Iron Maiden's Steve Harris pounds some heavy bass lines at a Graspop Metal Mania Festival in Belguim. The band will headline the fest this summer.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris pounds some heavy bass lines at a Graspop Metal Mania Festival in Belguim. The band will headline the fest this summer. (S&S file photo)

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris pounds some heavy bass lines at a Graspop Metal Mania Festival in Belguim. The band will headline the fest this summer.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris pounds some heavy bass lines at a Graspop Metal Mania Festival in Belguim. The band will headline the fest this summer. (S&S file photo)

Audioslave's Chris Cornell waves to the crowd at a Rock-am-Ring fest in Germany.

Audioslave's Chris Cornell waves to the crowd at a Rock-am-Ring fest in Germany. (S&S file photo)

Guitarist Zakk Wylde, who has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, fronts a band called Black Label Society. It is booked for the Sweden Rock Festival and the Gods of Medal Festival in Milan.

Guitarist Zakk Wylde, who has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, fronts a band called Black Label Society. It is booked for the Sweden Rock Festival and the Gods of Medal Festival in Milan. (S&S file photo)

Editor's note: While the information is as complete as possible at press time, those planning to attend are advised to verify dates and ticket availability. Please e-mail Stripes Travel any additions/corrections.

Click to jump ahead to listings for: Austria, Belguim, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


Nova Rock Festival, June 9-12; Pannonia Fields, Nickelsdorf

Onstage: System of a Down, Audioslave, Wir Sind Helden, Beatsteaks, La Vela Puerca, Die Artze, Marilyn Manson, Weezer, Mando Diao, Core, Bad Acid Trip, The Prodigy, Green Day, Nightwish, In Extremo, Boysetsfire, others.

Tickets: Ticket for all four days is 99 euros plus applicable fees. A three-day ticket is 62 euros plus fee, and a one-day ticket is 45 euros plus fees.


Graspop Festival, June 24-26, Dessel

Onstage: Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteem, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Rose Tattoo, Kreator, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, System of a Down, Within Temptation, Enslaved, Accept, Behemoth, Samael, Slayer, Metal Church, Oceans of Sadness, Suicidal Tendencies, Murphy's Law, Primal Fear, Dark Tranquility, others.

Tickets: 105 euros plus reservation fee for all three days. Multiday tickets available in advance only, not at box office. Day tickets 50 euros on Friday and Saturday, 55 euros on Sunday, plus reservation fee.

Rock Festival Werchter, June 30-July 3, Werchter, northeast of Brussels

Onstage: Green Day, Keane, Foo Fighters, R.E.M., Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Soulwax, Faithless, Within Temptation, Kasabian, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Flogging Molly, Audioslave, Kraftwerk, Jamie Cullum, Garbage, Athlete, The Mars Volta, Bloc Party, Interpol, Feeder, and others

Tickets: Advance: Day 1 entry fee 52 euros; Days 2, 3 and 4 are 59 euros each. Four-day tickets are sold out.


Roskilde Festival, June 30-July 3, Roskilde, about 21 miles west of Copenhagen.

Onstage: Athlete, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Bloc Party, Bright Eyes, Duran Duran, Jamie Cullum, The Dears, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Isis, Tom Vek, Brian Wilson, Snoop Dog and others

Tickets: 170 euros

Langelands Festival, July 27-30; Rudk∅bing

Onstage: Abba-The Show, Big Fat Snake, Brian McFadden, Runrig, Thomas Helmig, Bamses Venner, Killerqueen, Niarn, Dodo and the Dodos, others

Tickets: Starting at 1,113 Danish kroner for adults; 68 Danish kroner for children 7-12 5; free for those under 7.


Provinssirrock Festival, June 17-19; Seinäjoki, western Finland

Onstage: Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Nightwish, Slipknot, Turbonegro, Moneybrother, The Donnas, The Gore Gore Girls, Stam1na, 22-Pistepirkko Kotiteollisuus, YUP, others.

Tickets: 77 euros for all three days, day ticket costs TBA.


Rock-am-ring and Rock-im-Park, June 3-5, Nürburgring / Zeppelinfeld

Onstage: R.E.M., Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Green Day, Incubus, Slipknot, The Prodigy, Velvet Revolver, Slayer, HIM, Maroon 5, The Chemical Brothers, Tocotronic, Apocalyptica, Billy Idol, The Hives, Weezer, Fettes Brot, Within Temptation, Mando Diao, Kettcar, Tomte, others. Performers move between two sites during festival.

Tickets: 106 euros

Jamaican Reggae Festival, June 10-11, Adams Hof Area, Kandel (near Karlsruhe)

Onstage: Macka B, Jamaica Papa Curvin, Buffalo Bill, Zoe and Band, Jah Meek, MM Storm, Zion Sound, Irie Sound are confirmed.

Tickets: 34 euros with advance booking for adults; one-day ticket 18 euros; free to children 12 and under.

Wood Stage, June 11, Dresden, Messegelande

Onstage: Marilyn Manson headlines; also featuring Oomph!, Goethes Erben Letzte instanz and Fixmer. Other acts TBA.

Tickets: 39.65 euros

The Hurricane Festival, June 10-12; Scheessel, between Hamburg, Bremen and Hannover.

Onstage: Audioslave, Beatsteaks, Kettcar, Oasis, Rammstein; System of a Down, Wir Sind Helden, Athlete, Brendan Benson, Die Ärzte, Flogging Molly, La Vela Puerca, Madsen, Millencolin, Moneybrother, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein, others.

Tickets: 94 euros

Southside Festival, June 10-12; Neuhausen ob Eck, between Munich, Stuttgart and Freiburg, near the Bodensee.

Onstage: Amplifier, Athlete, Audioslave, Beatsteaks, Beck, Boysetsfire, Cake, Eagles of Death Metal, Flogging Molly, Kettcar, La Vela Puerca, Madrugada, Madsen, Millencolin, Moneybrother, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein, System of a Down, The Dresden Dolls, Turbonegro, others.

Tickets: Three-day tickets are 89 euros plus applicable fees; no day passes are available.

Bang Your Head, June 24-25; Balingen Messegelände, near Stuttgart

Onstage: Twisted Sister, Motörhead, Dio, Doro, Saxon, Demon, Tankard, Sebastian Bach, Candlemass, Exciter, Nevermore, Axel Ruoi Pell, Nasty Savage and others

Tickets: About 59 euros for both days. Single-day entry fees TBA.

Full Force Festival, July 1-3, Flugplatz Roitzschjora, Löbnitz

Onstage: Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motörhead, Beatsteaks, Slayer, 7 Seconds, Amulet, Anti Flag, Behemoth, Crosscut; Destiny; Dry Kill Logic, Finntroll, Kataklysm, Knorkator, Maroon, Spawn; Such a Surge, Suicidal Tendencies and many more.

Tickets: About 67 euros for all days. One-day event tickets also available. Parking 15 euros.

Summer Jam Festival, July 8-10, near Cologne's Fühlingersee

Onstage: Confirmed acts a time of publication include Asian Dub Foundation, Barrington Levy, Sergent Garcia, Amadou & Mariam, Gregory Isaacs, Chuck Fender, Richie Spice, U-Roy, John Holt, Ward 21, Turbulence, Gentleman & the Far East Band, Alpha Blondy, Patrice & Shashamani Band, Culcha Candela, Groundation, and Yellowman. Other acts TBA.

Tickets: Approximately 75 euros

Wacken Open Air, Aug. 4-6, Schleswig Holstein, six miles north of Itzehoe and 30 miles northwest of Hamburg

Onstage: Accept, Nightwish, Hammerfall, Edguy, Apocalyptica, Oomph!, Metal Church, Marky Ramone, Mercenary, others

Tickets: Advance tickets cost 75 euros for all three days.

Taubertal Open Air, Aug. 12-14, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Onstage: AK4711, Campus, In Extreme, Juli, Julia, Nightwish, Oomph!, Roman Fischer & Band, Silbermond, The Cruxshadows, Fettes Brot, Normahl, Schroders, Ska P, Tigertunes, others.

Tickets: Three-day festival tickets sold out, but one-day tickets available.

Greifenstein Country Open Air, Aug. 12-14, Greifenstein, near Chemnitz

Onstage: Gudrun Lange and Kactus, Tom Astor and Larry Schuba and Western Union.

Tickets: TBA; sales begin in May.


Heineken Jammin Festival, June 10-12, Imola Autodromo, area of Bologna and Forli.

Onstage: Vasco Rossi, Hoobastank, R.E.M., Green Day, Garbage, Oasis, Velvet Revolver, Billy Idol, others

Tickets: 35 euros one day, 85 euros for all three days

Gods of Metal Festival, June 11-12, Arena Parco Nord, Bologna

Onstage: Accept, Black Label Society, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe.

Tickets: 103.50 euros for both days

Rototom Sunsplash, July 1-9, Udine, Italy

Onstage: Skatalites, Daweh Congo, Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube, Barrington Levy, Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, others

Tickets: 120 euros for all nine days if purchased before June 15; afterward and during event 140 euros. Single-day tickets are 20 euros, two-day pass is 35 euros.

Flippaut 2005, June 1-2, Made in Bo, Arena Parco Nord, Bologna

Onstage: Chemical Brothers, Moby, Meg, Audioslave, Prodigy, Slipknot, Wednesday 13, others.

Tickets: About 40 euros if purchased through TicketOne.


Pinkpop Festival, May 14-16; Landgraaf/Megaland

Onstage: Beth Hart, Bloc Party, Faithless, Feeder, Gabriel Rios, Golden Earring, Kane, Mercury Rev, The Chemical Brothers, The Frames, The Prodigy, Thirteen Senses, Within Temptation, others.

Tickets: 95 euros for all three days; May 16 only, 59 euros.

Arrow Rock Festival, June 11; Lichtenvoorde

Onstage: Kansas, Meatloaf, Styx, Little River Band, Dream Theater

Tickets: About 58 euros, plus applicable fees

Fields of Rock, June 18, Goffertpark, Nijmegen

Onstage: Black Sabbath, After Forever, Alter Bridge, Audioslave, Chimaira, Machine Head, Motörhead, Papa Roach, Rammstein, Slayer, Velvet Revolver

Tickets: About 68 euros plus fees

Bospop Festival, July 2-3; Weert

Onstage: Joe Cocker, Marillion, Roger Hodgson, Peter Frampton, Uriah Heep, Iron Maiden, My Dying Bride, Y & T, Within Temptation, others.

Tickets: 50 euros one day only; 90 euros for both days.


Quart Festival, July 5-9, Kristiansand, southern Norway

Onstage: Green Day, Foo Fighters and Audioslave. Other acts include Khonnor, Little Brother, Go!Team, Isis, Audrey Horne, Stonegard, Mormones and Rumble in Rhodos.

Tickets: 430 Norwegian kroner for a day pass; festival passes valid for all days 1,480 kroner.

Norwegian Wood, June 16-19, Stonegard & Oslo

Onstage: deLillos, Tori Amos, System of a Down, Stonegard, Jim Stärk, Ane Brun and Amund Maarud; Frogner Stadium, Oslo

Tickets: One-day ticket 325 Norwegian kroners, plus fees; tickets for all days available by calling (+47) 815 33 133 or e-mailing; payment by Visa.


Super Bock Super Rock, May 27-29, Parque Tejo no Parque das Nacoes, near Lisbon

Onstage: System of a Down, Audioslave, Marilyn Manson, Hoobastank, The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, The Hives

Tickets: 38 euros; three-day pass 75 euros


Primavera Sound 2005, May 26-28, La Plaça del Fòrum, Barcelona

Onstage: Alter Ego, Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Erase, Gang of Four, Isis, Jesu, Kristin Hersch, Leningrad, Los Planetas, Mercury Rev, New Order, Parker & Lily, The Human League, The Married Monk, The Wedding Present, They Might Be Giants, Tim Hecker, Vetiver, Vic Chesnutt, others

Tickets: 75 euros for a three-day ticket

Festimad Sur, May 27-28, Parque La Catuena, Fuenlabrada, 10 miles from Madrid

Onstage: Marilyn Manson, Nightwish, Mastodon, Slayer, The Hives, Turbonegro, Bad Acid Trip, Fu Manchu, Hermano, Incubus, System of a Down, The Prodigy

Tickets: 82 euros for both days, 52 euros for one day

Lorca Rock Festival, June 18; Recinto Ferial El huerto de la Rueda, Lorca, Spain

Onstage: Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Stryper and Lacuna Coil; other acts TBA.


Sweden Rock Festival, June 9-11, Solvesborg, southern Sweden

Onstage: Mötley Crüe, Accept, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos, Motörhead, Status Quo, Dream Theater, Styx, Megadeth, Saxon, Anthrax, Kansas, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nazareth, Dio, Black Label Society, Blackfoot, Overkill, Helix, Sebastian Bach, Within Temptation, Robin Trower, Vixen, Shakra, Crystal Eyes, Sabaton, Face Down, others.

Tickets: About 1,500 Swedish kroner for a ticket for all three days, 650 for one-day entry.

Hultsfred Twenty 05, June 16-18, Hultsfred, between Stockholm and Malmö

Onstage: Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg, System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, The Hives, Slayer, The Ark, Lars Winnerbäck, Turbonegro, The Mars Volta, Le Tigre, Tori Amos, The Donnas, Moneybrother, Looptroop, Timbuktu, The Haunted, Ani DiFranco, The Hidden Cameras, Flogging Molly, Rodney Crowell, Kaiser Chiefs, others.

Tickets: Three-day tickets approximately 1,290 Swedish kroner, 645 kroner for one day.


Greenfield Festival, June 24-26, Interlaken Flugplatz

Onstage: Die Toten Hosen, Flogging Molly, Granny Smith, Green Day, Millencolin, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Snitch, Turbonegro, International Noise Conspiracy

Tickets: Available online for 150 Swiss francs plus fee

Open-Air St. Gallen, July 1-3

Onstage: Foo Fighters, Fatboy Slim, Moneybrother, Le Peuple de L'Herbe, Remexx, Pressure Drop DJ's

Tickets: 134 Swiss francs for a three-day pass; single-day tickets also available.

Gurtenfestival, July 14-17, Gurten

Onstage: Gentleman, The Hives, Within Temptation, The Brand New Heavies, Miss Kittin, The Prodigy, Beatsteaks, Mando Diao, Patrice, US3, Dizzee Rascal, The Chemical Brothers, Farin Urlaub Racing Team, Roots Manuva, Patent Ochsner, Stress, Texas, Söhne Mannheims, Juli, Silbermond, Lovebugs, Mich Gerber, Bagatello and more

Tickets: 189 Swiss francs for all days.

Open-Air Tufertschwill, Aug. 19-21, Luetisburg

Onstage: Peter Maffay, Nazareth, Björn Again, Manfred Mann Earth Band, Alpinistos mit Polo Hofer, Hanery Amman, Saitesprung, Gotthard, Mia Aegerter, Lockstoff, Airbäg and ChueLee

Tickets: One-day tickets 59-75 Swiss francs; three-day pass 150 francs.


Download Festival, June 10-12, Donington Park, near where the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet

Onstage: Feeder, Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Skipknot, Slayer.

Tickets: Weekend tickets 112.50 pounds, car-park pass 6 pounds, camping ticket 22.50 pounds.

Nokia Isle of Wight Festival, June 10-12, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

Onstage: R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Embrace, others

Tickets: One-day ticket 35 pounds, children under 12 years 17.50 pounds; three-day weekend ticket 75 pounds, children 37.50 pounds.

Glastonbury Festival, June 24-26, Worthy Farm, Pilton

Onstage: The Undertones, Outkast, Kylie Minogue, New Order, White Stripes

Tickets: Sold out.

T in the Park, July 9-10, Balado Airfield

Onstage: Audioslave, Beautiful South, James Brown, Embrace, Foo Fighters, Keane, New Order, The Coral, The Streets, Athlete, Ian Brown, Green Day, Kasabian, Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age, Razorlight, The Killers, Travis and others.

Tickets: Officially sold out; original ticket costs were 46.50 pounds for day tickets, weekend tickets 82 pounds.

V Festival 2005, Aug. 20-21, Chelmsford (Hylands Park) and Staffordshire (Weston Park)

Onstage: Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5, Oasis, Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Joss Stone, Texas and more

Tickets: Weekend ticket inclusive of camping 110 pounds; without camping 90 pounds. One-day tickets without camping, 52.50 pounds. Event is officially sold out, so a reputable ticket agency would be best hope.

The Carling Weekend Reading Festival 2005, Aug. 26-28, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire

Onstage: Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, and The Pixies headline. Kings of Leon, Marilyn Manson, Baby Shambles, Razorlight, Jimmy Eat World, Queens of the Stone Age, The Coral, Elbow, Incubus, Bloc Party, others

Tickets: Three-day weekend tickets 125 pounds plus fee; single-day is 60 pounds plus fee.

Other beats

Not a rock fan? There’s most likely an outdoor musical event out there for you nevertheless.

The big events for jazz lovers include the North Sea Jazz Festival 2005. This year’s event, July 8-10, is special in that it marks the last time that The Hague will host it. Next year, it moves to Rotterdam.

The program, which will feature not only jazz but also blues, funk, soul, hip hop, Latin and rhythm and blues, will be announced May 10, and tickets will go on sale on May 14. Single-day tickets are 65 euros, while three-day tickets will be 155 euros.

Another don’t-miss event for not only jazz lovers but also anyone who loves music is the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. This year’s festival, the 39th, is July 1-16.

An array of artists whose names you are unlikely to utter in the same breath are on the schedule, including The Corrs, Isaac Hayes, Velvet Revolver, Garbage, B.B. King, The Robert Cray Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lauryn Hill and Band, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Brian Wilson, Apocalyptica, Alice Cooper and Roberta Flack. Tickets are available online.

Jazz is also available in a northerly clime in Molde, Norway, whose festival July 18-23 features more classical jazz artists. Or, on the opposite end of the geographical spectrum, there’s Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy, July 8-17.

Although the party was off last year, the word is that Berlin will hold its Love Parade on July 9.

Is it an outdoor acid trip to a techno beat, or a true celebration of humankind’s highest ideals? There are probably as many opinions on that as there are partiers — and up to 2 million have turned up in years past.

— Karen Bradbury

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign up to receive a daily email of today's top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign Up Now