A Guide To The 2023 Music Festival Season
Here is your essential guide to all of the biggest music festival gatherings across the globe.
As countries across the world continue to re-open after the year-plus toll of the pandemic, music festivals have been roaring back, with promoters, organizers, and ticket organizations eager to bring live music back to audiences. Many of the biggest festivals in the US ― Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, This is Tomorrow, Latitude Festival, and Outside Lands ― have returned with events scheduled for the summer or fall, while others like Coachella have announced 2022 dates. Artists, too, are eager to welcome back the fruitful touring alternative that is the festival slot, with stars like Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, and Billie Eilish, playing dates across the country.
With the massive proliferation of classic fests and upstart events taking up space on the calendar, we’ve collected (and will be updating each week) a list of the biggest music festival gatherings across the globe. If you’re a music lover looking for a great upcoming event to attend, this list is for you.
A Guide To The Best 2023 Music Festivals
BBC 6 Music Festival
Headliners: Yard Act, Arlo Parks, Loyle Carner
Yard Act and Loyle Carner are among the artists set to perform at the 2023 BBC 6 Music Festival in the UK. This year, the event will take place in Manchester with the city’s Victoria Warehouse hosting the headline sets. Ramona and Band on the Wall will also host events, including DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Yard Act and Steve Lamacq. The BBC 6 Music Festival will take place on four consecutive days, from Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26. On Thursday, March 23, BBC Music Introducing will be at Band on the Wall with Afflecks Palace, Antony Szmierek and Phoebe Green.
Ultra Music Festival
Headliners: Swedish House Mafia, Carl Cox, deadmau5
Swedish House Mafia have a long history with Ultra, having ended their massive farewell tour at the event in 2013 before playing their reunion show there in 2018. The rest of the phase one lineup includes Armin van Buuren, Claude VonStroke, CloZee, Eric Prydz, Grimes, Gryffin, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Zedd, REZZ, a double appearance by deadmau5 — who’ll be performing as part of his Kaskade collab Kx5 and alongside Oliver Heldens’s alias Hi-Lo during a b2b as his own techno alter-ego Testpilot — and other stars.
March Madness Music Fest
Headliners: Tim McGraw, Lil Nas X, Keith Urban, Little Big Town
The 2023 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will feature Tim McGraw, Lil Nas X, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Maggie Rogers, and Mickey Guyton. The free ticketed three-day event slated to take place at Discovery Green Park in Houston from March 31-April 2. The April 1 lineup will have Rogers kicking off the day on the Move by Coca-Cola Stage, with Lil Nas closing things out. The following night’s Capital One JamFest will feature Little Big Town and Guyton opening for headliners McGraw and Urban.
Headliners: Korn, Slipknot
Knotfest Japan was originally scheduled to take place in March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID pandemic, and has since been slated for January 2021 and February 2022, but now the traveling Slipknot Roadshow is finally making its way across the Pacific. The trek two day engagement marks the legendary Iowa band’s first time back in Japan since 2016’s Prepare for Hell Tour.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Headliners: J. Cole, Drake, Usher
J. Cole and his Dreamville team have announced that the MC will headline the event with a special performance alongside Drake, with Usher also set to perform at the top of the bill. Dreamville Festival is set to return to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 1-2. GA, GA+, and VIP two-day passes are on sale now.
As in years past, J. Cole has once again invited some of his favorite artists and collaborators to join him in his home state of North Carolina for one of the most anticipated music events of the year. Day 1 on Saturday will be headlined by multi-platinum-selling R&B global superstar Usher, with additional performances from Lil Durk, Ari Lennox, City Girls, Sean Paul, EARTHGANG, Jessie Reyez, and Key Glock, among others. Sunday features one of the world’s biggest international superstars Burna Boy, as well as a curated selection of artists like Summer Walker, JID, GloRilla, Bas, Waka Flaka Flame, Mario, and many more.
Dates: 4/14-4/16, 4/21-4/23
Headliners: Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, Frank Ocean, Rosalía,
The Coachella 2023 lineup has been revealed. Headliners include Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. Rosalía, Gorillaz, Björk, Charli XCX, Burna Boy, Alex G, Jai Paul, and GloRilla round out the top listings. The festival takes place across two weekends: April 14-16 and 21-23. Other notable acts this year include: Doechii, SG Lewis, Yaeji, Willow, The Comet Is Coming, Saba, Domi & JD Beck, Metro Boomin, Kali Uchis, Ethel Cain, EarthGang, and more.
Rolling Loud Thailand
Headliners: Rae Sremmurd, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Offset
Rolling Loud has announced the star-studded lineup for Rolling Loud Thailand 2023. Headlined by Rae Sremmurd, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Offset, and more, the newly-announced lineup is an eclectic mix of current stars, respected veterans, and red-hot rap stars from Thailand and other Asian countries. Bringing three action-packed days of hip-hop at a picturesque beachside location, Rolling Loud Thailand makes its debut at Legend Siam in Pattaya on April 13-15, 2023.
La Linea Festival
Headliners: Susana Baca, Jorge Drexler
London Latin Music Festival La Linea returns this spring featuring its trademark mix of international stars and the brightest emerging talent from across the diverse Latin music scene. Following the unprecedented global events of the last few years, this year’s festival has adopted the emblem of a flowering cactus to signify and celebrate the scene’s tenacity and resilience, and its ability to spread positivity and joy during even the most turbulent of times.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Headliners: Laura Mvula, MIKA, Van Morrison
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is set to return this spring with a broad programme featuring over 50 concerts from an eclectic mix of established stars and pioneering emerging talent. Running across six days from Wednesday 26 April – Monday 1 May 2023, the Festival will once again present a smart balance of classic and contemporary jazz, blues, soul and pop with an array of world premieres, brand new commissions, exclusive collaborations, one-off shows and free performances taking place at venues across the picturesque English west country spa town.
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Headliners: The Avett Brothers, Maren Morris, Tanya Tucker, Marcus King, Little Feat
2023 will mark MerleFest’s 35th festival and will honor Doc Watson’s 100th birthday year. To celebrate the historic milestone event, organizers intend to feature MerleFest’s unique history and present collaborations to honor the festival’s founding folk icon. From the flatbed trailer stage at the 1988 Eddy Merle Watson Memorial Festival to today, and looking into the future, MerleFest will continue to draw fans from all over the world to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains each spring to make music, moments, and memories together.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dates: 4/28-4/30, 5/5-5/7
Headliners: Lizzo, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Jon Batiste, Dead and Company
Lizzo, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Jon Batiste, Dead and Company, and more lead the massive lineup set to take the stage at New Orleans’ celebrated Jazz Fest, returning to the Crescent City on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7. The Lumineers, Santana, H.E.R., Gary Clark Jr., Jazmine Sullivan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Buddy Guy, Kane Brown, Steve Miller Band, and many, many more will also perform at the city’s Fair Grounds Race Course.
Daze Between New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Headliners: Goose, Tank and the Bangas, Lawrence
Daze Between New Orleans has announced its return in 2023 with two very special nights headlined by Goose. Presented by Live For Live Music, GMP Live, Purple Hat Productions, Dayglo Presents and Rose Tours, the second annual event will once again take place at New Orleans, LA’s historic Faubourg Brewery during the Daze Between New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival weekends, Tuesday, May 2–Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
Shaky Knees Festival
Headliners: The Killers, Muse, The Lumineers
Atlanta’s Shaky Knees festival has revealed the lineup for its 2023 edition. The celebrated event will be headlined by The Killers, Muse, and The Lumineers. The festival is set for May 5-7 at Atlanta’s Central Park and will also feature the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tenacious D, The Mars Volta, Greta Van Fleet, Father John Misty, Future Islands, Hozier, The Gaslight Anthem, and more.
Lovers & Friends Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
Headliners: The Killers, Muse, The Lumineers
Lovers & Friends is set to return on May 6, 2023 to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds with headlining sets from Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and more. Other artists set appear include Usher, 50 Cent, Nelly, Pitbull, with additional performances from contemporary fan-favorites Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR and many more.
Strength Of A Woman Festival
Headliners: Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Summer Walker, Lucky Daye
Mary J. Blige and Pepsi have announced the second annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit in partnership with Live Nation Urban. Lauryn Hill, Summer Walker, Lucky Daye, Muni Long, and more are set to perform. The festival returns to Atlanta, Georgia with four days devoted to music, comedy, female empowerment, and community building between May 11 and 14. Presale tickets are live now, while general on-sale begins Friday, March 10 at 10AM ET.
Headliners: Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Elle King, Sam Hunt
Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Elle King, Sam Hunt, and more are among the lineup for the upcoming 2023 iHeartCountry Festival, taking place May 13 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Now in its tenth year and presented by Capital One, the 2023 lineup will also feature performances from Parker McCollum, Justin Moore, Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Bailey Zimmerman and more, and will once again be hosted by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated on-air country personality Bobby Bones.
Palm Tree Music Festival
Dana Point, California
Headliners: Kygo, Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, The Midnight
On Saturday, May 13, Palm Tree Music Festival Dana Point will blend one-of-a-kind, luxurious experiences with unmatched summer nostalgia to bring fans from around the world together in celebration of a tropical lifestyle and incredible musical talent. The festival will be headlined by Kygo and Ellie Goulding and will feature additional performances by Tove Lo, The Midnight, The Knocks, Two Feet and Forester.
Welcome To Rockville
Daytona Beach, Florida
Headliners: Pantera, Tool, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold
Taking place May 18-21 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, the 2023 edition of Welcome to Rockville will include performances from Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Alice Cooper, Incubus, The Mars Volta, and more. Four-day passes are available via the official festival site. Slipknot will headline on Thursday (May 18), and will be joined by Rob Zombie, QOTSA, Puscifer, Trivium, Bullet for My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Converge, Band-Maid, Bloodywood, and more.
Cruel World Festival
Headliners: Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux,
Alongside Iggy Pop and Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux will take the stage for her first North American performance in 15 years as a headliner at this year’s Cruel World Festival. The one-day festival is set for Saturday, May 20 at Brookside at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The lineup also includes Love and Rockets (playing their first show in 14 years), Echo & The Bunnymen, and more. Other acts include The Human League, Gary Numan, Gang of Four, Modern English, The Soft Moon, Molchat Doma, Adam Ant, Ela Minus, and Boy Harsher.
Headliners: Kip Moore, Morgan Wade, Jackson Dean, Stephen Wilson Jr.
Live Nation Entertainment and the Royal Albert Hall announced a brand-new Country and Americana festival, Highways, arriving Saturday May 20, 2023. Showcasing Country and Americana’s biggest stars, the iconic London venue will shine even brighter with acclaimed acts such as Kip Moore, Morgan Wade, Jackson Dean and Stephen Wilson Jr. already confirmed for the event.
Lightning in a Bottle
Buena Vista Lake, California
Headliners: Phantogram, 070 Shake, Diplo
Do LaB’s 20th anniversary of Lightning in a Bottle will take place Memorial Day Weekend at Buena Vista Lake in Southern California this May 24-29, 2023. Headliners include Phantogram, Diplo, 070 Shake, and more. Other artists set to perform include REZZ, SOFI TUKKER, ZHU, Caribou, Beats Antique, Mindchatter, Tobe, Sampa the Great, Ozomatli with Chali 2na and Cut Chemist performing their first classic album, and electronic R&B live duo Drama.
Bearded Theory Festival
Headliners: Yard Act, Primal Scream, Gary Numan, Interpol
The annual alternative music festival Bearded Theory will take place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire from May 25 to 28 and will also feature Echo & The Bunnymen, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Viagra Boys, The Beths, She Drew the Gun and more. Set in the heart of the national forest, Bearded Theory is returning for its 14th year, with a brand-new Big Top Stage in the main arena accompanying two other stages.
Sonic Temple Festival
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, KISS, Godsmack
After a three-year hiatus, Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival returns to its home at the heartbeat of rock, the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Memorial Day Weekend — May 25-28, 2023 — with a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights that make Sonic Temple’s comeback one of the most anticipated events of the 2023 festival season.
Headliners: The Lumineers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette
Boston Calling has announced the lineup for its 2023 music festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, May 28, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. Other notable artists confirmed for Boston Calling 2023 include Maren Morris, Niall Horan, The National, The Flaming Lips and Bleachers.
BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
Headliners: Lewis Capaldi, The 1975, RAYE
“This is an incredible opportunity for Dundee and we are looking forward to hosting such an exciting event at Camperdown Park after the disappointment of 2020’s cancellation,” John Alexander, Dundee City Council leader, says. “Radio 1’s Big Weekend will showcase Dundee not only to the tens of thousands of people who attend, but also the millions who will watch and listen through the BBC. We expect a huge economic boost for the area as the event has been worth millions of pounds to previous host locations.”
BottleRock Music Festival
Napa Valley, California
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Lizzo, Duran Duran
Celebrated California festival BottleRock Napa Valley has announced its 2023 edition, which is set for May 26-28 at Napa Valley Expo. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Lizzo, Duran Duran, Lil Nas X, and The Smashing Pumpkins will headline, and the lineup also features Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Sheryl Crow, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Phantogram, Japanese Breakfast, Thievery Corporation, Lucius, Cautious Clay, Los Lobos, War, KennyHoopla, Lupe Fiasco, Sudan Archives, Starcrawler, and more.
In It Together Festival
Margam, South Wales
Headliners: James, The Kooks, Anne-Marie
The UK’s In It Together has announced the line-up for its second year, with James, The Kooks and Anne-Marie all topping the bill. After making its debut at Old Park Farm in Margam, South Wales last year, the 30,000-capacity festival will be returning across the late May Bank Holiday weekend, from 26-28 of the month. Jake Bugg, James Bay, Twin Atlantic, Vengaboys, The Vamps, Melanie C and UB40 also feature as part of the line-up, with Natalie Imbruglia also appearing to entertain festivalgoers who arrive at the site a day early.
Milwaukee Metal Fest
Headliners: Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Napalm Death
Anthrax, Lamb Of God, and Napalm Death feature among the acts confirmed for the 2023 Milwaukee Metal Fest. The iconic, midwestern, multi-day event was originally founded by Jack Koshick and ran from 1987 to 20024. Now, the event is returning to prominence in 2023. Hatebreed frontman and podcaster Jamey Jasta purchased the rights last year and today announces the lineup for Milwaukee Metal Fest 2023.
The Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
Headliners: The Damned, Rancid, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys
The Damned are set to play The Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in 2023 lineup, which will also feature headlining acts Rancid, Bad Religion, and Dropkick Murphys. The 23rd edition of the annual punk-rock celebration is set for May 26th-29th on 6th Street in Las Vegas. Three-day general admission passes ($190) and VIP passes ($475) are available via the Punk Rock Bowling website. Individual tickets to club shows will go on sale in February 2023.
Slam Dunk Festival
Leeds and Hatfield, UK
Headliners: The Offspring, Enter Shikari, Creeper, Billy Talent, Bowling For Soup
The Slam Dunk Festival has confirmed exclusive reunions from The Academy Is and Kids In Glass Houses, who will celebrating the 15th anniversary of debut album Smart Casual. “Slam Dunk 2008 fell a day before Smart Casual was released and marked the start of a pretty unforgettable journey for our band,” said vocalist Aled Phillips. “It feels very fitting that 15 years later to the day we can come back and celebrate a special part of our career at Slam Dunk 2023. We hope to see some familiar and new faces there and can’t wait to get back out onto stage again. It’s been too long.” Less Than Jake will also be appearing at the 2023 Slam Dunk Festival for a performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of their third album Hello Rockview.
Adjacent Music Festival
Atlantic City Beach, New Jersey
Headliners: Blink-182, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World
Live Nation’s new Adjacent Music Festival is heading to Atlantic City Beach on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27 and 28) with over 40 bands across three stages. The festival will be held ocean-side on the beach, next to the boardwalk. The headliners are Blink-182 and Paramore, and the lineup also features Turnstile, Jimmy Eat World, Japanese Breakfast, Coheed & Cambria, Bleachers, The Front Bottoms, IDLES, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Beach Bunny, PUP, Knocked Loose, Midtown, Jeff Rosenstock, Thursday, Motion City Soundtrack, The Starting Line, Phantom Planet, The Movielife, Mannequin Pussy, Wheatus, L.S. Dunes, The Linda Lindas, Meet Me @ the Altar, I Am The Avalanche, Pinkshift, OFF!, Drug Church, Folly, Incendiary, Soul Glo, Candy, Zulu, Gel, and more.
MITA Music Festival
Rio and São Paulo, Brazil
Dates: 5/27-5/28, 6/3-6/4
Headliners: Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine, HAIM, Flume
Lana Del Rey and Florence + the Machine are set to headline Brazil’s MITA Music Festival. The two-day festival takes place over two weekends, with weekend one going down in Rio de Janeiro from May 27-28 and weekend two occurring in São Paulo from June 3-4. The 2023 lineup for MITA Music also features Haim, Flume, The Mars Volta, BadBadNotGood, Sabrina Carpenter, and Jehnny Beth, along with regional acts such as NX Zero, Natiruts, Arthur Verocai, Capital Inicial, and Jorge Ben Jor.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
New York, New York
Headliners: Grace Jones, Pat Metheny, NxWorries, Robert Glasper
Blue Note has announced the lineup for the much-anticipated 12th Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, which is set to kick off May 31. Artists set to appear include Grace Jones, Pat Metheny, NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge,) Robert Glasper, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, as well as a stop on legendary blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell tour. Spanning beloved venues across the city including the Beacon Theatre, Sony Hall, Town Hall, SummerStage in Central Park, Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and the Blue Note Jazz Club itself in Greenwich Village, the festival will begin with the iconic Grace Jones taking the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 31.
Headliners: Diddy with The Roots, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Uzi Vert
Hip-hop luminaries The Roots and Live Nation Urban have organized the 2023 installment of Roots Picnic. Renowned for its complete musical and cultural immersion, the two-day festival will be back at The Mann in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 2023. This year, a special stand-up comedy performance from Dave Chappelle and The Roots at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, June 2 will kick off the weekend.
Headliners: Travis, The Proclaimers, Heather Small
Travis will be heading to Gloucestershire on Saturday, June 3 to headline the 2023 Wychwood Festival alongside fellow Scottish national treasures The Proclaimers and British soul star Heather Small. Nominated ‘Best Family Festival’ every single year in the UK Festival Awards, Cheltenham’s most loved family festival Wychwood Festival will return from June 2-4, 2023, now on a brand new site at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Headliners: Grace Jones, Soft Cell, Sir Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Bjorn Again, Rick Astley
Grace Jones is set to headline the 2023 Hampton Court Palace Festival. The annual summer series of spectacular open-air concerts returns to the royal landmark June 6 to June 17 next year, with the “My Jamaican Guy” star poised to perform on June 8. Kaiser Chiefs, Bjorn Again and Rick Astley are also among the first acts confirmed to play the event. The Leeds “I Predict a Riot” hitmakers headline on June 10, the ABBA tribute act are set for June 16, and “Never Gonna Give You Up” hitmaker Astley will perform on June 17.
HIVE Music Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah
Headliners: Post Malone, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Santa Fe Klan
Post Malone will headline a revamped 2023 HIVE Music Festival alongside hip-hop favorites Kid Cudi, Joji, Big Sean, Santa Fe Klan, GloRilla, and many more. This year, the festival is produced by C3 Presents and Live Nation, and will feature over 27 artists across stages taking place June 9 and 10 at Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Odesza
Other artists set to perform at Governors Ball at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York include Lil Nas X, HAIM, Rina Sawayama, Pusha T, Snail Mail, Lil Uzi Vert, Diplo, Giveon, Lil Baby, PinkPantheress, Black Midi, Girl in Red, Tems, Finneas, Kenny Beats, Kim Petras, Omar Apollo, Joey Bada$$, Amber Mark, and Syd, among others.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Marcus Mumford
Bonnaroo 2023 will once again present a wide-ranging bill featuring a spectacular selection of top artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day festival, with live music and much more through the night and into early morning with special sunrise sets. Other highlights will include performances from Odesza, Lil Nas X, Baby Keem, Tyler Childers, Vulfpeck, My Morning Jacket, GRiZ, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Portugal. The Man, Korn, Louis the Child, Zeds Dead, Alesso, Subtronics, Three 6 Mafia, JID, The Revivalists, Pixies, Girl In Red, Fleet Foxes, and more.
Headliners: KISS, Mötley Crüe, Iron Maiden, Slipknot
Hellfest is an annual open-air festival and one of the biggest metal festivals in all of Europe. After canceling the 2020 and 2021 installments due to the ongoing pandemic, Hellfest returned in 2022 and was held over two weekends, with seven days of performances from many of the biggest metal and hard rock acts in the world.
Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, California
Headliners: Kamasi Washington, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Samara Joy, Leon Bridges
Kamasi Washington, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Samara Joy, Leon Bridges, and more lead the lineup for the 2023 Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, set for June 17-18. Also confirmed on the bill is West Coast Get Down, Digable Planets, Poncho Sanchez, Aziza, Soul Rebels with Big Freedia, Lionel Loueke and Gretchen Parlato, Boukman Eksperyans, Butcher Brown, and many others. The full lineup and single-day tickets will be available from Tuesday, March 14.
On The Mount Festival
Wasing Estate, Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK
Headliners: Gabriels, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Ben Howard, Sigur Ros
A unique new concert series, staged on the incredible natural amphitheater The Mount in the grounds of Wasing in Berkshire, has been announced for summer 2023. The ‘On The Mount’ festival will take place across midsummer, nestled amongst the magical woodland treescape at Wasing, one of the most diverse rural estates in England. The inaugural line-up for the series will feature headline sets from Gabriels on June 22, Jack Johnson on June 25, Primal Scream on June 30, Ben Howard on July 1, and Sigur Ros on July 2. Support artists and further shows will be announced in due course.
Rolling Loud Rotterdam
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott
Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott will both headline the newly-announced Rolling Loud Rotterdam, presented by Woo Hah!, in Summer 2023. The follow-up to last year’s inaugural Rolling Loud x WOO HAH! Fest, Rolling Loud Rotterdamn will take place at Rotterdam Ahoy, located in the heart of The Netherlands’ second largest city and one of Europe’s largest seaports, making it a hotbed for culture and the perfect home for a Rolling Loud lineup featuring artists from around the world.
Love Supreme Festival
East Sussex, UK
Headliners: Little Simz, Grace Jones, Emeli Sandé, Tower of Power
The Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from June 30 – July 2, has announced an additional raft of names for this year’s event including headline shows from Little Simz and Grace Jones. Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and Brit Award-winning UK rapper Little Simz will make her debut at the festival on Saturday July 1 while Jones returns to close the festival on Sunday July 2 following a commanding headline set in 2016.
Joining Jones and Little Simz on the bill for the 10th edition of the acclaimed three-day event are multi-million-selling, four-time Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé, powerhouse British drummer and bandleader Yussef Dayes, South London-born neo-soul star Greentea Peng, incendiary US funk big band Tower of Power, three-time Grammy nominated US vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, Armenian pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, French-Caribbean singer and bass player Adi Oasis, US R&B singer Yaya Bey, and one of the most celebrated British jazz musicians of all time, Courtney Pine CBE.
Rolling Loud Portugal
Headliners: Travis Scott, Meek Mill, GloRilla
Rolling Loud star-studded lineup for Rolling Loud Portugal 2023 is headlined by Travis Scott and Meek Mill. The Rolling Loud Portugal lineup offers some of the biggest names in hip-hop on both sides of the Atlantic, plus names from the ascendant Portuguese scene.Included among the lineup’s stacked undercard are U.S.-based superstars like GloRilla, Lil Durk, Meechy Darko, Lil Uzi Vert, and Kodak Black, and UK heavy-hitters like Central Cee and D-Block Europe. Returning to picturesque Portimåo and keeping a new tradition going, Rolling Loud Portugal touches down on July 5-7, 2023.
Mad Cool Festival
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Liam Gallagher, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Robbie Williams
Mad Cool Festival has revealed the initial lineup for the 2023 iteration of their event, headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Liam Gallagher, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Robbie Williams. The festival will descend upon Madrid, Spain from July 6-8. Other notable acts include: Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, Machine Gun Kelly, The Prodigy, The 1975, Sigur Rós, Rina Sawayama, Puscifer, Sam Smith, Jamie xx, Paolo Nutini, Angel Olsen, Tash Sultana, Thoe Rose, Sylvan Esso, Touché Amoré, Jacob Collier, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Years & Years, The Hu, Nova Twins, and more.
Shepton Mallet, UK
Headliners: Chase & Status, Wu-Tang Clan, Easy Life, Greentea Peng
Just outside Bristol at The Bath And West Showground in Shepton Mallet, UK, the NASS Festival is gearing up to treat lucky fans to four days of skating, BMX, street art, and music from the likes of Chase & Status, Wu-Tang Clan, Easy Life, Greentea Peng and Little Simz on July 6-9, 2023. Tickets are on sale now. Other names on the lineup include Anne-Marie, Hedex, Mella Dee, Sammy Virji B2B Notion, Shy FX, Joel Corry, Bru-C, Nathan Dawe, Flava D B2B S.P.Y with MC Lowqui, Hannah Laing, and many more.
Dates: 7/6-7/9, 7/12-7/16
Headliners: Foo Fighters, The Smile, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Shania Twain
Foo Fighters, The Smile, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Shania Twain are among the acts set to play RBC Ottawa Bluesfest this summer.The annual music festival is set for nine nights (July 6-9 and July 12-16) at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The 2023 lineup also includes Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Death Cab For Cutie, Thundercat, BadBadNotGood, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Tegan and Sara, Ludacris, Charlotte Cardin, AJR, Orville Peck, Alvvays, Sudan Archives, PUP, Tank and The Bangas, Julia Jacklin, White Reaper, and Koffee.
Sad Summer Festival
Headliners: Taking Back Sunday, The Maine
Sad Summer Festival 2023 Presented by Journeys and Converse will make its fourth trek across the US this summer for a total of 16 national shows produced by Live Nation. This summer’s lineup, headlined by Taking Back Sunday features daily sets from some of the tour’s returning veterans as well as marks the debut of other artists to the tour.
NN North Sea Jazz Festival,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Headliners: Stormzy, Lizzo, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy
The NN North Sea Jazz Festival, the world’s largest indoor music festival, takes place from Friday July 7 – July 9. This year’s event will present a lineup bursting with huge international stars from across the worlds of jazz, blues, soul, pop and beyond.
Faster Horses Festival
Headliners: Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, and Zac Brown Band are set to headline the 2023 Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan in July. The three country superstars will lead a bill that also includes Dustin Lynch, Blanco Brown, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Currington, Hailey Whitters, and many more. Also joining this year’s lineup are Dylan Scott, Kameron Marlowe, Conner Smith, Tenille Townes, Megan Maroney, Pillbox Patti, Chayce Beckham, and many others. Every year, Faster Horses brings country music and camping experiences together, creating a unique fan experience that was previously named ACM Festival of the Year.
Inkcarceration Music And Tattoo Festival
Headliners: Slipknot, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit
Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival returns July 14-16 and will feature an all-star rock and metal lineup led by headliners Slipknot, Megadeth, and Limp Bizkit, plus more than 65 tattoo artists and haunted attractions, all held at the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory (made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption), located in Mansfield, Ohio. In addition to the headliners, the three-day weekend will offer performances from Pantera, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Bush, In This Moment, Highly Suspect, Flyleaf with Lacey Sturm, Motionless In White, Coal Chamber, and many more. SiriusXM’s Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin will return as the festival “Warden” to host the weekend.
Headliners: Years & Years, The Human League, Bloc Party, Self Esteem
Years & Years, The Human League, Bloc Party and Self Esteem will all be headlining Standon Calling 2023. The Hertfordshire festival will be returning for its 17th year from July 20-23. Anastacia, Confidence Man, Dylan, Squid, Katy B, KT Tunstall, and Melanie C will also be coming down to Stanton Lordship, among others, with 80 more acts still to be announced.
Headliners: Siouxsie Sioux, Pulp, Paolo Nutini, George Ezra
Siouxsie Sioux has confirmed her first live performance in a decade. The former Siouxsie & The Banshees singer will headline the 2023 installment of the Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk, UK. The four-day festival, taking place between July 20 and 23, also promises performances from Pulp, Paolo Nutini, George Ezra and more. Tickets are now on sale.
Headliners: Grace Jones, Pavement, Roisin Murphy
Grace Jones will headline the 2023 Bluedot festival. The singer, actress and model, who curated London’s Meltdown in 2022, will play under the gaze of the Lovell Telescope at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory from 20-23 July. Lo-fi pioneers Pavement and electropop queen Roisin Murphy will also headline. It will be the sixth time the four-day festival, which celebrates music and science, has been staged. A festival representative said that as “one of the most influential musicians of her generation”, Jones needed no introduction.
Kendal Calling Festival
The Lake District, UK
Headliners: Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Kasabian, Royal Blood, Blossoms
Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Kasabian, Royal Blood and Blossoms are all set to headline the 2023 Kendal Calling Festival. The UK summer extravaganza returns to Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District from July 27 to July 30, with more than 100 acts set to perform across the four days. Nile Rodgers – who last performed at the festival with CHIC in 2019 – said: “The last time we played Kendal Calling was epic and one of my favourite shows ever. We are excited to be back this year for more good times!”
Cincinnati Music Festival
Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Babyface, Jill Scott
The Cincinnati Music Festival will take over the city’s Paycor Stadium for two nights in July with its now-signature blend of old school soul artists, R&B legends, and hip-hop superstars. Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Babyface, and Jill Scott will be topping the bill on July 21 and 22. The annual gathering will kick off on July 20 at the adjacent Andrew J. Brady Center with a tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a lineup to be announced soon.
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Rosalía, Stray Kids
The fifth edition of Lollapalooza Paris will take place from July 21-23 at the Hippodrome De Longchamp in Paris and will feature additional acts such as Lil Nas X, Kygo, Niall Horan, Maisie Peters, Central Cee, OneRepublic and JID. There’s also room for the likes of The Driver Era, Lovejoy, Aya Nakamura, Damso, Niska and more.
Y Not Festival
Peak District, UK
Headliners: Paul Weller, Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club
Paul Weller, Kasabian, and Bombay Bicycle Club will headline this year’s Y Not Festival. The event has revealed a huge line-up for 2023. Royal Blood will headline on Friday, July 28, Kasabian on Saturday, July 29 and Paul Weller on Sunday, July 30. Bombay Bicycle will start the party early on Thursday, July 27. Across the weekend, the headliners will be joined by a huge line-up: including The Wombats, James, DMA’S, Maisie Peters, The Charlatans, Everything Everything, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, beabadoobee, Reytons, Jamie Webster and many more.
Fuji Rock Festival
Yuzawa, Niigata Prefectur, Japan
Headliners: Lewis Capaldi, Lizzo, Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi, and The Strokes are among the headliners for this summer’s 2023 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The event is set to take place July 28-30 at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefectur and will also feature sets from Louis Cole, Anderson.Paak’s NxWorries, Weezer, Alanis Morissette, Cory Wong, Denzel Curry, Slowdive, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo, and Black Midi, among many others.
Headliners: The Chemical Brothers, Christine and the Queens, Fatboy Slim
The Chemical Brothers will appear as the lead headliners at Wilderness Festival, offering a transcendent live experience that continues to redefine the potential of electronic music with huge stagecraft to match the high-reaching status of their six number-one-charting LPs.
Christine and the Queens will bring his new persona, Redcar, to the masses following the release of his latest LP, Redcar les adorables étoiles. The French songwriter offers a newfound poetic reconstruction of his art and persona, which will present a whole new experience for Wilderness attendees.
Wacken Open Air Festival
Headliners: Megadeth, Iron Maiden
The Wacken Open Air organizers said in a statement: “Metalheads! We absolutely cannot believe what just happened: The Wacken Open Air 2023 is completely sold out after a record time of 6 hours — all 80,000 tickets are sold out! Thanks for your incredible loyalty, support and the trust you give us!”
They added: “You are the best fans in the world! So we can’t wait to celebrate another superlative metal party with you next year. Look forward to many more great bands and a festival with which we will take you back to the age of the Vikings — officially on four days instead of three!”
HARD Summer Music Festival
Los Angeles, California
Headliners: Kid Cudi, Skrillex, 21 Savage, Diplo, Ludacris
HARD Events has announced the highly-anticipated lineup for the return of HARD Summer Music Festival to Los Angeles for the first time in ten years. Headliners include Ludacris, Diplo, Kid Cudi, Skrillex, 21 Savage, and more. Taking place in Downtown Los Angeles from August 5-6, the milestone fifteenth edition of HARD Summer will utilize a brand new venue combination with various stages spread out across the campuses of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, and BMO Stadium.
Headliners: Sigrid, Devo, Boygenius, Pusha T FKA Twigs
Sigrid, Devo, Pusha T, Boygenius, and FKA Twigs are among the first wave of artists that have been announced for Øya Festival 2023. The Norwegian festival is set to return again next year from August 8 to 12, 2023, taking place in Tøyenparken, Oslo. Swedish singer-songwriter Håkan Hellström will headline on Friday, 11 August, while Sigrid will headline on Saturday, 12 August. Other artists confirmed for the line-up include Caroline Polachek, Shygirl, Amyl and The Sniffers, Obongjayar and TV GIRL.
Newquay, Cornwall, UK
Headliners: Florence + The Machine, Liam Gallagher
Florence + The Machine and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher are confirmed to headline the Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall, on August 9-13, 2023. Other acts announced for the event – which is also a surfing festival – include Little Simz, Four Tet, Bob Vylan and Example.
Headliners: Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Devildriver, Fit For An Autopsy
Making their first ever appearance at Bloodstock Festival, metalcore kings Killswitch Engage will headline the festival’s Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday, August 11, while thrash legends Megadeth will close festivities headlining the same stage on Sunday, August 13. Other bands set to grace the main stage next summer include Devildriver, Fit For An Autopsy, Knocked Loose, and Gatecreeper. Also newly announced for 2023, Zeal & Ardor will headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage on a date still to be confirmed, with King 810 and Unto Others also confirmed.
Óbuda Island, Hungary
Headliners: Billie Eilish, Florence + The Machine, Imagine Dragons
Sziget Festival has announced a number of bands and artists for their 2023 event, with Billie Eilish, Florence + The Machine, and Imagine Dragons featured as headliners. The six-day event is set for Óbuda Island in Budapest, Hungary between August 10-15. Tickets and accommodation options are available to purchase now.
Outside Lands Festival
San Francisco, California
Headliners: Billie Eilish, Florence + The Machine, Imagine Dragons
Outside Lands returns to celebrate 15 years with headliners that include 15-time Grammy award winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Foo Fighters, recent Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, acclaimed pop icon Lana Del Rey, and electronic powerhouse ODESZA, who will be the first EDM act to headline the Lands End main stage. Other artists on the bill include The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion, Zedd, Janelle Monáe, Maggie Rogers, FISHER, Ethel Cain, Noah Kahan, JID, Lil Yachty, Father John Misty, Cigarettes After Sex, Orville Peck, Willow, Beabadobee, Cuco, Alvvays, aespa, NIKI, and many more.
Beach Road Weekend
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Headliners: Billie Eilish, Florence + The Machine, Imagine Dragons
Beach Road Weekend Music Festival’s lineup includes the headliners Mumford And Sons, Bon Iver and Leon Bridges. The event is set to take place on August 25 – 27 on Martha’s Vineyard. Also performing at the event will be Gregory Porter, Alvvays, Gary Clark Jr, Japanese Breakfast, Kevin Morby, Regina Spektor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Head & The Heart and many more.
Rock en Seine
Headliners: Billie Eilish, The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes
Rock en Seine takes place in the heart of the French capital at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud between August 23 and August 27. Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, commented: “Rock en Seine continues to go from strength to strength with the team delivering another amazing line up. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary having re-established itself as one of Europe’s leading festivals.”
West Country, UK
Headliners: Sigrid, Tom Grennan, Blossoms
Sigrid, Tom Grennan and Blossoms lead the lineup for Blur rocker Alex James’ Big Feastival in 2023. Each year, the renowned bassist throws open the doors of his Cotswolds’ farm to festival-goers in the UK’s West Country. Now, the first line-up announcement for the 2023 edition of the foodie and music event is here, and it’s stacked. The Vaccines, Rick Astley and The Spice Girls’ Mel C are also among the stars set to entertain the masses between August 25 and 27.
Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Sigrid, Kasabian Sea Girls, Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons has announced its only UK live show of 2023 will be a bill-topping set at Victorious Festival. The band will headline the three-day event in Southsea on August 27, with fellow headliners Jamiroquai and Kasabian appearing on the two days prior. It joins the likes of Ellie Goulding, Sigrid, Sea Girls, Dylan, Pale Waves, Crawlers, and many more on the line-up.
Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Headliners: Megadeth, Pantera, Shinedown
Megadeth has been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, set to take place September 7-10, 2023 in Alton, Virginia.
Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Headliners: Brandi Carlile, The Killers, The Black Keys, Blondie, Bruno Mars
The popular 2023 Bourbon & Beyond Festival at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, Kentucky will host headliners Brandi Carlile, The Killers, The Black Keys, Blondie and Bruno Mars atop an eclectic lineup of rock, pop, folk, blues and country acts across September 14-17, 2023. The four-day event’s roster announced on Wednesday (March 8) will also feature performances from Billy Strings, Train, Midland, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and The Lone Bellow on the first night, which will be topped by Carlile.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Headliners: Foo Fighters, The Killers, Greta Van Fleet
Sea.Hear.Now’s2023 edition features Foo Fighters, The Killers, Greta Van Fleet, and more. Other bands set to appear include Weezer, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Mt. Joy, Sheryl Crow, The Beach Boys, and more. The festival will return to North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park in Ashbury Park, NJ on September 16-17, with over 25 artists, three stages, a surf contest, and celebration of the arts.
Louder Than Life Festival
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Green Day, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold
Louder Than Life returns on September 21-24 to Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the top music events of the year, Louder Than Life will feature performances from artists including: Foo Fighters, Green Day (making their DWP festival debut), Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Pantera, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Limp Bizkit, Megadeth, Turnstile, Rancid, Falling In Reverse, 311, Pierce The Veil, Run The Jewels, Corey Taylor, Coheed and Cambria, Royal Blood, Parkway Drive, Bad Omens, BABYMETAL, and many more.
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
Headliners: The Lumineers, The Black Crowes, Zach Bryan, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has revealed the lineup for the 2023 edition of its annual festival. The event will return to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee on September 23 and 24. The Lumineers and The Black Crowes will headline on Saturday while Zach Bryan and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are set to cement Sunday’s performances.
Oceans Calling Festival
Ocean City, Maryland
Headliners: John Mayer, The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette
Oceans Calling Festival has announced that John Mayer, The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, and Alanis Morissette will headline the event, which takes place September 29-October 1 on the iconic Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk at Ocean City Inlet Beach. The festival’s second installment brings fans over 40 artists across three stages, featuring festival co-founders, partners, and local legends O.A.R. alongside performances by Weezer, Incubus, Noah Kahan, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Dirty Heads, and many more.
Headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn
Aftershock has announced the lineup for the 2023 edition of its festival, featuring headliners Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Megadeth, and more. The destination event, held at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 5-8, builds on last year’s record-setting success including an audience of 160,000 music fans and bringing in nearly $30 million to the region.
When We Were Young
Las Vegas, Nevada
Headliners: Blink-182, Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars
With an epic pop-punk twist, next year’s bill of the When We Were Young festival has announced a colossal collection of all-star bands that have perfected the genre, including headliners Blink-182 and Green Day. The lineup also features 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer and All Time Low, Yellowcard, Sum 41, Pierce the Veil, Gym Class Heroes, Michelle Branch, Rise Against, Thrice, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, and many more.
Rock The Bells Cruise
Miami, Florida to the Bahamas
Headliners: Rick Ross, Lil Jon, Big Boi, DJ Jazzy Jeff
Rock The Bells (RTB), the global platform dedicated to elevating hip-hop culture from its roots to the modern day, has announced the lineup for “Rock The Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience” in partnership with Sixthman, the industry leader in music and lifestyle festivals at sea. The lineup features hip-hop’s most notable icons including Rick Ross, Lil Jon, Big Boi, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC Lyte, Ghostface Killah, Trina & Trick Daddy, Just Blaze, Big Daddy Kane, Too $hort, Slick Rick, DJ Spinderella, Mannie Fresh, Pete Rock, DJ Quik, Rah Digga, EPMD, Bun B, Bahamadia, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Scratch, The Finisher Mister Cee, DJ EPPS, DJ Nina 9, Grandmaster Dee, Technician The DJ, and DJ Critical Hype. Hosted by Roxanne Shanté and Torae, attendees will also experience a pool deck party series presented by world-renowned party rocker Kid Capri.
February 25, 2022 at 3:28 pm
Unsure how you didn’t include Montreal’s two best-known festivals, Montreal Jazz Festival and Osheaga.