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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!

Covered festivals:

    Wacken Open Air 2004

    Wacken Open Air 2005

    Wacken Open Air 2006

    Wacken Open Air 2007

    Wacken Open Air 2008

    Wacken Open Air 2009

    Wacken Open Air 2010

    Wacken Open Air 2011

    Wacken Open Air 2012

    Wacken Open Air 2013

    Wacken Open Air 2014

    Wacken Open Air 2015

    Wacken Open Air 2016

    Wacken Open Air 2017

    Wacken Open Air 2018

    Wacken Open Air 2019

    Wacken Open Air 2022

    Wacken Open Air 2023

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Wacken news Wacken news Written 2022-04-22 18:17:54
33 new bands confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2022!

Cattle Depacitation
Deine Cousine
Eric Fish & Friends
Fateful Finality
Infected Rain
Letzte Instanz
Lost Society
Mr. Irish Bastard
Rectal Smegma
Storm Seeker
The Drift
The Iron Maidens
The Other
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2022-03-12 13:32:15
After two years of Covid-19 restrictions, we hope that this year W.O.A. will be not post-poned. Mny of the bands will play forr first time in Wacken and some of the bands will have got an anniversary show.
Zhasmina Ivanova Zhasmina Ivanova Written 2021-04-23 13:58:52
We attending the 31th edition of Wacken Open Air from 29th to 31th of July.
There are only 96 days left.
The organizers wrote on their facebook page that they are
"working hard with other festival organisers, various authorities, virologists, epidemiologists,
hygienists, politicians and many other experts" to give to the audience security and safe, happy show.
Many artists are announced in the program. Grave Digger will have a 40th anniverrsary show,
Hypocrisy will perform 30th anniversary show and Judas Priest - their 50th anniversary tour.
Many bands will play for first time on Wacken stages.
We all hope that this year there will be festival and that many more bands will join to the party.
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2020-07-28 08:07:18
Wacken Open Air 2021 – Is officially sold out!

The metal scene is standing strong, even though this year's festival summer got cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation. 75,000 tickets for the Wacken Open Air 2021 are sold and therefore the festival is officially sold out! After this year's cancellation, ticket holders were offered varied options to exchange their tickets: a voucher, a donation ticket, a new ticket for 2021 or getting the money back. More than 90% of the visitors exchanged their tickets to the following year. Meanwhile all remaining tickets were given away via waiting lists and a fair lottery procedure, as the festival organizers have just announced.

The first artists on the line up for Wacken Open Air 2021 are set to be announced this week on Saturday! This also marks something completely new for Wacken Open Air: The festival has never been sold out in advance without the first bands being announced.

"We are very happy about the trust our fans show us! We will do everything we can to make Wacken Open Air 2021 an unforgettable event. We will use the additional time given to showcase the festival from its best side!“, says W:O:A festival co-founder Holger Hübner and promises: “We will offer a first glimpse on Saturday with the announcement of the first bands."

W:O:A festival co-founder Thomas Jensen adds: “We know that the current crisis is giving a hard time to many of our fans in terms of short-time work, lacking job opportunities, dismissals and illness in almost all industries. The more we are grateful for the overwhelming support that is being given to us. It does help us to look ahead confidently and greatly motivates us to prepare W:O:A for next year."

But even a cancelled summer festival season is no reason to be quiet! In the originally planned festival period - from July 29 to August 1 - the first edition of the digital streaming event Wacken World Wide takes place this week. True to the mantra „If you can't come to Wacken, Wacken will come to you“, exclusive shows and concerts by well-knows artists such as Sabaton, Blind Guardian, Heaven Shall Burn and many more including a varied overall program will be available for free on and MagentaMusik360!
Wacken Open Air news Wacken Open Air news Written 2020-04-16 05:16:55
This year's Wacken Open Air has been cancelled.

Dear Metalheads,
yesterday, the German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August, 31st 2020. We are facing an unprecented situation in our 30 years: It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that there will be no Wacken Open Air this year.

Our whole team has been working intensively on the festival these last months and the more all of us are bitterly disappointed that we are not allowed to celebrate a Wacken Open Air with you. This administrative order affects us heavily and we will need some time to process the bad news.

Nevertheless, we support the decision of the German government in this difficult situation for the whole world. Your health and safety have always been and always will be our top priority. We as promoters are therefore bound to take an even greater responsibility and have to follow the instructions of the experts.

Concerning Wacken Open Air 2021 and options for your already bought tickets we will reach out to you asap but ask for a little bit of patience whilst we work through this. We thank you for your trust during times which are unparalleled for all of us.

Stay healthy - In Metal We Trust!

Your W:O:A Team