Classic rock music festivals and cruises

A new year brings with it a number of new festival announcements, and 2023 promises to have a little something for everyone.

Foo Fighters grabbed headlines when they announced they had played a handful of major festivals this year, including Bonnaroo, Boston Calling, and Sonic Temple. These shows will mark the band’s first traditional performances since death by drummer Taylor Hawkins.

That reunited Panther – with guitarist Zak Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante—will also perform at several notable festivals in 2023, including Welcome to Rockville and the Blue Ridge Rock Festival.

Many festivals enjoy mixing classic acts into their lineups alongside contemporary and up-and-coming artists. This is how you get it Red Hot Chili Peppers and Splitting pumpkins on the same lineup as Lizzo and Lil Nas X at BottleRock.

Some festivals seem to combine music with other forms of fandom. Take, for example, the Innings Festivals, which are held during Major League Baseball’s spring training preseason in both Arizona and Florida.

A popular trend in recent years has seen festivals take place on cruise ships, and there seem to be more opportunities than ever in 2023. Beach Boys, Roger Daltrey, Dark purple, Devo, Bret Michaels and Don Felder are just some of the many acts that will be performing on the open sea at various events this year.

We’ve rounded up all the notable 2023 festivals and cruises featuring classic rock artists and arranged them in chronological order below. We will continue to keep this page updated as more events are announced.

2023 classic rock music festivals and cruises

With so many options, there is an event for everyone.

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