Wacken XXX is barely over and we got already overwhelmed with plenty of news and updates about the festival and its little brother Wacken Winter Nights! Here’s a little overview:

WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IV band announcements

The cold season offers great musical treats at Wacken Winter Nights IV, which takes place from the 14th until the 16th of February 2020. Project manager Helge Rudolph has announced six new bands for the winter spectacle at the ongoing Wacken Open Air.

The new entries  in alphabetical order: DALRIADA (HU), FEJD (SE), IRDORATH (BY), SUBWAY TO SALLY (DE) with their “15 Years Nord Nord Ost Special Anniversary Show“, THYRFING(SE) und WALDKAUZ (DE).

Helge Rudolph explains:

“We listen carefully to the wishes of visitors through polling and online feedback”, says the head of project of Wacken Winter Nights. “Those six newly announced bands were named many times. As in previous years, we are aiming for a balanced mix of folk, medieval, viking, and pagan rock and metal at Wacken Winter Nights. If a band comes from a different genre, but fits well into our medieval fantasy setting from an an audiovisual point of view, they might earn a slot, too. Since we have already sold more tickets online than the years before, we know that we are on the right track.”

Pre-sales of tickets for Wacken Winter Nights IV (14th-16th of February 2020) have already started.

Ticket Link:

Ticket Price:
99€ for a regular 3 day pass.
Optionally an exclusive t-shirt may be added to the order for 14,99€

Wacken XXXI first band announcements

Wacken Open Air 2020 is already shaping up nicely with the first batch of amazing bands confirmed – and a cool brand new look on top. Get ready to dive into Maya and Aztec culture in Wacken next year! First things first – and music always comes first in Wacken. They are proud to announce the following bands for 2020:

One of the highlights of next year’s Wacken Open Air will definitely be… the mighty JUDAS PRIEST! True legends celebrating “50 Heavy Metal Years” at the Holy Ground – a match made in headbanging heaven! JUDAS PRIEST have shaped heavy metal as we know it and we are incredibly honoured to welcome them to the festival for the fourth time.

Judas Priest at Lokerse Feesten 2018, Belgium
Photo by Gillian Pieteraerens

Vikings and Metal go well together as we all know. There is no band out there that brings the fire, the screaming, and the general kickass awesomeness of both worlds better together than AMON AMARTH. These Swedes keep getting stronger and have been part of the Wacken journey since 1999! Next year, they will bring out the „Beserker“ in all of us for an impressive ninth time at the Wacken Open Air.

MERCYFUL FATE rank among the true classics in metal history, setting the bar pretty high in terms of riffing madness and delightfully evil vibes. Is there anyone that sounds even close to King Diamond’s truly and utterly unique voice? We don’t think so. The band will grace next year’s festival with one of their rare appearances.

The world of melodic death metal would sound very, very different without AT THE GATES. These guys from Gothenburg, Sweden more or less invented the genre, especially with their seminal album „Slaughter of the Soul“ from 1995 – which they will bring to Wacken in its entirety!

At The Gates @ Lokerse Feesten 2018, Belgium
Photo by Gillian Pieteraerens

“Ladies and gentlemen from the very depths of hell, please welcome”: VENOM! The instigators of black metal with legendary frontman Cronos will invade Wacken and we guarantee that it will be one hell of a gig!

More high-class brutality will be delivered by death metal legends HYPOCRISY from Sweden who already participated at the Wacken Open Air for the first time in 1998. We kind of missed these guys a lot, so we are ready for another onslaught in 2020. 

If you have been paying attention to extreme music and thrash metal, you will know SODOM. They have been a part of the first wave of thrash from the start, blasting out a stone cold classic with „Agent Orange“ in 1989. And guess what? After the recent return of guitarist Frank Blackfire, they will perform a special „Agent Orange“ show in Wacken.

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Death Angel @ Antwerp Metal Fest 2017, Belgium
Photo by Tomy Devogelaere

While we are on the subject of thrash metal: This kind of friendly violent fun would be decidedly less enjoyable without the Bay Area. One of the first bands to emerge from the second wave of thrash from California are DEATH ANGEL. They went on a hiatus for a while, but since 2001 these guys just don’t stop. You’ll see them riff away on one of the Wacken stages in 2020!

Straight to the point and energy levels in the red: That’s is SICK OF IT ALL! For this reason, we invited them to the festival next year, which is their second stint here. Make them feel welcome again and get into the pit!

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Sick Of It All @ Tuska 2019, Finland
Photo by Vaim Hull

You want heavy metal, bang your head, and to sing along? We have got just the right band for you: BEAST IN BLACK from Finland are on the bill for 2020 as first timers. Can you handle even more of the good thrashy stuff? NERVOSA from Brazil are confirmed!

Last but not least there are CEMICAN, who are being featured in the new trailer and appeared on stage during the band announcement at the festival. The band from Mexico combines historic instruments and metal, which fits perfectly to the new theme of the festival.

Beast In Black @ album release show in Helsinki, Finland (2018)
Photo by Vaim Hull

Wacken Open Air 2020 comes with a theme that will run through the whole festival: Maya and Aztec culture! The theme is not just about a look… there will special food, related shows, sights, and sounds. All  of this will happen on the Holy Ground of Wacken as part of the celebration of heavy metal music. Get ready for a surprise.

See you in Wacken 2020 – rain or shine!

Bands already confirmed for 2020: Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, At the Gates, Venom, Hypocrisy, Sodom, Death Angel, Sick of It All, Beast in Black, Nervosa, Cemican

Wacken 2020 pre-sales have started!

On 30 July 2020 the world’s biggest metal fest will return to the famous village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein. The countdown has started and details for the advance sale have already been announced. Pre-sales have started precisely at midnight in the night from Sunday to Monday, August 5th.

It is important to note that the only official ticket store for the Wacken Open Air 2020 is Metaltix at the following link: www.metaltix.com

Tickets will be sold under new names. The popular X-Mas tickets are now called Fast Tickets, as they have been out of stock after a few hours for years. Like their predecessors, the Fast Tickets remain limited to 10,000 copies and 2 tickets per customer and the price of € 229 (including fees plus shipping) includes a limited t-shirt.

Once the Fast Tickets are sold out, the remaining 65,000 Hard Tickets will be sold for € 239 (including fees plus shipping). The Hard Tickets are limited to 10 tickets per customer. A special shirt can be ordered for 18,99 € optional.

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