List of heavy metal festivals

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List of heavy metal festivals
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General Information
Related genres Heavy metal, extreme metal, rock
Location Europe and United States (origin)
Worldwide (current)
Related events Music festival, rock festival, punk rock festival, gothic festival, electronic music festival

This is an incomplete list of heavy metal festivals. Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music [1] that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United States and the United Kingdom. [2] With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the first heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, and during the late 1960s and mid-1970s these bands and others in their genre were featured at a number of historic rock festivals. [3] Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence. [4] [5]

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After the genre fused with other related genres such as punk rock in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers", and there were festivals worldwide, both touring and stationary, dedicated to heavy metal subgenres and heavy metal itself. During the 1980s, glam metal became a commercial force, while Underground scenes and extreme subgenres of metal such as death metal and black metal remained subcultural phenomena, though they have their own dedicated festivals as well. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre.

Historical heavy metal festivals

Selected historically notable heavy metal festivals held since the 1960s
Festival nameLocationYearsDetails
Myponga Pop Festival Australia 1971 pop festival headlined by Black Sabbath
Monsters of Rock England 1980music festival held in Castle Donington (later it branched into other locations)
Rock in Rio Brazil 1985–present1.5 million people attended the first event.
Dynamo Open Air Netherlands 1986–2005biggest annual metal festival during the 1990s, with 118,000 visitors in 1995
Moscow Music Peace Festival Russia 1989part of an era of momentous change in the Soviet Union
Wacken Open Air Germany 1990–presentlarger heavy metal festival
Sweden Rock Festival Sweden 1992–presentclassic rock, hard rock and metal.
Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium 1996–presentlarger heavy metal festival
Exit Festival Serbia 2000–presentExit 2006 had 22 stages.
Download Festival England 2003–presentheavy metal and alt-rock focus
Hellfest Summer Open Air France 2006–presentlarger heavy metal festival

Current heavy metal festivals

Argentina

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Maximus Festival Buenos Aires 2016 - 2017MayIn the edition of 2017 Chester Bennington played for last time with Linkin Park in Argentina.
Monsters Of Rock Buenos Aires Last Festival - 2017various
La Cumbre Del Metal various2001 - 2017various
Quilmes Rock Buenos Aires Last Festival - 2012variousNot only metal, but the genre had the lead in various editions of the festival.
Metal Rock Festival variousLast Festival - 2003various

Armenia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
MetalFront Fest YerevanLast festival - 2008November

Australia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Big Day Out Australia 1993 - 2014Late JanuaryMulti city festival cancelled in 2014
Legion Fest [6] Australia CancelledPlanned JanuaryCrowdfunded festival; was being organised by John Sankey from Devil You Know to replace Soundwave; cancelled in November 2016 due to 'business decisions'
Soundwave Festival Australia 2004 - 2015Late JanuaryIn December 2015 Soundwave was cancelled for good. [7]
Download Festival [8] Australia 2018 - currentMarchMelbourne and Sydney in 2019

Austria

Nova Rock Kaltenbach Open Air Rise up Festival

Bangladesh

Noize Fest Open Air https://www.facebook.com/noise.factory2009/?eid=ARArkQ8JrXinvfBBIpnSWTJT_wZ3rElhoR-xLnRzSfi-k_aoBf8BSsbAtCmRbDWdcfvKehzmvbcN4_NL


Belarus

Belgium

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Heavy Sound Festival Poperinge 1983–1985May / June Slayer performed at this festival for the first time ever outside the US in 1985
Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel 1996-End of JuneOne of the biggest metal festivals in Europe
Alcatraz Metal Festival Deinze, Kortrijk since 20132008-Beginning of AugustStarted indoor but changed to an outdoor festival in 2013
Headbanger's Balls Fest Izegem 2012-Beginning of May
Blast from the Past Festival Kuurne 2013-DecemberOld school heavy metal festival
MetalworksfestKuurne2017-Beginning or mid March Metalworksfest (Website)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Festival [9] GhantsiMayfeaturing local and African metal bands

Brazil

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Monsters of Rock variousLast festival - 2015
Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro ActiveSeptember
Live'n'Louder São Paulo Last festival - 2013
Maximus Festival São PauloLast festival - 2017
Metal Open Air São Luis Last Festival - 2012
Zoombie Ritual Rio Negrinho Last Festival - 2014December
Maniacs Metal MeetingRio NegrinhoActiveDecember
Armageddon Metal FestivalJoinvilleActiveMay/June

Bulgaria

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Hills of Rock

Canada

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Covenant FestivalVancouver, BCActiveJune-JulyUnderground black and death metal.
Heavy MTL Montreal, QCJuly-Augustfeaturing popular metal, thrash metal, metalcore, nu-metal, hard rock
Heavy T.O. Toronto, ONLast festival - 2012run by promoters of Heavy MTL
Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival Calgary, ABLast festival - 2013Septemberfeaturing death, black, thrash metal
Montebello Rock Montebello, QCLast festival - 2018Junefeaturing different genres of metal and punk
Chaos Alberta Edmonton, ABLast festival - 2019Julythrash metal, nu-metal, metalcore, hard rock, Industrial metal, Progressive

Chile

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Monsters of Rock

China

Colombia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Rock al Parque BogotáActiveAugustrock festival with death, thrash metal

Costa Rica

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Knotfest Centro Eventos PedregalActiveDecember

Croatia

GoatHell Metal Fest

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Brutal Assault JaroměřActiveAugustextreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk, experimental music
Fluff Fest RokycanyActiveJulyhardcore punk, grindcore, crust punk, sludge metal, metalcore, post-metal
Masters of Rock (festival) VizoviceActiveJulyheavy metal, power metal
Metalfest PilsenActiveJuneheavy metal, power metal
Obscene Extreme TrutnovActiveJulygrindcore, death metal, hardcore punk
Rock Heart Moravský KrumlovLast festival - 2019Augustall styles of metal. Festival in castle garden.

Denmark

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Copenhell CopenhagenActiveJunefeaturing death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Roskilde Festival RoskildeJunelarge music festival with only few metal bands
Aalborg Metal Festival AalborgActiveNovemberfeaturing death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Royal Metal Fest AarhusActiveAprilfeaturing death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Viborg Metal Fest ViborgActiveMarchfeaturing death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock
Metal Magic Festival FredericiaActiveJulyfeaturing death, thrash, black, doom, heavy, power metal and hard rock

Ecuador

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Quito Fest

Estonia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Hard Rock LaagerVana-VigalaActiveJuneall subgenres of metal, rock
Howls of WinterTallinnActiveFebruaryblack metal

Finland

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Finnish Death Metal ManiacsPoriLast festival - 2017Junedeath metal
Jalometalli Metal Music Festival OuluLast Festival 2016all subgenres of metal
John Smith Rock FestivalLaukaaActiveJulyheavy metal, rock
NummirockNummijärviActiveJuneall subgenres of metal
SaarihelvettiTampereActiveAugustall subgenres of metal
Sauna Open Air TampereLast festival - 2013June-Julymetal
SteelchaosHelsinkiActiveNovemberblack metal
Steelfest Open AirHyvinkääActiveMayblack and death metal
Turku SaatanalleTurkuActiveMarchblack metal
Tuska Open Air HelsinkiActiveJulyall subgenres of metal
Dark River FestivalKotkaActiveAugustall subgenres of metal

France

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Hellfest Summer Open Air ClissonActiveJunelarge festival, metal of all types
Motocultor Festival BrittanyAugustdeath, black, thrash metal
Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-GourdansActiveAugustmetal of all types, hardcore

Germany

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Bang Your Head!!! BalingenActiveJulyheavy, thrash, death metal
Chronical Moshers Open Air Mühlteich HauptmannsgrünActiveJuneDeath/black/thrash
Dong Open Air Neukirchen-VluynActiveJulyall styles of metal
Doom Shall Rise GöppingenLast festival - 2013Aprildoom metal
Elbriot HamburgAugustone-day festival featuring rock, heavy metal and hardcore punk
Euroblast Festival CologneActiveOctoberprogressive rock/metal
Force Attack SüderholzLast festival - 2012Julypunk, ska, oi!, hardcore, psychobilly and metal
In Flammen TorgauActiveJulyDeath/black/thrash metal
Metal Frenzy Gardelegen, Saxony-AnhaltActiveJuneVarious
Monsters of Rock variousLast festival - 2006Summer1980–1996, and 2006
Party.San Open Air Schlotheim, ThuringiaActiveAugustDeath, Black, Thrash Metal
Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels, Bavaria ActiveAprilpagan, Viking, black, death, metal
Rhön Rock Open Air Hünfeld-Oberfeld, HesseActiveAugust
Rock Hard Festival GelsenkirchenActiveJuneheavy metal
Summer Breeze Open Air DinkelsbühlActiveAugustdeath, black, thrash metal
United Metal Maniacs BitterfeldLast festival - 2010month
Wacken Open Air WackenActiveAugustlargest metal festival in Germany
Winternoise Festival GeorgsmarienhütteLast festival - 2009January
With Full Force LöbnitzActiveJulyhardcore, metalcore, punk, and metal
Rock, um zu helfen! Freiberg, SaxonyActiveOctobermetal and rock, all income will be donated to a good cause

Greece

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Rockwave Festival Lamia, AthensActiveAugust

Hungary

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Rockmaraton DunaújvárosActiveJuly

Mostly Hungarian bands(Black,Thrash,Metalcore,Deathcore,Rock,Punk,)

Iceland

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Eistnaflug NeskaupstaðurActiveJulyfeaturing death, black, thrash metal and other rock music

India

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Bangalore Open Air KarnatakaActiveJuly
NH7 Weekender
Thunderstrock Festival Ranchi, Jharkhand ActiveSeptember

Indonesia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Bandung Berisik
Bandung Sonic Fair BandungAugust–Novemberall heavy music
Brotherground SurabayaActiveNovember–Decemberdeathmetal, metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, etc
Doomsday Open Air BandungActiveOctoberall heavy music
Hammersonic Festival JakartaActiveMarch–Aprilall heavy music
Hellprint BandungActiveNovember–MarchAll heavy music
Rock In Borneo Kutai KartanegaraActiveSeptemberall heavy music
Rock In Celebes MakassarActiveNovemberMulti genre music
Rock in Solo SurakartaActiveOctober–Novemberheritage metal
Synchronize Festival PurwokertoActiveOctoberMulti genre music
Voice Hell PurwokertoActiveNovemberMetal, Punk, Hardcore, Hip-Hop

Ireland

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Day of Darkness BallylinanLast festival - 2008July

Italy

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Agglutination Metal Festival ChiaromonteActiveAugust
Gods of Metal MonzaJunehard rock, heavy metal, metalcore
Monsters of Rock ComoLast festival - 2004Julyhard rock, heavy metal
Play It Loud! Festival OrzinuoviLast festival - 2009February

Japan

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Loud Park Festival Saitama City2006-2017Octoberactive since 2006, featuring heavy, thrash, power, death, metalcore, nu metal
Ozzfest Chiba City2013, 2015May, November
Knotfest Chiba City2014, 2016November
Download Festival Chiba CityActive, 2019-March

Latvia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Metal ShowJekabpilsActiveAugustAll metal sub-genres; 2-3 days festival
Zobens un LemessBauskaActiveJuneFolk, pagan, metal genres; 3 days festival

Lebanon

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Beirut Rock Festival BeirutUnknownJulyfeaturing rock and metal; does not occur every year; last festival was 2013
Summer Fusion Open Air JouniehUnknownAugustfeaturing rock and metal; does not occur every year; last festival was 2010; next festival was scheduled for August 2015

Lithuania

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Devilstone AnykščiaiActiveJuly (mid)rock, metal
Kilkim Žaibu VarniaiActiveJune (end)black, Viking metal, and folk music

Malaysia

Malta

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
SinFest Metal FestivalPaolaActiveMay3 Day Open-Air Metal Festival

Mexico

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Monterrey Metal FestMonterreyActiveNovember1 Day
Hell & Heaven Metal Fest Mexico CityActiveMarch2 Day Open-Air Metal Festival
México Metal FestMonterreyActiveNovember1 Day
Domination Mx Mexico CityActiveMay2 Days
Northside Rock Park MeetingMonterreyLast festival - 2017November1 Day
Force FestMexico CityActiveNovember
Knotfest MéxicoMexico CityActiveNovember
Total Death Over MéxicoMexico CityActiveMay3 Day Death Metal Festival
Sangre y Fuego Para MictlantecuhtliMexico CityActiveNovember3 Day Black Metal Festival
Fronterizo FestTijuanaActiveOctober
Candelabrum Metal FestLeónActiveSeptember

Moldova

Mongolia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Noise Metal FestUlaanbaatarActiveApril-Mayfeaturing local and international metal bands

Namibia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Windhoek Metal Fest WindhoekLast festival - 2014Junefeaturing local and international metal bands
Swakop RocksSwakopmundActiveSeptember1 day Festival - Hard Rock, Punk & Metal Bands

Nepal

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Silence Fest Kathmandu2011 - PresentSeptember & NovemberFeaturing local and international metal bands

Netherlands

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Amsterdam Metalfest AmsterdamApril & Octoberone-day festival
Arnhem Metal Meeting ArnhemLast festival - 2007December
Dynamo Open Air Eindhoven1986 - 2005MayContinued as a smaller festival
Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven2015 - activeJuly
Dynamo Metalfest Eindhoven2015 - PresentJuly
Fortarock Nijmegen2009 - PresentJune/julylarge festival featuring al kinds of metal
Into the Grave Leeuwarden2010 - ActiveAugustwww.intothegrave.nl
Fields of Rock NijmegenLast festival - 2007June
MidsummerProgValkenburgActiveJunewww.midsummerprog.com
Netherlands DeathfestEindhoven (Effenaar)ActiveMay https://www.facebook.com/NetherlandsDeathfest
Neurotic Deathfest TilburgLast festival - 2015May
ProgPower Europe BaarloOctoberfeaturing power, progressive metal
Roadburn Festival TilburgActiveAprillarge festival featuring doom, stoner, death, black metal
Queenscore Kaatsheuvel2001 - 2015Aprilsmall festival featuring metalcore and hardcore
Earthquake festival Kaatsheuvel2001 - 2015AprilBig festival featuring big names like Motörhead, Manowar, Pretty Maids, Vengeance and Warlock

New Zealand

Norway

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Hole in the Sky BergenLast festival - 2011Augustactive 2000–2011
Inferno Metal Festival Oslo ActiveAprilfeaturing black, death, thrash, doom metal
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival Kopervik ActiveMaywide range of metal genres

Pakistan

Philippines

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Kaguluhan Music Festival CaviteLast festival - 2013November
Pulp Summer Slam Quezon CityActiveAprillarge festival featuring metalcore, hardcore, thrash, death metal

Poland

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Metalmania KatowicetiveccMarchactivated in 2017
Sonisphere Poland WarsawLast festival - 2014Julypart of a touring rock music festival, occurred in Poland in 2010 to 2014
Siekiera festWrocławUpcomingSeptemberFirst edition 2019. 3 days, 22 bands. Various rock & metal genres.

Portugal

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Paredes de Coura Festival Paredes de CouraAugustlarge rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Rock in Rio Lisboa LisboaMaylarge rock festival featuring rock, pop, and few metal bands
Vagos Metal Fest Calvão ActiveAugustfeaturing power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
VOA LisboaActiveJunefeaturing power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
SWR Barroselas Metalfest BarroselasActiveAprilfeaturing power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
Mangualde HMF MangualdeActiveJanuaryfeaturing power, death, black, thrash, doom metal
Laurus Nobilis FamalicãoActiveAugustfeaturing power, death, black, thrash, doom metal

Puerto Rico

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Festival de Metal Boricua CayeyLast festival - 2006November

Romania

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Artmania Festival SibiuActiveAugustart festival featuring gothic, doom, folk, heavy metal, progressive
Metalhead Meeting BucharestActiveJune/Julydeath metal, black metal, heavy metal
Rockstadt Extreme Festival RasnovActiveAugustdeath metal, black metal, heavy metal
Metal Gates Festival BucharestActiveNovemberdeath metal, black metal, doom metal
Posada Rock Fest Campulung MuscelActiveLate AugustGothic Metal, Heavy Metal, Death metal
Psychosounds Fest BucharestActiveOctoberBlack metal, Death metall, Ghotic Metal

Russia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Moscow Music Peace Festival MoscowLast festival - 1989Augustone-time festival featuring heavy and glam metal
Big Gun MoscowActiveJuly4-days Heavy Metal fest www.big-gun.ru
Metal Over Russia MoscowActiveJuly3-days Doom, Death, Black, Dark, Pagan, Folk Metal fest metaloverrussia.ru/eng

Serbia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Exit Festival Novi SadActiveJulynot strictly a metal festival; features pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, but has some death, black, thrash, doom metal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Metaldays TolminActiveJulypreviously known as Metalcamp, featuring death, black, folk, thrash metal

South Africa

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
RAMFest Cape Town/JohannesburgLast festival - 2014Marchfeaturing rock, pop, metal, metal core
ReDoFestCape TownMetal

Spain

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
BeProgMy FriendBarcelonaLast Festival 2018June/JulyProg Rock
Resurrection Fest ViveiroActiveJulyfeaturing hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk,
Sonisphere Madrid/BarcelonaLast festival - 2013May/Junepart of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Spain in 2013
Via de la Plata Festival MéridaLast festival - 2008Julyonly active in 2008
Rock Fest Barcelona BarcelonaActiveJulyfeaturing hardcore, metalcore, thrash, death, black metal, punk
Leyendas del Rock VillenaActiveAugust

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Gefle Metal FestivalGävleActiveJulyall subgenres of metal
House of Metal UmeåActiveFebruary or Marchall subgenres of metal, rock
Metaltown Festival GothenburgLast festival 2013June or Julyfeaturing various metal bands including nu metal, metalcore, groove metal
Sabaton Open Air FalunActiveAugustorganized by Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton, featuring bands from all subgenres
Sweden Rock Festival SölvesborgActiveJunefeaturing popular metal and rock bands worldwide
Jönköping Metal Fest JönköpingActiveSpring and fallBlack, death, thrash metal

Switzerland

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Greenfield Festival InterlakenLast festival - 2018Juneall rock and metal genres
Ice Rock WasenLast festival - 2018January
Meh Suff! Metal-Festival Hüttikon ZHLast festival - 2018Septembermostly extreme genres
Meh Suff! Winter-Festival ZürichLast festival - 2019Januarymostly extreme genres
MTV Headbanger's Ball ----
Sonisphere Yverdon-les-BainsLast festival - 2012Maypart of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Switzerland in 2012
Rock the HellAlt St. JohannLast festival - 2019Maymostly extreme genres
Rocknacht TennwilTennwilLast festival - 2019SeptemberHeavy Metal, Hard Rock

Tunisia

Turkey

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Rock'n Coke IstanbulLast festival - 2013Septemberfeaturing rock, indie rock, with some metal
RockIstanbul IstanbulLast festival - 2005June
Sonisphere IstanbulLast festival - 2011Junepart of a touring rock music festival, last occurred in Turkey in 2011
Unirock Open Air Festival IstanbulLast festival - 2011August

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Dubai Desert Rock Festival DubaiLast festival - 2014Mayactive until 2009, but continued on as Dubai Rock Festival

United Kingdom

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall, Walton-on-TrentActiveAugustoutdoor festival featuring death, black, thrash, folk metal, with attendance of 13,000 (2013)
Butserfest Waterlooville, HampshireLast festival - 2016Septembersmall alcohol/drug-free festival, targeted at people aged 14–20
Damnation Festival Leeds, EnglandActiveNovemberone-day festival featuring death, black, thrash, doom metal
Darkness Guides Us Glasgow, ScotlandActiveNovembertwo-day indoor festival featuring black, pagan, extreme metal
Download Festival Donington Park, LeicestershireActiveJunelarge rock festival featuring hard rock, nu-metal, metalcore, death metal, black metal and pro wrestling from NXT UK l
Hammerfest Prestatyn, WalesActiveMarch
Hard Rock Hell Gwynedd, North WalesActiveNovemberfeaturing heavy metal, hard/heavy rock, rock
Hellfire Festival Birmingham, EnglandLast festival - 2009Novemberactive 2008–2009
In-Fest LondonLast festival - 2010Augustsmall indoor festival which featured metal, punk, and rock
Monsters of Rock Castle Donington, EnglandLast festival - 2006Summeractive 1980–1996, and 2006
ProgPower UK The Centaur, Cheltenham UKLast festival - 2007March

United States

Festival nameLocationStatusApprox. time of yearNotes
70000 Tons of Metal (cruise ship) Fort Lauderdale, FL to Caribbean ActiveJanuary2011–present, featuring thrash, power, folk, death, black metal, with about 2,000 attendees on a cruise ship
Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA ActiveOctober2012–present, featuring grunge, hard rock, heavy metal, post-hardcore, thrash metal, death metal, nu metal, alternative rock, punk rock, pop punk, metalcore, emo
Epicenter Concord, NC Activeearly May2019–present, featuring classic rock, hard rock, post-hardcore, alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock
Emissions from the Monolith OH/IL/TXLast festival - 2007late Mayactive 2000–2007, featured doom, stoner, sludge metal
Flight of the Valkyries St. Paul, MN/Baltimore, MD ActiveJanuary2007–present, featuring classic, power, folk, and death metal, female lead vocalists
Louder Than Life Louisville, KY ActiveSeptember/October2014–present, featuring heavy metal, nu metal, grunge, hard rock, melodic death metal, post-hardcore, thrash metal, metalcore, power metal, alternative rock, gothic metal
Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, MD Activelate May2003–present, featuring death, black, doom, grind with attendance of 2,000-3,000
Mass Destruction Metal Fest Atlanta, GA ActiveNovember2017–present, featuring black and death metal
Milwaukee Metal Fest Milwaukee, WILast festival - 2007July/Augustactive 1987–2007, one of the first metal festivals in the United States to have international metal bands [10]
ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA Activeearly September2001–present, featuring power, progressive, traditional metal
Rebel Rock Orlando, FL ActiveSeptemberfeaturing heavy metal, nu metal, metalcore, power metal, hard rock, post-hardcore
Rock on the Range Columbus, OH ActiveMayfeaturing hard rock, heavy metal, grunge, nu metal, metalcore, alternative rock, gothic metal, death metal, thrash metal, post-hardcore; attendance of 120,000
Rocklahoma Pryor, OK Activelate May2006–present, featuring heavy metal, hard rock, post-hardcore, thrash metal, death metal, nu metal, alternative rock, hair bands, classic metal
Saints & Sinners Festival Asbury Park, NJLast festival - 2007Novemberactive 2006–2007, featured nu metal, metalcore
Welcome to Rockville Jacksonville, FL ActiveApril/May2011–present, featuring hard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, nu metal, metalcore, gothic metal, classic rock, post-hardcore, melodic death metal, industrial metal, glam metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, hardcore punk

Tours

The following is an incomplete list of traveling metal festivals, both active and defunct:

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Fans of heavy metal music have created their own subculture which encompasses more than just appreciation of the style of music. Fans affirm their membership in the subculture or scene by attending metal concerts – an activity seen as central to the subculture, buying albums, in some cases growing their hair long, wearing jackets or vests most often denim adorned with band patches and often studs and most recently, by contributing to metal publications.

Heavy metal lyrics

Heavy metal lyrics are the words used in songs by heavy metal artists. Given that there are many genres of heavy metal, it is difficult to make generalizations about the lyrics and lyrical themes. In 1989, two metal scholars wrote that heavy metal lyrics concentrate "on dark and depressing subject matter to an extent hitherto unprecedented" in any form of popular music. Jeffrey Arnett states that metal songs are "overwhelmingly dominated" by "ugly and unhappy" themes which express "no hope" for the future. Deena Weinstein has proposed one way to analyze metal song themes is loosely grouping them into two categories: the Dionysian theme, which celebrates "sex, drugs and rock and roll", partying, and enjoyment of life and the Chaotic theme, which involves dark subjects such as Hell, injustice, mayhem, carnage and death. Not all metal genres fall into Weinstein's two theme model; for example power metal's lyrical themes often focus on fantasy and mythology, camaraderie and hope, personal struggles and emotions, among other themes. Another exception is pop metal bands, which replaced "gloom and doom" themes with "positive, upbeat" songs about romantic love and relationships, part of their goal of appealing more to female listeners. In metal overall, the small number of metal songs about relationships are typically about unions that have "gone sour" long ago.

Occult rock is a subgenre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s to early 1970s, pioneered by bands such as Coven and Black Widow. The genre is influenced by hard rock, proto-metal, psychedelic rock, progressive rock and blues, as well as commonly incorporating lyrics referencing the occult. Despite the common perception, it has been noted that occult rock is not inherently gloomy nor dark, however many bands have ventured down that path.

Biker metal fusion genre

Biker metal is a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock, heavy metal, rock and roll and blues, that was pioneered in the late-1970s to early-1980s in England and the United States, by Motörhead, Plasmatics, Anti-Nowhere League and Girlschool.

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