The Biggest Gigs in History

Rock shows are always the biggest and draw the biggest crowds. When considering the number of fans that popular rock bands have garnered throughout their active years, there’s no reason to deny them a historical place in music history for drawing the masses.

Here is our pick of some of the rock concerts in history that have drawn the largest attendances.

Queen at Hyde Park – 1975 – 200,000

Queen played Hyde Park in 1976 as a free concert for fans to attend and saw an estimated 200 000 people attend to see the magic of a night at the Opera and Bohemian Rhapsody come to life on stage. This concert is part of the reason why Hyde Park is still one of the historical rock venues in the world. This was the only concert Queen ever did at the venue.

Woodstock Festival -1969 – 400,000

The first Woodstock festival was held in 1969 and saw immediate success with over 400 000 attendances of fans of great music wanting to experience the world of rock n roll and folk music to the max. Woodstock went on to become one of the busiest music festivals in the World. The festival saw an appearance of the Grateful Dead, which is still being recreated by the current Grateful Dead line-up.

The Rolling Stones at Copacabana Beach – 2006 – 1.5 Million

In 2006 one of the biggest bands played their biggest gigs. The Rolling Stones Live at Copacabana Beach saw 1.5 million fans attending the concert at the famed beach in Rio De Janeiro. The Rolling Stones are well known to have played some of the biggest music festivals, but this was one of the biggest and beat their 1969 record for 500 000 fans in attendance.

The shows on this list brought many of the renowned British bands of today into the spotlight, and others made records for reasons purely based on the attendances. The same success shown by these events has not been seen, but smaller attendances in much smaller venues are thriving with independent live music shows.