A Guide To The 2021-2022 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) a list of the biggest music festival gatherings across the globe.

2021

Electric Daisy Carnival

Las Vegas, NV

Dates: 10/22-9/24

Headliners: Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Alison Wonderland

Electric Daisy Carnival returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The rave/festival is a premier destination for fans of EDM and all sorts of variants of electronic music, though the festival does a great job of bringing in a number of dance adjacent acts into the fold like when A$AP Rocky headlined in 2019. Additional performers include will also feature performances from Alesso, Zhu, AC Slater, Anna Lunoe, Diplo, DJ Snake, Elephante, Louis the Child, Martin Garrix, Whethan, Tiësto, Kaskade, Kygo, Snakehips, Tokimonsta, Zedd, and more.

BUKU: Planet B

New Orleans, LA

Dates: 10/22-10/23

Headliners: Machine Gun Kelly; Megan Thee Stallion; Illenium; Playboi Carti

BUKU Music + Art Project, New Orleans’s premiere multi-faceted boutique music festival, presents BUKU: Planet B, a one-time-only fall iteration of its flagship spring event. Aiming to celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans and the triumphant return of live music, BUKU: Planet B is purposefully boutique in size but captures the expansive multi-genre curatorial ethos of BUKU, welcoming over 50 acts to its creative playground.

Outside Lands

San Francisco, CA

Dates: 10/29-10/31

Headliners: The Strokes; Tyler The Creator; Glass Animals; Lizzo; Vampire Weekend; Tame Impala; J Balvin; Zhu

For those who don’t dig getting spooky on Halloween, how about a day of music featuring Tame Impala, J Balvin, Nelly, Brittany Howard, and more? Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden State Park this coming Halloween weekend to once again bring the Bay Area the widest variety of music the city sees. Between the scenery, the culture, and the always-awesome lineup, Outside Lands is a perennial favorite among festival-goers.

Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival

Houston, TX

Dates: 11/5-11/6

Headliners: Travis Scott, Tame Impala, SZA, Bad Bunny, Earth, Wind & Fire

Tame Impala and Earth Wind & Fire are among the big names confirmed for Travis Scott’s 2021 Astroworld Fest. Scott held the one-day festival in his home city of Houston, Texas in 2018 and 2019. Organizers were forced to scrap their plans for Astroworld to return in November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also featured on the bill are Bad Bunny, Lil Baby, 22 Savage, Chief Keef, Master P, and more. Visit the event’s official website for further information.

Welcome To Rockville

Daytona Beach, FL

Dates: 11/11-11/14

Headliners: Metallica; Nine Inch Nails; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Mastodon; Rob Zombie

The event takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida. Social Distortion, Deftones, Disturbed, Staind, Lamb of God, Anthrax, The Offspring, and Stone Temple Pilots will also perform during the four-day festival at the Daytona International Speedway.

Day N Vegas Festival

Las Vegas, NV

Dates: 11/12-11/14

Headliners: Kendrick Lamar; Lil Baby; Tyler, The Creator; DaBaby; Travis Scott

The Day N Vegas festival will return to Las Vegas Festival Grounds this coming November. Festival-goers are in for a treat, as Kendrick Lamar will perform songs from across his career, from Section.80 to DAMN. Other performing artists include Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Polo G, Isaiah Rashad, Thundercat, Griselda, Earl Sweatshirt, Young M.A., Freddie Gibbs, and many more.

Rolling Loud LA

Los Angeles, CA

Dates: 12/10-12/12

Headliners: Kid Cudi; 2 Chainz; J. Cole; Gunna; Future; Playboi Carti

Rolling Loud is quickly cornering the market of world-class hip-hop festivals. The team organizes festivals across the world, bringing together the biggest names in rap wherever they set up camp. With a date in Portugal coming in 2022, Rolling Loud is hellbent on world domination, but for now, fans of any corner of rap music are sure to be satisfied by the Rolling Loud LA lineup.

Once Upon A Time in LA

Los Angeles, CA

12/18

Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Ice Cube, 50 Cent, The Game

Once Upon A Time in LA, one of the largest festivals featuring West Coast rap artists, will take place at Banc of California Stadium Saturday, December 18, 2021. The celebration is set to be one of the biggest parties of the year. Headlining the epic, one-day event is a cross-generational lineup representing the communities of Southern California, from soul music icons Al Green and The Isley Brothers, to West Coast rap legends Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, to the newest voices of Los Angeles YG, Dom Kennedy, Drakeo the Ruler, and more.

2022

Girls Just Wanna Weekend

Dates: 2/1-2/5

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Headliners: Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls

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 February 1-5, 2022. The event once again features an all-female-fronted lineup, including performances by Yola, Margo Price, KT Tunstall, and more.

Monsters of Rock Cruise

Dates: 2/9-2/14

Miami, FL

Headliners: Alice Cooper, L.A. Guns, Queensrÿche

The annual Monsters of Rock Cruise is returning in 2022 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Departing out of Miami, Florida, promoter On The Blue announced the five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise will set sail February 9-14 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, visit two ports in CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti, and features performances from rock icon Alice Cooper, along with performances from over 35 artists.

The public on-sale has started, with cabins starting at $1,799.00 per person (double occupancy, not including mandatory taxes and fee supplement).

Innings Festival

Dates: 2/26-2/27

Tempe, Arizona

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket

Foo Fighters and Tame Impala will headline the fourth annual Innings Festival, returning to Arizona’s Tempe Beach and Tempe Arts Park, February 26 and 27, 2022. The two-day event will feature 20 bands on 2 stages, including performances from My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Billy Strings. Black Pumas, Caamp, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional, and more, as well as curated food vendors and fun baseball-related activities.

One Big Holiday

Dates: 3/2-3/5

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Headliners: My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard, Black Pumas

My Morning Jacket revives their One Big Holiday destination event in 2022 with Lord Huron, Brittany Howard, and Black Pumas among the acts joining them on the lineup. Moon Palace Cancún in Riviera Maya, Mexico will host My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday March 2 – 5, 2022. Sharon Van Etten, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Steel Pulse round out the initial lineup announcement. Look for additional artists, pool party and late-night sets to be announced soon.

Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

Okeechobee, Florida

Dates: 3/3-3/6

Headliners: Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Porter Robinson, Denzel Curry

Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Porter Robinson, Denzel Curry, and Griz are set to headline the 2022 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in Okeechobee, Fla. The four-day festival located at the Sunshine Grove venue will take place March 3-March 6, 2022, and features a lineup of over 125 artists to celebrate the festival’s fifth anniversary. In addition to live music, Okeechobee Festival offers art, camping, yoga, food, and wellness activities.

South By Southwest

Austin, Texas

Dates: 3/11-3/20

Headliners: TBA

Organizers for SXSW have announced plans to resume in-person events next year. The festival, which wrapped its first-ever online edition last week, is slated to return to Austin, TX on March 11-20, 2022.

“We at SXSW are hopeful that once people feel it’s safe enough to return to what will be the new normal of life, there will be a real enthusiasm for getting back to the things that brought them joy or opportunity or just the simple need to be out amongst humanity,” organizers said in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring people together once again to meet and share ideas.”

Ultra Music Festival

Miami, FL

Dates: 3/25-3/27

Headliners: David Guetta, Alison Wonderland, Carl Cox, DJ Snake, Alesso, Nina Kraviz, Martin Garrix, Kygo

The highly anticipated Ultra Music Festival is returning to Bayfront Park in Miami this March 25-27, and the marquee dance festival has revealed its phase one lineup. Ticket holders from the 2020 event had the option to roll over tickets from 2020 to this upcoming 2022 show. The festival will also host its first-ever all hardstyle stage, which will be hosted by Belgian hardstyle, jumpstyle and happy hard label Dirty Workz. Stay tuned for phase two line-up announcements.

Dreamville Festival

Raleigh, North Carolina

Dates: 4/2-4/3

Headliners: TBA

North Carolina-raised, Grammy Award-winning, and multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole has announced that Dreamville Festival will return next spring while expanding to two days on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Coachella

Indio, CA

Dates: 4/15-4/17, 4/22-4/24

Headliners: Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, Swedish House Mafia

Coachella festival has officially moved to April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, according to an announcement from promoter Goldenvoice. The country-themed Stagecoach festival will follow the two Coachella weekends, on April 29-May 1. The new dates mark the fourth time the festival – which takes place over two weekends at the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California – has been rescheduled due to the pandemic: first from April to October 2020, then to April 2021, and then October, although the October dates were not officially confirmed by promoters.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dates: 4/29-5/8

Headliners: TBA

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, fondly known as “Jazz Fest” and one of the traditional highlights of the US festival season, has been postponed again. It is now planned for next spring. Organizers say that the latest move is due to the “current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency.” Jazz Fest, a springtime fixture for half a century before the pandemic, had been postponed altogether in 2020, planned for spring this year and then, in June, moved to an October schedule.

Cruise to the Edge

Orlando, FL

Dates: 5/2-5/7

Headliners: Marillion, Alan Parsons, Transatlantic, Al Di Meola

Cruise to the Edge, the world’s greatest progressive rock experience, has announced the artist line-up for its 7th annual voyage, next May 2-7. Featuring over 35 artists, the five-night exclusive cruise charter is sailing out of Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and set to visit two ports: The Private Isle of Labadee and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas.

Lovers and Friends

Las Vegas, NV

Dates: 5/14-5/15

Headliners: Lauryn Hill, Usher, TLC, Ludacris, Nelly)

As one of the world’s largest R&B and hip-hop festivals, Lovers & Friends Festival will treat fans to rare, blast-from-the-past performances from legendary artists including Usher, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ciara, Ludacris, Ashanti, TLC, Brandy, Monica, Eve, Boyz II Men, and many others. The festival will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, 2022.

Primavera Sound Festival

Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 6/2-6/4, 6/9-6/11

Headliners: The Strokes, Tame Impala, Lorde

Primavera Sound Festival has announced its line-up for 2022, with the likes of The Strokes, Tame Impala, and Lorde all on the bill. The Barcelona festival canceled both its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now intends to return in 2022 with a bumper event. Over 400 artists will perform as part of Primavera 2022, which will primarily be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona across two weekends next year: June 2-4 and June 9-11. More than 150 shows will also take place in venues across Barcelona between June 5-8 next year as part of the festival. The event will then close with the ‘Brunch On The Beach’ party on June 12.

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

Nuremberg, Germany

Date: 6/3-6/5

Headliners: Green Day, Muse, Weezer, Volbeat

Volbeat, Green Day, and Muse have been confirmed to headline Rock am Ring and Rock im Park 2022. The twin German festivals are aiming to return next year after being forced to cancel their 2020 and 2021 events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park will run simultaneously from June 3-5, 2022. The three headlining bands will be joined on the line-up for both festivals by the likes of Weezer, Deftones, Korn, Lewis Capaldi, The Distillers, You Me At Six, and 100 Gecs.

CMA Fest

Nashville, TN

Dates: 6/9-6/12

Headliners: TBA

The Country Music Association’s four-day CMA Fest has been canceled for the second year in a row, amid the ongoing pandemic. The annual Nashville festival, which was slated to take place June 10 – 13, is one of the most anticipated country music events of the year.

Despite these new setbacks, the CMA has announced dates for 2022, in what is being touted as “the most epic celebration of country music.” The festival, which typically takes place in venues across the city, including Music City Center, Nissan Stadium, and the Ascend Amphitheater, is scheduled for June 9-12, 2022.

Isle of Wight Festival

Newport, Isle of Wight, England

Dates: 6/16-6/19

Headliners: Lewis Capaldi, Muse, Kasabian, Lionel Richie

Lewis Capaldi, Muse, Kasabian, Lionel Richie, and more are set to headline next year’s Isle Of Wight Festival. After holding its delayed 2021 edition earlier in September, the festival announced dates and ticket details for its 2022 festival. Joining the aforementioned headliners include Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra’s celebrated Ibiza Classics show (alongside Kasabian on Saturday night).

Hellfest

Clisson in Loire-Atlantique, France

Dates: 6/17-6/19, 6/23-6/26

Headliners: Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails

One of the world’s biggest heavy metal/hard rock festivals, France’s Hellfest, is returning in 2022. The organizers are making up for losing two years by expanding to two weekends in 2022: June 17-19 and June 23-26. Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Faith No More, and Nine Inch Nails are set to headline.

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde, Denmark

Dates: 6/25-7/2

Headliners: Tyler, The Creator, HAIM, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent

The Danish event is set to return next year for the first time since 2019, with their 2020 and 2021 editions both canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Roskilde 2022 is scheduled for June 25 to July 2 next year. Arlo Parks, Fontaines D.C., IDLES, Kelly Lee Owens, and Poppy are also set to perform.

BST Hyde Park

London, UK

Dates: 7/8-7/10

Headliners: Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Pixies, Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Organizers for BST Hyde Park have announced that the London festival will not take place in July, as planned, amid the ongoing pandemic. In the same statement, however, it was confirmed that headliners Pearl Jam and Duran Duran are still set to perform during next year’s festivities, which are rescheduled for July 8 – 10, 2022.

Pearl Jam will take the stage on both Friday and Saturday evenings, with the Pixies joining them on the first night. Duran Duran, who is set to headline Sunday evening, will be joined by Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

Beach Road Weekend

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Dates: 8/26-8/28

Headliners: Beck, Lord Huron, Khruangbin, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

The 2022 Beach Road Weekend live music festival in Veterans Memorial Park has announced its return, which includes the likes of Beck, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Lord Huron, and more. The festival is planned for August 26-28, and will feature 30 bands, two massive stages side-by-side, and uninterrupted music all day.

The Long Road Festival

Leicestershire, UK

Dates: 8/26-8/28

Headliners: Brandy Clark and more

The fast-rising, UK-based Long Road Festival has announced their 2021 event has been postponed. However, the popular Americana festival, which takes place at Leicestershire’s Stanford Hall, has also confirmed that it will go ahead in 2022, across the UK bank holiday weekend of August 26-28.

The festival organizers issued the following statement: “As the U.K. begins to move cautiously out of lockdown, our team has been working hard to navigate the ever-changing landscape for festivals, to bring you that little slice of Nashville we’ve all come to love and enjoy.

Justin Bieber & Friends, The Vegas Weekender

Las Vegas, Nevada

Dates: 9/7-9/10

Headliners: Justin Bieber, David Guetta, The Kid LAROI, Kehlani, Jaden Smith

Justin Bieber and Pollen Presents will be heading to Las Vegas from Oct. 7-10 for a very special experience, Justin Bieber & Friends, The Vegas Weekender. This one-of-a-kind event will be completely curated by Justin, with handpicked musical guests and a specially curated itinerary of activities based around his own personal passions. The experience will take place over three days and three nights with Wynn Las Vegas’ XS and Encore Beach Club serving as the main headquarters.

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.”

Stay tuned for updates.

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