6.66 reasons why you want to rock in Europe at these awesome rock & metal festivals

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    Fans of rock, metal, and punk(rock) live music will have heaps of opportunities to get their horns up in Europe. The new rock festival season will be an awesome one. We've selected 6.66 of the best rock festivals throughout Europe for the upcoming season. Check out the line-ups, ticket info and start planning your trip. Horns up, rock fans.

    We've listed our favourite rock festivals in alphabetical order (by country)… 6.66 rock festivals in Europe that have impressed us by either the line-up they have announced so far. We'll update the info below when new bands are announced, so stay tuned.

    1) Belgium: Graspop Metal Meeting

    The 25th-anniversary edition of Graspop Metal Meeting will be awesome. Check it out!

    • Dates: 2022 dates wull follow (Graspop will definitely not take place in 2021)
    • Where: Stenehei in Dessel (Belgium)
    • Line-up 2022: To be announced later in the year. *fingers crossed the full 2020/2021 line-up will play in 2022 as well*
    • Camping: yes, included in the ticket price
    • Accommodation: great deals for cheap accommodation in the area of the Graspop festival
    • Tickets: ticket info will be published later
    • More info: official website of the Graspop rock festival

    2) Germany: Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

    Another anniversary in the rock/metal festival scene in 2022. Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Prepare for awesomeness!

    • Dates: 3-5 June 2022 (2 festivals @ 2 locations on the same date)
    • Where: Mendig Airport / Vulkaneiffel (Rock am Ring) or Nuremberg (Rock im Park)
    • Line-up 2022: *fingers crossed the full 2020/2021 line-up will play in 2021 as well*
    • Line-up 2020: Airbourne, Alter Bridge, August Burns Red, Baby Metal, Baroness, Broilers, Bush, Deftones, Disturbed, Devin Townsend, Green Day, Heaven Shall Burn, Korn, Skillet, Seasick Steve, System of a Down, The Offspring, Volbeat, Weezer and many more awesome bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festivals: Rock Am Ring accommodation or Rock im Park accommodation
    • Tickets: 2020-2021 tickets will be valid for the 2022 edition
    • More info: official website of Rock am Ring or Rock im Park

    3) Germany: Wacken Open Air

    • Dates: 29, 30 & 31 July 2021 (no news about changes yet)
    • Where: Wacken (50km North of Hamburg) in Germany
    • Line-up 2021: *fingers crossed the full 2020 line-up will play in 2021 as well*
    • Line-up 2020: Ammon Amarth, As I Lay Dying, At The Gates, Avantasia, Beast In Black, Danko Jones Devin Townsend, Dropkick Murphys, Judas Priest, LA Guns, Lucifer, Michael Monroe, New Model Army, Overkill, Rotting Christ, Sick of it All, Stratovarius, Tarja, Therapy? and many more.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for cheap accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: sold out… Yes, that's correct. Wacken sold all 75,000 tickets on the first day of the presale.
    • More info: official website of the Wacken Open Air festival

    4) Germany: Vainstream festival

    Oh wow, another anniversary… Vainstream will celebrate its 15th anniversary.

    • Dates: 2022 date will follow
    • Where: Am Hawerkamp in Münster, Germany
    • Line-up 2022: ….will be announced later in the year!
    • Camping: no, it's a one-day festival
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: will be published later in the year
    • More info: official website of the Vainstream Festival

    5) France: Hellfest

    • Dates: 17, 18, and 19 June 2022
    • Where: Clisson in France (near Nantes)
    • Line-up 2022: *fingers crossed the full 2020-2021 line-up will play in 2022 as well*
    • Line-up 2020: Deftones, Incubus, Opeth, Volbeat, The Offspring, Faith No More, Alter Bridge, Deep Purple, Airbourne, Sepultura, Killing Joke, Envy, Devin Townsend, Judas Priest, Baby Metal, Lacuna Coil, Michael Schenker, Delain, Doro, August Burns Red…. And many more awesome rock & metal bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: no news yet
    • More info: official website of the Hellfest festival

    6) Germany: Summer Breeze Open Air

    • Dates: 2021 (no news about changes)
    • Where: close to the town of Dinkelsbühl in Bavaria, Germany
    • Line-up 2021: Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, Dark Tranquility, Eisbrecher, Jinjer, I Prevail, Lord of the Lost, Testament, Wardruna, While She Sleeps, Within Temptation… And many more awesome bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: ticket info
    • More info: official website of the Summer Breeze festival

    6.66) Austria: Nova Rock

    • Dates: 9-12 June 2022
    • Where: Burgenland, near Nickelsdorf, Austria… And close to Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary
    • Line-up 2022: …to be announced later in the year
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival, in Mosonmagyaróvár (Hungary) as the festival takes place close to the Hungarian border.
    • Tickets: ticket info will follow
    • More info: official website of this rock festival in Austria

    More amazing festivals in Europe

    If you want to add even more festivals to your musical trip in Europe, make sure to check out these European festivals as well. We travel and we like to party at lots of festivals.

    Festival tip: free live streams

    Can't make it to all metal, rock or punk festivals mentioned above? Most of these festivals have a free live stream that broadcasts a big part of the program. You just need to be able to unlock the geo-block and here's how to do it.

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