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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 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.

Wacken news Wacken news Written 2017-04-16 19:42:16
A very unique show: Accept will rock the Night To Remember at Wacken Open Air!

We have prepared something special for today’s Easter Sunday: Accept will play their biggest show so far at our festival in August!

The concert is part of the upcoming Night To Remember and a very special happening for the band says Wolf Hoffmann of Accept:
"It has always impressed us how seriously the bands take this evening and with how much love artists and organizers always surprise in their diversity. This is a beautiful custom, which shows and documents the level of the international rock community like no other. We also want to show something that Accept has never ever shown before and we hope we are able to offer something special to the fans.”

Accept want to create one huge show consisting of three different parts to reflect their entire creativity! But what is going to happen exactly?

The first act: Accept will present some songs from their new album The Rise Of Chaos exclusively at Wacken! One day after the live premier in Wacken, the album will be released all over the world – on August 4th. It’s the fourth Accept album to be released by Nuclear Blast and it is going continue the feats from its three predecessors Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad and Blind Rage.

This first part of the Wacken show will be more than just the live premier, but a classical Accept Metal show with both old and new hits!

The second part is another premier! Wolf Hoffmann and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will perform songs from Wolf’s solo album Headbangers Symphony together. The album was already released in 2016, but this will be the live premier! The album adapts some of the greatest works of the classical music, like Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 for the metal world.

The closing third part combines everything for the grand finale: Accept will rock the stage together with the big Orchestra, framed by a complex multimedia show. Needless to say, that this is another huge premier for the band.

Tickets for the upcoming Festival are as always available at
Wacken news Wacken news Written 2017-04-06 09:28:54

As every year there will be a special Easter Sale in Wacken. The sale will take place at the Wacken Store at the Hauptstraße 82 as well as in the Outlet Store at the Hauptstraße 29.

The sale takes place for he 6th time and offers the brand new W:O:A collection as well as lots of rare goodies and remaining stock of items for a special discount

So if there is any possibility that you might accidentally travel throughout the north of Germany on that weekend than you should make a quick stop at Wacken.

If you haven't got enough of Metal after the sale than you can stay for the Easter Rock Member Meeting which is held by he Full:Metal:Army.

Friday, April 7th, 2017 & Saturday, April 8th, 2017
09.00 am - 07.00 pm

Wacken Store & Info Office
Hauptstraße 82
25596 Wacken


Ross "The Boss" Friedmann will hit Wacken with one of his celebrated Manowar shows! The co-founder of the world's loudest band recorded six albums with the true metal heroes until he decided to focus on other projects.

W:O:A Warm Up Parties 2017

The time from one W:O:A until the next one can always be very exhausting... or boring.

So what should you do to shorten the waiting time? How about visiting one of the official W:O:A Warmu Up Parties, which are held every year by our fans across the globe?
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2016-11-29 16:11:12

Starting on the 1st of December, there will be a lot of action going on at, and in the whole W:O:A network!

We will release new bands for the Wacken Open Air every day until the 24th of December. More than 60 bands are waiting for you in our huge X-mas calendar!

Another part of the calendar is again our big raffle with more than 120 prizes! You can win for example a package of merchandise or a luxury cruise trip. And every day we will draw new winners!

And that's not all! Every day we will reduce one W:O:A article for 24 hours with a 24% discount at If you're looking for a gift for friends and family, you should check it out!

Last but not least: There will be some special content at WackenTV during the christmas time to sweeten the end of the year a little.

So don't forget to highlight the 1st of December in your calendar!
Wacken news Wacken news Written 2016-11-05 18:30:41

Huge constructional measure in Wacken!

Dear Metalheads,
we promised you after W:O:A 2016, that we will improve the whole area for the future. The problems of the last two years have shown us that we need to make huge investments for constructional measures, there is no other way.

Construction phase 1 – Digging it!

The first construction phase was the reworking of the whole area with heavy machines – the area looked like a lunar landscape at this time! Several heavy machines like diggers, tractors and bulldozers were working to resolve sinks and hills.

Due to the ongoing burdens in the last years, the area was deformed at many places and there was no chance for a long-lasting greensward. The water couldn't run out and we even had some small lakes after heavy rainfalls. The first phase of our measures took care of this problem.

Check out the first video podcast here!

Construction phase 2 – The new drainage system:

After this planning of the area, we started the second phase that improves and extends the already existing drainage system and its concept.

After the bulldozing of the area, we started the second phase that improves and extends the already existing drainage system and its concept

We installed a huge system of subsurface water caches that can take the surface water from the whole area. Inside the system, the water can seep away fast and effectively.

If there is too much water for this system, we installed a second water storage as back up; the water can be forwarded to this area. And if there is too much water for THIS – then we can forward it to the North Sea – Baltic Seal canal.

The whole system can be checked and maintained through several shafts, to ensure functionality for a long lifetime.

Watch the second podcast here!

Construction phase 3: Sowing and raising:

The experiences have shown us, that normal grass can’t handle the burden of a festival day. Because of this, we are using a special and robust sort of grass since a few years.

For 2017 we take another step forward: Together with the regular grass, we seed mustard-grass and clover.

The far and deep reaching roots of the new mixture will help to aerate the grounds and break soil compactions. They are also working as a natural drainage, because the water can sink through the roots. It’s a perfect addition to our concept!

On the other hand, we will stop to plant some areas of the event area. These special places have been raised with crushed stones to handle the heavy burdens.

We did this at areas like the Party Stage entrance, the areal with the Jägermeister deer, the “Schädelbar” area between Party Stage and True Stage and some other spots like the toilets on the opposite or the crossover between Wacken Center and the Wackinger area.

More measures, big and small, will follow later, starting in spring 2017!

For example, we will install a beer pipeline in the event area! Until now, we had to send in some trucks with full barrels every night to change them with the empty barrels. And every heavy truck is a problem for the area.

You will be able to experience the new infrastructure at the next W:O:A already.

Tickets for the Wacken Open Air 2017 are exclusively available at Metaltix!