List of punk rock festivals
Related genresPunk rock, hardcore punk, rock
Related eventsMusic festival, concert tour, rock festival, heavy metal festival, gothic festival
OtherPunk subculture

The following is an incomplete list of punk rock music festivals. This list may have some overlap with list of rock festivals and list of heavy metal festivals. Punk is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. By 1976 the first festivals were being organized.[1]


See also: Category:Punk rock festivals

Name Year Location Notes
European Punk Rock Festival 1976 Mont de Marsan, France In August 1976, the self-described "First European Punk Rock Festival" was held in Mont de Marsan in the southwest of France. Eddie and the Hot Rods, a London pub rock group, headlined. The Sex Pistols, originally scheduled to play, were dropped by the organizers who said the band had gone "too far" in demanding top billing and certain amenities; The Clash backed out in solidarity. The only band from the new punk movement to appear was The Damned.[2] Organised by Marc Zermati, it took place at Mont-de-Marsan on 21 August 1976, and featured French bands Bijou, Il Biaritz and Shakin’ Street, as well as The Damned.[3]
100 Club Punk Festival 1976 Oxford Street, London, UK A two-day event held at the 100 Club—a typically jazz-oriented venue in Oxford Street, London, England—on 20 and 21 September 1976.[4] The gig showcased eight punk rock bands, most of which were unsigned. The bands in attendance were each associated with the evolving punk rock music scene and movement of the United Kingdom. The concert marked a watershed for the movement, as punk began to move from the underground and emerge into the mainstream music scene.
Deeply Vale Festivals 1976–1979 England The Deeply Vale Festivals were unique free festivals held near Bury in northwest England in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. They are regarded as significant events that united punk music into the festival scene.
Rock Against Racism 1976–1982 United Kingdom
Rock Against Sexism 1978– United Kingdom
Futurama Festival 1979-1989 2022- Nederland, United Kingdom
Heatwave 1980 Canada Promoted as the Punk Woodstock
International Pop Underground Convention 1991 Olympia, Washington, U.S. Punk and indie festival associated with the start of riot grrrl
Groezrock 1992–present Meerhout, Belgium

Groezrock is an annual music festival that takes place in Meerhout, Belgium. It started out as a small rock and pop festival with one stage and a few hundred people attending, but has evolved into a large punk rock/hardcore punk festival, with attendances now exceeding 30,000.

Ieperfest 1993–present Ypres, Belgium Hardcore punk festival
Yoyo A Go Go 1994–2001 Olympia, Washington, U.S. Held in 1994, 1997, 1999, and 2001
Vans Warped Tour 1995–2019 United States The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event. The tour began as a showcase for alternative and punk rock music, and in more recent years featured very diverse genres. It is the longest running touring music festival in North America.
Antifest 1995–present Svojšice, Czech Republic
Rebellion Festival 1996–present Blackpool, UK Main hub of the UK scene in the 21st century.[5] 300 bands over four days in August at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Formerly Holidays in the Sun and the Wasted Festival. Was held in nearby Morecambe some years during first decade. Overseas spinoff festivals also held.
Deconstruction Tour 1999–present Europe Touring festival featuring punk rock bands and skating
Fluff Fest 2000–present Rokycany, Czech Republic Independent vegan hardcore punk festival, significant for European DIY punk
Furnace Fest 2000–present Birmingham, Alabama
The Fest 2002–present Gainesville, Florida, U.S. A three-day punk music festival taking over a large amount of the Gainesville, Florida downtown bar and outdoor event spaces that are almost completely operated by volunteer contribution.
PunkFest @ 'The Cockpit', Leeds[6] 2002, 2004 and 2005 Leeds, West Yorks, UK Three of a set of similar gigs and large one-day shows that took place between 2000 and 2006. The lengthy article - 'The Final Chapter' featured on the linked website is a summary of the experience of the promoter of these shows and contains a number of previously unavailable archive materials
Drop Dead Festival 2003–2012 United States, Europe An electro, post-punk, synthpunk, and experimental multi-day festival and the largest DIY festival for "art-damaged" music
Common Ground Festival 2004–present Forest of Dean, England Originally known as Dirty Weekend Festival, Common Ground is a not-for-profit punk rock fundraiser featuring mostly independent anarcho-punk and hardcore punk bands and supporting political activism.
Nice 'N Sleazy[7][8] 2004–present Morecambe, UK Began as offshoot for Rebellion (then Wasted) - campsite with own unofficial stage. Became separate festival in its own right when Wasted reverted to Blackpool in 2006[9]
Mighty Sounds 2005–present Tábor, Czech Republic Focused on punk rock and hardcore punk but also ska and reggae
Riot Fest 2005–present Chicago, U.S.
Persistence Tour 2005–present Europe Hardcore punk tour
Insubordination Fest 2006–2013 Maryland, U.S.
Estonian Punk Song Festival 2008–present Estonia
Another Winter Of Discontent (AWOD)[10] 2010–2017 Tufnell Park/Derby, UK Main event held at Boston Arms, secondary room of Tuffnell Park Dome - Northern offshoot AWOD North held in Derby.
PouzzaFest 2011—present Montreal, Canada Three-day festival in mid-May, taking place in several venues in downtown Montreal.
Undercover Festival[11][12][13] 2012–present Bilston/Brighton/Guildford/Margate/Tufnell Park/Woking, UK
Break the Ice 2012–2014 Melbourne, Australia This event emerged from a 2012 show by Trapped Under Ice into a 2-day hardcore punk festival held in 2013 and 2014
Foreign Dissent 2014—present Orlando, Florida, U.S. Annual festival featuring exclusively foreign bands (non-US) in Orlando, Florida.[14]
Off Limits 2017–present Mexico City, Mexico Annual independent hardcore punk festival organised by Puercords Records, which features Mexican and international bands. Past editions included bands such as Sick Of It All, Ignite, 88 Fingers Louie, Powertrip, Suicidal Tendencies, Wolfbrigade and more.
Pop Punk Pile-Up 2018 Selby, UK New alternative punk rock festival launching in the UK in 2018 featuring acts such as Mallory Knox, The Bottom Line, Room 94 and The King Blues as well as many upcoming acts.[15]
fForest Fest 2022 Morris, IL


Punk Rock Music Festival with 200 vendors
Sad Summer Fest 2019 - Present United States Widely considered to be the successor of the Vans Warped Tour.


See also

Further reading


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert, "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain" (review) Archived 2019-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, New York Times Book Review, 1996. Retrieved on January 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Strongman (2008), pp. 131–132; Savage (1992), p. 216. Strongman describes one of the Sex Pistols' objectionable requests as "some entourage accommodation". Savage says they were dropped from the festival following a violent altercation between Sid Vicious, then part of the Sex Pistols' "entourage", and journalist Nick Kent at a Pistols gig. It is possible that the organizers were specifically afraid of Vicious's attendance.
  3. ^ "Vive Le Punk". Archived from the original on 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  4. ^ "History". the 100 Club. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Rebellion festival: 'If the mohicans are wilting by Sunday, then it's a good year' The Guardian. Accessed 14 June 2017". 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ "|| || Landing page ||". Archived from the original on 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  7. ^ "The Nice N Sleazy punk music festival - in pictures | Art and design". The Guardian. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ "Ten fantastic years of Morecambe punk - the visitor". Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  9. ^ BCB 106.6fm Radio Interview with Nice N Sleazy promoter Ivan Harrison by Johna Johnson transmitted live 29 June 2018 from Bradford Community Broadcasting Studios. Event occurs at 0:20 - 1:14 Archived 31 August 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "REZILLOS FOR A.W.O.D.! | Vive Le Rock Magazine". Archived from the original on 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  11. ^ "Margate: Undercover Festival for fans of punk and ska, at Dreamland". 10 April 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  12. ^ "All you need to know about the Undercover Festival at Dreamland – The Isle Of Thanet News". 2 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  13. ^ "Undercover Festival moves to Margate | Music | Entertainment |". April 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ "Foreign Dissent". Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  15. ^ "Pop Punk Pile up Festival 2018 line-up and rumours -". Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-27.