Biggest Rock Festivals in Europe 2023/2024 | Ratepunk
If you're a fan of rock music festivals, previous years may have left you feeling disappointed and deprived of the live music experience. But now that things are getting back to normal, why not make up for lost time and rock'n'roll all summer long in 2023? Check out the most famous and best rock festivals happening across Europe in 2023 and choose the one that appeals to you the most!
Top 10 rock music festivals in Europe:
- Rock am Ring / Rock im Park
- Nova Rock
- Download Festival
- Graspop Metal Meeting
- Glastonbury Festival
- Roskilde Festival
- Rock Werchter
- Wacken Open Air
- Dynamo Metalfest.
Rock am Ring / Rock im Park
Rock am Ring and Rock im Park are two of the biggest music festivals in Germany and are often referred to as a single event, despite taking place in different parts of the country. They're similar to Reading and Leeds in England, with two festivals taking place at the same time, over three days, and featuring very similar line-ups. Together, the festivals draw in more than 150,000 people, making them not only the largest music festivals in Germany but also among the biggest in the world. Most importantly, for fans of rock music, these interlinked festivals are a must-see and listen to over 100 hours of the best modern live music performances on stage each year.
Place: Nuremberg, Germany
Price: One day ticket costs €229
Date: 7-9 June (2024)
Line Up Includes: Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Die Toten Hosen, Bring Me The Horizon, Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41, Nothing But Thieves, and others (2023)
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Nova Rock Festival
Since 2005 every summer people come to one of Austria's largest and most popular music festivals- Nova Rock. You can listen to diverse music: rock, metal, and punk. Nova Rock is also famous for various activities and attractions, such as funfairs, a beach area, and many food trucks. The festival has become a beloved event for music fans not just in Austria, but across Europe and beyond.
Place: Nickelsdorf, Austria
Price: Full weekend ticket cost €229,99
Date: 13-15 June (2024)
Line Up Includes: Slipknot, The Prodigy, Tenacious D, Bilderbuch, Ärzte, Nightwish, others (2023)
Another famous rock festival in Europe will be held this summer. With multiple stages and a diverse line-up of performers, the festival provides an unforgettable experience for fans of all rock music genres. It is one of those festivals that true rock fans shouldn’t miss, especially this year.
Place: Donington Park, Derby, UK
Price: One day ticket costs £110.00
Date: 14-16 June 2024
Line Up Includes: Metallica, Bring me the Horizon, Slipknot, Placebo, Evanescence and more (2023)
Graspop Metal Meeting
As always, the festival promises to deliver a stellar lineup of the best bands across all metal genres, from hardcore and hard rock to black metal, thrash metal, punk, metalcore, and beyond. But, of course, it means that you must be really into this kind of music. It's no wonder that metalheads worldwide are already counting down the days until GMM 2023, which will surely be the year's ultimate metal music highlight.
Place: Dessel, Belgium
Price: Full weekend ticket cost €299
Date: 15-18 June (2023)
Line Up Includes: Ghost, Gojira, Guns N'Roses, Pantera, Machine Head, Slipknot, Behemoth, and others
The much-awaited Hellfest is returning with a spectacular lineup for its 16th edition that promises to thrill rock and metal enthusiasts. For four electrifying days, \ the charming village of Clisson, located in the Loire-Atlantique region of France, will host some of the biggest names in the industry: Kiss, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Def Leppard, Hollywood Vampires, Pantera, and a lot more.
Place: Clisson, France
Price: Tickets are sold out
Date: 27-30 June (2024)
Since its inception in the early 1970s, this historic festival held in Somerset has hosted some of the most iconic rock and pop legends of all time, including T Rex, David Bowie, The Smiths, and The Cure. As a result, Glastonbury has evolved into one of the world's largest and most famous festivals, boasting nearly one hundred stages to accommodate its vast array of musical performances. Each year, the festival's line-up features an impressive selection of artists that have become legendary in their own right. Last year nearly 150,000 enthusiastic festivalgoers were enjoying Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, and Burna Boy music. This year it's going to be even better.
Place: Pilton UK
Price: Full weekend ticket cost £335 + £5 booking fee
Date: 21-25 June
Line Up Includes: Arctic Monkeys, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, Lizzo, Lana del Rey, Lil Nas X, Wizkid, and others
Even though Roskilde's lineup features not only rock music but also pop, hip hop, electronic, and other styles of music, it’s worth attending because it’s one of the Europe’s largest festival attracting around 130,000 visitors each year, and it's also a non-profit organization that supports cultural and humanitarian projects around the world. The festival is run entirely by volunteers, and the profits from ticket sales go towards these projects. During the festival you can take part in some workshops, and enjoy installations. Roskilde Festival has a reputation for being one of the most sustainable festivals in the world, with a focus on reducing waste, promoting eco-friendly practices, and supporting social and environmental causes.
Place: Roskilde, Denmark
Price: 8-day ticket costs app.£285
Date: 29 June - 6 July (2024)
Line Up Includes: Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, LIL NAS X, Burna Boy, Blur, Lizzo, and others 2023
Rock Werchter is Belgium's premier music festival, featuring four days of non-stop music across four stages. The festival brings together some of the biggest names in music alongside emerging artists and fresh talent, spanning a wide range of genres, including rock. The festival's world-class line-up, exceptional conditions, and electric atmosphere make it a multi-award-winning international hit and a must-attend event for any music fan. There are some tickets left, so grab till it's possible,
Place: Festivalpark Werchter, Belgium
Price: Full weekend ticket cost €292
Date: 4-7 July
Line Up Includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Oscar And The World, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age (2023)
Wacken Open Air
Honestly, it’s unsure if you will get the tickets to this rock festival this year because 80,000 tickets were sold out in six hours after release. It is the record in the festival’s history and shows how much rock music fans like this festival. First held in 1990, the festival has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious heavy metal festivals in the world.
Place: Wachen, Germany
Price: Tickets are sold out
Date: 31 July - 3 August 2024
Line Up Includes: Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Dropkick Murphys, Wardruna, Jinjer, Beartooth, Two Steps From Hell 2023
Each year around ten thousand metal enthusiasts enjoy metal, rock, heavy metal, and thrash metal music. This year is not exceptional- the lineup is already shared on social media, and the best part is that some tickets are still left.
Place: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Price: Full weekend ticket cost €89
Date: 19-20 August 2023
Line Up Includes: Megadeth, In Flames, Trivium, Killswitch Engage
To ensure you don't miss out on mentioned rock music festivals, it's important to purchase your tickets early as they often sell out quickly. Don't wait until the last minute - secure your spot in advance and guarantee your place at these popular events!
P.S. If you still haven't decided on which European festival you want to attend, check our list.