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: 16, 17, 18 & 19 June 2022
    • Where: Stenehei in Dessel (Belgium)
    • Line-up 2022: Aerosmith, Alestorm, Avenged Sevenfold, Battle Beast, Beyond the Black, British Lion, Bullet For My Valentine, Deep Purple, Devin Townsend, Dog Eat Dog, Dropkick Murphys, Europe, Faith No More, Foreigner, Heilung, Iron Maiden, Jinjer, Judas Priest, Killing Joke, Korn, Lagwagon, Megadeth, Michael Schenker, Opeth, Saxon, Shinedown, The Dead Daisies, Ugly Kid Joe, Volbeat, Whitesnake and many more.
    • Camping: yes, included in the ticket price
    • Accommodation: great deals for cheap accommodation in the area of the Graspop festival
    • Tickets: on sale now
    • More info: check out the 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: Airbourne, August Burns Red, Billy Talent, Broilers, Bush, Deftones, Devin Townsend, Gree Day, Kodaline, Korn, Mastodon, Muse, Myles Kennedy, Scooter, 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: on sale now
    • More info: official website of Rock am Ring or Rock im Park

    3) Germany: Wacken Open Air

    • Dates: 4, 5, and 6 August 2022
    • Where: Wacken (50km North of Hamburg) in Germany
    • Line-up 2022: As I Lay Dying, Avantasia, Danko Jones, Judas Priest, Lacuna Coil, Limp Bizkit, Moonspell, New Model Army, Slipknot, Tarja, Till Lindemann and many more awesome bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for cheap accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: SOLD OUT! Yes, that's correct. Wacken sells out pretty quickly.
    • More info: official website of the Wacken Open Air festival

    4) Germany: Vainstream festival

    In 2022, there will be two Vainstream festivals. Two weekend-day festivals with an amazing line-up, packed with awesome rock & punk-rock bands. Twice the fun.

    • Dates
      • Weekend #1: 25 June 2022
      • Weekend #2: 2 July 2022
    • Where: Am Hawerkamp in Münster, Germany
    • Line-up 2022
      • Weekend #1 line-up: The Offspring, Sum41, Boy Sets Fire, Enter Shikari, Stick To Your Guns, Silverstein and many more.
      • Weekend #2: line-up: Broilers, Bullet For My Vallentine, Stick To Your Guns, Thrice and many more… Plus, the second headline act hasn't been announced yet!
    • Camping: no, it's a one-day festival
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: Weekend #1 is already sold out… Tickets for the second weekend are on sale now.
    • More info: official website of the Vainstream Festival

    5) France: Hellfest

    • Dates: 17 – 26 June 2022
    • Where: Clisson in France (near Nantes)
    • Line-up 2022: Deftones, Dropkick Murphys, The Offspring, Faith No More, Megadeth, Rival Sons, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Jinjer, Scorpions, Whitesnake, UFO, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Killing Joke,  Guns ‘n Roses, Airbourne, Myles Kennedy, Nightwish, Epica, Blind Guardian, Metallica, Sabaton….And many more awesome rock & metal bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: SOLD OUT!
    • More info: official website of the Hellfest festival

    6) Germany: Summer Breeze Open Air

    • Dates: 17 – 20 August 2022
    • Where: close to the town of Dinkelsbühl in Bavaria, Germany
    • Line-up 2022: Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Amorphis, Alestorm, Bury Tomorrow, Canibal Corpse, Dark Tranquility, Eisbrecher, Hatebreed, Jinjer, Lord Of The Lost, Napalm Death, Within Temptation ….And many more awesome bands.
    • Camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals for accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: on sale now
    • 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: Muse, Rise Against, Evanescence, Steel Panther, Alien Weaponry, Bush, Foo Fighters, Korm, Heilung, Volbeat, Bad Religion, Jinjer, Lagwagon, Five Finger Death Punch, Billy Talent, In Flames, Airbourne, Devin Townsend and many more,
    • 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: on sale now
    • 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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