Going to concerts is an experience unlike any other, but a music festival is a truly AMAZING experience. It is like going to concert after concert, seeing new bands, and camping out with fans of your favorite bands on top of all that. Although it can be hot, sweaty, and smell like spilled beer, the festival atmosphere is contagious and filled to the brim with excitement and enthusiasm. Here are a few of the top-rated rock and metal festivals!
Louder Than Life
This massive open-air festival offers the best of modern rock and metal; acts such as Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold hold the main stages. Slipknot typically finishes out the festival with their face-melting brand of modern metal. This festival is held in Louisville, KY in the United States in October.
Texas Mutiny is the newest festival on this list, with 2016 being the inaugural year for this modern rock fest. This festival focuses on modern rock and metalcore. Avenged Sevenfold and Chevelle are the headliners, with Motionless In White and Of Mice and Men holding down the metalcore fort. This new festival has a mix of tried-and-true names and brand-new acts!
Vans Warped Tour
This festival is oriented towards teens; the bands are almost all metalcore, deathcore, and punk bands. This US/European/Canadian tour goes to most major cities, and stays only 1 day per city. Bands like Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire, and BlessTheFall have all played Warped; the fire and energy of Warped makes it a blast to attend no matter what age you are!
Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
Ozzfest is without a doubt one of the biggest names in metal festivals. Ozzfest Osbourne’s massive gathering of big names in rock such as Hatebreed, Megadeth, Disturbed, and Black Label Society has brought audiences from all over the world for almost 2 decades. Knotfest has carried in this tradition, with Slipknot bringing in acts like Whitechapel and Suicide Silence. These two festivals have combined this year for a massive festival, bringing together the best of classical and modern metal and rock.
And now for the best of the best: England’s Download Festival, held every summer in Donnington Park. This 3-4 day long festival hosts only the biggest names; Lamb of God, Linkin Park, AC/DC, and Metallica. If you can make it Download, you NEED to go. Download not only has some great bands; it has some of the most INFLUENTIAL bands in rock and metal history.
If you want to take the next step in your metal fandom, consider going to a festival! If you want to dip your toes in the waters of festival-going try Warped; it is only one day so it gives you an idea of what a festival is like. But no matter what festival you choose, you need to try a festival at least once in your life. It is the best time that a music fan can have!