festival - 2007 June
MidsummerProg Valkenburg Active June www.midsummerprog.com
Netherlands Deathfest Eindhoven (Effenaar) Active May https://www.facebook.com/NetherlandsDeathfest
Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg Last festival - 2015 May
ProgPower Europe Baarlo October featuring power, progressive metal
Roadburn Festival Tilburg Active April large festival featuring doom, stoner, death, black metal
Queenscore Kaatsheuvel 2001 - 2015 April small festival featuring metalcore and hardcore
Earthquake festival Kaatsheuvel 2001 - 2015 April Big festival featuring big names like Motörhead, Manowar, Pretty Maids, Vengeance and Warlock

Norway

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Inferno Metal Festival Oslo 2001–present April featuring black, death, thrash, doom metal
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival Kopervik 2004–present May wide range of metal genres

Poland

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Metalmania Katowice 2017–present March
Siekiera fest Wrocław 2019–present September 3 days, various rock & metal subgenres

Portugal

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Paredes de Coura Festival Paredes de Coura August large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisboa May large rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Vagos Metal Fest Calvão Active August featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
VOA Lisboa Active June featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
SWR Barroselas Metalfest Barroselas Active April featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
Mangualde HMF Mangualde Active January featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
Laurus Nobilis Famalicão Active August featuring power, death, black, thrash, doom metal

Romania

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Artmania Festival Sibiu Active August art festival featuring gothic, doom, folk, heavy metal, progressive
Metalhead Meeting Bucharest Active June/July death metal, black metal, heavy metal
Rockstadt Extreme Festival Rasnov Active August death metal, black metal, heavy metal
Metal Gates Festival Bucharest Active November death metal, black metal, doom metal
Posada Rock Fest Campulung Muscel Active Late August Gothic Metal, Heavy Metal, Death metal
Psychosounds Fest Bucharest Active October Black metal, Death metall, Ghotic Metal

Russia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Big Gun Moscow 2019–present July 4-day Heavy metal fest
Metal Over Russia Moscow July 3-day Doom, Death, Black, Dark, Pagan, Folk metal

Serbia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Exit Festival Novi Sad 2000–present July not strictly a metal festival; features pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, but has some death, black, thrash, doom metal

Slovenia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Metaldays Tolmin 2004–present July previously known as Metalcamp, featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal

Spain

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Resurrection Fest Viveiro 2006–present July featuring hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk,
Rock Fest Barcelona Barcelona 2014–present July featuring hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk
Leyendas del Rock Villena 2006–present August mostly power and gothic metal

Sweden

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Gefle Metal Festival Gävle Active July all subgenres of metal
House of Metal Umeå Active February or March all subgenres of metal, rock
Metaltown Festival Gothenburg Last festival 2013 June or July featuring various metal bands including nu metal, metalcore, groove metal
Sabaton Open Air Falun Active August organized by Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton, featuring bands from all subgenres
Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg Active June featuring popular metal and rock bands worldwide
Jönköping Metal Fest Jönköping Active Spring and fall Black, death, thrash metal

United Kingdom

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent 2005–present August outdoor festival featuring death, black, thrash, folk metal, with attendance of 13,000 (2013)
Damnation Festival Leeds, England 2005–present November one-day festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Darkness Guides Us Glasgow, Scotland November two-day indoor festival featuring black, pagan, extreme metal
Download Festival Donington Park, Leicestershire 2003–present June large rock festival featuring hard rock, nu-metal, metalcore, death metal, black metal and pro wrestling from NXT UK l
Hammerfest Prestatyn, Wales 2009–present March
Hard Rock Hell Gwynedd, North Wales 2007–present November featuring heavy metal, hard/heavy rock, rock

North America

Canada

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Covenant Festival Vancouver, BC 2012–present June-July Underground black and death metal.
Heavy Montréal Montreal, QC 2008–present July-August featuring popular metal, thrash metal, metalcore, nu-metal, hard rock

Mexico

Festival name Location Status Approx. time of year Notes
Monterrey Metal Fest Monterrey Active November 1 Day
Hell & Heaven Metal Fest Mexico City Active March 2 Day Open-Air Metal Festival
México Metal Fest Monterrey Active November 1 Day
Domination Mx Mexico City Active May 2 Days
Northside Rock Park Meeting Monterrey Last festival - 2017 November 1 Day
Force Fest Mexico City Active November
Knotfest México Mexico City Active November
Total Death Over México Mexico City Active May 3 Day Death Metal Festival
Sangre y Fuego Para Mictlantecuhtli Mexico City Active November 3 Day Black Metal Festival
Fronterizo Fest Tijuana Active October
Candelabrum Metal Fest León Active September

United States

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Aftershock Sacramento, CA 2012–present October featuring grunge, hard rock, heavy metal, nu metal, thrash metal, death metal, metalcore, punk rock
Epicenter Concord, NC 2019–present early May featuring hard rock, classic rock, post-hardcore, alternative rock, heavy metal, progressive metal
Louder Than Life Louisville, KY 2014–present September/October featuring hard rock, heavy metal, grunge, melodic death metal, post-hardcore, metalcore, power metal, gothic metal
Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, MD 2003–present late May featuring death, black, doom, grind, with attendance of 2,000-3,000
Mass Destruction Metal Fest Atlanta, GA 2017–present November featuring black and death metal
ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA 2001–present early September featuring power and progressive metal
Rebel Rock Orlando, FL 2020–present September featuring heavy metal, nu metal, metalcore, power metal, hard rock, post-hardcore
Rock Fest Cadott, WI 1994–present July featuring classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, nu metal, post-grunge, metalcore, thrash metal, post-hardcore
Rocklahoma Pryor, OK 2006–present late May featuring heavy metal, hard rock, post-hardcore, thrash metal, death metal, nu metal, alternative rock, classic rock
Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival Columbus, OH 2019–present May featuring hard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, nu metal, post-hardcore, metalcore, death metal, progressive metal
Welcome to Rockville Jacksonville, FL 2011–present April/May featuring hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore, gothic metal, post-hardcore, industrial metal, death metal, alternative rock
70000 Tons of Metal Fort Lauderdale, FL 2011–present January featuring thrash, power, symphonic, folk, death, black metal, with about 2,000 attendees on a cruise ship

Oceania

Australia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Download Festival[7] Melbourne and Sydney 2018–present March Melbourne and Sydney in 2019

South America

Brazil

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro 1985–present September
Maniacs Metal Meeting Rio Negrinho 2016–present December
Armageddon Metal Festival Joinville May/June

Colombia

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Rock al Parque Bogotá 1994–present August rock festival with death, thrash metal

Ecuador

Festival name Location Active Approx. time of year Notes
Quito Fest Quito 2003–present September

Tours

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

See also

References

  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. ^ "African Heavy Metal Bands Give Back to their Communities". BORGEN. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  7. ^ http://downloadfestival.com.au/

External links

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