Originally from: Chad Childers of LOUDWIRE

 Life is all about the journey, so why not get the most bang for your buck this year by catching a lot of great music at a festival or hopping on board one of the great music cruises that are available. Loudwire's got you covered with this handy 2020 Hard Rock and Metal Festival + Cruise Guide, giving you the lowdown on your options.

The year is just getting started and already major events such as Sonic Temple, Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Inkcarceration, Hangout Festival and plenty more have been announced stateside. You've also got the annual Euro draws Download, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, Pinkpop and Wacken Open Air who have already revealed their lineups and Australia has their own version of Download on the books, too.

If cruising is your jam, you know we're coming up quick on the period when most ships set sail, giving rockers a bit of a vacation and cruisers a chance to flee the cold winter climates for a tropical destination. See some of the big rock and metal cruises listed below.

Keep in mind, there are a number of festivals and cruises that have not released full details for their 2020 events as of yet, and we'll be adding to this guide throughout the year as lineups are revealed. So peruse your options, enjoy your destinations and make plans for plenty of hard rock and metal 2020 memories while filing through our 2020 Hard Rock and Metal Festival + Cruise Guide.

U.S. Festivals


Coachella 2020

Dates: April 10-12, April 17-19

Location: Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California

Headliners: Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott & Frank Ocean

Selling Point: Rage Against the Machine’s 2020 reunion only has a few dates so far and Coachella is one of them. There are several more rock bands scattered throughout the lineup, but there’s no doubt that Rage’s return is the primary draw.

Website: https://www.coachella.com

Sandjam Festival 2020

Sandjam Festival 2020

Dates: April 24-26

Location: M.B. Miller Pier, Panama City Beach, Florida

Headliners: Shinedown, 311, Weezer

Selling Point: A blend of alt-rock and hard rock acts, including the Grammy-nominated Rival Sons, Skillet and such buzzy rising rockers as Dorothy, White Reaper and The Struts performing alongside the headliners.

Website: http://sandjamfest.com

Danny Wimmer Presents

Epicenter 2020

Dates: May 1-3

Location: Rock City Campgrounds, Concord, North Carolina

Headliners: Metallica (2 sets) and Disturbed

Selling Point: Aside from two different sets from Metallica, festival promoter Danny Wimmer snagged retiring rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, brought showmanship in the form of David Lee Roth and added such top rock acts as Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind and Papa Roach.

Website: https://epicenterfestival.com/

Shaky Knees Festival 2020

Dates: May 1-3

Location: Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Headliners: The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes

Selling Point: The rock festival may lean a little more alt-rock, but scoring The Black Keys after a long layoff and The Strokes returning to the stage is a great start. This festival features a number of acts coming back to the spotlight in 2020 including Angels & Airwaves and Royal Blood, along with legendary acts such as Smashing Pumpkins and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Website: https://www.shakykneesfestival.com

Danny Wimmer Presents

Welcome to Rockville 2020

Dates: May 8-10

Location: Daytona International Speedway at Daytona Beach, Florida

Headliners: Metallica (2 sets) and Disturbed

Selling Point: Metallica’s two sets will bookend the music weekend, but retiring rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd playing in their native Florida should yield a truly special moment. Add long awaited returns by The Offspring, Deftones and Staind and it should be one truly rocking weekend.

Website: https://welcometorockvillefestival.com

Danny Wimmer Presents

Sonic Temple 2020

Dates: May 15-17

Location: MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

Headliners: Metallica (2 sets) and Slipknot

Selling Point: Are there any bigger names in rock and metal than Metallica and Slipknot? While that’s a great start, Cypress Hill and Sublime bring a change of pace to the rock and metal-centric event. Plus, Sonic Temple provides a platform for such rising acts as Knocked Loose, Fire From the Gods, Dinosaur Pile-Up, BRKN LOVE, Des Rocs, Dirty Honey, Bones UK and more.

Website: https://sonictemplefestival.com

Hangout Festival 2020

Dates: May 15-17

Location: Beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone and Billie Eilish

Selling Point: The eclectic festival is one of the first stops for Red Hot Chili Peppers with new guitarist John Frusciante. Cage the Elephant, Lana Del Rey, Marshmello, The Head and the Heart and more will also take part.

Website: https://www.hangoutmusicfest.com

Punk Rock Bowling 2020

Punk Rock Bowling 2020

Dates: May 21-25

Location: Downtown Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Headliners: Madness, Circle Jerks, Cock Sparrer

Selling Point: Love punk? It doesn’t get much bigger than this in 2020. Add in Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Streetlight Manifesto, Lunachiks, the Adicts, Propaghandi, Avail, Stiff Little Fingers and many more for a pit-stirring week.

Website: https://www.punkrockbowling.com

Bonnaroo 2020

Bonnaroo 2020

Dates: June 11-14

Location: Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee

Headliners: Tool, Lizzo, Tame Impala

Selling Point: The mighty Tool take the top spot on Friday night, and a solid number of rock and metal acts are scattered throughout the weekend including, The Struts, Primus, Tenacious D, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and more.

Website: https://www.bonnaroo.com

Inkcarceration Festival 2020

Dates: July 10-12

Location: Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio

Headliners: Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182

Selling Point: The harder rock centric festival also has the selling point of being one of the premiere festivals for tattoo artists. Add in the famous “Shawshank prison” grounds and you’ve got a lot of attractions. Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther and Falling in Reverse help round out a stellar lineup.

Website: https://inkcarceration.com

World Festivals

Download Australia 2020

Download Australia 2020

Dates: March 20-21

Location: Sydney’s Parramatta Park and Melbourne’s Melbourne Showgrounds

Headliner: My Chemical Romance

Selling Point: Aside from the highly anticipated return of My Chemical Romance, Clutch, Alestorm and Lacuna Coil will be playing their only Australian shows at Download. Add in top names such as Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Ministry and In Flames, it should make for a memorable and eclectic music viewing experience.

Website: https://www.downloadfestival.com.au

Lollapalooza Chile 2020

Lollapalooza Chile 2020

Dates: March 27-29

Location: Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, Chile

Headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Travis Scott and The Strokes

Selling Point: Lollapalooza typically offers a more eclectic lineup, but there’s plenty of rock to be had with Cage the Elephant, A Day to Remember, Alain Johannes and more heading to South America as well. But seeing GN’R with a passionate Chilean audience is definitely going to be the highlight of the weekend.

Website: https://www.lollapaloozacl.com

Lollapalooza Argentina 2020

Lollapalooza Argentina 2020

Dates: March 27-29

Location: Hipodromo in San Isidro, Argentina

Headliners: Travis Scott, The Strokes, Guns N’ Roses

Selling Point: Taking place the same weekend as Lollapalooza Chile, the lineups mirror each other. However, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell will bring his Kind Heaven Orchestra to Argentina and Yungblud also makes the trip to San Isidro. Did we mention GN’R playing for a South American audience?

Website: https://www.lollapaloozaar.com

Lollapalooza Brasil 2020

Dates: April 3-5

Location: Autódromo de Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Travis Scott and The Strokes

Selling Point: The headliners remain intact from the previous weekend, but you also get Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, A Day to Remember, Yungblud and plenty more.

Website: https://www.lollapaloozabr.com

Domination Festival 2020

Domination Festival 2020

Dates: May 1-2

Location: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Racetrack in Mexico City, Mexico

Headliners: Def Leppard and The Misfits

Selling Point: A mix of metal, rock and punk invades Mexico City, with Rancid, Nightwish, Blue Oyster Cult, Opeth, Sonata Arctica, Testament, UFO, Lacuna Coil, Dropkick Murphys and Motionless in White all performing.

Website: https://domination.com.mx

Slam Dunk 2020

Slam Dunk 2020

Dates: May 23-24

Location: Leeds Temple Newsam + Hatfield Park

Headliners: Sum 41 and Don Broco

Selling Point: This festival leans more rock, pop-punk and emo, with NOFX, Billy Talent, Refused, Pennywise, State Champs, The Used, Reel Big Fish, Mayday Parade and more joining the headliners.

Website: https://www.slamdunkfestival.com

Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park 2020

Dates: June 5-7

Location: Eifel in Nurburgring, Germany and Zeppelinfeld in Nurnberg, Germany

Headliners: System of a Down, Green Day and Volbeat

Selling Point: One of Europe’s premiere heavy music festivals, this event also features Disturbed, Korn, Deftones, Alter Bridge, The Offspring, Babymetal and plenty more as the lineups alternate between the two locations.

Website: https://www.rock-am-ring.com and https://www.rock-im-park.com

Nova Rock 2020

Nova Rock 2020

Dates: June 10-13

Location: Pannonia Fields at Nickelsdorf, Austria

Headliners: System of a Down, Volbeat, Foo Fighters, Seiler Speer

Selling Point: Four days, major rock and metal bands and aside from the headliners you’ve got Korn, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, Alter Bridge, Billy Talent, Babymetal, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Bad Religion and more playing.

Website: https://www.novarock.at/

Download Festival 2020

Download Festival 2020

Dates: June 12-14

Location: Donington Park, U.K.

Headliners: KISS, Iron Maiden and System of a Down

Selling Point: KISS’ final tour and Iron Maiden pulling out all the stops on their “Legacy of the Beast” tour is a great way to start. Add System of a Down, the return of Deftones, Korn, Gojira, Volbeat, Disturbed, The Offspring, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Black Veil Brides and more and you’ve got one killer music weekend.

Website: https://downloadfestival.co.uk

Sunstroke Festival 2020

Dates: June 13-14

Location: Punchestown Racecourse in Punchestown, Ireland

Headliners: Faith No More and Deftones

Selling Point: The inaugural year of the new festival also features The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gojira, Sepultura, Mastodon, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Killing Joke, Neck Deep, Black Veil Brides, The Hu, The Distillers and more.

Website: https://www.sunstrokeireland.com

Hellfest 2020

Hellfest 2020

Dates: June 19-21

Location: Clisson, France

Headliners: Deftones, Faith No More, System of a Down, Volbeat, Deep Purple, Judas Priest

Selling Point: Metal’s vets, hard rock’s present and a killer bill that also includes Korn, Incubus, Opeth, The Offspring, Obituary, Death, Mayhem, Abbath, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Alter Bridge, Infectious Grooves, Steel Panther, Social Distortion, The Hu, BABYMETAL, Down, Devin Townsend, Watain, Walls of Jericho, August Burns Red and plenty more.

Website: https://www.hellfest.fr

Pinkpop 2020

Pinkpop 2020

Dates: June 19-21

Location: Megaland at Landgraaf, Netherlands

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone and Guns N’ Roses

Selling Point: In addition to the headliners, Twenty One Pilots, Volbeat, Deftones, Disturbed, Nothing But Thieves, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Gojira and The Pretty Reckless will play.

Website: https://www.pinkpop.nl/2020/

Tons of Rock 2020

Dates: June 25-27

Location: Ekeberg in Oslo, Norway

Headliners: Iron Maiden, Faith No More and Deep Purple

Selling Point: Metal leaning with hard rock getting some love as well. Disturbed, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Bring Me the Horizon, Dimmu Borgir, Airbourne, Within Temptation, Amon Amarth and Accept join the headliners.

Website: https://www.tonsofrock.no

Lollapalooza Stockholm 2020

Lollapalooza Stockholm 2020

Dates: June 26-28

Location: Gardet in Stockholm, Sweden

Headliners: Post Malone, Pearl Jam and Kendrick Lamar

Selling Point: The return of Pearl Jam after a lengthy layoff is certain to be a draw, while the weekend also features The Killers, Rival Sons, Graveyard, Jimmy Eat World, The Pretty Reckless and more.

Website: https://www.lollastockholm.com

Mad Cool Festival 2020

Mad Cool Festival 2020

Dates: July 8-11, 2020

Location: Valdebebas – IFEMA in Madrid, Spain

Headliners: Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Alt-J, Kings of Leon

Selling Points: Yes, the headliners are decidedly more pop and alt-leaning, but you’ll also find Deftones, Faith No More, Pixies, Refused, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, The Struts, Cage the Elephant, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Highly Suspect, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Creeper, Yungblud, Goodbye June bringing a solid rock presence.

Website: https://madcoolfestival.es/en/index.php

Lollapalooza Paris 2020

Dates: July 18-19

Location: Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France

Headliners: Billie Eilish and Pearl Jam

Selling Point: Pearl Jam make the most of Euro Festival season, while rock fans also get to take in The Struts, Fever 333, Vampire Weekend and more.

Website: https://www.lollaparis.com

Wacken Open Air 2020

Wacken Open Air 2020

Dates: July 30-Aug. 1

Location: Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Headliners: Slipknot and Judas Priest

Selling Point: The 50th anniversary of Judas Priest and Slipknot bringing one of metal’s top shows certainly raises the stakes for the weekend. Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, As I Lay Dying, At the Gates, Devin Townsend, Hypocrisy, Lacuna Coil, Overkill, Sodom, Static-X, Venom and more will also bring the heavy.

Website: https://www.wacken.com/en/

Rock + Metal Cruises

70,000 Tons of Metal

70,000 Tons of Metal

Dates: Jan. 7-11

Location: Miami / Ft. Lauderdale / Cozumel, Mexico

Selling Point: 60 metal artists including Aborted playing 25th anniversary shows, At the Gates, Devin Townsend, Exodus, Michael Schenker Fest, Vio-Lence and The Agonist among others.

Website: https://70000tons.com

Chris Jericho's Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea

Chris Jericho's Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea

Dates: Jan. 20-24

Location: Miami to Nassau, Bahamas

Selling Point: Jericho’s two worlds collide, with wrestling legends Ric Flair, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page and members of All Elite Wrestling rubbing elbows with rock acts like Fozzy, Light the Torch, Jared James Nichols, Farewell to Fear and more. Plus, comedians Gabriel Iglesias, Bruce Jingles and Craig Gass will join the cruise as well.

Website: https://www.chrisjerichocruise.com

ShipRocked 2020

ShipRocked 2020

Dates: Feb. 1-6

Location: New Orleans / Key West / Cozumel, Mexico

Selling Point: Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Hellyeah, Badflower, Black Stone Cherry, Asking Alexandria and more hit the high seas on one of the annual top music cruises. Add in the all-star jam collective of The Stowaways and you’ve got plenty of memories to be made.

Website: https://www.shiprocked.com

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2020

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2020

Dates: Feb. 8-13

Location: Fort Lauderdale / Belize City / Cozumel, Mexico

Selling Point: This cruise welcomes many of the ‘80s top rock and metal bands, with Tesla, Krokus, Extreme and Winger as the top billed acts participating. Stryper, King’s X, Slaughter and more are also taking part.

Website: https://monstersofrockcruise.com

Rock Legends Cruise 2020

Rock Legends Cruise 2020

Dates: Feb. 27-March 2

Location: Fort Lauderdale / George Town, Grand Cayman

Selling Point: Roger Daltrey, Nancy Wilson and Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson lead this cruise, with Robby Krieger, UFO, Sebastian Bach and more joining in.

Website: https://rocklegendscruise.com

Coheed and Cambria's S.S. Neverender

Coheed and Cambria's S.S. Neverender

Dates: Oct. 26-30

Location: Miami / Nassau, Bahamas

Selling Point: Coheed and Cambria host their own cruise, bringing along Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, The Dear Hunter, Power Trip, Polyphia, Torche and many more. Plus, the ship welcomes special guest chef Graham Elliott.

Website: https://www.ssneverender.com

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