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A Guide To The 2022 Music Festival Season

Here is your essential guide to all of the biggest music festival gatherings across the globe.

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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 2022 Music Festivals

Louder Than Life Festival

Louisville, KY

Dates: 9/22-9/25

Headliners: KISS, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, And Slipknot

The massive list of talent for Louder Than Life includes nearly 100 music artists across four full days, with additional performances outside of the headliners from Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, Alice In Chains (and a separate set from Jerry Cantrell), Alice Cooper, Incubus, Evanescence, Lamb Of God, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless and many more.

Known as the World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival, in addition to music, festivalgoers will also be able to enjoy four days of award-winning whiskey, bourbons, spirits, craft beer, and the best food Louisville has to offer, as well as sponsor activations that celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.

iHeartRadio Music Festival

Las Vegas, NV

Dates: 9/23-9/24

Headliners: Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J

The 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup includes favorite musicians from every genre. The star-studded list of performers include Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion and Morgan Wallen. Nicki Minaj, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Sam Smith, The Black Keys and more will also hit the main stage. The festival — hosted by Ryan Seacrest — will be held on Sept. 23 and 24 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey, CA

Dates: 9/23-9/25

Headliners: Gregory Porter, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross

Over its long and distinguished history, Monterey Jazz Festival has earned a reputation for paying homage to jazz greats, but also for its focus and passion for new and diverse sounds; 2022 is a reaffirmation of both principles.

Rolling Loud NY

Queens, NY

Dates: 9/23-9/25

Headliners: Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Future, Playboi Carti

Rolling Loud New York 2022 continues the festival’s streak of booking some of the biggest stars in music to receive top billing. Nicki Minaj headlines Rolling Loud for the first time, making her first appearance since she came out during Future’s headlining set in Miami 2018. A$AP Rocky returns for his third straight Rolling Loud New York, after headlining the initial RL NY in 2019 and coming out as a special guest during 50 Cent’s set in 2021. Finally, Future returns to headline another Rolling Loud event–he closed out a memorable Rolling Loud California in 2021, and will headline Rolling Loud Miami and Rolling Loud Toronto before embarking for the Big Apple.

Pilgrimage Festival

Franklin, TN

Dates: 9/24-9/25

Headliners: Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste

In recent years, Pilgrimage has expanded to include a range of genres – from rock to bluegrass, jazz, and more. “Pilgrimage music programming has grown in its first three years to six stages, 60+ musicians in a city many call home,” organizers noted on the festival’s website. “It serves great value and advantage to Pilgrimage that so many talented musicians and industry folks live in such close proximity. Pilgrimage always has surprises on stage that include guest appearances, acoustic performances, and unique pairings.”

Portola Festival

San Francisco, CA

Dates: 9/24-9/25

Headliners: Flume, The Chemical Brothers, James Blake, Kaytranada

Happening in San Francisco on September 24-25, 2022, Portola will feature headliners Flume and The Chemical Brothers, the UK legends whose only announced North American date for the rest of 2022 is at the festival.

The lineup goes on to feature a stunning array of talent including Kaytranada, Jamie xx, Jungle, Charli XCX, Bicep, Fred Again…, Caribou, James Blake, M.I.A., Lane 8, Peggy Gou, Toro Y Moi, DJ Shadow, Channel Tres, Pinkpantheress, Fatboy Slim, Four Tet, Floating Points, The Blessed Madonna and other who’s who of the scene.

Sound On Sound Festival

Bridgeport, CT

Dates: 9/24-9/25

Headliners: The Lumineers, Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Produced by the team behind New York’s Governor’s Ball, Sound On Sound boasts no overlapping set times — providing fans with plenty of opportunities to catch their favorite artists.

Sound On Sound’s lineup will also include such acts as Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, The National, Father John Misty, and Gary Clark Jr. Also appearing are The Head and the Heart, Caamp, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Spin Doctors, and reggae star Ziggy Marley, who kicked off the year celebrating what would have been his father, Bob Marley’s, 77th birthday.

Desert Daze

Lake Perris, CA

Dates: 9/30-10/2

Headliners: Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, Sky Ferreira, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Desert Daze has announced its 2022 lineup, with Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, Sky Ferreira, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard set to headline the Southern California festival.

The three-day event will take place from September 30th to October 2nd in Lake Perris, California. Tame Impala will perform 2012’s Lonerism in full in honor of its 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, Iggy Pop’s set will be his only US show of the year, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will put together an exclusive setlist just for the festival.

All Things Go Music Festival

Washington, DC

Dates: 10/1

Headliners: Lorde, Mitski, Bleachers

For the fourth consecutive year the All Things Go Creator Summit presented by SiriusXM and Pandora will host panels and programming featuring some of the most notable voices in music, entertainment and journalism. The Creator Summit will be held on Friday, September 30 at Eaton Hotel in Washington DC.

The summit will be free to attend with RSVP, with more details to be announced this summer. Previous panelists include The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino, festival artist Maggie Rogers, Pitchfork Music editor-in-chief Puja Patel, and many others. In addition to the Creator Summit, SiriusXM and Pandora will be expanding their relationship with All Things Go as the official radio and music streaming partner of the 2022 festival.

ACL Festival

Austin, TX

Dates: 10/7 – 10/9, 10/14 – 10/16

Headliners: Kacey Musgraves, Paramore, Lil Nas X

Kacey Musgraves, Paramore, and Lil Nas X have been tapped to headline Austin City Limits Festival 2022, leading a raft of names that will appear in Texas over two weekends.

They’ll be joined at the top of the bill by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, The Chicks, SZA, and Flume across both installments of this year’s event. ACL 2022 will take place between October 7-9 and 14-16 at Austin’s Zilker Park.

Live At Leeds: In The City

Leeds, UK

Dates: 10/7 – 10/9, 10/14 – 10/16

Headliners: Pale Waves, Baby Queen, Crawlers

Live At Leeds: In The City will feature performances from Baby Queen, Pale Waves, Crawlers, and more. The multi-venue event is due to take place across Leeds city center on Saturday, October 15, with Pale Waves set to headline. Other names on the bill include Working Men’s Club, Sea Power, Will Joseph Cook, and Palace.

When We Were Young Festival

Las Vegas, NV

Dates: 10/22-10/23, 10/29

Headliners: Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, AFI, Paramore

Additionally, The Used, Alkaline Trio, Dashboard Confessional, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Palaye Royale, Black Veil Brides, PVRIS, Thursday, La Dispute, glassjaw, The Wonder Years, State Champs, Neck Deep, and Knocked Loose were announced for When We Were Young.

Llais Festival

Cardiff, Wales

Dates: 10/26-10/30

Headliners: John Cale, Abdullah Ibrahim, Black Midi, Cat Le Bon, Midlake

The multi-day Llais Festival includes both free and ticketed events, with live music, digital experiences, free workshops, and more on the program. Further acts will be announced in September and tickets can be found at the event’s official website. Wales Millennium Centre’s artistic director, Graeme Farrow said in a statement: “We’ve put together a cracking line-up for this year’s Llais; from veterans to the hottest new talent, from Wales and the world over, from poets to Paraorchestra.

Outlaw Country West

Las Angeles, California, to Mexico

Dates: 11/3-11/8

Headliners: Social Distortion, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Los Lobos

When Steve Earle announced Outlaw Country West, he wrote, “Don’t miss the first-ever Outlaw Country West festival, cruising the Pacific from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. The festival will take place November 3-8, 2022.”

Beyond The Valley

Hesse, Victoria, Australia

Dates: 12/28-1/1, 2023

Headliners: Nelly Furtado, Diplo, Denzel Curry, Kaytranada

Beyond The Valley, the camping festival in Hesse, Victoria will run for four days at the very end of 2022, kicking off on Wednesday December 28 and wrapping up on New Year’s Day. Joining Furtado – whose set will be an Australian exclusive – Curry and Kaytranada on the line-up are DJ-producers Diplo, Bicep (performing a live set) and Honey Dijon, alongside Aussies Dom Dolla, HAAi, and Flight Facilities.

Girls Just Wanna Weekend

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dates: 1/9-1/13, 2023

Headliners: Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Sara Bareilles, Wynonna

Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend—a destination concert vacation produced by Cloud 9 Adventures in partnership with The Bowery Presents—will return to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico January 9-13, 2023, and once again features an all female-fronted lineup. In addition to multiple sets from Carlile, the weekend will include performances by Maren Morris, Sara Bareilles, Wynonna, Lucius, Yola, Allison Russell, Joy Oladokun, Ruby Amanfu, Natalie Hemby, Brandy Clark, and Brittney Spencer.

Destination Chaos

Dominican Republic

Dates: 1/28-2/4, 2023

Headliners: Iggy Pop, The Descendents, Peter Hook & The Light, Gogolo Bordello

The Experience Resorts and Upstart Entertainment has unveiled its punk rock n roll-inspired winter music festival, Destination Chaos at the Senator Puerto Plata Resort and Spa in the bohemian North Coast of the Dominican Republic that kicks off January 28, 2023.

The all-inclusive party spotlights more than 15 bands, some of which will be performing multiple times. The lineup includes the godfather of rock n roll, Iggy Pop, SoCal’s classic punk from the Descendents, NY’s Parquet Courts, Ukrainian gypsys Gogol Bordello, Peter Hook from Joy Division (performing the classic Unknown Pleasures album in its entirety), Aussie sensation Amyl and the Sniffers, murder folk artist Amigo the Devil and East Coast favorites Bouncing Souls, (to name a few!) who will be performing on three state of the art stages throughout the beachfront resort.

Slam Dunk Festival

Leeds and Hatfield, UK

Dates: 5/27-5/28, 2023

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.

Wacken Open Air Festival

Wacken, Germany

Dates: 8/2-8/5, 2023

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!”

Bloodstock Festival

Derbyshire, UK

Dates: 8/10-8/13, 2023

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.

Posty Fest

Arlington, TX

Dates: TBA

Headliners: Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone’s Posty Fest 2021, which was meant to take place later this month, has been rescheduled for 2022 due to “logistical issues.” The event would have been the third edition of the festival and would have seen it expand to two days for the first time. A statement on the festival’s official website reads: “Due to logistical issues impacting the production of the festival, Posty Fest is rescheduling to 2022. Refunds are available at point of purchase. We can’t wait to make 2022 our biggest year yet. Stay safe everyone, we’ll see you soon.”

Looking for entry requirements, ticketing info, or information about COVID protocols from these festivals? Be sure to check the festival’s official website for the most up-to-date information.

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  1. Gis Bun

    February 25, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Unsure how you didn’t include Montreal’s two best-known festivals, Montreal Jazz Festival and Osheaga.

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