Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal

18th Apr 2014 | 08:23

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
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Get ready to get heavy

2014 is set to be a vintage year for axe-wielders from across the spectrum, all prepared to deliver high-volume intensityin a blizzard of pyrotechnics.

Among the heavyweights returning this year are Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Kings of Leon, Iron Maiden, Guns 'N' Roses and Pixies. But where are you gonna see them? Step this way to find out!

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Reading and Leeds
22-24 August, UK

Headliners: Blink 182, Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys

Location: Richfield Avenue (Reading) Bramham Park (Leeds), UK

Best reason to go: As demonstrated at the Brit Awards, at which they won pretty much every gong available, 2014 is the year of the Arctic Monkeys.

Other line-up highlights: Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Bombay Bicycle Club

Tickets: £213 for Reading weekend tickets or Leeds weekend tickets

Official site Reading

Official site Leeds

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
FM4 Frequency
13-16 August, Austria

Headliners: Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro, Blink 182

Location: Green Park, St. Pölten, Austria

Best reason to go: Nothing will beat rocking out with Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age at this legendary event.

Other line-up highlights: Placebo, Skrillex, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Tickets:Complete festival pass is €158.90

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Alt Fest
15-17 August, UK

Headliners: Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan, Cradle of Filth

Location: Boughton Estate, Northamptonshire, UK

Best reason to go: A rare chance to see the demonic one himself, Marilyn Manson, in action.

Other line-up highlights: Killing Joke, The Cult, Peter Hook and the Light

Tickets:Weekend tickets from £115

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Primavera
29-31 May, Spain

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age

Location: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain

Best reason to go: A blockbuster line-up of radical music heroes. In the sun!

Other line-up highlights: The National, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Haim

Tickets:Weekend tickets from €204.75

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Rock Werchter
3-6 July, Belgium

Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

Location: Festival Park, Werchter, Belgium

Best reason to go: It's neck and next between Metallica and Pixies for us - but either way the bill is incredible.

Other line-up highlights: Interpol, Damon Albarn, Skrillex, Placebo, Franz Ferdinand

Tickets: Sold out, but there is a waiting list for one day tickets at €83

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Rock AM Ring
5-8 June, Germany

Headliners: Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Kings of Leon

Location: Nürburg, Nuremberg, Germany

Best reason to go: Just look at the bands playing! This is the German equivalent of Reading and Leeds, held simultaneously in South and West Germany.

Other line-up highlights: Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold

Tickets:Four day passes from €213,50

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Download
13-15 June, UK

Headliners: Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy

Location: Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK

Best reason for going: In Britain at least, this is the heaviest of the heavy.

Other line-up highlights: Status Quo, The Offspring, Trivium

Tickets:Weekend camping tickets £205

Official site

Music Festivals 2014: Rock and metal
Rock On The Range
16-18 May, USA

Headliners: Guns 'n' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock

Location: Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Best reason for going: To see if Axl Rose turns up on time.

Other line-up highlights: Slayer, Staind, Living Colour

Tickets:Weekend stadium pass $119.50 plus booking fee

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