Here’s the Ultimate Metal Festival Calendar. A monthly list of the best European Metal Festivals.

Due to Covid-19 Virus, festival dates are constantly being rescheduled so this page may well have inaccuracies until everything settles down again.

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European Metal Festivals: OCTOBER 2021

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
30 Sep - 2 Oct EuroblastGermanyProg, Rock, Tech, New TalentIndoor
tbcFull Metal HolidaySpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcAutumn MoonGermanyRock, Pagan, FolkIndoor

European Metal Festivals: NOVEMBER 2021

The winter months are a very quiet time for Metal Festivals in Europe as they all need to be indoors and people don’t tend to have the money to spend at this time of year following Christmas.

It is a time though when many of the headliners and under-card start getting announced for the summer festivals so it’s time to start planning where to go in the summer, purchasing tickets and booking hotel accommodation.

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
4thHRH Hard Rock HellUKRock & MetalIndoor
5th - 6thDamnationUKMetal, Extreme, Black MetalIndoor
11th - 14thHRH CrowsUKRock, Blues, Country RockIndoor
26thBraincrusherGermanyBlack, ExtremeIndoor

European Metal Festivals: DECEMBER 2021

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
2nd - 4thNantes Metal FestivalFranceRock, MetalIndoor
10th - 11thEindhoven Metal MeetingNetherlandsBlack, ExtremeIndoor
9th - 11thDe Mortem Et DiabolumGermanyBlack, ExtremeIndoor

European Metal Festivals: JANUARY 2022

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcHeretic Metal FestBelgiumExtreme MetalIndoor

European Metal Festivals: FEBRUARY 2022

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcWacken Winter NightsGermanyMetal, Pagan, FolkOutdoor
tbcMetal AssaultGermanyMetalIndoor
13th - 14thHammerfestUKMetal, VikingIndoor
tbcHouse of MetalSwedenMetalIndoor

European Metal Festivals: MARCH 2022

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
5th - 6thHell Over HamburgGermanyMetal, BlackIndoor
13th - 14thUp The HammersGreeceMetalIndoor

European Metal Festivals: APRIL 2022

April and May is the time when the European Metal Festival season starts to get going again. There’s a mixture of outdoor and indoor festivals across a wide range of countries.

It’s also the time of year to finalise any ticket purchases and thinking about travel arrangements.

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcLords of the LandUKRock, Metal, ExtremeIndoor
tbcInfernoNorwayMetal, Black, ExtremeIndoor
tbc HRH BluesUKBlues & RockIndoor
tbcDark Easter Metal MeetingGermanyMetal, BlackIndoor
tbcRoadburnNetherlandsRock, Metal, Folk MetalIndoor
tbcDark MaltaMaltaGothic, IndustrialIndoor
tbcDurbuy Rock FestivalBelgiumBlack, Extreme, RockBoth
tbcRagnarockGermanyMetal, Black, ExtremeIndoor
tbcKeep It TrueGermanyRock & MetalIndoor
tbcSWR Barroselas MetalfestPortugalMetal, Black, ExtremeBoth
tbcKarmoygeddon Metal festivalNorwayRock & MetalIndoor

European Metal Festivals: MAY 2022

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcDesertfestUKRock & MetalIndoor
tbcNetherlands Deathfest Netherlands Rock, Metal,ExtremeIndoor
tbcHRH Ibiza RoadtripUKRock & MetalBoth
tbcSteelfest FinlandFinlandBlack, Extreme, Gothic, FolkIndoor
tbcVienna Metal MeetingAustriaVarious MetalBoth
tbcIncineration FestUKBlack, Metal, ExtremeIndoor
tbcDark Troll FestivalGermanyMetal, Black, Folk Indoor
tbcDownload - FranceFranceRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcCamden RocksUKRock & MetalIndoor
tbcAntwerp Metal FestBelgiumRock & Metal Outdoor

European Metal Festivals: JUNE 2022

June is massive for Metal Festivals in Europe. It’s summer time and we go headlong into the huge outdoor festivals such as Hellfest, Graspop, Copenhell and Download where all the big bands will be out in force.

There’s plenty of opportunities across the summer to book festivals and combine them with a beach holiday or city break.

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbc Sweden RockSwedenRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcZobens un LemessLatviaPagan, Viking, FolkOutdoor
tbcMetalfest Open AirCzech RepublicRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcRock AM RingGermanyRock, Metal, IndieOutdoor
tbcRockfest FinlandFinlandRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Mystic FestivalPolandRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Metal FrenzyGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcDownload UKUKRock, Metal, IndieOutdoor
tbcNummirockFinlandRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc CopenhellDenmarkRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Rock for PeopleCzech RepublicRock & IndieOutdoor
tbcGraspop Metal MeetingBelgiumRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc HellfestFranceRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Rock the NightSpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Tons of RockNorwayRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Download MadridSpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc With Full ForceGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc TuskaFinlandRock & MetalOutdoor

European Metal Festivals: JULY 2022

July follows on where June leaves off regarding being a huge month for Metal Festivals in Europe. We have Rockfest Barcelona where you can go to the beach before heading off to the festival and even combine the festival with a city break. As always, we have the big festival in Germany Wacken Open Air

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcRockharzGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcResurrection FestSpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbc Rockfest BarcelonaSpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcErlensee RockGermanyRockOutdoor
tbcBig Gun Number OneRussiaRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcRock MarathonHungaryRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcDong Open AirGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcMasters of RockCzech RepublicRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcGelfe Metal FestivalSwedenRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcObscene ExtremeCzech RepublicMetal, Extreme, Hardcore, BrutalOutdoor
tbcBang Your HeadGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcDynamo MetalfestNetherlandsRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcMetal DaysSloveniaRock, Metal, Extreme, BlackOutdoor
tbcVegos Open AirPortugalRockOutdoor
4-6 August 2022Wacken Open AirGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor

European Metal Festivals: AUGUST 2022

There are Metal Festivals every weekend across Europe in August. UK Metal Festivals include Bloodstock where the line-up improves year on year.

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcBrutal AssaultCzech RepublicRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcSabaton Open AirSwedenRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcHeadbangers HolidayCroatioaMetal, ExtremeOutdoor
tbcLeyandas Del RockSpainRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcParty San Metal Open AirGermanyRock & Metal, ExtremeOutdoor
11th - 14thBloodstockUKRock, Metal, ExtremeOutdoor
tbcInto the GraveNetherlandsRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcAlcatrazBelgiumRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcSummer BreezeGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcMidgardsblotNorwayBlack, Pagan, FolkOutdoor
tbcMotocultorFranceRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcElb-RiotGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcNeuborn Open AirGermanyRock & MetalOutdoor
tbcBeermageddonUKMetal, Black, ExtremeOutdoor
tbclHRH Highway to HellUKRock, Metal, New TalentBoth
tbcHRH SleazeUKHard RockIndoor

European Metal Festivals: SEPTEMBER 2022

From September onward things quieten down as most of the outdoor metal festivals in Europe have now taken place. You do tend to get a fair few indoor one day festivals though.

DateFestivalCountryGenreIn or Out
tbcFull Metal CruiseFinlandMetalCruise Ship