International festivals you will be desperate to attend

It’s soon to be festival season all over the globe and after highlighting the top festivals that will be taking place in the UK, we thought it was over do for us to list through some of the most exciting festivals taking place all over the world.

Warning: You may get jealous and want to save all your money to attend one of these after you read. Continue on at your own risk!

Sziget – Budapest, Hungary – August 8-15


Line up highlights: Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher, Mumford & Sons and Gogol Bordello

Our first one on our list comes from Hungary, a festival that has a little something for everyone and just looking at the photos it looks like one hell of an experience with plenty of good music on offer such as the returning Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher, Mumford and Sons, Gogol Bordello and so many more names as well as an array of art installations and other entertainment that draw in thousands from across the world, this may not be the only time you hear about Sziget on this page!

Rock Am Ring -Nürburgring, Germany – June 1-3

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Line up highlights: Alexisonfire, Babymetal, Foo Fighters, Enter Shikari and…well most of it really

This is a festival that knows how to put on a bloody good line up with previous headliners include: Rammstein, System of a Down, The Prodigy, Foo Fighters, Slipknot and nearly every year Die Toten Hosen. This year is certainly no different with the line up bursting with huge names such as: Foo Fighters, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Muse, Gorillaz and Avenged Sevenfold just to name a few. This is a festival that makes dream line ups a reality

Novarock – Nickelsdorf, Austria – June 14-17

Line up highlights: Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour, Parkway Drive

Next up we head to Austria for some pure rock goodness with some truly hard rocking headliners in A7X, Volbeat and Iron Maiden and the rest of the line up is jam packed full of gems that are always worth seeing at any festival. This one almost feels like it’s the Download Festival of Austria.

Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany – August 2-4

Line up highlights: Steel Panther, Converge, Hatebreed, In Flames, Judas Priest

One for all the metal heads out there at quite possibly the holy land of metal as Wacken brings together one of the heaviest festivals around. If you can read some of the band name logos then you are destined for this festival.

Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden – June 6-9

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Line up highlights: Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Sour, The Darkness, Iron Maiden, Skindred

Well these headliners are a tad special, with Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest taking up the top spots on this festival, there is a plethora of nostalgia and big tunes coming from each one of these bands, the rest of the line up isn’t too shabby either which includes just about every genre of rock music going.

NOS Alive festival – Lisbon, Portugal – 12-14 July


Line up highlights: Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, Jack White

Our next stop on our tour of festivals comes from Lisbon, Portugal and NOS Alive festival, this little treat of a festival brings together such a diverse range of music but the highlights are very much the headline slots with Arctic Monkeys. QOTSA and Pearl Jam all making appearances, this will be a very special few days.

Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium – July 5-8

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Line up highlights: Pearl Jam, Jack White, Stereophonics, At the Drive In, Gorillaz

One of the lighter going festivals especially in comparison to a festival like Wacken, this one still packs a punch with the duo of Pearl Jam and Jack White cropping up again and with the likes of QOTSA and Gorillaz also on the line up this is set to be one which will have music for all tastes.

Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France – June 22-24

Line up highlights: Iron Maiden, Deftones, Parkway Drive, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit

Now to go completely to the other side of the spectrum from Rock Werchter, if you want a spectacle of a metal festival then look no further than Hellfest, a fairly solid line up with Iron Maiden, A7X and Judas Priest headlining the festival also boasts over 150 more bands so you are more than likely going to discover something new at this one.

Warped Tour – Japan and America – March – August


Line up TBC

We would be remiss if we didn’t include one of the biggest travelling festivals on the planet and sadly, this year will be the last Warped ever. This is one, growing up you would dream of going to one day, especially if you lived outside of America. It would often include some of the best Pop-punk bands going and i’m sure whenever they announce this year’s last tour line up it will be special. This is one travelling festival that will be missed.

So, there you have it, some of the biggest festivals around the globe right now, i’m sure we have missed some off that deserve to be on this list but for now, this will do.


2018 Preview – Hottest Tours

UK tours are in full swing for some bands and some are now preparing to kick things off as the countdown for festival season slowly dwindles to zero, but until then, some big bands are playing  shows that shouldn’t be missed. To help here is our list of some of the biggest tours to be hitting UK venues that definitely shouldn’t be missed.

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Foo Fighters 

We reported way back when the Foos teased and announced their mini UK tour which will be hitting our arenas in June. If you managed to get tickets for these shows then it’s guaranteed to be a good night, and if you return back home with your voice still in tact then you definitely didn’t sing enough.

Foo Fighters UK dates:

  • June 19th – Manchester Etihad Stadium (Support: Wolf Alice, The Cribs)
  • June 22nd – The London Stadium (Support: Wolf Alice, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes)
  • June 23rd – The London Stadium (Support: The Kills, Slaves)

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Iron Maiden

The Metal legends are back at it again, Maiden will be embarking on a HUGE European tour seeing Ed Force One flying to 24 countries over four months playing 34 shows, kicking off at the end of May in Estonia and ending their mammoth tour on home soil at the O2 Arena in August.

Iron Maiden UK dates (Support: Killswitch Engage)


  • 31 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle


  • 02 SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 04 Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen
  • 06 Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 07 Genting arena, Birmingham
  • 10 O2 Arena, London

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Thirty Seconds to Mars

As we reported on back in October, Thirty Seconds To Mars are back this year after Jared Leto’s latest stint on the big screen, Mars are promising a new album and a massive European tour for 2018 with 5 of the dates on the tour are around the UK. If you look back to the Closer To The Edge video that is example enough to know these guys put on a hell of a show.


  • 23 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 24 Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 25 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 27 The O2, London
  • 29 Arena Birmingham, Birmingham

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Stone Sour

Unfortunately only a quick stop over in the UK on their tour but these are 3 shows you would be foolish to miss. Currently touring their latest record ‘Hydrograd’ Stone Sour are on a long run of shows and festivals for the album and if there ever was a sure thing for a gig of the highest quality, then make sure you catch Corey and co in June.


  • 17 O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 18 Roundhouse, London
  • 19 Rock City, Nottingham

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Myles Kennedy

The Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist is coming over to the UK to tour his first ever solo record. If you want to know what to expect, search on YouTube the acoustic sets he has done with Slash and just how powerful and impressive his voice is and that’s exactly what will be playing 7 shows over the UK, definitely keep an eye out for this one!


  • 17 O2 Institute, Birmingham
  • 18 Nottingham Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 20 Glasgow Garage, Glasgow
  • 21 Manchester Gorilla, Manchester
  • 23 Islington Assembly Hall, London
  • 24 Thekla, Bristol
  • 26 Islington Assembly Hall, London