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  Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is one of the leading summer open air heavy metal music festivals. It takes place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. With 80,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of roughly 82,500 attendees in 2010, it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal, folk metal, and even metalcore and hard rock from around the world.

The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. By 1998 the event had become the major festival on the European metal calendar and has included over 70 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days, during which the festival-goers camp on several large camping grounds surrounding the actual festival area.
The 70 or more bands perform across four separate stages over the course of the event.

Size of the festival site: 220 ha
Festival infield: 42.000 qm
Number of visitors: 75.000

W:O:A 2014 was sold out in less than 48 hours!

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Wacken Open Air News Wacken Open Air News Written 2018-03-09 23:01:50
5 new dates have been added to our list of Warm Up Parties for 2018!

Date: 23.03.2018
City: ES - Barcelona
Venue: Hellfire Metal Club

Date: 06.04.2018
City: Hamburg
Venue: Kaiserkeller

Date: 27.04.2018
City: Wetzlar
Venue: Event Werkstatt

Date: 19.05.2018
City: Kitzingen
Venue: Alter Keller

Date: 26.05.2018
City: ES - Madrid
Venue: Big Four Rock Bar

Learn more about Warm Up Parties here!
Wacken news Wacken news Written 2018-02-20 18:33:59
Gojira, Tremonti, Destruction & Rezet at W:O:A

We can announce 4 new bands and new "theme day" for the upcoming W:O:A!

Gojira will return to Wacken!
The French band Gojira must undoubtedly be on every list of these days most exciting metal bands. With each new album, they easily manage to break down the boundaries of the genres. Without ever sounding arbitrary and interchangeable or sacrificing their own trademarks!

Whether you call it Technical Death Metal, Progressive Death Metal, Progressive Groove or simply Metal, one thing is clear for sure: Gojira always deliver high class!

Tremonti will join Wacken for the very first time! Head of the band is Mark Tremonti, who is already well known as guitarist of Creed and co-founder of Alter Bridge. With Tremonti, he can now follow his own musical visions. To do this proper, he isn't only playing the guitar but also took over the lead vocals.

Destruction will smash the Wacken Open Air 2018 too! The German thrash metal pioneers haven't played at the holy land since 2007, but now it is finally time for them to return!

Last but not least: Rezet Rezet are another new addition for our lineup. Semi-official, the band has already played Wacken twice, namely in the old Metal Market tent, which had a separate program.

They will be part of the new Wasted Wednesday: The Wasteland Stage, which has been repeatedly upgraded in recent years, will be conquered by a terrific, old-school thrash and speed metal lineup. Get rid of your hangover in no time and bang your head to some solid metal!


W:O:A 2018 – 02.08. - 04.08.
With: Judas Priest, Nightwish, In Flames, Ghost, Helloween - Pumpkins United, Running Wild, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom, In Extremo, Hatebreed, Gojira, Steel Panther, Doro, Dirkschneider, Samael, Cannibal Corpse, Schandmaul, Destruction, Clawfinger, Korpiklaani, Eskimo Callboy, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Converge, Riot V, Epica, Tremonti, Wintersun, Oomph!, Amorphis, Vince Neil and many more acts!
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2017-09-26 11:07:23

Wacken Open Air 2018 is already casting huge shadows and today we can announce the next fantastic acts for next year. The bands speak for themselves, so we do not want to lose many words in advance.

Let's begin with the one and only JUDAS PRIEST! Rob Halford and his band are soon celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new album in 2018 and will once again write live history at Wacken!
The next Band is the black metal legend DIMMU BORGIR, which will play their only German festival show at Wacken 2018! Mötley Crüe may be history but frontman VINCE NEIL will come to Wacken to play a best-of show of the CrÜe at the upcoming festival!
Another Finnish cult band arrives with Children of Bodom which will also play their only German festival show in 2018! Last but not least we want to complete this amazing package with AMARANTHE, one of Swedens most successful metal bands!

Get your tickets now at Metaltix!

Wacken 2017 SOLD OUT Wacken 2017 SOLD OUT Written 2017-06-26 23:16:30
Dear metalheads,

it's that time again: W:O:A 2017 is sold out! All 75.000 3-DAY-ALL-IN-TICKETS are sold.


After the enormous building operations (including the new beer pipeline) are more or less finished we have also reached the finishing line of the pre-sale. Despite all adverse circumstances and weather conditions of the last three years you have shown us once again that you are the best and most loyal fans in the world. Once again thanks for that!

There will be no breaks in the days and weeks to come: All further info, area maps, opening hours, the festival alphabet and so on are more or less finished and are waiting for a release.

The 28th edition of Wacken Open Air is coming and we are once again doing our best prepare the loudest & best party of the year for you – so stay tuned!

W:O:A 2017 – 03.08. - 05.08.
With Volbeat, Accept & Orchester, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Marilyn Manson, Avantasia, Kreator, Status Quo, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Heaven Shall Burn, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Rage, Trivium, Napalm Death, Annihilator and more than 150 other bands!
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2017-05-17 17:24:44

We are preparing some small and some big changes for the upcoming Wacken Open Air! The construction work from last autumn were only the first step of our investments and improvements.

Today's news is about the big stages and the sound in our infield. More news will follow soon!

The stage names:
Last year we asked you to submit suggestions to rename the Party Stage. More than 1000 suggestions reached us and they covered a huge range of ideas. Thank you for your ideas and your support!

Some of the ideas were amazing! But still, none of them felt right for us. After many, many discussions, we came to the, at least for us, right idea: We need to understand our three big open air stages as one unit.


You can now rent your locker for the upcoming Wacken Open Air! The company BigBoxBerlin will again install some of their comfortable SafeBOX containers at Wacken.

The SafeBOXes are both lockers and charging stations!

The renewed containers are offering lockers in two sizes. You can find them at the Entrance Wacken Center / Party Stage and the entrance Plaza / Bullhead City.

Learn how to Metal - where if not in Wacken!

From 12th August Until the 20th of august the Wacken Music Camp is held in the production area of the famous Wacken Open Airs. Experienced young musicians, enthusiastic beginners and above all fans of heavy metal at the age of 13-17 years are invited to practice under the guidance of experienced and professional heavy metal and rock greats and to develop their own sounds. There is enough inspiration on the premises so that the participating musicians can develop and rehearse their own songs with the help of professional producers and coaches. At the end of the week, the results will be presented at a large, public final concert. Still a few places are free, so be fast and get a great holiday week for your kids!
In addition, the Wacken Music Camp collects donations to acquire new instruments for practicing.

Please help, so that the Wacken Music Camp can continue to give a slightly different musical education.