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Music Festivals That Pump Up The Rock!




Music is the very essence of everything in my opinion. Music to me is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing. I don’t get tired of music.

That being said, there are various things I keep in my collection from discographies, documentaries, magazines, interview of musicians to going to live music concerts to enjoy and replenish. Though, in India, one can find it hard to have Rock Music Festivals just like the rest of the world organizes, still Internet makes it easy to enjoy it somehow.

Here are some of the best Music festivals that every Rock music lover would like to go to at least once.

Note: These are mentioned in random order and are not ranked.



Glastonbury Festival


Glastonbury is Britain’s best loved festival and is one of the most iconic and longest running music festivals to this date. Started in 1970, originally Pilton Pop, Glastonbury is a five day music extravaganza which along with musical acts gives an experience of comedy shows, art fairs, circus and cabaret acts too.Started for around £1 per person initially, this fest has become a giant in the global festival scene with ticket price as high as £225 per person as of now.

Glastonbury Anthems is a DVD featuring live performances from the Glastonbury Festivals from 1994 to 2004. The performances on the DVD were voted for by fans on the official festival website.

Glastonbury the Movie is a 1996 documentary film about the Glastonbury Festival. It is the second film made of the Glastonbury Festival after 1971’s Glastonbury Fayre. Like the earlier film, it mixes footage of bands playing and scenes of festival goers.



Time of the year: Last weekend in June

Attendance: Around 135,000

Headliners (2015): Foo Fighters (Confirmed) and rest TBA

Founder: Michael Eavis

                           Wacken Open Air Festival

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Thousands of heavy metal lovers congregate in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany to attend the Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) festival every year. And 2014 marked its 25th anniversary. 75,000 concertgoers of all ages camped out and rocked out to enjoy the biggest festival of its kind. Less than 36 hours after the 2014 concert ended, Wacken’s website announced that all the tickets for its 2015 concert had already sold out.

Over 30% of the festival attendees travel to Wacken from other countries. Such is the popularity of this neck soring metal fest. Reason being you can’t keep metalheads from metal, man.

With bands like Behemoth, Skyline, Slayer, Rammstein, Annihilator, Accept, King Diamond amongst many, many others making people sway, groove and headbang to their dark sounds, this festival is the most loved and critically acclaimed heavy metal fest.

Full Metal Village is a 2007 documentary film about the lives of the residents of a small village in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein Wacken, in a series of interviews and visual tableaux as it prepares for the annual Wacken Open Air Festival.



Time of the year: July, August

Attendance: 75,000

Performers (2015): Bands which have confirmed so far includes Dream Theater, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Judas Priest, Opeth, At The Gates with many more.

Founder: Thomas Jensen and Holger Hübner



Download Festival



Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England since 2003.Considered one of the biggest heavy music festival across the globe, it was officially voted as the greatest music festival in the world by Ultimate Guitar readers.

It has hosted some of the biggest names in rock, including Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, KISS, Judas Priest and many more.

The festival lasts 3 days and on four stages, namely Main Stage, Zippo Encore Stage, Third Stage and Fourth Stage.

The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners etc.



Time of the year: May, June (12, 13, 14 June 2015)

Attendance: 100,000+

Performers (2015): Performers on first day include Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, Blood Stone Cherry.

Second day will witness Muse, Marilyn Manson, Black Veil Brides along with others performing.

KISS, Lamb Of God, In Flames and many more will mark the end of the festival this year.

Creator: Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping



Roskilde Festival


Created by two high school lads, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promotor Carl Fischer, in 1971, Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde in Denmark, is one of the largest music festivals in Europe and largest in Northern Europe.First year saw only a few more than 10,000 guests with ticket priced at just 10 DKK per person. With soaring popularity due to amazing performances and world class acts, the figures soon started to rise reaching to approximately 133,000 guests in 2014 with ticket priced at 1910 DKK per person.

Roskilde Festival in 2013 had more than 180 performing bands and gathered around 130,000 festivalgoers, with more than 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 artists – which means almost 160,000 people participated in the festival. Isn’t it awesome?

This festival deals with many different genres which includes Rock, Alternative Rock, Metal, Heavy Metal, Reggae, Pop, Indie and many more.




Time of the year: Four days, starting from first Thursday in July, or last Thursday in June with a 4-day warm-up.

Attendance: 130,000+

Headliners (2014): The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and a few more.

Founders: Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promotor Carl Fischer


Pinkpop Festival



Pinkpop Festival or PINKPOP is an annual music festival held at Landgraaf, the Netherlands.Started in 1970, at Burgemeester Damen Sportpark in the town of Geleen, it is one of the oldest and longest running pop and rock music festival in the world.The name consists of two parts: Pink comes from the Dutch word for Pentecost and Pop means pop music as in popular music.

Another interpretation of the name combines the English word pink and the Dutch word pop, which means doll, thus forming the logo, a doll in pink dress.

In 1994, marking its 25th anniversary, it was decide to sell only 60,000 tickets to prevent overcrowding due to popularity of the festival.

Hip Hop, Garage Rock, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic are some genres you get to enjoy at this fest.


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Time of the year: Pentecost Weekend (3 days)

Attendance: 60,000

Performers (2014): The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold are some notable mentions.

Founder: Jan Smeets


Reading and Leeds Festivals


The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. Two massive festivals considered as one of the top most festivals due to high class and famous bands headlining and performing there.

The Leeds event is held in Bramham Park, near Wetherby.

Reading festival, the original and senior of the two, is held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading near Caversham Bridge.

The Reading festival, started in 1971, originated from the National Jazz festival which lasted from 1961-1970.

Live at Reading is a live CD/DVD by the American grunge band Nirvana released on November 2, 2009, chronicling its 1992 performance at the Reading Festival.


Their performance has gone down in rock history as a legendary performance but Dave Grohl, drummer of Nirvana, figured the show would be Nirvana’s last. “I really thought, ‘This will be a disaster, this will be the end of our career for sure,'” Grohl told in an interview. “Kurt had been in and out of rehab, communication in the band was beginning to be strained. Kurt was living in L.A., Krist and I were in Seattle. People weren’t even sure if we were going to show up. We rehearsed once, the night before, and it wasn’t good.” But then Nirvana ripped through a 25-song, 90-minute performance for an audience of 50,000. “It turned out to be a wonderful show, and it healed us for a little while,” said Grohl.

Moving on, in 1999, Leeds also started music festival similar to that of Reading which led to the combination of the two.

Rock, Metal, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock are a few amongst many genres that can be enjoyed at this fest.


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Time of the year: August Bank holiday

Attendance: Reading- 85,000+

Leeds- 75,000+

Headliners (2014): Blink-182 declared the first headliners with Arctic Monkeys as the second along with Queens Of The Stone Age/Paramore as co-headliners.

(2015): Metallica, Mumford & Sons






Hellfest Festival

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Held within the Val de Moine sport complex in Clisson, France, Hellfest is billed as an “extreme music festival” due to programs being featured in various genres such as heavy metal, hard rock and punk rock.


The initial fest, in 2006, saw Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth along with many others rock the stage becoming the reason behind its success.




Time of the year: June (19, 20, 21 June 2015)

Headliners (2015): Judas Priest, Scorpions, Korn, Slipknot, Faith No More, Meshuggah with many more performers.





Rock am Ring and Rock im Park

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Rock am Ring (German: Rock at the Ring) and Rock im Park (German: Rock in the Park) festivals are two simultaneous rock festivals held annually.

Rock am Ring takes place at the Nürburgring racetrack in Nürburg in the west whereas Rock im Park, from 1997, takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg in the south.

All artists perform one day at Nürburgring and another day at Nuremberg during the 3 day event.

Rock am Ring was originally planned as a one-time festival celebrating the inauguration of a newer, shorter version of the track in 1985, but due to its commercial success (75,000 audience members), it was decide to make the concert an annual event.

Major bands, such as INXS and Metallica have appeared at the Nürburgring but the festival also prides itself in providing a platform for young and unknown bands with outstanding talent. Rock am Ring is a musical event where you regularly get the unique chance to see present newcomers and future Rock stars for the first time on a big stage.


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Time of the year: Usually first weekend in June

Attendance: Rock am Ring- 85,000+

Rock im Park- 70,000+

Headliners (2014): Linkin Park, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon

(2015): Foo Fighters, Slipknot, The Prodigy, Die Toten Hosen




-By Aayush Gupta

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