For 2017, all 5,000 tickets available for Punk Rock Holiday festival sold out in under 8 hours after going online a year before the festival, with no bands announced.(Rolf Khlatt)
From head-banging metal to rock n’roll and country, here’s where you can see the best of international rock music in Europe this August.
Wacken Open Air, Germany, August 3-5
With over 80,000 visitors, Wacken Open Air is the biggest heavy metal festival in the world, taking place in the small village of Wacken, north Germany. This year, Alice Cooper, Asp, Apocalyptica and Megadeth are headliners. The 2017 edition will also see the festival’s first ever 7k beer pipeline installed to reduce traffic and waste as part of an eco-friendly drive.
Punk Rock Holiday, Slovenia, August 8-11
While Slovenia’s Punk Rock Holiday music festival might be a fraction of the size of Wacken, numbers do not always represent popularity. For 2017, all 5,000 tickets available sold out in under 8 hours after going online a year before the festival, with no bands announced. Since, Offspring, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, and Propaghandi are just a handful of the musicians performing at this mecca for punk rock fans.
The annual M’era Luna festival attracts over 20,000 fans from the goth, metal, hardcore punk and industrial music communities every year. (Rolf Khlatt)
M’era Luna Festival, Germany, August 12-13
The annual M’era Luna festival attracts over 20,000 fans from the goth, metal, hardcore punk and industrial music communities every year. Over 45 international bands perform during the short two-day event, with the lineup this year featuring Korn, And One and Asp.
Reading is the world’s oldest still-running popular music festival. (Rolf Khlatt)
Reading/Leeds festival, England, August 25-27
Reading and its slightly smaller sister festival, Leeds, take place simultaneously at the end of August once a year, and share many of their performers which this year include Bastille, Muse, Kasabian and Eminem. In 2016, the dual events achieved a new visitor record number, at 90,000 in total. Reading, the older of the two, is the world’s oldest still-running popular music festival.
Rock en Seine, France, August 25-27
One of France’s biggest festivals, Rock en Seine is held just outside Paris in the grounds of the Domaine National de Saint Cloud, attracting around 1,20,000 festival-goers for the three-day event. The lineup for 2017 includes The XX, PJ Harvey, Flume and Franz Ferdinand.
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