Wacken, August 1st 2020: All 75,000 tickets for W:O:A 2021, which will take place from July 29 to 31 2021, have already been sold! The organizers have now announced the first bands on the festival line-up! Metal fans can look forward to: Judas Priest, Hämatom, Dropkick Murphys, As I Lay Dying, Rose Tattoo, Tarja, Lordi, Death SS, Venom and Moonspell.
This years Wacken Open Air couldn’t take place due to the current pandemic. Although it’s much more quiet in the small village Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, the tradition announcing bands for the upcoming edition during the last festival day still remains! They have also announced next edition’s theme to be “horror”. A bit of a pity to see the Aztec theme of the 2020 edition to be dropped, since it looked absolutely epic. Hopefully they find a spot for it again at a future edition!
With legendary Judas Priest, who will catch up on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” show, Irish Folk-Punks Dropkick Murphys, As I Lay Dying with top-class Metalcore, singer supreme Tarja and the black metal godfathers Venom can be unveiled with the first announcement and mark five acts that were already confirmed and eagerly awaited for 2020. The new announcements are complemented by five fan favorites such as Hämatom with their only festival show in 2021, Australian hard rock veterans Rose Tattoo and the dark metal masters Moonspell. Lordi have come up with a “Special Horror Castle Show” and thus fit even better with the annual festival motto “Horror” than they already did before! The Italian occult metallers Death SS form the end of this first band wave and also skillfully join the new motto. The official festival trailer can be found here:
“We are truly grateful for our fans trust they had given us – without even knowing about our line-up plans! Therefore we hope that they are as happy as we are about the first announcements for 2021. We are still in contact with many bands that were planned for this year, as well as have a few surprises for you, that we will unveil in the upcoming months,”explains W:O:A festival co-founder Holger Hübner.
Thomas Jensen adds:
“As there is so much far away from normality this year, we wanted to keep our tradition to announce the very first bands on our line-up for the upcoming festival edition. We can hardly wait to welcome these and many other great artists to Wacken next year. We will use the time until then to prepare a spectacular live experience with our next years‘ new motto ‘horror’.”
For those who can’t wait to get the Wacken feeling in 2021, Wacken is coming home with exclusive appearances that have been performed during the last few days as part of the digital streaming event Wacken World Wide. These include very special shows produced exclusively for Wacken World Wide with innovative mixed reality technology including Sabaton, Heaven Shall Burn, Kreator, Blind Guardian, In Extremo, Hämatom and Beyond The Black. Available on demand on MagentaMusik 360 and selected clips can be found on WackenTV as well.