Top 10 Music Festival Performances of All-Time

Coachella has kicked off the summer music festival season and we’re looking forward to this year’s festival line-ups. Over the years, music fans have witnessed some iconic performances at music festivals such as Woodstock, Live Aid, and The Newport Jazz Festival. To celebrate the heritage of music festivals, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled the Top 10 music festival performances of all-time. The fan-curated Top 10 festival moments will be presented in a video montage at the entrance of the museum’s featured exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience. Check out these Top 10 performances:

Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967) – The performance that introduced the guitar legend to the world.


Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967) – A high energy set that featured Janis Joplin’s debut performance.


Queen | Live Aid (1985) – Freddy Mercury sang his heart out at one of the greatest live concerts ever staged.


Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969) – Carlos Santana performed his unique mix of rock, jazz, and Latin music.


Bob Dylan | Newport Folk Festival (1965) – Dylan shocked the world by going electric.


Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967) – Redding delivered a soulful, stirring performance that left the audience in a frenzy.


Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994) – This performance catapulted Trent Reznor’s band into mainstream with mud, industrial music, mesmerizing moments.


Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969) – Sly Stone took us all higher with this electrifying performance


U2 | Live Aid (1985) – The performance that propelled the band to global stardom.


Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960) – Music legend, Muddy Waters masterfully introduced blues to a new audience.

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