Guide to the Best Indie and Rock Music Festivals of Winter 2016

Who says all the best music festivals happen in summer?  Winter has its own fair share of awesome events and performances, especially in the rock and indie music genres.  In fact, there are so many rock festivals happening in the U.S. and abroad, it can be difficult to figure out where to get started.   

To help make things easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of eight of our favorite winter 2016 rock, metal, and indie festivals in the United States and overseas.  Each entry is listed chronologically and includes info about festival dates, locations, venues, ticket prices, and performer lineups.  Where applicable, we’ve also included information about fun extra features at each festival.  

Top 8 Rock, Metal, and Indie Music Festivals: November – December 2016  

Our musical tour of winter 2016 starts in the Netherlands and ends in Texas, passing through California, Canada, Indiana, Mexico, China, and Australia along the way.  But no matter where your travel plans take you, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome time with these eight winter rock festivals.  

  • Le Guess Who? Festival 2016 
    • Dates – November 10 – November 13  
    • Location – Utrecht, Netherlands  
    • Venue – Multiple  
    • Tickets – €40 – €125  
    • Lineup – Wilco, Tortoise, Savages, Deerhoof, Swans, Black Mountain, Dinosaur Jr., Fennesz, Bo Ningen, Suuns  
  • San Diego Music Thing 2016  
    • Dates – November 11 – November 12  
    • Location – San Diego, CA  
    • Venue – Multiple (U-31, Bar Pink, The Music Box, The Casbah, The Office Bar, The Merrow, The Irenic, ChuckAlek Biergarten 
    • Tickets – $10 – $50  
    • Lineup – Carseat Headrest, Geographer, White Fang, Touché Amoré, Little Hurricane, The Mission Creeps, No Parents  
    • Features – All proceeds go toward the San Diego Music Foundation, plus the event will feature panels on topics like record labels, social media for musicians, booking gigs, touring, and recording music  
  • M for Montreal 2016  
    • Dates – November 16 – November 19  
    • Location – Montreal, Québec, Canad 
    • Venue – Multiple venues  
    • Tickets – $144 CAD  
    • Lineup – Bear Mountain, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Martha Wainwright, Caspian, Brendan Canning 

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  • Doomed and Stoned Fest 2016  
    • Dates – November 18 – November 19  
    • Location – Indianapolis, IN   
    • Venue – 5th Quarter Lounge  
    • Tickets – $25 – $40  
    • Lineup – Void King, Spirit Division, Merlin, Demon Eye, Horehound, Beelzefuzz, Horseburner, Witchhelm  
  • Capital Corona 2016 
    • Dates – November 19 – November 20  
    • Location – Mexico City, Mexico 
    • Venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 
    • Tickets – $1,250 – $1,950 
    • Lineup The Killers, Animal Collective, Band Of Horses, Tegan and Sara, Peter Bjorn and John, Dashboard Confessional, Warpaint, Eagles Of Death Metal, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Parquet Courts 
    • Features – Other headline acts at Capital Corona 2016 include LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, Lana Del Ray, and Pet Shop Boys 
  • Clockenflap 2016  
    • Dates November 25 – November 27  
    • Location Hong Kong, China 
    • Venue Central Harbourfront 
    • Tickets $520 – $1,940  
    • LineupSigur Rós, Yo La Tengo, Foals, Tribes, Nick Cope 
    • FeaturesArt installations, VR exhibits, visual performances at Club Minky, outdoor films at Cinema Silenzio, 40+ food vendors and bars, parades, free admission for children 12 and under, performances in the electronica genre by Chemical Brothers and Crystal Castles 
  • Paradise Music Festival 2016  
    • Dates – November 25 – November 27  
    • Location – Marysville, Australia 
    • Venue – Lake Mountain 
    • Tickets – $250 AUD – $1,150 AUD  
    • Lineup – Gold Class, Pearls, GL, Friendships, Rainbow Chan, Holy Balm, Terrible Truths, Fortunes  
    • Features – Camping, BYO, video art and visual arts, short film screenings, Yoga sessions, food trucks, focus on unsigned Australian artists  
  • Day for Night 2016  
    • DatesDecember 17 – December 18  
    • LocationHouston, TX  
    • VenueBarbara Jordan Post Offic 
    • Tickets $150 – $700  
    • Lineup The Jesus and Mary Chain, Björk Digital, Butthole Surfers, Blonde Redhead, Ariel Pink  
    • FeaturesElectronic headliners include Aphex Twin, Kaskade, and Odesza, plus the festival features immersive digital art installations 

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If you’re serious about getting your name out there, Planetary Group is ready to help you make it happen.  To talk about how our Los Angeles music promotion services can help boost your career as a rock, folk, metal, or indie musician, call Planetary Group at (323) 952-5050.