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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 Wackenmarker in Schleswig-Holsteinmarker, northern Germany. With 70,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of over 72,000 attendees in 2007, it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal and folk metal, 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.

The 2009 edition set a sales record; it sold out on December 30, 2008. All 70,000 tickets were sold over 200 days before the opening of the festival.

Wacken Open Air

1990



1991

  • Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24
    • Bon Scott, Gypsy Kyss, Kilgore, Life Artist, Ruby Red, Shanghai'd Guts, Skyline


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1993

  • Friday, August 20
  • Saturday, August 21
    • 5th Avenue, Buddy Lackey, Fates Warning, Grinning Sinner, Häwi Mädels, Heavenward, Highlander, Holocaust, Jack's Hammer, Jingo de Lunch, Michael Dickes, Noisy Act of Protest, Plan B, Restless Blondes, Riverdogs, Sahara, Saintcatee, Torment, Trespass, Warpath
  • Sunday, August 22
    • Abi Wallenstein, Ax'n Sex, Bad Sister, Châlice, RAX, Toy, Vivian


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Carnivore performing live in 2006 at W:O:A


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Wacken Rocks

2009

Wacken Rocks South

August 27 – August 29, 2009: 9mm, Agathodaimon, Age of Evil, Alestorm, AM/FM, Axxis, Bai Bang, Chrome Molly, Cripper, Debauchery, Der W, Dezperados, Doro, Drone, Edguy, Eisbrecher, Fatal Smile, Feuerschwanz, Five and the Ted One, Flotsam & Jetsam, Freiwild, Girlschool, Grave Digger, Hämatom, Hank III, Heaven Shall Burn, Herman Frank Band, In Extremo, Krypteria, The New Black, Parity Boot, SAHG, Secrets of the Moon, Slayer, Stainless Steel, Stratovarius, Suidakra, Tribe, U.D.O., Volbeat, Warpath

Wacken Rocks Seaside

August 28 – August 30, 2009: Age of Evil, Agathodaimon, Alestorm, Axxis, Bai Bang, Cripper, Debauchery, Der W, Dezperadoz, Dirty Deeds, Doro, Edguy, Eisbrecher, Fatal Smile, Five and the Red One, Flotsam & Jetsam, Freiwild, Girlschool, Hank III, Herman Frank Band, Heaven Shall Burn, In Extremo, J.B.O, Kneipenterroristen, Krypteria, Mob Rules, Ohrenfeindt, Parity Boot, SAHG, Secrets of the Moon, Slayer, Stratovarius, Suidakra, Sweety Glitter, Torfrock, Tribe, U.D.O, Victims of Madness, Volbeat, Warpath

See also



References

  1. [1] announcement on official page
  2. [2] SNAKEBITE TO PLAY WACKEN 2010! (MySpace)


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