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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!

http://www.wacken.com/


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Wacken news Wacken news Written 2019-04-22 01:40:04
Wacken Open Air confirms 53 new bands at Easter

Wacken Open Air is keeping the Easter bunny busy by putting a wide range of musical eggs into the baskets of their fans. The largest metal festival on this planet has announced 53 new bands for its 30th anniversary edition. Among established acts like British Heavy Metal heroes SAXON, Swedish death metal pioneers UNLEASHED, Norway's KVELERTAK, this run includes many bands that will find particular favour with Germany's prolific "Medieval rock and metal" scene such as FIDDLER'S GREEN, CORVUS CORAX family-friendly project "Der Fluch des Drachen" ("The Curse of the Dragon"), and COPPELIUS among others.

The promoters of the Wacken Open comment: "We are particularly proud that this round of Easter eggs contains many newcomers and young hopefuls", says Holger Hübner. "We have always seen the importance of aiding young talents on their way to the top of the metal scene. As we are offering a wide range of acts from folk rock to death metal in this announcement, we hope that everyone finds some great 'eggs' to their liking."

An alphabetical list of all 53 new bands:
Acres, Alabama Black Snakes, Axxis, Bai Bang, Bloodywood, Brass Against, Brenner, Cancer, Cesair, Christopher Bowes and His Plate of Beans, Coppelius, Damnation Defaced, Dampfmaschine, Der Fluch des Drachen, Diamond Head, Diary of Dreams, Die From Sorrow, Dream Spirit, Drunken Swallows, Duivelspack, Extrabreit, Fiddler's Green, Jared James Nichols, Kvelertak, Molllust, Mono Inc, Monstagon, Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen, Nailed To Obscurity, Operus, Paddy and the Rats, Ragnaröek, Reckless Love, Reliquiae, Saor, Saxon, Sibiir, Sikth, Skald, Skyline, Skynd, Soul Demise, Stoneman, Tanzwut, The Linewalkers, The Moon & The Nightspirit, The O'Reilleys and The Paddyhats, The Rumjacks, The Sinderellas, Tuxedoo, Unleashed, Victims of Madness, Violons Barbares.

Germany's final festival show of legendary US-thrashers Slayer will sure be counted as one of many highlights of the 30th anniversary issue of the Wacken Open Air as well as performances by Demons & Wizards, Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Powerwolf, Monster Magnet, and Within Temptation. Further highly anticipated shows will be the appearanc of Body Count lead by rap-idol and actor Ice-T, the only German concert of Rage with their Lingua Mortis Orchester, the show of gothic pioneers Sisters Of Mercy as well as the American crossover super-group Prophets Of Rage including members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill.

A list of all previously announced bands:
1000 Löwen unter Feinden, Aborym, Acranius, Airbourne, All Hail The Yeti, Angelus Apatrida, Anthrax, Asrock, Avatar, Baby Face Nelson, Battle Beast, Beyond The Black, Black Stone Cherry, Bleed From Within, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, Crazy Lixx, Crematory, Crisix, Critical Mess, Crobot, D-A-D, Dark Funeral, Deathstars, Delain, Demons & Wizards, Die Happy, Die Kassierer, Dirty Shirt, Downfall Of Gaia, Eclipse, Eisbrecher, Eluveitie, Emil Bulls, Equilibirum, Evergrey, For I Am King, Frog Leap, Gama Bomb, Gernotshagen, Girlschool, Gloryful, Gloryhammer, Grave, Hämatom, Hamferð, Hammerfall, Harpyie, Hellhammer (performed by Tom Warrior’s Triumph Of Death), Jinjer, Joachim Witt, Kaizaa, Kärbholz, Krokus, Lagerstein, Legion Of The Damned, Life Of Agony, Lucifer Star Machine, Manticora, Meshuggah, Michale Graves, Monster Magnet, Myrath, Nachtblut, Nashville Pussy, Nasty, Necrophobic, Night In Gales, Nordjevel, Of Mice And Men, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Powerwolf, Primordial, Prong, Prophets Of Rage, Queensrÿche, Rage & Lingua Mortis Orchestra, Rose Tattoo, Sabaton, Santiano, Savage Messiah, Septicflesh, Sisters Of Mercy, Skew Siskin, Skyclad, Slayer, Soil, Subway To Sally, Suidakra, Sweet, Tesseract, Testament, The Adicts, The Boss Hoss, The Crown, The Damned, The Lazys, The New Roses, The Night Flight Orchestra, The Quireboys, The Vintage Caravan, The Wild!, Thy Art Is Murder, Torment, Tribulation, UFO, Uriah Heep, Vampire, Velvet Viper, Venom Inc., Versengold, Vltimas, Vogelfrey, Warkings, Wiegedood, Windhand, Within Temptation, Zuriaake.

https://wacken.click/woa-trailer
Wacken news Wacken news Written 2019-03-11 12:38:21
Wacken Open Air confirms 26 new bands

The Wacken Open Air has added 26 bands to the billing of its 30th anniversary edition, which will take place from the 1st until 3rd of August. The event, which has been awarded as "Best Major Festival" at the renowned European Festival Awards for its previous edition, will among others welcome Uriah Heep for the first time. With massive hits such as "Lady in Black" und "Easy Livin'", the British hard rock legends are counted among the pioneers of heavy metal. Another premiere at the worldwide biggest metal festival will be the appearance of US space rockers Monster Magnet with their charismatic fronter Dave Wyndorf. It is about to become a cherished tradition in Wacken to pay tribute to the punk roots of modern metal, which will be continued this year by the inclusion of English punk rock veterans The Damned. Yet, the Wacken Open Air is not just a place for chart topping acts, but also embraces the underground scene. In that vein, Tom Warrior’s Triumph Of Death will perform the classic and highly influential material of Hellhammer, which can also be seen as a tribute in honour of the saldly late friend and collaborator Martin Eric Ain. Also underlining the international character of the festival is for example the booking of China's black metal mystery Zuriaake. "The Middle Kingdom" already won last year's Wacken Metal Battle with its contribution to the competition: Die From Sorrow. Complete lists of all newly as well as previously confirmed bands can be viewed below.

The promoters of the Wacken Open comment: 'We are stoked to have achieved a blast of a billing', says Thomas Jensen. 'As promised, we are delivering something for everybody's taste in hard music. Established acts mingle with young and exciting newcomers, which gives the latter a great chance to conquer the hearts of the fans. On top of this, our running order is still not yet complete, so stay tuned!"

An alphabetical list of all 26 new bands:

Aborym, Angelus Apatrida, Asrock, Baby Face Nelson, Crazy Lixx, Crobot, Deathstars, Dirty Shirt, Eclipse, Hellhammer (performed by Tom Warrior’s Triumph Of Death), Lucifer Star Machine, Monster Magnet, Nachtblut, Nordjevel, Prong, Savage Messiah, Skew Siskin, The Damned, The Lazys, The New Roses, The Quireboys, The Wild!, Uriah Heep, Warkings, Wiegedood, Zuriaake.

Among the already announced highlights of the 2019 billing will be the final German festival show of legendary US-thrashers Slayer as well as performances by Demons & Wizards, Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Powerwolf, and Within Temptation. Further highly anticipated shows will be the appearanc of Body Count lead by rap-idol and actor Ice-T, the only German concert of Rage with their Lingua Mortis Orchester, the show of gothic pioneers Sisters Of Mercy as well as the American crossover super-group Prophets Of Rage including members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill.

A list of all previously announced bands:

1000 Löwen unter Feinden, Acranius, Airbourne, All Hail The Yeti, Anthrax, Avatar, Battle Beast, Beyond The Black, Black Stone Cherry, Bleed From Within, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, Crematory, Crisix, Critical Mess, D-A-D, Dark Funeral, Delain, Demons & Wizards, Die Happy, Die Kassierer, Downfall Of Gaia, Eisbrecher, Eluveitie, Emil Bulls, Equilibirum, Evergrey, For I Am King, Frog Leap, Gama Bomb, Gernotshagen, Girlschool, Gloryful, Gloryhammer, Grave, Hämatom, Hamferð, Hammerfall, Harpyie, Jinjer, Joachim Witt, Kaizaa, Kärbholz, Krokus, Lagerstein, Legion Of The Damned, Life Of Agony, Manticora, Meshuggah, Michale Graves, Myrath, Nashville Pussy, Nasty, Necrophobic, Night In Gales, Of Mice And Men, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Powerwolf, Primordial, Prophets Of Rage, Queensrÿche, Rage & Lingua Mortis Orchestra, Rose Tattoo, Sabaton, Santiano, Septicflesh, Sisters Of Mercy, Skyclad, Slayer, Soil, Subway To Sally, Suidakra, Sweet, Tesseract, Testament, The Adicts, The Boss Hoss, The Crown, The Night Flight Orchestra, The Vintage Caravan, Thy Art Is Murder, Torment, Tribulation, UFO, Vampire, Velvet Viper, Venom Inc., Versengold, Vltimas, Vogelfrey, Windhand, Within Temptation.

Check out the video trailer!
https://wacken.click/woa-trailer

Ken Wackenthaler Ken Wackenthaler Written 2018-08-31 17:11:13
I believe that my ancestors lived there and originally they came from somewhere in Denmark.
Rafa Villalba Rafa Villalba Written 2018-06-13 17:30:20
One more year, Wacken welcomes people from all around the world to share in community the metal religion. No other place can make you feel more connected to the spirit of metal, to the rock family, to the holy land!! (you will even drown in holy mud if it rains, a bloody wonderful experience)

This year we get best schedules, more stages, a lot of rock legends and over-the-top acts, and more Mambo Kurt than ever!!

Main bands of the day include:

WEDNESDAY 1 (AUGUST)
Nazareth
Sepultura
Fish
Backyard Babies
Toxic Holocaust
Mambo Kurt!!
Doro
and of course the International Metal Battle!

THURSDAY 2 (AUGUST)
Dokken
Dirkschneider
Danzig
Vince Neil
Behemoth
Judas Priest
Tremonti
Vallenfyre
Belphegor
Dying Fetus
Converge
Watain

FRIDAY 3 (AUGUST)
Adler's Appetite
Amorphis
Epica
Children of Bodom
Nightwish
In Flames
Cannibal Corpse
Korpiklaani
Doro
Running Wild
Ghost
Amaranthe
Mr. Big
Firewind
Destruction
Blues Pills
Mantar
Sons of Apollo
Soen

SATURDAY 4 (AUGUST)
Alestorm
Gojira
Arch Enemy
Dimmu Borgir
Wintersun
Skindred
Steel Panther
Helloween - Pumpkins United
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Ensiferum
Eskimo Callboy
Nocturnal Rites
Enslaved
Samael
Manilla Road
Solstafir
Bonfire

And many, many more!!
Wacken Open Air News Wacken Open Air News Written 2018-03-09 14:01:50
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
Website: www.facebook.com/hellfiremetalclub

Date: 06.04.2018
City: Hamburg
Venue: Kaiserkeller
Link: www.facebook.com/events/1790090584361835/

Date: 27.04.2018
City: Wetzlar
Venue: Event Werkstatt
Website: www.facebook.com/Event-Werkstatt-Wetzlar-1491002114529781/

Date: 19.05.2018
City: Kitzingen
Venue: Alter Keller
Link: www.rockmania.de

Date: 26.05.2018
City: ES - Madrid
Venue: Big Four Rock Bar
Website: www.facebook.com/BigFourBar

Learn more about Warm Up Parties here!
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