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The 7 Best Festival Lineups of All Time

From Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix to Jay Z & Amy Winehouse, these music fests boasted the best artists from the '60s to now. Check out our picks for the best lineups of all time!

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Woodstock '69

One of the most well-known festival events in history, Woodstock '69 is often seen as a critical moment in rock 'n' roll... so much more than naked hippies dancing in mud. 

Jimi Hendrix was the last to take the stage. The legend played at 8:30am Monday morning, hours after the scheduled set. The result? A small crowd and an infamous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Let's not forget that the biggest names of the time also performed: Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Santanathe Grateful Dead and The Who, just to name a few.

Friday, August 15

Richie Havens


Bert Sommer

Tim Hardin

Ravi Shankar


Arlo Guthrie

Joan Baez

Saturday, August 16


Country Joe McDonald

John B. Sebastian

Keef Hartley Band


Incredible String  Band

Canned Heat

Grateful Dead

Leslie West & Mountain

Creedance Clearwater Revival

Janis Joplin

Sly & the Family Stone

The Who

Jefferson Airplane

Sunday, August 17

Joe Cocker

Country Joe & the Fish

Ten Years After

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Monday, August 18

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Sha Na Na

Jimi Hendrix

2 / 7

Reading '92

At this point the world was familiar with Nirvana's greatness, but there was something especially moving about their 1992 set at Reading. The performance was the band's last in the UK. Kurt Cobain entered the stage in a medical gown seated in a wheelchair pushed by music journalist Everett True. 

Public Enemy headlined the second day of the festival and the Beastie Boys played on Sunday, paving the way for other hip hop acts at major music events.

Friday, August 28

The Wonderstuff

The Charlatans

Public Image Limited

PJ Harvey

Mega City Four

The Milltown Brothers

Fatima Mansions

Redd Kross





The God Machine

Cop Shoot Cop


Saturday, August 29

Public Enemy


Manic Street Preachers

The Farm

Smashing Pumpkins

Rollins Band

Thousand Yard Stare

Buffalo Tom


Bad ll



Sultans of Ping FC

The Hearthrobs


Shonen Knife

Spit Fire

The Stairs

Urge Overkill

Sunday, August 30


Nick Cave


Teenage Fanclub



Screaming Trees

The Melvins


Rolling Revue

Catherine Wheel


Dr. Phibes and the House of Wax

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Newport Folk Festival '65

Best known as the day Bob Dylan went "electric," Newport Folk Festival 1965 marked a massive move in the history of counterculture music, Bobby D leading the way. He wasn't alone: the four day folk fest featured some of the best in political music, including Joan Baez, Maybelle Carter and Rev. Gary Davis.

Thursday, July 22

Joan Baez

Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman

Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers

Maybelle Carter

Cajun Band

Rev. Gary Davis

Son House

Lilly Bros. & Tex Logan

New Lost City Ramblers

Josh White

Friday, July 23

Cape Breton Singers

Roscoe Holcomb

Mississippi John Hurt

Sam & Kirk McGee & Arthur Smith

Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon

Moving Star Hall Singers

New York Street Games

Arthur Nicolle

Larry Older

Peter, Paul & Mary

Dock Reese & Texas Work Song Group

Pete Seeger

Ed Young & Souther Fife & Drum Corps

Annie Walters

Saturday, July 24

Horton Barker

Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman

Theodore Bikel

Oscar Brand

Lightning Hopkins

Ian & Slyvia

Norman Kennedy

Kweskin Jug Band

A.L. Lloyd

Bill Monroe & Blue Grass Boys


Joe Patterson

Sunday, July 25

Bob Dylan

Fiddler Beers Family

Len Chandler

Cousin Emmy

Ronnie Gilbert

Fannie Lou Hamer

Ishangi Dance Troupe

Mance Lipscomb

Moving Star Hall Singers

Peter, Paul & Mary

Jean Ritchie

Eric Von Schmidt

Cape Breton Singers

Maybelle Carter

Rev. Gary Davis

Roscoe Holcomb

Rev. Francis Hubbard

Moving Star Hall Singers & Son House

New Lost City Ramblers

Katie Bell Nubin

Dock Reese

Jean Ritchie

Beth Van Over

Samuel Bayard

Willis James

Alan Lomax

Charles Seeger

Byron & Lue Berline

Blue Ridge Moutain Dancers

Paul Butterfield Road

Hamilton Camp

Chambers Brothers

Charles River Valley Boys

Mimi & Dick Farina

Kathy & Carol

John Koerner

Gordon Lightfoot

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Coachella '07

Coachella 2007 was the first year the festival expanded into a three-day affair. It sold out, just like the year before it—due in large to Daft Punk's Pyramid and Madonna's performance—and was Bjork's second time headlining the festival. 

Friday, April 27



Jesus & Mary Chain

Arctic Monkeys

Jarvis Cocker

Sonic Youth


DJ Shadow

Peeping Tom

Brazilian Girls


Felix Da Housecat

Rufus Wainwright

Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong

Nickel Creek


Tokyo Police Club

Comedians of Comedy


Julieta Venegas

Of Montreal

Gogol Bordello

Satellite Party

Benny Benassi

Circa Survive

Sliversun Pickups

Gillian Welch

Tilly and the Wall

David Guetta

Amy Winehouse


Evil Nine



Brother Ali

Saturday, April 28

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Arcade Fire



The Good, the Bad and the Queen


Kings of Leon

Gotan Project

The Rapture

LCD Soundsystem

Blonde Redhead

The New Pornographers

The Black Keys


Regina Spektor

Hot Chip


Peter, Bjorn and John


Ghostface Killah

Fountains of Wayne

Jack’s Mannequin


The Nightwatchman

Roky Erickson & the Explosives


Andrew Bird

The Frames

The Fratellis


Pharaoh Monch


The Cribs

Girl Talk

The Chuck Dukowski Sextet

Mike Relm

Busy P & DJ Mehdi

Steve Aoki

DJ Heather


Pop Levi

Sunday, April 29

Rage Against the Machine

Manu Chao


Happy Mondays

Paul van Dyk

Willie Nelson

Crowded House

The Roots

Kaiser Chiefs

Damien Rice


Explosions in the Sky

The Lemonheads

Konono No. 1

Richie Hawtin

Soulwax Nite Versions

Infected Mushroom

Lily Allen

Amos Lee

Jose Gonzalez

Spank Rock

VNV Nation

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Against Me!


Junior Boys

The Feeling

The Kooks



Tapes n Tapes


Lupe Fiasco

Mando Diao

Grizzly Bear

The Coup

The Avett Brothers

5 / 7

Live Aid '85

Live Aid challenged the standard festival structure by taking place in two different cities simultaneously: London and Philadelphia. The fest was to benefit the ongoing Ethiopian famine and brought out the biggest names in pop music: Sting, Phil CollinsLed ZeppelinElton John and most famously Queen, whose engineer switched stage's limiters so their set would be noticeably louder than the others.

London Wembley Stadium

Coldstream Guards

Status Quo

The Style Council

The Boomtown Rats

Adam Ant


Spandau Ballet

Elvis Costello

Nik Kershaw


Sting Phil Collins Brandford Marsalis

Howard Jones

Bryan Ferry & David Gilmour

Paul Young


Dire Straits


David Bowie & Thomas Dolby

The Who

Elton John

Freddie Mercury & Brian May

Paul McCartney

Band Aid

Philadelphia JFK Stadium

Bernard Watson

Joan Baez

The Hooters

Four Tops

Billy Ocean

Black Sabbath

Run D.M.C.

Rick Springfield

REO Speedwagon

Crosby, Stills and Nash

Judas Priest

Bryan Adams

The Beach Boys

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Simple Minds

The Pretenders

Santana & Pat Metheny

Ashord & Simpson


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Kenny Loggins

The Cars

Neil Young

The Power Station

Thompson Twins

Eric Clapton

Phil Collins

Led Zeppelin & Phil Collins

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Duran Duran

Patti LaBelle

Hall & Oates

Mick Jagger, Hall & Oates, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin & Tina Turner

Bob Dylan, Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood

USA for Africa

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Monterey International Pop Music Festival ‘67

Not unlike Woodstock, Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a meeting of minds and musicians. The "Summer of Love" affair took the place of the Monterey Jazz and Folk Festivals, marking popular music's move toward rock.

Most remarkable were performances by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, the latter pouring lighter fluid on his guitar, setting it on fire. He smashed the instrument before throwing it into the audience, solidifying his place as Guitar God. 

Friday, June 16

The Association

The Paupers

Lou Rawls


Johnny Rivers

Eric Burdon and the Animals

Simon & Garfunkel

Saturday, June 17

Canned Heat

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Country Joe and the Fish

Al Kooper

The Butterfield Blues Band

The Electric Flag

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Steve Miller Band

Moby Grape

Hugh Masekela

The Byrds

Laura Nyro

Jefferson Airplane

Booker T. & the M.G.’s

The Mar-Keys

Otis Redding

Sunday, Jun 18

Ravi Shankar

The Blues Project

Big Brother and the Holding Company

The Group With No Name

Buffalo Springfield & David Crosby

The Who

The Grateful Dead

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Scott McKenzie

The Mamas & the Papas

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Glastonbury '08

Glastonbury has a long history of eclectic lineups that grows with each passing year. 2008 was particularly notable, with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Kings of Leon to Vampire Weekend taking a turn at the stage.

The fest was headlined by Jay-Z, the first hip hop artist to ever do so. Sales reportedly plummeted, and critics began to blame the rapper. Oasis's Noel Gallagher, who headlined the fest the previous year, was one of the most outspoken naysayers. In retaliation, Jay opened his set with a rendition of "Wonderwall," before launching into "99 Problems."

Friday, June 27

Kings of Leon

The Fratellis


The Gossip

The Feeling

KT Tunstall

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

The Subways

Kate Nash

Panic! At the Disco

The Enemy

We Are Scientists

Ben Folds

Vampire Weekend

Joan Lean and the Jing Jang Jong

The Rascals

Ida Maria

Pete Doherty

Dizzee Rascal

John Cale

Franz Ferdinand

Edwyn Collins

The Duke Spirit

Operator Please

Sons & Daughters



Magic Wands

Island Line

The Langley Sisters

The Cribs

Reverend and the Makers

The Kills


The Ting Tings

The Young Knives

Lightspeed Champion

Make Model



Patrick Watson


Seasick Steve

Sinead O’Connor

The Blockheads

Arno Carstens

Eddie Reader

Camille O’ Sullivan

Eleanor McEvoy

Devon Sproule

Jimmy Cliff


Fun Lovin Criminals

Lupe Fiasco

Candi Station

Saturday, June 28


Amy Winehouse

The Ranconteurs

Manu Chao

James Blunt

Crowded House

Seasick Steve

Martha Wainwright

Shakin’ Stevens

Massive Attack

Hot Chip



The Wombats

Neon Neon

Black Kids

One Night Only

Los Campesinos!

Golden Silvers

The Traveling Band

Cansei de Ser Sexy



The Last Shadow Puppets with Jack White & Matt Helders


Kool Keith

Guilty Pleasures


St. Vincent


Eugene Mcguinness

Biffy Clyro

The Futureheads

Band of Horses

The Black Lips

The Courteeners

British Sea Power

Holy F**k

The Teenagers

Hilltop Hoods

Emmy the Great


Gilbert O’Sullivan

The Swell Season

Glenn Tibrook & The Fluffers

Seth Lakeman

Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders

Thea Gilmore

Sid Griffin & the Coal Porters

Emily Maguire

The Traveling Band


Buddy Guy

Sunday, June 29

The Verve

Leonard Cohen


Neil Diamond

John Mayer

Brian Jonestown Massacre

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Martina Topley Bird

Groove Armada

The Zutons

Pigeon Detectives

Scouting for Girls

Mark Ronson

Black Mountain

Hoodoo Gurus

Black Cherry

My Morning Jacket


Saki Cult

Laura Marling

Mystery Jets

Kathryn Williams & Neil MacCoil

The Cave Singers

Alberta Cross

Mumford & Sons

Ian Tyler & the Lost Sons

The National


Crystal Castles

Friendly Fires

The Whip


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